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880 New Jersey Ave, SE

Like the way it’s turning out so far? Park Chelsea’s website says:

“Park Chelsea is the Capitol Riverfront’s next luxury apartment community. Amenities will include an indoor pool, resident club room, fitness facility and spin room, and sauna. The rooftop will showcase stunning views of the capitol which residents can enjoy while lounging in the rooftop pool or grilling in the outdoor kitchen. If your searching for serenity, take some time in the community garden or courtyard.”

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11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word. Originally plans for Holm were listed on the CAS Riegler website:

“A former parking lot, and home of a taxi cab stand and garage, the site has been razed to prepare for the ground-up construction of 38 luxury condominiums and 3,100 square feet of retail.”

But if you click over to the Holm website it now says:

“A collection of 38 new luxury apartments are coming to the vibrant Logan Circle neighborhood. Located just east of the booming 14th street corridor, the residences at HOLM are perfectly situated among all that city life has to offer.”

Previously Diamond Cab:

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3rd and M Street, NE

Last week we shared all the details about the flagship REI coming to NoMa. I was also able to take a peek inside for some jaw dropping “before” photos – this will definitely rank as one of more spectacular transformation when complete:

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Literally holes in the ceiling:

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Pipes including some used to freeze the ice – plans are to dig 5 feet down:

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Top orange line (about 20 feet up) will be the ceiling height for REI.

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last remnants of stadium seating:

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Coming in late 2016:

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1511 7th Street, NW just north of P Street

Back in November we noted the political murals and in September we heard a demo was coming – we’ll update as construction progresses and more is known about the new development.

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Farewell Buffalo Wing House sign – You’re sign always made me smile:

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If you look closely you can see a rotary phone in the bottom left corner. Also note different phone numbers

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Rendering of 320 Florida Ave, NE courtesy L2 Development

From a press release:

“Level 2 Development, LLC (Level 2) filed a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Application with the Zoning Commission for their latest project, The Highline at Union Market, a 315 unit mixed-use apartment building with 8,472 square feet of retail at the front steps to the burgeoning Union Market district in Washington, DC. Located one block from the NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station at 320 Florida Ave., NE, The Highline at Union Market will connect the NoMa and Union Market neighborhoods. The project is a joint venture of Level 2 Development and Clark Enterprises, Inc.

Designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the modern-industrial architectural design integrates warehouse-style windows with industrial-framed glass cubes that weave in and out of the Florida Avenue façade at varying depths. “We set out to design a building that considered the adjacent rail uses as well as the industrial and commercial uses of Union Market, drawing on inspiration from New York City’s High Line and Meatpacking District,” said Level 2 Principal David Franco. Other unique elements of the design include materials reminiscent of rail cars, and steel columns that echo the riveted steel supports of the nearby railroad underpass.

The PUD offers a range of public benefits, including a proposed green space and public plaza at the adjacent D.C. Government-owned land. Level 2 received votes in support of its conceptual plans for these landscape improvements from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) 5D and 6C. ANC 5D stated in its letter of support that “the proposed improvements to the District-owned land would greatly contribute to the safety and connectivity of the Union Market and NoMa neighborhoods, and will serve as a much needed improvement to the land, which is currently overgrown, littered with trash, and generally neglected.” Level 2 Development plans to continue to work closely with the community and Office of Planning during the PUD process.

In addition, the PUD expands housing opportunities in the Union Market area, offering 8% of the residential square feet as affordable dwelling units.

The transit-oriented project will include sustainable features equivalent to LEED Silver, including a green roof, bioretention facility, energy-efficient building design, and 105 bicycle parking spaces for residents and employees.

“Union Market is a special place with rich history and we are excited to be a part of it,” said Jeff Blum, Level 2 Principal.

Level 2 anticipates a groundbreaking in late 2016, with a projected opening in late 2018.”