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With the late-winter flurry of new construction starts now over, and with so many projects now underway, I started to think about exactly how far along this whole Building of a New Neighborhood is, and how much is left to go.
So of course rather than looking at acreage, or square feet of build-out, I just made a goofy map, based on my now Google'd Neighborhood Development Map.
The filled-in blocks are projects that are now completed or currently under construction. (And, with the exception of Van Ness Elementary, the Carroll Apartments, and that big brown Navy Yard block, all of them have been built or "adaptively reused" since 1999.)
The dark blue squares are projects that would seem to have a pretty good chance of getting underway within the next year or so, though of course I retain my hard-won skepticism of not truly believing a project timeline until I see shovels in the ground.
Finally, the red circles are the locations where buildings are planned but don't at the moment appear to be close to getting started.
The tally?
* 21 new buildings completed, plus the seven-block expanse of townhouses at Capitol Quarter;
* Three buildings renovated extensively for new uses;
* Three parks completed;
* One baseball stadium completed;
* 12 buildings currently under construction;
and
* 36ish buildings to go, with nine of them looking to potentially be getting underway by mid-2016.
That would appear to place things at somewhere around 50 percent complete, it would seem, while keeping in mind all manner of caveats about changing plans, poor counting decisions on my part, and more.
I wouldn't want to begin to attach a timeline to when every project will be completed, but I'd note that we are 16 years into the razing and rebuilding of Near Southeast, a time frame which included not only the Housing Bubble and the stadium-related Land Rush but both the post-9/11 recession and the Great Recession of 2008. So, one might reasonably ponder that there could be another 15 years to go, with some "pauses" built in.
I might need a new camera at some point.
UPDATE: Of course, within seconds of posting this, I realized I missed creating a circle for one in-the-future project, so that ups the count to 36. {pause} Or 37. I totally meant 37.
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JHUGrad says: (4/30/15 11:23 AM)
When will the Showplace Icon Movie Theater project finally move forward?


JD says: (4/30/15 11:24 AM)
It's in my count of projects that I can see getting underway within the next year. They now have "site control" of their DC Water acreage, so it's now a matter of getting DC Water moved off of at least the theater footprint and getting building permits. (Zoning approvals are in hand.)


JES says: (4/30/15 11:27 AM)
Did Showplace ever sign a lease? I thought they were waiting for control of the land (which they now have), but I never heard if they actually signed it or not.


JD says: (4/30/15 11:28 AM)
Hasn't been announced.


JD says: (4/30/15 11:29 AM)
(and I'm not dropping hints with that. I truly mean it hasn't been announced, so there's been no word that I've heard.)


JD says: (4/30/15 12:46 PM)
Is anyone having problems accessing the site via smartphone? I tweaked the code some so that it's not two different pages anymore (index and m-index), and it works great on my S6/Chrome, but my mobile hits appear to be pretty low, and so I'm wondering if something's amiss on other phones?



JD says: (4/30/15 1:25 PM)
I probably should also have included "two bridges completed, one to go." :)


conngs0 says: (4/30/15 3:45 PM)
Thanks for this, JD. It definitely helps put the neighborhood's progress so far in perspective. Even though the projects circles in red may not get underway soon, it's pretty impressive to get at least a small sense of the future.

Perhaps I shouldn't be surprised that a few of the spots in the neighborhood don't have anything planned, but I am. Building 170, just south of the DOT and west of the Boilermaker Shops, strikes me as particularly odd. It's a beautiful building and seems like it would be a great candidate for either retail or restaurant establishments.


JD says: (4/30/15 3:49 PM)
I'm sure something will happen in that Building 170 one of these days--it was as much an oversight on my part in not circling it as anything, but given that it's been about 10 years since there was any talk of renovating it, I think leaving it off entirely wasn't necessarily wrong. /self-justification


JD says: (4/30/15 3:51 PM)
Also, if you've never wandered into my Satellite/From Above comparison page, it's another fun way to see the neighborhood change:

link

(Waiting for Google to update the Earth view to get a more recent shot!)


