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DC Crossing/Square 696
949 1st St. SE/88 K St., SE/77 I St., SE

Multiple lots purchased in April 2007 by DRI Development Services and Jamestown Properties
"Congressional Square" 825,000-square foot office/retail project proposed in 2009
Sold in 2016 to Tishman Spayer, with plans for 800 apartment units and 44,000 square feet of retail
Excavation begun April 2018; Phase 1 expected end of 2020, Phase 2, end of 2021

In the Pipeline
25 M
Yards/Parcel I
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
More Capper Apts.
Yards/DC Water site
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
SC1100
Completed
Novel South Capitol ('19)
Yards/Guild Apts. ('19)
Capper/The Harlow ('19)
New DC Water HQ ('19)
Yards/Bower Condos ('19)
Virginia Ave. Tunnel ('19)
99 M ('18)
Agora ('18)
1221 Van ('18)
District Winery ('17)
Insignia on M ('17)
F1rst/Residence Inn ('17)
One Hill South ('17)
Homewood Suites ('16)
ORE 82 ('16)
The Bixby ('16)
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Cap. ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)
 
  Nov. 3, 2019 - About 18 months after the start of excavation, exterior work is pretty much finished on the project's first phase at 1st and I, SE. When both phases are completed in 2021, there will be about 800 units of residential.
Sept. 27, 2005 - ... And a close-up of the same corner back in 2005, about a year before the firewood lot closed.
  Nov. 3, 2019 - The view along I Street from Half Street, giving a sense of how large this project's footprint is. The second phase is on the right side of the photo, where vertical construction is still going on.
Nov. 24, 2006 - ... And what this same stretch of I Street looked like in 2006.
Square 696, Sliding from to February 2007 to November 2019
before
after

The northwest corner of 1st and K, where much change happened on every site but this one, until excavation began in spring 2018.
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  Nov. 3, 2019 - The building's entrance on I Street. Nope, there's still no publicly released renderings.
June 16, 2018 - And without any publicly released renderings, this will have to do.
August 2006 - The northwestern corner of 1st and K streets, in August 2006; this garage was in operation under different names for many years. It closed in winter 2008 and was demolished in September of that year.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
  November 3, 2019 - The same location, in November 2019, long after the block was cleared. Click to see all available photos of this location.
June 24, 2008 - Square 696 as seen from above New Jersey Avenue, in June 2008. The white-fronted building at lower-center marks the southeastern corner of the lot. The Washington Monument, Rosslyn, and even the National Cathedral are all visible to the northwest. JPI's 70/100 I Street residential development has risen to its north, and 70 I's sibling 909 New Jersey has now snuck into the frame at right. Click to see all available photos of this location.
May 6, 2008 - Another view of Square 696, this time from the roof of 20 M Street; the white-fronted building at center-right and the parking lot to its left/west make up most of the block. To the north of Square 696 is JPI's 70/100 I Street residential development. Velocity's sales center is the trailer at lower left, and the Phase I Velocity condo construction is now visible at right.
August 2004 - The northeast corner of Half and K, home to the A&A Towing Company, in August 2004.
  November 3, 2019 - ... And the same spot, in November 2019, with A&A Towing gone. The construction at rear is 70/100 I StreetClick to see all available photos of this location.
January 2006 - A closer view of the garage that was home to both Four Star and Merritt Cab companies.
August 2007 - The trailer that was the office of A&A Towing, on Half Street between I and K, days after the company left this location for 1620 2nd Street, SW. A few days after this photo was taken, the trailer was gone.
March 2, 2008 - In late February 2008, a sign went up on the Merritt Cab garage announcing its impending departure.
June 21, 2008 - Advertising sign on First Street in 2008 for the office project originally planned for the site.


 

Renderings from early 2009 for the 800,000-square-foot office and retail complex originally planned for the block, once known as Plaza on K and then Congressional Square.
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