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Overview: East M Street

"Cut off from rest of the Near Southeast to the west and the Capitol Hill district the north by highway overpasses and rail connections, this sub-area has been physically and psychologically isolated." (Near Southeast Urban Design Framework)

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
Thompson Hotel ('20)
West Half ('19)
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)
The easternmost portion of Near Southeast is bounded by the 11th Street Bridges, the Southeast Freeway, Pennsylvania Avenue's Sousa Bridge, and the Anacostia River. Maritime Plaza is an office development at the northwest corner of the area (along 12th Street south of M) on what was once a huge Washington Gas property. Also on the former Washington Gas site is the planned residential project at 1333 M Street. Along the water's edge, and even continuing east past the Sousa Bridge, is Boathouse Row. (image from Google Earth)
The two street entrances to the East M area from the west have undergone a fair amount of change since 2009. Here's the lovely M Street entrance (showing the equally lovely 11th Street Bridges) in 2003. (10/03)
September 6, 2015 - And the same location, with old flyovers gone and new ones in place.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
There is also the lovely entrance at O Street, seen here as it was in 2008. (08/08)
March 9, 2014 - And the same location, with the new two-way 11th Street and the new local bridge changing the entry point.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
M Street is the northern boundary of this area, and some very nice streetscaping was done to it as it runs past Maritime Plaza. (10/03)
However, once you get past the traffic circle at the northeastern edge of the development, M Street becomes downright rural. A local developer tried to build a residential project on this land south of M and north of Boathouse Row in the late 90s, but could not get the necessary zoning changes passed. (10/03)
If you continue along M Street, eventually you get to Pennsylvania Avenue's Sousa Bridge; this road continues east/northeast, but the bridge marks the easternmost boundary of Near Southeast. (8/23/08)
Turning around under the Sousa Bridge to see the view when arriving in Near Southeast along M. (8/23/08)
Here's a four-step panorama of the area as seen from the 11th Street Bridge's old M Street exit ramp before it was demolished. First, looking to the northeast, with Maritime Plaza dominating.... (11/05)
Then the east-northeast... (11/05)
... Then the east, where Water Street runs along Boathouse Row.... (11/05)
... And then to the southeast, where someday the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail's construction should cleanup the waterfront considerably. (11/05)
In some spots along the river, you can be mere steps from it and it doesn't seem much like a waterfront. (11/05)
Then, once you get to the river bank, it's not exactly a natural delight. (11/05)
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