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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

New Development at the Southeast Corner of 9th and Q

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.

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

This looks very attractive!!

Anonymous said...

ShawRez, based on the piece in Kevin's forum, do you think the O Street market project is in jeopardy? That would be so depressing!!

Shaw Rez said...

I am unclear about what decision was made (or delayed) re: O Street. Certainly if Roadside cannot have the height they seek (a height I find totally acceptable), then the project may well be in jeapordy and could be scaled back significantly to the area's detriment.

Anonymous said...

I agree - I don't think the height is a problem in the slightest, and I'd hate to see a brilliant project get thwarted.

Anonymous said...

it's hard to believe that at this point in time after the years and years of proposals, discussions, public forums, etc. that there is still something left to dispute re: the O street market development...how dysfunctional can this process get?

Omar Haque said...

The height being a problem is complete garbage. Out of all the development that has happened or been planned in the area, this is aesthetically pleasing, along with bringing what a lot of what people want on 7th and 9th streets. Roadside managed to present a plan that doesn't overwhelm the existing Market structure, and now the F'n zoning commission has a problem with the height.

Anonymous said...

Omar, I could not agree with you more - this is ridiculous garbage!! It's a great project that includes what everyone i know wants...

Omar Haque said...

I just emailed the Roadside and Office of Planning POCs asking them what residents can do. Lets see what they say.

ML said...

This is a great development for the neighborhood (9th and Q, not the unfortunate reaction of the zoning commission to O Street Market).

My only question is, what's to become of the much beloved 'nature trail' on the south side of Q street? Someone put a lot of effort in to making a very nice sign. ;)

Anonymous said...

Will the O Street Market be any higher than the 1330 7th Street apartment building...or Gibson Plaza? We already have high-rises in the 'hood...wtf are they talking about??? Can the residents of Shaw communicate with the zoning commission before the Oct 25th meeting?