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202_Cyclist Sep 15, 2011 6:14 PM

Petworth Safeway
 
DC Mud has a post today about a planned mixed-use Safeway in Petworth, along the rapidly-developing Georgia Avenue. This is currently a dated store with a large surface parking lot in front of the store. Safeway has proposed a mixed-use building for its Tenley location and hopefully it proposes something similar to this for a location that is within a ten minute walk of both the Friendship Heights and Tenley metro stations.

Zoning Commission Hearing Petworth Safeway Case Today
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-mYS8wZCmYu...%2Bsafeway.jpg
Image courtesy of DC Mud.

http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/09/zo...-petworth.html

202_Cyclist Sep 17, 2011 12:02 PM

Yards development
 
Here's a good animated video of what the Yards development in Southeast, by the Nationals stadium/Navy Yard will look like once completed. The stunning waterfront park has been open for about a year now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkPbUg-qntw" target="_blank">Video Link

Kingofthehill Sep 17, 2011 3:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by aquablue (Post 5410359)
Any reason why so many DC projects look like that? Is there some rule that states DC can only have pseudo warehouse loft style buildings that are incredibly bland?

God DC is conservative! I am counting the days..

It's unfortunate, because DC has fantastic infill projects. They react and correspond well to the streetscape, and are great from a pedestrian's perspective, but the designs are too safe and bland.

Dale Sep 17, 2011 3:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 5414036)
Here's a good animated video of what the Yards development in Southeast, by the Nationals stadium/Navy Yard will look like once completed. The stunning waterfront park has been open for about a year now.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkPbUg-qntw" target="_blank">Video Link

How far along is this ?

202_Cyclist Sep 17, 2011 4:10 PM

Dale:
Quote:

How far along is this ?
Some of this area is pretty far along and there has been considerable development this past year. The waterfront park was completed last summer. The Foundry lofts are nearly done and have begun leasing. I think people will start to move in to this units in October. The boilermaker shops right behind the US Department of Transportation headquarters has already begun attracting restaurants and is scheduled to open some time next year.

The blog, JD Land, is essential reading for this neighborhood. There are a lot of good photos and posts covering the various developments here.

http://www.jdland.com/dc/index.cfm

Dale Sep 17, 2011 4:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 5414176)
Dale:


Some of this area is pretty far along and there has been considerable development this past year. The waterfront park was completed last summer. The Foundry lofts are nearly done and have begun leasing. I think people will start to move in to this units in October. The boilermaker shops right behind the US Department of Transportation headquarters has already begun attracting restaurants and is scheduled to open some time next year.

The blog, JD Land, is essential reading for this neighborhood. There are a lot of good photos and posts covering the various developments here.

http://www.jdland.com/dc/index.cfm

Thanks for the tip. Look foreward to eventually seeing this firsthand!

dlg569 Sep 17, 2011 7:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kingofthehill (Post 5414155)
It's unfortunate, because DC has fantastic infill projects. They react and correspond well to the streetscape, and are great from a pedestrian's perspective, but the designs are too safe and bland.

I think the height restrictions cause many projects to look the same in order to maximize space.

aquablue Sep 17, 2011 7:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dlg569 (Post 5414313)
I think the height restrictions cause many projects to look the same in order to maximize space.

Well, that's great planning:rolleyes:



A good way to make a dull city. Where is the modern architecture? Where are the innovative low rise buildings? Given that people don't come down town to shop other than office workers, they needed to do something special to attract them. This isn't Tokyo where the density is enough to make up for bland architecture.

Downtown DC is too full up with bland offices, and there isn't enough room for major retail developments IMO. Why are there so few retail stores downtown, why so many empty storefronts? Why don't people come downtown to shop?

The paltry amount they are planning will never be enough to create a real retail scene downtown given that most plots of land are taken by hulking groundscrapers with token amounts of retail space. The 7th street project was pretty pathetic IMO. What DC needed was large retail blocks with massive amounts of window frontage for large stores, shopping centers, etc.. Yet, there is only CityCenter DC which won't be enough IMO. DC needed a mini-5th avenue, with large retail displays and floor space to attract people from around the metro area to come downtown. Also, the dull architecture that they are building or have built is too corporate or dull in style to really attract international attention.

