A handful of developers within the past six months has started to build along the District's Southwest and Southeast waterfronts, confounding skepticism about the prospects for these once unfashionable neighborhoods. The developers' buildings will open in two to five years.
At least nine major projects are either approved or under construction in the roughly two-square-mile area bounded by Independence Avenue to the north; Pennsylvania Avenue to the east; 12th Street SW to the west; and as far south as the eastern side of the Anacostia River, to St. Elizabeth's Hospital near Malcolm X Avenue.
The Southeast Federal Center will include the Transportation Department's headquarters, as well as housing, retail and a park.
(Illustration Michael Mccann)
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The Southeast Federal Center next to the federal Navy Yard on M Street SE and bounded by First Street on the west and Isaac Hull Avenue on the east. JBG Cos. of Chevy Chase is building the U.S. Department of Transportation a new headquarters for its 5,000 employees. Next to that will be a 1.8-million-square-foot project with housing, retail, offices and a park built by developer Forest City Enterprises Inc. of Cleveland. Construction on the Transportation Department headquarters has started, and it is slated to open as early as 2006. The rest of the buildings await approval from the federal government and are expected to be built during the next 15 years.
Hope VI, a former low-income housing complex on 26 acres across M Street from the Department of Transportation site. Mid-City Urban of Silver Spring and Forest City are converting it into market-rate and some lower-income residential units, 1,700 in total. Parts will be finished as early as 2005 and the whole project in 2010.
Waterside Mall at M and Fourth streets SW, where mortgage giant Fannie Mae has said it will move 4,000 employees into a 1.25-million-square-foot project including retail and offices. Kaempfer Co. of the District, Forest City and Rockville's Bresler & Reiner will build the project, which is slated to be completed in 2008.
Two office buildings, a hotel and a residential building at Potomac Avenue and First Street SE on the waterfront. Florida Rock Industries Inc. of Sparks, Md., is expected to get approval for the project; construction would start in 2006.
Arena Stage at Maine Avenue and Sixth Street SW. The theater is undergoing a $100 million renovation and expansion.
Capital Towers at New Jersey Avenue and L Street SE. A New York developer is building a 100-room hotel and 340 apartments, according to city planners. It is scheduled to open in two years.
The National Children's Museum at L'Enfant Plaza in Southwest. It is scheduled to open in June 2008. JBG plans a redevelopment project nearby, which is to include housing, retail and offices. It is still in the planning stages, but construction is likely to begin early next year.