Monday, October 14, 2013

Open Forum


What's on your mind, Southwest?  While I'm away on vacation in Europe and taking a break from posting, feel free to write a comment about any neighborhood issue...

14 comments:

Paul Mooney said...

When will the retail spots at Waterfront Station fill? When will the construction at the Wharf (originally scheduled for the first quarter of 2013) begin? What is the state of the SW real estate market?

Paul Mooney said...

Also, I would love a greasy breakfast joint and/or a low key place to get a burger and a beer in SW.

Michael Blow said...

We rent but would like to buy and stay in our beloved SW or near SE. Will a place ever become available given the absolutely dismal options?

Stacy Cloyd said...

why did the district put giant gravel on the gravel path from Wesley to 4th (just south of I)? I could see using pea gravel, pavers, asphalt, etc. but this stuff is hard to walk on (especially in heels or open shoes) and impossible to push a stroller or shopping cart. I can't believe it's ADA accessible, and it's led to folks messing up a wider area since they walk alongside it. What a waste of money.

Stacy Cloyd said...

also, @ Michael Blow, maybe if you describe a little more of what you're looking for (size, price, etc.) someone will be interested in selling!

HRH King Friday XIII, Ret. said...

What Paul Mooney said times infinity.

Rafael De La Rosa said...

So the Wharf re-development plan took a hit with Graduate USA bailing. But the developers still plan to meet the 2016 deadline of Phase 1, so we'll see what happens.

I'm already looking into the idea of selling my place within the next year to 16 months. Construction was suppose to begin early this year and we haven't heard anything.

SWag said...

Based off everything I've seen in DC, especially SW, there is NO way the developers will be done by 2016. That's 2 years off and they still have to raze and completely build a bunch of huge buildings, parks, marinas, docs, roads etc. My guess is third or fourth quarter of 2018 for final completion of phase 1. And that is somewhat disappointing.

Rafael De La Rosa said...

Well the entire re-development is suppose to last until 2020, but Phase 1 is set to be completed by 2016, which is still entirely possible if they work around the clock. The only progress I've seen has been on Skyhouse and they have yet to put out any info on prices for their apartments. SW has the opportunity to be on par with Columbia Heights and all the major neighborhoods in DC, but the lack of new info on the Wharf redevelopment is discouraging.

James Howlett said...

@ Stacy Cloyd

I was wondering the same thing about the gravel path. I thought that they would pave it over, but that doesn't seem to be the case. It seems to be a tripping hazard for toddlers who haven't completely mastered walking or women in heels. Not to mention shopping carts, strollers, and/or mobility aids for people with disabilities (like you said). The patch of grass next to the Waterfront station and Safeway has a paved over path, so why haven't this one over?

On my way from Target on Sunday, I noticed a metal piece that was supposed to be holding the gravel in place had been somehow removed and lying several feet away. I don't know if someone had done this or if the rains/winds from the days prior had caused it.

Stacy Cloyd said...

@ James Howlett, that piece of metal was left over from when they installed the path. They just never picked it up. Apparently the ANC really wanted a gravel path but didn't know it would come out this badly!

Patrick Beard said...

The new path is a disaster.

Does anyone know what has held retailers back from wanting to open something in the waterfront station?

What is going in at 4th and E street?

My understanding of the Wharf is that PN Hoffman is still seeking financiers, most recently from a trip to the Middle East. It amazes me though that the most beautiful real estate in Washington can't find money to invest in the project.

This past week, the parking spaces under the bridge on /4th street between G and E street on the western side were switched from starting at 9am to 7am. Does anyone know why they changed this? Those spots were great for parking over night and leaving for work at 8am. Now the number of available spaces has significantly been reduced. Anyone have any insight?

Rafael De La Rosa said...

Maybe the rent is too high or something, hence why people won't come and anchor at Waterfront Station. That area needs another restaurant/fast food type, in the mold of Noodles and Company or something of that ilk. I read on this site that an Indian restaurant was going to open up here...I guess that's fine but I also believe the developers don't know their demographics very well.

The immediate SW area is filled with a lot of 20 somethings and early 30 year olds, open up a sports bar...or a Panera...something, target your audience

JJ Demarco said...

The potential development plans for the SW quadrant will be a great thing for the District of Columbia. My question is when and how will the Section 8/Assisted Housing residents be moved?? Where will they go?? I understand it's an unfortunate deal for them but I live across the street from Nat's Stadium on the SW side and everyday I see the same people dealing drugs, littering while there's a garbage can 10 feet away from them, stealing dirt bikes /4 wheelers while driving them recklessly throughout the neighborhood while not contributing to this desirable location that tax payers, law biding citizens and young hard working families want to enhance and become a part of. I know I sound harsh to some but I want the neighborhood to improve and as a DC resident I want good people to be apart of the District. I'm not saying there aren't good people who receive "handouts" from the government and District but when you hear gunshots in the middle of the night it tends to make a future father want to do whats best for his family and the community.