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Well, I'll be darned: I've been given the heads up by the developers that construction is now underway on the 350 321-unit apartment building dubbed "The Riverfront" that's the first phase of RiverFront on the Anacostia, better known to all as Florida Rock. It will be built on the east end of the site, next to Diamond Teague Park.
The $65 million construction loan for the project was announced on Oct. 8, as was an expected delivery date of September 2016. I've been told there will be an official groundbreaking in the next few months.
It should also be noted that this is the first residential project in the neighborhood actually being built right on the west bank of the Anacostia River.
This building is now part of a frighteningly long list of apartment projects underway: the Park Chelsea (430 units), River Parc (277), Arris at the Yards (325ish), the Lofts at Capitol Quarter (195), 800 New Jersey/Whole Foods (336), and the Gallery at Capitol Riverfront (aka 1111 New Jersey, 324 units).
That's a smidge over 2,230 units in all, and close to 2,450 if you add the recently completed 220-unit Twelve12.
And that tally of non-single-family residential units begun since 2012 is a bit more than double the 2,340 units that were built in the neighborhood between 2004 and 2011. So get ready for a lot of new high-rise neighbors!
Having written more than 100 posts on Florida Rock over the years, I think I'll skip yet another full rundown other than to say that the entire project is designed as a four-building 1.1-million-sq-ft residential/office/hotel/retail project, with no timeline as yet for the rest of the development.
The construction now underway will also expand the plaza by Diamond Teague Park directly across from the grand staircase at Nationals Park, adding ground-floor retail there and along an extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will eventually run all the way to the new Douglass Bridge.
All of which looks a little different from these views of the Florida Rock footprint, seen first in August 2005 before the construction of Nationals Park (left) and in January 2012 (right), after the concrete operations were removed and demolished:
It's been a long time coming. And I can't wait for all the steps I'll get trudging down there to take pictures.
More photos through the years and drawings are on my Florida Rock project page.
UPDATED 11/2 with what appears to finally be a definitive unit-count for the building--321 units in a 9-story building . There will also be 18,650 square feet of retail and 286 parking spaces on two below-ground levels. And the amenities will include "grand lobby with onsite leasing presence, ground floor level club/game room with billiards, bar area, and gaming, state of the art health club, rooftop swimming pool, Wi-Fi service and storefront business lounge, conditioned storage, bike storage, 24 hour front desk service and fully access controlled building." All of these tidbits from the MRP Realty page for "The Riverfront."
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JES says: (11/1/14 12:17 PM)
I'm so excited for the potential of this development. It's gonna be like a mini Wharf. And gets almost zero mainstream press coverage.


JES says: (11/1/14 12:17 PM)
...except for the relentless coverage from JD, of course :-)


Jaybird says: (11/1/14 2:51 PM)
And will bring live to the south side of the park which seems to be quiet. The Nats have a very cool historic walk line if you will from that approach, even mentioning the 1867 Nationals!!


Jaybird says: (11/1/14 2:53 PM)
"LIfe" my editor just screamed!!


conngs0 says: (11/3/14 9:06 AM)
Jaybird, you're absolutely right about the south entrance to Nats Park. The ramp up to the entrance is very well done, so it will be great when more fans have an excuse to enter the park from that direction.

Aside from just being excited to see another project make some progress, I'm particularly hopeful that such significant movement on the southwestern edge of the neighborhood will increase the pressure on DC Water to move out of their current space to allow for development of the movie theater (and perhaps at least one of the residential buildings!). When you envision development on Florida Rock combined with the completed Hampton Inn project and the very sensible part-time solution at the old NGA site, those Yards at DC Water parcels start to look a lot more conspicuous!


JD says: (11/3/14 9:49 AM)
.... Though I imagine that, at least for now, this will mainly spur more people to go up the big staircase and enter at the 1st base gate. It's still a long way from 1st and Potomac to South Capitol and Potomac and the grand entrance.

Then you'll have all the Douglass Bridge-related work (new oval and then demo of the old bridge), which will make that entrance pretty unappetizing for a while, I imagine. Unless there's a soccer stadium a few blocks away. :-)

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