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Another I-395 Air-Rights project in MVT upcoming

The Deputy Mayor of Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) recently released a RFEI for development of Squares 0560 and 0563N near 2nd & H Streets NW. Square 0560 represents the Air Rights over I-395 above H Street that is currently occupied by a two level parking structure. Square 0563N is a triangular parcel between 2nd Street, New Jersey Ave and H Street NW that is currently a fenced in gravel parking lot.

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It is not entirely clear to me whether the Air-Rights parking structure would be torn down and this project would start anew? Or if the parking structure could be reinforced to support new development above it. I would guess the later but am unsure.

RFEI submissions are due August 28th. After a short list is compiled from the submissions a formal RFP (Request for Proposals) process will begin in the fall.

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3rd Street Tunnel Project Update: Recurring Nightly Detours

3rd_tunnel_projectUtility relocation work as part of the 3rd Street Tunnel Project continues along the Massachusetts Avenue corridor continues with underground utility connections along H Street and Mass Ave., NW. This scheduled work will require recurring nighttime lane closures beginning on or about Tuesday May 27th, 2014 and will continue throughout the duration of the project, approximately 14 months, weather permitting. [Editor's note: Last we heard was 9 months. Now it's 14?]

Lane and/or road closures will occur along Mass Ave and H Street, between 2nd and 4th Streets, NW during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., Sunday – Friday. Crews will be working through the night to install new underground utilities, roadway base and temporary asphalt paving at various intersections in the project area.

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9-Month Utility Project for 3rd Street Tunnel set to begin April 14th

3rd_tunnel_projectUtility work for the 3rd Street Tunnel will begin next Monday April 14th. This reconfiguration of the utilities is needed to support the the upcoming Capitol Crossing project that will build a deck over I-395. Construction for this phase is estimated to last 9 months. The press release outlines to the traffic impacts to motorists, pedestrians, and both metro and Georgetown buses.

This construction is what forced the recent relocation of our 4th and Mass bikeshare station.

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WBJ: Capitol Crossing moving forward

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.

Mass Ave elevation of Future I-395 Air Rights development

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I-395 Air Rights now called Capitol Crossing

According to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, the I-395 air rights development from Property Group Partners (PGP) will be called Capitol Crossing going forward. The name “Center Place” used when the group presented details at the November 2010 ANC meeting apparently did not stick.

Mass Ave elevation of Capitol Crossing (from April 2011)

I think most residents care more about when the project will break ground rather than what name it will be marketed under. PGP suggests the target for commencing construction of the platform is Q2 2013.

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A Possible Second I-395 Air Rights Project

Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal reports that architect Alfred Liu aspires to build a “global trade center” atop Interstate 395 between K Street and New York Avenue NW. Liu’s portfolio of past projects is vast and global with the Friendship Arch and Wah Luk in Chinatown representing local examples of his work.

Image courtesy U.S.-China Capital Cities Friendship Council (via WBJ)

A few blocks south the Louis Dreyfus company also has committed to plans to build over I-395.

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I-395 Air Rights hits approval setback

Liz Fisher of the Washington Examiner reports that the DC Zoning Commission has rejected the latest plans for the I-395 Development PUD. The commission took issue with the project’s retail plan and massive building sizes, saying the 2-million-square-foot development seemed “more like a fortress for workers and residents than a destination”.

Aerial Rendering of proposed north block of Center Place (as of Dec '10)

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Updated Aerial Renderings for I-395 Air Rights Development

The following images represent updated aerial renderings for the proposed Center Place project over I-395. These renderings are for the north block that sits along Massachusetts Ave NW and, as of this moment, are more current than what resides on the Louis Dreyfus website.

Aerial Rendering of proposed north block of Center Place (as of Dec '10)

The plan now feature 3 buildings on the north block rather than 2 large buildings with a skybridge. The old massings evoked architectural comparisons to the universally despised Tech World development at 8th and K.

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Center Place: I-395 Air Rights

The Louis Dreyfus Property group presented an overview of their proposed 2.5 million square foot mixed use development over I-395 at Tuesday night’s MVSNA meeting. I had seen much of the overview before at an ANC6C meeting two years ago. Now with this latest round of public engagement many of the renderings previously only displayed as posterboards on easels are now available on the LDP website.

Rendering for proposed I-395 Air Rights office buildings along Mass Ave

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