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NoMa Secures Second Public Park Parcel for $14 million

Thanks to the recent $14 million acquisition of a two-acre parcel from Pepco, the NoMa Parks Foundation adds a second public park space to the dense urban neighborhood. The parcel is located on a lot bounded by Harry Thomas Way NE, the Metropolitan Branch Trail and New York Avenue NE. Already the park foundation is referring to the site as […]

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Hill East Poised for New Construction

Much of the work to transform Hill East into a denser neighborhood is happening behind the scenes. Developers are furiously working to refine plans and begin construction on hundreds of new residential units. This article appears in The Hill Rag’s December issue, available at newsstands now. Watkins Alley OPaL Development Company’s proposal to bring 44 residences to […]

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Final 8th and O Residential Project Under Construction

Rendering City Market at O. Image by Shalom Baranes. The final residential portion of Shaw’s City Market at O development is now under construction at 880 P St. The 142-unit market rate apartment building developed by Roadside Development, LLC, final of four residential buildings in addition to a Cambria Suites Hotel and Giant Food. “This […]

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Buchanan School Demolition to Begin by Early 2016

Buchanan School summer 2015. Demolition of the two northern structures on the former Buchanan School (International School) in Hill East could begin as soon as mid-December and definitely by early 2016, the project team told community members at a meeting Monday. The new development by Insight Development with designs by SK+I Architecture will bring 32 proposed […]

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Georgetown Arts, Tech and Media Center Preferred by ANC for Franklin School

Franklin School. Photo by Flickr user NCinDC here. A proposal for a new Georgetown University arts, media and technology center is the latest “winner” in the ongoing redevelopment saga of the historic Franklin School in downtown DC. The Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) unanimously supported the GU development program over three others presented during a special meeting earlier this week. The Deputy Mayor […]

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38-Unit Logan Apartment Building Opens on Former Cab Lot

A former Diamond Cab lot near Logan Circle has been transformed into the HOLM: a 38-unit apartment building with what is being billed as a “highly anticipated” restaurant on the ground floor. Developer CAS Riegler announced completion of the Hickok Cole-designed project located at 1550 11th St. NW this week. HOLM boasts outdoor space for most of the units,  an open roof deck and catering kitchen for […]

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Development Means Positive Attention for the Anacostia Riverfront

Marinas with several hundred boat slips, docks with access for paddlers, and several miles of boardwalk promenades will increasingly spot the Anacostia River in the coming years, bringing with them a renewed vigor for the waterfront as thousands gravitate toward DC’s eastern river. Even with the recently announced year-end closure of the Buzzard Point Marina, the […]

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Brand New Look for Watkins Alley in Hill East

The proposed Watkins Alley development on Hill East at has a new look with refined, simpler architectural features, a response to comments from the Zoning Commission this summer. Watkins Alley will include 45 residences at 1309-1323 (rear) E St. SE and 516 (rear) 13th Street SE. The mixture of apartments and townhouses bounded by courtyards and other open spaces will provide […]

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Work on 50-Boat Marina at Yards Park Now Underway

An aerial view of The Yards development features the marina in the bottom right corner. Image courtesy of Forest City Washington. Work on the new 50-slip marina for the Yards Park on the Anacostia River is slated to begin on site this month, Forest City Washington announced Monday. The marina, designed by Moffatt & Nichol, will include space for both […]

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National Mall Gardens, Lockkeeper House to Get Upgrades

View of Constitution Gardens from the corner of 17th Street and Constitution Avenue. Image from NCPC records. The National Mall’s Constitution Gardens–a landscaped area, small lake and the 1837 Lockkeeper’s House located between the Lincoln Memorial and 17th Street, NW–will soon go through a rehabilitation that will improve pedestrian connectivity and physically move the lockkeeper’s […]

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