Demolition Begins at Long Delayed 14th and W St, NW YMCA Project


Photo by PoPville flickr user dullshick

Thanks to all who wrote in and sent photos (and movies) of this long delayed project. According to Perseus Realty it will become:

“The approximately 300,000 square foot project will have 231 rental apartments, an all-new 44,000 square foot YMCA facility, and over 10,000 square feet of ground-level retail space.”

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  • It’s sad to lose this YMCA, because it’s allegedly the one that the song was written about.

  • As a sf comparison the CH WSC is 3,000 sf smaller. This brand new YMCA will create some nice local competition for the work-out crowd -something posters have been asking for.

    When I moved to CH I was expecting change. But the amount and speed is unbeleivable. When DCUSA finally fills in, when Georgia Avenue stores are re-built and 14th street north of the metro fill in CH will be an even better plac to live with no need for a car.

  • I, for one, am very excited about this construction. I live in the neighborhood and applaud anything that could impact/end the hideous amount of drug-dealing and using that happens on the block of 14th and W Streets. This type of change is good and the drug-dealing needs to stop!

    • me

      Then they need to get rid of the housing that’s next to the gas station at 14th and W. I was on W, coming from 15th to 14th last week, and there was an SUV double-parked to the right, waiting for a man to come up to the passenger window. I couldn’t get around. A man came up, there was a blatant drug deal, and then before the SUV left, the driver honked his horn at a patrolling DC police officer about 30 feet away. The policeman smiled and waved at the driver of the SUV, and then he drove off.

      Ridiculous.

      Also, within the last week, I have found handfuls of used, extremely small, white and blue baggies by my doorstep (I’m at 14th, between V and W). Sigh.

      • Thats life in the big city!

        I’ve seen far more worse in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, NY

      • The drug problems on that block are disturbing, but on a brighter note that gas station has amazing sandwiches.

      • Are you suggesting that the honk & wave to the cop suggested that the cop was aware that a drug deal went down, and not only did nothing about it, but was providing cover for it? If so, report it up the MPD chain of command immediately and go to the press if your report is not given proper response and review.

  • @me – did you right down the license plate? Note the description of the person selling/buying? Walk over and talk to the cop or call 911?

    The activity is illegal, doing NOTHING about it is ….

    RIDICULOUS

    • me

      Yes. I called the police (both 911 and then they directed me to 311) and nothing was done. No one called back, responded, or visited to take my story down. So, I’ve been in touch with the Office of Police Complaints.

      Again, I know that drugs/crime/all sorts of other bull are a part of life in the big city. But uniformed officers that seem to work in concert with the criminals is inexcusable.

      • So it sounds as if you are you indeed suggesting that the honk & wave to the cop suggested that the cop was aware that a drug deal went down, and not only did nothing about it, but was providing cover for it. If so, the Ofice of Complaints is not enough – report it to the uppe rlevels of MPD (i.e. District Commander and Chief Lanier immediately and go to the press if your report is not given proper response and review.

        Even if you are not 100% certain that the cop was complicit, say so when you report it in the manner I suggest.

      • saf

        Wait, they directed you to 311 LAST WEEK? Why?

  • @Shadow. I disagree. Life in the big city does not mean blatant drug dealing on the street which leads to gunfire. We’ve had issues with the gang MS13 on our block — the same block where children live and play. Does a child getting hit in the crossfire mean “life in the big city?” I think not! I suggest you reevaluate.

  • Glad to hear this YMCA is being redeveloped. Their daycare, which is priced far lower than the market norm, is an important community resource.

  • I am very glad this project is moving again. The kids at the Daycare and the folks at the YMCA were the losers in the financing delay.

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