Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Construction Begins Quietly At 7th & S Streets NW


Shaw seems to be the land where development dreams go to die, or at least be indefinitely put on hold, where groundbreakings happen and aren't followed by actual construction. Too often news of impending construction starts dissolve quickly, giving way to news of severed financial partnerships and runaway tenants. Such was the case for Broadcast Center One and their developers (Four Points LLC and Ellis Development) which, even after the loss of Radio One (and the project name along with it), predicted an August groundbreaking earlier this year. The programming was downsized, United Negro College Fund was brought in as a major new tenant, and the project was renamed Progression Place, but August (and a few other months) has come and gone without a groundbreaking celebration. But construction equipment can at last be seen sprawled across the grounds, and the porta-johns are installed, sure signs of progress. As the plan stands, Progression Place will have 100k s.f. of office space, 224 apartments, and wrap-around ground level retail, serviced by 188 below-grade parking spaces. The development plans also call for a face-lift for 7th Street retail frontages.



5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Finally! I have lived in the area for 7+ years now and I am glad to see progress. About time.

Anonymous said...

Great stuff. 7th street/Ga Ave is going to look very different in about 5 years.

Anonymous said...

Now if only O Street Market and Kelsey Gardens would start...all the city's politicians showed up for O Street's "groundbreaking" on September 1, 2010 and not a thing has been touched since...

Anonymous said...

The O Street Project has not been submitted to the city for permit yet, so it will be a little while longer before the plans are submitted and approved before real construction can begin. Maybe some excavation to start in the spring.

neighbor said...

The O St event was just another pre-election show, some variety of it happens every election season if you recall, after the election everything gets quieter ... the Roadside website is out of date:

"Construction is slated to commence in September 2010 with the preservation and securing of the historic market structure. This will be succeeded by the closing of the Giant Food store in January 2011 and the razing of the store and excavation beginning in February 2011. .."

 

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