Hence, I find myself never going downtown b/c it isn't a pleasant experience. There is little to see that delights my eyes once you have lived here for years and few exciting projects that break design barriers to make me want to go down there. To be honest, they needed to zone the city differently to prevent it becoming a ghetto of offices.

Also, the height limit has made DC a boring office ghetto. Would have been better to plan offices skyscrapers further away from the mall in old industrial areas and leave downtown for more entertainment, residential and retail purposes with mixed heights. To be honest, I doubt the mall and monumental core would suffer much if high rises were planned in areas far enough away. That would free space for more interesting designs in the downtown core. Really, London can do it, why not DC? The only thing one needs to do is create a new planned development on old rail yards somewhere that doesn't impinge too much on sightlines or the monumental experience.

202_Cyclist Sep 18, 2011 1:50 AM

My girlfriend and I were doing errands around Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue on our way to the H Street festival today. Here are some photos from a transit-oriented development under construction next to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station. This is right next to the very suburban shopping area with a Home Depot and Giant supermarket and a large surface parking lot, something you'd expect in Fairfax County, rather than three stops on the Red line away from Union Station. That said, however, this was a rather blighted area and the new residents will and the property and income taxes they'll contribute to the District will be appreciated.

Here's a post about the development from DC Metrocentric.

Rhode Island Station Starts Up
http://dcmetrocentric.com/2010/05/17...ion-starts-up/

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/...7bd3914b_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6193/...3f3ce653_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/...efa20fe8_z.jpg

202_Cyclist Sep 18, 2011 1:56 AM

DC Metrocentric had a post this past week about a proposed infill development for the U Street corridor.

9th Street NW Infill
http://dcmetrocentric.com/2011/09/15...eet-nw-infill/

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6188/...b73e1b1ae5.jpg
Image courtesy of DC Metrocentric.

novawolverine Sep 19, 2011 11:19 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 5414599)
My girlfriend and I were doing errands around Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue on our way to the H Street festival today. Here are some photos from a transit-oriented development under construction next to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station. This is right next to the very suburban shopping area with a Home Depot and Giant supermarket and a large surface parking lot, something you'd expect in Fairfax County, rather than three stops on the Red line away from Union Station. That said, however, this was a rather blighted area and the new residents will and the property and income taxes they'll contribute to the District will be appreciated.

Here's a post about the development from DC Metrocentric.

Rhode Island Station Starts Up
http://dcmetrocentric.com/2010/05/17...ion-starts-up/

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6076/...7bd3914b_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6193/...3f3ce653_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6187/...efa20fe8_z.jpg



Nice. Looks like something you'd see in Fairfax County.

202_Cyclist Sep 20, 2011 2:01 AM

My girlfriend took these photos of the Georgetown waterfront park while running home from work today. Phase II opened last week. Cirrus has an excellent photo thread of Phase I, which opened last fall. This was previously a surface parking lot. This section of the Georgetown waterfront is a lot more pleasant than Washington Harbor with its "dudes with boats."

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6160/...44c27c74_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6166/...04e71346_z.jpg

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More photos from my run home today.

Steps to the Potomac with the Whitehurst Freeway in the background.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6153/...0a20a442_z.jpg

Informational display about the park. Charles Percy, whose portrait is on the right side of this display, was a longtime liberal Republican (contradiction these days) Senator from Illinois who passed away this week. He was instrumental in helping get this park built.
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/...780947b9_z.jpg

Looking toward the Kennedy Center
http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/...6d4c3231_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/...b5330123_z.jpg

http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/...764222c8_z.jpg

202_Cyclist Sep 20, 2011 2:00 PM

D.C. developers seek subsidies to build 2 more Marriott hotels near convention center
 
D.C. developers seek subsidies to build 2 more Marriott hotels near convention center

By Jonathan O’Connell
Washington Post
9/20/2011

"The developers planning two Marriott hotels across from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center say they want to begin construction next year and have asked the city for $35 million in subsidies to help finance the project.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/ima...1315520460.jpg
(Jeffrey MacMillan/JEFFREY MACMILLAN FOR WASHINGTON POST) - The Marriott construction site near the Washington Convention Center.

