Before New Years I noted that this development will be mind blowing when completed. Now a proper update on the construction that has been completed:

“Construction of Capitol Crossing is moving forward, we are quickly approaching the next phase of construction that will transform Washington’s central business district, and reconnect Capitol Hill and East End.

Over a year ago, Property Group Partners (PGP) began using its $200 million privately funded infrastructure investment to fulfill Mayor Bowser’s vision to revitalize city neighborhoods. To date, Capitol Crossing has delivered:

• Excavation and installation of new high voltage electrical line in Massachusetts Ave from 3rd to 4th Streets.

• Installation of new 30” water main on Massachusetts Avenue between 4th and 2nd Streets.

• Installation of a new 8” water main along the east side of 3rd St. from F Street to E Street.

• Connecting the electrical grid between the Capitol Hill and East End neighborhoods will further stabilize the electricity supply on both locations.

• Refurbishment of the existing 3rd Street Tunnel; aligning with post-9/11 safety and security standards.

These upgrades mean better systems for current DC residents and the ability to expand and meet the needs of new businesses and residents in the future. Construction of Capitol Crossing is creating 4,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs.

Deep caissons were poured in November 2015. In the first quarter of this year, Capitol Crossing will truly go vertical with the first steel segments that will create the base of the new 3-block platform covering the I-395 center leg being placed. We are well on our way to delivering trophy office space in 2018, and 70,000 square feet of world class retail when completed.”



From DDOT:

“The demolition of the former Washington Post building near the intersection of 15th and L Street NW will require long-term, temporary sidewalk and road closures beginning Saturday January 9, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

The L Street sidewalk and curb lane will be completely closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Starting Monday, January 18, 2016, the demolition work has been permitted from 7 am to 7 am each day in a 24-hour cycle until mid-April 2016, weather permitting. During this time, an additional travel lane can be closed during demolition operations at the L street buildings.

The bicycle lane will continue to run in an eastbound direction along L Street, but will be shifted several feet from its current location to accommodate the curb closure. A barrier will separate the bicycle lane from the vehicular traffic.

Signs will be posted to guide and reroute pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

The signage will indicate where pedestrians need to cross over to the south side of L Street to avoid the demolition activity.”


via google maps

From a press release:

“Lead Developer Brick Lane and partner, Brook Rose Development confirmed today the start of construction for the historic Helicopter Factory located on 770-774 Girard Street, NW, Washington, DC. Helicopter Factory is a 28,000 SF residential development comprised of a 7,600 SF built-to-suit warehouse (divisible to 5,100 SF and 2,500 SF) and 13 industrial-style luxury condominiums. Helicopter Factory is currently accepting appointments for the Warehouse Units. To schedule an appointment, contact Michael Hines of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty, the exclusive listing agent for the Helicopter Factory.

This early 20th century factory was once owned by the eminent inventor Emile Berliner (1851- 1929) and his son-in-law, Joseph Sanders, who are best known for inventing the phonograph record, an early sound recording device and pioneering an early version of the helicopter at his Gyro Motor Company warehouse on Girard Street. The principal façade is in the Fairmont- Girard alleyway. In between 1907 and 1926, Berliner dedicated himself to improving the technologies of vertical flight through the development of a light-weight rotary engine. (more…)


A reader reports:

“Out with the old, in with the new…dismantling the old trapeze school and putting the finishing touches on their new location at New Jersey and N St. SE…directly across from the US Dept of Transportation. (former NGA site).”


“Also, a new pier being built directly off the boardwalk at Yards Park.”



This is going to be absolutely mind blowing when it’s completed:

“Capitol Crossing will be a multi-phase master-planned development located in Washington’s supply-constrained Central Business District that is bordered by Massachusetts Avenue to the north, E Street to the south, Third Street to the west and Second Street to the east.

The 247,000-square-foot site consists of a recessed portion of US I-395 that slices through the east side of the CBD, which is surrounded by a multitude of public transportation options.

The project will be built over the active highway utilizing a platform to support the development of an expected 2.2 million square-foot mixed-use project.

The development’s focus will be predominately office. It will also include a significant ground floor retail component, below-grade parking and a small component of residential use.”




3619 Georgia Ave, NW

A reader reports: “Finally some action at the lot across from looking glass at Georgia and Princeton!”

This is the former Mario’s Pizza House and more recently the Lion’s Den Jamaican Restaurant.

Bonstra’s website says:

“3619 Georgia Avenue, NW is a six-story, 27 unit condominium structure with ground floor retail. The project provides many opportunities to explore the larger urban goals for the up-and-coming Petworth neighborhood while advancing the revitalization of Georgia Avenue’s main retail thoroughfare . The project takes advantage of the multimodal transportation within the immediate vicinity of the site and the pedestrian friendly streetscape. This design is a fresh approach to building in Petworth – a beacon, recognizable from a distance, showcasing a unique design rising above the trees and traffic of Georgia Avenue.”

Rendering via Bonstra Haresign Architects