Daedam says: (4/30/15 5:23 PM)
I've always thought Building 170 would make a fantastic music venue, similar to 9:30 Club and the Fillmore in Silver Spring. The building seems to be the right size for it, and it would have great character and be a big draw to the neighborhood and the surrounding retail in the Yards. I didn't attend, but didn't they end up doing the Laser Cat show in that building since it was snowing? (It looked that way from the photos, at least.)


JD says: (4/30/15 7:16 PM)
I think it was planned all along to have some part of Laser Cat in there. There was also that art installation hanging from the ceiling in there for a few months.

Way way way way back when, JBG was supposed to be converting it into a food-court type place, as part of the USDOT construction. I imagine it will becoming something someday.


JES says: (5/1/15 10:17 AM)
The only problem with a music venue is that there's no insulation on that building right now. You'd have to do some REALLY heavy soundproofing, else you'd be able to hear every show from the Foundry Lofts, which I'm sure might thrill some people, but it would really tick off others.

I thought it would make a neat bowling alley, but I'm not sure it's big enough for enough lanes to make it profitable. A Dave & Busters-like enterprise would probably fit and do pretty well though.


conngs0 says: (5/1/15 11:54 AM)
I was holding out hope that REI would make it their flagship store and perhaps couple it with an access point to the river for all of their water sports equipment. Alas, they chose NoMa instead.

Regardless of how it gets put to use (event space, retail, restaurant, market, etc.), it just seems odd for it to be in its current state - particularly in light of how great the Boilermaker Shops and Lumber Shed look along with the seemingly increased traffic to the area.


BillP says: (5/1/15 12:08 PM)
Looks great on this Samsung galaxy note 3 using dolphin browser and android lollipop 5.0.


ZoolanderANDtheBoYz says: (5/1/15 5:12 PM)
A new Winery coming to 385 Water street. link

This has to be at the Arris.


conngs0 says: (5/1/15 6:31 PM)
Would've been better in Building 170!


JD says: (5/2/15 9:33 AM)
No, it's not in the Arris, I'm pretty sure. I'm going to write about this soon.


JD says: (5/2/15 9:37 AM)
(Sorry about the errors when commenting, though you see they were going through. But it meant I wasn't getting notified, so I didn't realize people were hanging out yesterday!)

JES, I think you are overestimating the size of Building 170. It could maybe have two bowling lanes. Certainly not big enough for a D&B's.


JD says: (5/2/15 9:40 AM)
And on another subject (as I talk to myself this morning!), I had thought that the excavation at 50 M seemed to be stopped, and I was right. This permit came through yesterday: "SH1500032 / CONSTRUCTION REVISION TO SH1400087 TO CHANGE SHEETING / SHORING DESIGN AND TO CHANGE THE CONTRACTOR."


Alan says: (5/2/15 10:14 AM)
Re: 50M. We were starting to wonder about this. There were only about 3 or 4 guys ever on site and we've been joking that the 4 of them were going to build the whole thing...over the next 20 years.


JES says: (5/3/15 4:47 PM)
So they fired their contractor and are replacing them? Weird.


Blue says: (5/5/15 6:38 AM)
Great rendering, JD. It really gives an idea of the future.

One thing I'm having trouble picturing though, is how much of the green space currently identified as Yards Park will be eaten into with the two new buildings (winery). And how accurate is the sizing of the lumbershed? Just trying to get perspective on.



JD says: (5/5/15 9:06 AM)
@Blue, I'm an idjit, I had another rendering with a better view of the three pavilions:

link



coffeexdrinker says: (5/5/15 9:58 AM)
Hi,

That link appears to be broken. I'd love to see the same thing as Blue, though.


JD says: (5/5/15 10:01 AM)
Sorry, fixing the link:

link



coffeexdrinker says: (5/5/15 5:33 PM)
Sweet - thanks!

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