Quadrangle Development and Capstone Development, both based in the District, began building a Marriott Marquis on Ninth Street NW nearly a year ago. Financed with $272 million in District money on city-owned land, the 1,167-room, $550 million hotel was long pushed by the city’s elected leaders, who expect it to provide a major boost to business at the convention center across the street..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/busine....html?hpid=z11

202_Cyclist Sep 20, 2011 9:54 PM

Move of Md. housing department to New Carrollton officially announced (Wash Post)
 
Move of Md. housing department to New Carrollton officially announced

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/ima.../Metroview.jpg
A rendering of a development just north of the New Carrollton transit station that will house the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development. (Image courtesy of the Washington Post)

By Ovetta Wiggins
Washington Post
9/20/2011

"State and local officials gathered at the New Carrollton Metro station Monday as Gov. Martin O’Malley announced that a nearby site would become the new headquarters for a state agency.

The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development will move from Anne Arundel County to a new mixed-use development in Prince George’s County in late summer or early fall 2013...."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...prss=rss_local

N830MH Sep 23, 2011 7:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 202_Cyclist (Post 5414599)

Wow! Looking good! Is that apartment? What about Safeway? Is that grocery store is on first-floor?

202_Cyclist Sep 23, 2011 7:18 PM

DC Mud has a post about a new apartment development under construction in Alexandria, near the Braddock Road metro station. According to the post, this will have 464 parking spaces for 360 units, pretty excessive since this is two blocks from the metro station.

Demolition Making Way For Madison Apartment in Alexandria
http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/09/de...r-madison.html

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8CpwxOjBQK...Old%2BTown.jpg
Image courtesy of DC Mud.

202_Cyclist Sep 28, 2011 5:06 PM

The Prince of Petworth blog has some photos of the recently-opened second phase of the Georgetown waterfront park.

http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011...-park-awesome/

202_Cyclist Sep 28, 2011 5:25 PM

DC Mud has a post about a new development scheduled to begin construction soon near the Braddock Road metro station in Alexandria. This building looks attractive enough but nearly 270 parking spaces (one per unit) seems excessive for a development that will be a five minute walk from the metro station.

Braddock Gateway Residential Plan Gets Initial Approval
http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/09/br...n-phase-i.html

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-t6aeek7KXf...ide%2Bview.jpg
Image courtesy of DC Mud.

202_Cyclist Oct 2, 2011 1:45 PM

DC Mud has a post about an infill development proposed by Douglas Jemal near the Potomac Avenue metro station. This looks like a decent building on an area of Pennsylvania Avenue that can use some more development.

Douglas' KFC Residential Approved by Zoning
http://dcmud.blogspot.com/2011/09/do...-approved.html

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-zSGH-mEuJI...Brendering.jpg
Image courtesy of DC Mud.

202_Cyclist Oct 3, 2011 3:58 PM

Anacostia River: A small-time real estate developer has big dreams
 
Anacostia River: A small-time real estate developer has big dreams

By Marc Fisher
September 29, 2011
Washington Post

http://www.washingtonpost.com/rf/ima...1315511642.jpg
Linda Davidson/THE WASHINGTON POST - Alexandria accountant Duane Deason hopes to develop his plot of land along the Anacostia.

"At the height of the business day, an extra-long, accordion-style Metrobus, the S1, rolls by empty. A grand old Pepco power plant sits idle, locked behind forbidding security fencing. Down by the banks of the Anacostia River, 50 boats bob against the dock of Buzzard Point Marina, but the vessels offer only the illusion of activity — a good number are ghosts, abandoned by owners who couldn’t keep up the payments after the recession hit.

For decades, Buzzard Point has been the Washington waterfront’s next big thing. From The Post, October 1989: Buzzard Point is “the blighted neighborhood south of the Capitol that is now being touted in the real estate trade as the Tysons Corner of the 21st century.”

Twenty-two years later, this great metamorphosis has yet to happen. Duane Deason believes it still can..."

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifest...R7K_story.html


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