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Judging Buildings – Former Boilermaker Shop near Yards Park/Nationals Stadium

by Prince Of Petworth April 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm 13 Comments

I found a bit of info on a Web site called Showcase that says:

“The Yards is a development of Forest City Enterprises- Washington in partnership with MacFarlane Partners.

This retail heart of The Yards will be found at the corner of Tingey and 4th Streets SE in an expansive former industrial building known as The Boilermaker Shop where boilers for Navy ships were once manufactured. Now, as a part of The Yards, The Boilermaker Shop is being converted into an exciting, two-level, 45,000-square-foot retail center with opportunities for outdoor dining and more. All this will be nestled in the heart of the new, 42-acre riverfront neighborhood that Forest City is developing within walking distance of Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
Retail shops and restaurants will gain additional character with the complex’s Classic American industrial architecture, complete with exposed steel girders and clerestory windows.”

Looks like they hope to open in Nov. 2011. Not sure how realistic that is but it sounds pretty sweet and some cool history as well.

  • SF

    If that redevelopment opens to the public in November 2011 I will eat my hat.

    Good luck to them, though. It’s an interesting building, being a vestigial remain of actual manufacturing in DC.

    • Anonymous

      Ha, yes, that’s being VERY optimistic.

    • EPF

      Don’t forget about the Wonderbread factory.

  • John

    Isnt this supposed to have a Dogfishhead alehouse in it when complete? Obviously it wont be ready when it says. That goes without saying.. But I can still look forward to some tasty beer.

    • Anonymous

      If they put a Dogfish Head brewpub down by the ballpark, I am totally moving to that ‘hood. I don’t need much more than baseball and beer to live a happy life.

      • That would be awesome, but this says that NRG signed a lease for the restaurant that’s going to become a brewpub – does that mean Greg Engert’s going to start brewing his own beer??

  • Anonymous

    this building is so effing cool it that the pangs of jealousy hurt my heart that it isn’t mine.

  • Mike

    Showcase is an entity of CoStar Group, a commercial real estate research company. They reach out to brokers/developers to produce a database of available properties and real estate trends. Sometimes the info is off due to the input from brokers. Here’s a post from DCMUD:

    “Both Lumber Shed at The Yards Park Pavilion and The Yards Boilermaker Shops are among the most anticipated retail projects. Both buildings – the Lumber Shed at 100 Water Street and Boilermaker Shops at 200 Tingey Street – are part of the National Register of Historic Places, with Forest City Washington as developer and Gensler sheperding construction and design. Among other tenants, Neighborhood Restaurant Group has signed a lease for a restaurant that’s expected to become a brewpub. According to Ramsey Meiser, Senior Vice President of Development at Forest City, 50% of the Lumber Shed and 70% of the Boilermaker Shops leases are tied down. Estimated opening date is early 2013.”

  • Eric in Ledroit

    this is going to be absolutely phenomenal, and 2013 sounds at least possibly realistic.

  • AC

    Btw drove by Wonder Bread Factory today and there were lights on inside. I guess the April 21 party is on the making?

  • Anon

    It would be so cool if this turned into a shopping mall similar to the one just off Red Square in Moscow.

  • I want this to be the east coast’s largest indoor beer garden

  • Sully

    Just walked by here Sunday for the Forward Festival. The Yards is a great space and DC’s best kept secret. It is spacious and great for dogs and has a nice new park.


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