Since January, 2003
            
 Sliding from Before to After

I said I'd post when the urge struck and when I could provide a bit of additional background, and after watching this particular lot for 15 years, there's no way I could pass up the news that apparently the District Department of Transportation "intends" to move eastward from its current spot in the 55 M Street office building to 250 M Street, where it would be the sole office tenant in a new building to be constructed by WC Smith.
According to ANC 6D commissioner Meredith Fascett, DDOT is wanting to occupy its new space by early 2021, which would mean construction would need to start in early 2019.
This location is directly across from the US Department of Transportation, which means that I'll be forced to call this stretch the DOT block of M Street, SE. It also will share the block known as Square 769 with the currently under-construction mixed-income apartment building on the north end of the block.
There are ANC and zoning approvals to be had, including giving the okay to WC Smith's desire to lower the building height to nine stories (as, ahem, illustrated at right), cut back on the ground floor retail space, and drop the expected parking spaces to 177 on three underground levels (instead of 197 on four).
This building is actually part of the Capper-Carrollsburg PUD, and it was 10 years ago this month that the plan for an office building on this site received its preliminary zoning approvals. Then the Great Recession came along, building office buildings without substantial amounts of space pre-leased became a relic of another time, and WC Smith had to file for four two-year extensions to that zoning approval, the last in late 2016.
As for DDOT's current home, it was in May 2010 that the rumor first came out that the agency would be moving to 55 M, which was a big get for that building and for the neighborhood in general at the time.
And, this lot also is dear to my heart because it was the subject of one of the first photos I ever took in the neighborhood, with my film camera (with bad film in it, dammit) in the fall of 2000. And I thought when I first really started tracking the neighborhood in 2003 that it took what seemed to me to be for-eehhhhh-ver for that little gas station to be demolished, nine whole months after I started watching, one month after the photo at right was taken in August of that year. Little did I know.
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JD says: (5/14/18 5:20 PM)
Is commenting broken for people and I just don't know it yet?


202_cyclist says: (5/14/18 5:34 PM)
JD-- welcome back!

DDOT wants to move in around 2021, so just around when the Whole Foods opens?


JES says: (5/14/18 8:48 PM)
I literally laughed out loud, 202. Well done.


dude says: (5/15/18 7:53 AM)
Hmm, a gas station, novel idea.

I love seeing those old looking photos!


JD says: (5/15/18 11:28 AM)
Reader MG passes along these rather important photos.



jdc says: (5/15/18 11:40 AM)
Nice photos MG - I haven't been out there in awhile, before any of the landscaping was finished. Looks very nice (minus that ugly highway in the background). When HQ2 arrives, maybe Amazon will pay to bury the highway.


conngs0 says: (5/15/18 1:26 PM)
Interesting news re: DC DOT. Presumably that means another tenant can slide into 55M? The more the merrier!

Thanks for the pics, MG (and for passing them along, JD)! The home stretch (to put it kindly) of the Whole Foods build out is going to be exciting. It seems like at least five years ago since folks spotted the beer garden in the permitting associated with that lot and our neighborhood's Whole Foods rumor got legs. Time sure does (not) fly!


JD says: (5/15/18 1:39 PM)
And, OMG, from JRogers202 on Twitter. link



JD says: (5/15/18 2:21 PM)
Here's the newsletter from the Douglass Bridge folks, which says that pile driving is indeed underway and also shows a fun diagram of the five stages of bridge construction: link


Westnorth says: (5/15/18 3:40 PM)
Bisnow mentions that the retail would become "a transit store." Maybe a second place to buy your [M] gear?!


jdc says: (5/16/18 1:42 PM)
So it sort of seems build out (or something) is happening at one of the two remaining bays at the First development. Did I miss something?


JD says: (5/16/18 1:43 PM)
Barre3.


JD says: (5/16/18 3:23 PM)
I'm a little concerned about the forecast for Thursday and the chosen happy hour venue. I assume the Brig has taken down its winter fortress? Do we need to relocate?

Or maybe call a rain date, because I really do want it at the Brig. And I'm not sure people are going to be too hep to go over there through bleech weather.


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