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Metro’s chiller plant site at Navy Yard could be turned into condos

The site for Metro’s chiller plant at Navy Yard could soon be home to condominiums and retail space.

Metro announced last week an agreement with MidAtlantic Realty Partners and CAS Riegler Cos., which have partnered to develop the 14,100-square-foot site at Half and L streets SE, just a block from the Navy Yard Metro Station.

The development plan calls for the construction of 126 condominiums and 6,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space, according to Metro. The site is now home to a Metro air conditioning facility that cools the air within the Navy Yard and Waterfront stations.

Metro said the developer would incorporate the cooling facility into the building and will use temporary equipment to keep the stations’ temperature comfortable during the construction.

Construction could begin in 2016, according to Metro.

The Post’s Jonathan O’Connell reported earlier this year that Metro has tried selling or leasing this site in the past and that one of the challenges for developers had been replacing the chilling facility.

The plan addresses residents’ calls for more condos in this part of the District, which has seen a boom of development in the past decade. The site is within steps of Nationals Park and in an area that will soon be home to a Whole Foods Market and a Harris Teeter.

Luz Lazo writes about transportation and development. She has recently written about the challenges of bus commuting, Metro’s dark stations, and the impact of sequestration on air travel.

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