Last Blighted Block by Convention Center Getting Fixed Up

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9th and L Street, NW

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Columbia Place coming:

“Capstone, along with its partner Quadrangle Development, is currently developing a mixed use project on a site located at 9th Street NW and L Street NW. The $230 million project includes a 310-room Courtyard by Marriott hotel, a 190-room Residence Inn by Marriott hotel, and 230 residential units. The project is located in the Shaw Historic district and includes the redevelopment of a number of historic buildings located along 9th Street NW. Capstone recently completed the PUD process and is currently overseeing the design and financing of the project, which is projected to break ground in 2015.”

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  • Breaking ground in “2015”?? Any updates?

  • Yes they broke ground in 2015/early 2016. Just about everything has been removed except the facade of some of the old buildings which they are keeping. Other than that there is a giant hole in the ground with wrk going on daily. My guess is Fall 2017

  • Is this the block that was controlled by Shiloh Baptist Church?

  • Drove past this over the weekend and thought the limited amount of facade being saved looked funny next to the MASSIVE hole in the ground. Cool to see the renderings. Sorry that it looks like every other building in that part of town, but I wasn’t expecting much. Bland and expensive looking.

  • I think the renderings look good, and I’m psyched that they are preserving so many of the old facades. This has been a dead spot for several years…glad construction is finally underway.

    • I still think it’s kinda a dead area. Maybe I”m not around much during prime time, but a lot of the restaurants around there always seem dead. The problem is that the convention folks aren’t around after 5 and the residential is there, but it’s not all “high end” that wants to go out to $20 taco places. You can still walk down 9th and walk by 2 people over 5 blocks.
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      The increase in hotels and residential will help, but I don’t think it’s quite a destination people think of still.

      • You don’t get out much. Every place within a few blocks of there is packed always, and the streets are busy 24/7.

        • The street being busy has nothing to do with anything. 9th is a major thoroughfare that goes directly to 395.

        • That’s a bit of an exaggeration, unless you limit yourself to Sundevich, Buttercream and La Colombe. You can see my apartment in this photo, and the restaurants in this immediate area are only packed when a convention is in town. Bolt Burgers is empty most weekends and weeknights, Ping Pong (just 2 blocks from here) just went out of business, Acadiana seems to be struggling a bit, the sports bar in the Marquis is overpriced and often desolate. The new places up a block on 9th Street (the aforementioned Buttercream, the pizza place, and that Latin fusion place in The Colonel) are all pretty busy, but there’s still a ways to go to get the neighborhood’s restaurants in good shape. And while 9th Street is usually pretty traffic-heavy, L and M Streets are not.

          • Your confusing the Chinatown Ping Pong with the Dupont one that just went out of business. The Chinatown location is still running.
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            This whole area is in transition and developing these remaining desolate blocks will help with the density issue. I live just by City Vista, and that place is crawling with people during prime time hours and on weekends. Busboys is always packed and Alta Strada seems to be doing pretty well.

          • The Chinatown Ping Pong was closed, but apparently has reopened, I guess? And I agree that the area around City Vista is jam-packed, but right here where the construction is? Only in a few spots, and many restaurants here struggle when not tourist season.

      • This strip is coming along, slowly but at least finally. Many of us on the residential side of 9th are anchored toward 14th Street but will gladly welcome 9th Street as, hopefully, something of a more adult alternative to 14th and U, which feels like frat row.

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