It appears construction has begun at 5th and Eye site, but it is not for the Arts at 5th and I project.
From the MVTCID website:
Construction has started in the lot at 5th and Eye, but it is not for development. The lot is being turned into a parking lot temporarily until development for the Arts at 5th and Eye begins. From the Deputy Mayor’s Office:
“The parking use is temporary and will not replace the planned hotel development.… David Jannarone and I informed the community leadership about the parking project in a November meeting at the Wilson Building. The community leaders who attended the meeting included ANC Karen Wirt, ANC Charley Docter, ANC Keith Silver, and a Neighborhood Association Leader, Miles Grove. The community leaders expressed the community’s interest in a dog park. David and I explained that the District opted to choose an income-producing temporary use.” -Clint Jackson
ANC 6C01 commissioner Keith Silver is not pleased and has released a press release regarding picketing the paving over the lot with asphalt.