A community of shared interest that sets environmental performance goals and carries out a plan to meet them. It’s an integrated neighborhood strategy to optimize resource efficiency, promote ecological resilience, and strengthen community engagement.Portland, Oregon has four demonstration projects underway utilizing these principles and the 10th Street corridor would be the first in DC to attempt to create a sustainable, mixed-use neighborhood in a federal enclave. The 10th Street corridor study area is bounded by Independence Avenue to the north, Maine Avenue to the south, 7th Street to the east and 12th Street to the west. The L'Enfant Plaza Metro station is the only one in the system where four lines intersect, plus there is a VRE stop in the area and the Smithsonian stop is at the western edge of the study area, so it has great transportation access. There is potential for a major overhaul of this underutilized area, which includes L'Enfant Plaza, the Department of Energy's headquarters, Reservation 113, and Banneker Overlook.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010
The existing store will close about 10 days early because there is a shared wall between both locations that needs to be taken down prior to the new store opening. During that down time, we will be removing our equipment from the old store (I will note that this equipment will not be used in the new store). Once the wall is taken down, we have asked for a new fenced-in construction staging area to be created that will ultimately limit the impact on shoppers once the new store is opened. Although this will be create a bit of a hardship, we believe that this will be a good solution for enhancing access and safety while the construction continues on the rest of the site.We have been fortunate that we have not had to close during the vast majority of construction. The optimum solution is to not close a store in order to construct a new replacement location, but that is not always feasible or practical. We have at least two current situations in and around the metro area where we have had to close an existing store to construct a replacement. We understand a closure of any kind is a hardship and are sensitive to those concerns, but we would not close the store early if we thought it was avoidable.
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Arena Stage Looms Large
Progress was made in 2009 towards creating the city's very own Consolidated Forensic Lab (CFL), but not without delays. On the progress front, MPD's First District moved in April from their old building on 4th Street to their new headquarters on M Street at the former Bowen Elementary School. This move would allow the old headquarters building to be demolished and replaced by the CFL. The city then named Whiting-Turner the contractor for the construction project. However, after the announcement, the mayor had to withdraw the contract after an appeals court ruled that the Mayor skirted city laws when awarding the contract. After more than a five month delay, the city's appellate board dismissed the case a rival contractor had against Whiting-Turner and the city was free to re-award the contract to the same contractor in November and start interior demolition in December. The CFL is now scheduled to open in 2012. Above is a rendering of the CFL, from the CFL website.
Several parcels in Southwest were leveled during the past year, but not replaced with new buildings, in order to wait for the recovery of the economy. For example, Vornado demolished the Bernstein Liquors building and other small structures at South Capitol and M Street and paved over the site to serve as a parking lot. Eventually, the developer has plans for a mixed-use project. Along South Capitol Street, the Ruben Companies demolished a gas station and the old Taco Bell/KFC site in September to make way for their planned 1101 South Capitol Street office building, which hasn't gotten underway yet. In December, the old Market Inn restaurant was demolished and will most likely be replaced by an office building. Also in December, interior demolition started at the old First District headquarters building on 4th Street. Above is a photo of the lot owned by the Ruben Companies on South Capitol Street, which was taken this fall after the Exxon gas station on the site was demolished.
Engine 13 Not That Unlucky
Bellevue will soon get a new library. The new Washington Highlands library was designed by London architect David Adjaye and will be located at 115 Atlantic Street. Once the community saw the plans for the library, there was some criticism of the design. The new library will be three stories tall, contain approximately 20,000 square feet of space, and will aim for LEED-Silver certification. By the spring of 2011, the new library should be open. Above is a rendering of the Washington Highlands Library, from the DCPL website.
L'Enfant Promenade Renovations Begin
Back in November, the JBG Companies began a $40 renovation of the retail promenade at L'Enfant Plaza. The first phase of renovations will be complete in 2011 and will bring a revamped food court to the corridor nearest the Metro entrance. Subsequent phases of the renovation will include a new sculptural glass entryway and expanded retail options. In addition, the developer has plans to expand L'Enfant Plaza by building two new office buildings, an extended-stay hotel, and an apartment building. Above is a rendering of the renovated food court area, courtesy of JBG.
Southeastern University Shuts Its Doors
Monday, January 4, 2010
- In today's Breaking Ground blog from the Washington Business Journal, there was a post about office building deliveries in the city. During the fourth quarter, the only office building that delivered in DC was Constitution Center. Even though the blog says the building is delivered, there is still construction fencing around the structure as finishing touches are being made. It is still vacant.