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Square 696
88 K St., SE/77 I St., SE

Multiple lots purchased in April 2007 by DRI Development Services and Jamestown Properties
"Congressional Square" 825,000-square foot office/retail project proposed in 2009
Sold in 2016 to Tishman Spayer, with plans for 800 apartment units and 44,000 square feet of retail
Excavation begun April 2018

In the Pipeline
1000 South Capitol
25 M
Yards/Parcel I
Yards/Parcel G
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
More Capper Apts.
Yards/Movie Theater
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
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)
  March 17, 2019 - About 10 months after the start of excavation, construction has now reached above ground-level at the corner of 1st and I on this project that will include 800 units of housing plus retail.
  March 17, 2019 - The view along I Street from Half Street, giving a sense of how large this project's footprint is.
Square 696, Sliding from to May 2006 to March 2019

The northeast corner of Half and K, where a lot happened on every site but this one, until excavation began in spring 2018.
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June 16, 2018 - Without any publicly released renderings of the project, this will have to do.
August 2006 - The northwestern corner of 1st and K streets, in August 2006; this garage was in operation under different names for many years. It closed in winter 2008 and was demolished in September of that year.  Click to see all available photos of this location.
March 17, 2019 - The same location, in March 2019, long after the block was cleared. Click to see all available photos of this location.
June 24, 2008 - Square 696 as seen from above New Jersey Avenue, in June 2008. The white-fronted building at lower-center marks the southeastern corner of the lot. The Washington Monument, Rosslyn, and even the National Cathedral are all visible to the northwest. JPI's 70/100 I Street residential development has risen to its north, and 70 I's sibling 909 New Jersey has now snuck into the frame at right. Click to see all available photos of this location.
May 6, 2008 - Another view of Square 696, this time from the roof of 20 M Street; the white-fronted building at center-right and the parking lot to its left/west make up most of the block. To the north of Square 696 is JPI's 70/100 I Street residential development. Velocity's sales center is the trailer at lower left, and the Phase I Velocity condo construction is now visible at right.
July 2005 - The square's northeast corner, at First and I, in July 2005. The firewood lot cleared out in spring 2007. Click to see all available photos of this location.
March 17, 2019 - ... And the same spot, in March 2019, years after the departure of the firewood operation and the streetscape improvements to First and I. Click to see all available photos of this location.
November 2006 - Another view from Half and I, this time showing the block's northern boundary. The south/right side of the street is the northern border of Square 696; across the street to the north is the construction site for JPI's 70/100 I Street residential project. Click to see all available photos of this location.
March 17, 2019 - ... And the same spot, in March 2019, long after the streetscape improvements to I Street transformed the view. Click to see all available photos of this location.
August 2004 - The northeast corner of Half and K, home to the A&A Towing Company, in August 2004.
March 17, 2019 - ... And the same spot, in March 2019, with A&A Towing gone. The construction at rear is 70/100 I StreetClick to see all available photos of this location.
January 2006 - A closer view of the garage that was home to both Four Star and Merritt Cab companies.
August 2007 - The trailer that was the office of A&A Towing, on Half Street between I and K, days after the company left this location for 1620 2nd Street, SW. A few days after this photo was taken, the trailer was gone.
March 2, 2008 - In late February 2008, a sign went up on the Merritt Cab garage announcing its impending departure.
June 21, 2008 - Advertising sign on First Street in 2008 for the office project originally planned for the site.


Renderings from early 2009 for the 800,000-square-foot office and retail complex originally planned for the block, once known as Plaza on K and then Congressional Square.
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