Thanks to Alex Padro and Shaw Main Streets for putting on another informative community forum on area development projects last night. Unfortunately I arrived late, so I did not get to see or hear about several of the major projects in various places in the pipeline for Shaw. Nonetheless, I heard enough to get very excited.
It sounds like a lot is breaking ground next year (fingers cross that the current financial crisis doesn't have too much of an impact on the plans). The most imminent groundbreaking is that of City Center DC (on the site of the old convention center), which is set to commence in the first quarter of 2009 and has almost all of its permits already. Its first phase (which is the bulk of the development) will be complete in fall of 2011 or in spring of 2012. It really is going to be an awesome development, bringing 1,074 residences (20% affordable), TONS of really neat retail, office, and a 4+ star hotel.
The new Marriott Marquis Convention Center Headquarters Hotel will also break ground next year. I missed the presentation, but hear the plans look spectacular and involve several restaurants and bars on 9th Street between Massachusetts and L. It should be open in 2012. The other two smaller Marriott hotels north of L will soon follow, but they are not included in the PUD process for the large hotel so are a few months behind.
Addison Square (which is to replace Kelsey Gardens in the 1500 block of 7th), expects to break ground in the summer of next year and to be complete by fall 2011. Their PUD hearing is October 30 at 6:30 p.m. This project looks really neat and will totally change the face of 7th.
City Market at O Street still looks amazing. The anticipated groundbreaking is next September, but the lease with Giant, which prohibits starting construction from like October 15 through January, might factor in to having to push the start date back.
I missed discussions by several presenters, such as Douglas Development (who is planning to overhaul the old Wonderbread Factory into really cool offices) and someone with plans to turn a vacant Popeye's Chicken place on Florida Avenue into a Fat Burger (boo-yah!).