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909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
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Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
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Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
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US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
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Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
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With Edge, Wet, Secrets, Ziegfield's, and the other adult nightclubs having now been gone from Near Southeast for quite some time, I'm going to stop giving updates on their progress as they try to find new homes. If you're wanting to keep up with the latest, check out Frozen Tropics, who has been adding a number of entries over the past few days on the plans for some of the clubs to move to Northeast.

Just a small update on the movement that appears to be happening on Square 696, which is the block bounded by 1st, Half, I, and K that is currently home to a firewood lot, a towing company, and a car repair shop. I mentioned a week ago that "DRI Development Office/Retail" signs appeared on the fence surrounding the firewood lot at 1st and I--within the last day or two, the same signs are now hanging on the southwest corner of the block (at Half and K). I have no more word on what's transpiring in this spot (believe me, I'm trying), but this could be what the Washington Business Journal was talking about in a recent piece when it mentioned "a block on the corner of Half and K" being "among the handful of property sales in the developing ballpark district as high valuations lure the current crop of owners to sell." The four parcels on the block have been owned up to now by the Pedas family (who sold Square 699N one block to the south in 2005) and also Potomac Development Corporation, and there's no indication yet in the land records of any sales. This is a big block, as the four parcels total around 74,000 square feet--with I Street likely to become a prime east-west artery across South Capitol through Southeast and Southwest, and with JPI's two residential projects going up directly to its north and east, it's a location that I've been surprised hasn't sprouted any projects sooner. More as soon as I get it.

A public hearing has been scheduled for June 6 by the DC Council's Committee on Workforce Development and Government Operations on the proposed relocation of the Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters to the old Post Plant at 225 Virginia Ave. If you're interested in testifying, the directions are in the hearing announcement; and if you have strong feelings on the proposal (which I've been getting some inkling of), you should probably make your feelings known to council member Tommy Wells and also to Carol Schwartz, who is the chair of this committee.
And it should also be noted that on June 14 the DC Zoning Commission will be having a public hearing on a request to move the 225 Virginia Ave. tax square to the Capitol South receiving zone (the same zone as other properties zoned C-3-C along I Street south of the SE Freeway), which, as I understand it, would allow for a greater height and density on that spot than is currently allowed.


From the Washington Business Journal: "D.C. leaders are determined to change the future of two highly scrutinized development agencies, but they are still duking it out on how it will all work. Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Neil Albert says his office is already crafting plans to assume the operations of the National Capital Revitalization Corp. and the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. Armed with several new hires with private sector development experience, Albert says he's prepared to continue the missions of both groups and cut costs, at the request of Mayor Adrian Fenty. But Albert's office will need to go through the D.C. Council, whose economic development committee has already approved a different plan. Committee Chairman Kwame Brown, D-at large, wants to create a combined entity for AWC and NCRC that would be governed by a five-member board and retain control of some of the agencies' major projects, including the Southwest waterfront, Poplar Point and the McMillan reservoir site. The remainder of the AWC's and NCRC's smaller plots and development projects would be folded into Albert's office under Brown's plan." The two sides are working to find a compromise before a vote on May 14 on the plan to create the new entity--to be called the DC Economic Development Authority (EDA).