Back in April I reported that the the Historic Preservation Review Board approved building plans for a new structure on the southeast corner of 9th and Q Streets, NW. I have recently seen signs of construction life on the site, and yesterday I received a tip that a "coming soon" sign with a rendering of the project went up on Q Street. I am thrilled to see this attractive residential project move forward, and will report details of the project as they become available.
You can read a snippet of the interesting story of how this property came to be the hole in the ground that it has been for about two years here. The new owners and their new development plan are going to be such an asset to the area that it will not take long for us to forget the ugly plywood fence that currently defines the site.
This project is the first to makeover the intersection of 9th and Q Streets, which has for far too long been a sad looking crossroads in our neighborhood. The triangle park at the northwest corner will be the next to see a dramatic transformation. As reported in July, the contracts have been executed for that triangle park (known as the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Park) to be completely redone and to receive a larger than life sculpture of Carter Woodson. The park's makeover should begin within the year. The Northwest and Southwest corners boast vacant properties for sale and for lease respectively; hopefully both will see a change of hands and renewal soon.