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Velocity Condos
1025 1st St. SE

Originally planned as first of three phases of development on Square 699N
Entire block purchased by Ron Cohen for $55 million in 2005
Construction begun spring 2007, opened fall 2009; site of Justin's Cafe, 2010-2018, Roy Boys 2019-present
Remaining two parcels sold to Toll Bros. in 2012

In the Pipeline
25 M
Yards/Parcel I
Chiller Site Condos
Yards/Parcel A
1333 M St.
More Capper Apts.
Yards/DC Water site
New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
Thompson Hotel ('20)
West Half ('19)
Novel South Capitol ('19)
Yards/Guild Apts. ('19)
Capper/The Harlow ('19)
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)

If you want to view more before-and-after photos of Velocity from additional locations,
see the Expanded Project Archive.

The southeast corner of the block, at 1st and L, in February 2006. (02/06)
November 3, 2019 - The same location, with the Phase 1 Velocity Condos building completed. Click to see all available photos of this location.
First Street north of L, in April 2005, where one of the many small, light-industrial businesses on the block had operated for a long time. (4/9/05)
November 28, 2009 - The same location, where Justin's Cafe operated from 2010 to 2018. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Square 699N, looking west from high up in the Courtyard by Marriott in March 2006; L Street is on the left and K is on the right. Nation, toward the rear, is in the next block west from Square 699N. (03/06)
... And the same spot, with construction nearing completion. The second phase building (now looking to be a hotel) will front K, to the right (the garage has already been dug, and a new plaza will be there until construction starts. (11/17/08) Click to see all available photos of this location.
April 14, 2018 - Velocity is clearly visible from the Southeast Freeway at South Capitol Street; it is rising at right-center in this photo, directly behind the red roof of the McDonald's. 70/100 I is at left, Onyx on First is the gray building that will now much obscured by Velocity, and 55 M is under construction at right. Click to see all available photos of this location.
Looking north across L at Cushing Street, in March 2007. The closed Edge nightclub is at left, and the building that housed Food and Friends is at right. (3/31/07)
May 19, 2019 - The same location, somewhat changed. Click to see all available photos of this location.
The Food and Friends food bank, at Cushing and L. (08/03)
January 12, 2020 - The same location, with Velocity completed. (And Capitol Hill Tower at rear.)  Click to see all available photos of this location.
The Velocity sales center opened at Half and K in Fall, 2007, but was replaced in fall 2009 with a sales center inside the building and four model units. (2/9/08)
Another look at Square 699N, this time from the northwest, in January 2012, showing not only the completed Velocity building, but the stormwater garden installed by volunteers in fall 2011. (1/12/12)
The oldest photo I have of the Velocity footprint, taken with a film camera, where alas the film had gone bad. This is the northwest corner of First and L, in September 2000. (09/00)
The oldest shot in my collection of the First Street frontage, from April 2004. The businesses were still operating, they just were closed on this Sunday morning when I was taking photos. (04/04)
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