Thursday, September 3, 2009

What Bloggers Are Saying About Southwest

- DCist picks up a story from the Examiner which describes the Bellevue community's displeasure with the design for the new Washington Highlands library. London architect David Adjaye was chosen last October to design the new library, which will be located on Atlantic Street. Check out this post from April for a description of the planned amenities at the new library. (The above rendering of the library is from the DCPL website.)

- The ArchiCritic at DCMetrocentric makes a return visit to SW - this time to Capitol Park, the residential neighborhood of townhomes and multifamily towers located north of I Street and south of the SE-SW Freeway between 4th Street and Delaware Avenue. For the most part, the critique of Capitol Park was a positive one, noting how the design of the neighborhood makes it one of the most pedestrian friendly areas of DC, despite its lack of commercial space. The critique describes the area as a "modernist interpretation of a medieval neighborhood plan on a Baroque city." There has been some infill development in the Capitol Park neighborhood since it was built over 40 years ago during urban renewal. Potomac Place Condominium was built in 2004 where parking lots for Potomac Place Tower and an adjacent park was once located.

- DCMud reports that The View at Waterfront Apartments have been sold at foreclosure to Titex Marina View, LLC. The two-building complex recently underwent extensive renovations and Fairfield Residential, the previous owner, had plans to build two new towers on the parking lots of the apartment community, but the new buildings have been scrapped (for now).


Anonymous said...

Where is your evidence that the new tower construction has been scrapped? or is this just an assumption?

Anonymous said...

FYI, I don't know where else to leave comments/contact you, but the old KFC /Taco BVell on South Capitol is in the process of being demolished.

SWill said...

Anonymous #1: The previous owner told us the new towers wouldn't be built. However, the new owner may move forward at some point. Given the current state of the financial markets, I don't see this happening anytime soon. Case-in-point, through June, only two new apartment buildings started construction in the metro area in 2009 and none of them were in the District of Columbia.

Anonymous #2: Thanks for the tip! I'm out of town this weekend, but once I get back, I'll do some investigating.