We’ve been talking about Capitol Crossing, the planned I-395 air rights development between E streets and Mass Ave, for several years. An undertaking this massive has significant engineering challenges and tends to take 12-15 years to fully unfold. Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal recently reported that the project is slated to begin building the deck platform over I-395 in Q3 of this year. The deck platform is estimated to cost $200 million to build with construction lasting two years.
It will be good to see the talk finally begin to translate into action. Part of the Capitol Crossing project will require reconfiguring the I-395 ramps at Mass Ave. I’m not sure if that falls into the decking phase or if it would occur after the decking is completed.
Skimming through the 51-page flyer for 200/250 Massachusetts Ave phase of the development one can’t help but notice that several of the artist renderings prominently feature awnings from Eataly at 3rd & Mass. Eataly seems to be that white whale everyone is aiming to harpoon these days having been rumored for City Center, Georgetown and the redevelopment of Uline Arena in NoMA.