(Left) Most of the phase III building fronts 4th Street. The sidewalk in front of the phase III building remains closed as construction appears to be less further along on this side than on D Street. When Trammell Crow was in the running for building the new Engine 13, a representative from the developer stated at the community meeting in February that there was a possibility that portions of phase II & III of Patriots Plaza could have ground floor retail space. It depended on the needs of the tenant. However, to me, the design of the buildings don't look like ground level retail could be accommodated, at least publicly accessible retail.
Monday, August 31, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
- Later in September, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, according to DCist, will open a restaurant in the old Cafe MoZU space called Sou'wester. Back in March, Southwest...TLQTC posted about the new concept, which was tentatively called South by Southwest, but apparently, that name caused problems, since there's an annual festival in Austin, Texas with the same name. While we in DC are more accustomed to Nor'easters, the meaning behind the name Sou'wester is similar - it refers to a storm, or strong wind originating from the southwest.Monday - Friday: 6AM - 10PMSaturday - Sunday: 9AM - 10PM
Friday, August 21, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
This is the first phase of Metro’s effort to bring expanded cell phone carrier service to the entire Metrorail system by 2012,” said Suzanne Peck, Metro’s Chief Information Officer. “After we complete the first 20 stations this fall, the carriers will install service at the remaining 27 underground stations by the fall of 2010. Customers will be able to use these carrier-provided wireless services in tunnels between stations by October 2012.”
Monday, August 17, 2009
Friday, August 14, 2009
(WBJ) The Southwest waterfront was one of the NCRC’s projects, and now you’re part of the development team. What made you stick with it? (Bacon) When I was at HUD, we’d go down to the waterfront for celebrations and parties, and I was always shocked at how beautiful it was and how it wasn’t capturing its potential. It seemed like a hugely missed opportunity. NCRC worked with the Office of Planning to make a development plan that was approved by council, and at the time there were all of these 99-year leases. The Redevelopment Land Agency owned the underlying land, but not the buildings. So while I was at NCRC, we bought the Gangplank, which gave us a stake in the waterfront, which was absolutely fundamental to what’s happening now. When I heard the city was putting out a proposal to redevelop it, I jumped on it immediately. I called PN Hoffman and Struever Bros., and we put together a great team and won the project against 17 other teams.
(WBJ) How is the project going? (Bacon) We have been working with the city since 2006 to work out all of the details of the land-disposition agreement. We are also working with leaseholders like Phillips Seafood, Zanzibar and the Capital Yacht Club to work out agreements, which are in the final stages of completion. We had approval from the DC Council $198 million in public financing for infrastructure. We are confident in our ability to raise equity.
(WBJ) At least half of the people working on the project will have to be D.C. residents. How is that going? (Bacon) One of my jobs as a partner is to do outreach in wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 so that when we actually get going, they’ll be ready for our business and job opportunities. Our team also agreed to give $1 million to the Workforce Intermediary Program that will be headed by the city. That will connect people who want jobs with training and then jobs.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Saturday, August 8, 2009
(Right) The East Tower hasn't received the terracotta facade treatment yet. This is the building where the new Safeway will be located and will deliver a couple months after the West Tower.
(Left) This shows the 4th Street right-of-way looking south from I Street. Demo crews removed most of the remaining park space that connected I Street with the plaza at Waterside Mall.
Friday, August 7, 2009
This sign was posted in the parking lot near the front of Waterfront Tower.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Above are floorplans showing the layout of the first floor (left) and lower-level (right).