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The Capitol Riverfront encompasses approximately 100 city blocks. It is, by far, the largest new urban coordinated waterfront development on the East Coast.

* $13 billion of development
* spans 7 square miles along the Anacostia & Potomac Rivers
* 26-acre baseball stadium
* 13,500 new homes
* 12 million square feet of office space
* 1.3 million square feet of retail
* 10 scenic parks
* 22-mile Anacostia Riverwalk trail.

This new development is being guided mostly by 5 developers:
Monument Realty
Forest City Washington
The JBG Companies
Potomac Investment Properties, Inc
William C. Smith & Company

This is a coordinated effort between these companies and most of the projects should be online by 2012.

The Washington, DC Economic Partnership commissioned Interface Multimedia to produce a 5-minute video highlighting the $13 billion of development in the Capitol Riverfront. The video beautifully combines models, renderings, and fly-by animations from all the major developers involved in building projects in Capitol Riverfront.

You can view the video here: (click on "Project Video" near bottom of page)
http://www.ifmm.com/project_page.asp?c=4&type=0&ccc=740585




Capitol Riverfront
Image Credit: Interface Multimedia



Please feel free to add comments, news, renderings, and other information related to the Capitol Riverfront as there is a lot of happenings that I have not touched on such as Washington Canal Park, the Florida Rock development, etc.


Here are some renderings of the individual elements within the Capitol Riverfront's boundaries:



The Yards - development by Forest City Washington



The Yards - development by Forest City Washington



Half Street DC - development by Monument Realty (Half Street is immediately north of the baseball stadium)



Washington Nationals baseball stadium - development by the DC Government (the grand staircase at the stadium, pictured, will open directly to Diamond Teague Park which will be positioned on the bank of the Anacostia River)



Washington Nationals baseball stadium - development by the DC Government
 

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Here is a list of projects within the Capitol Riverfront boundaries that I would like to see more information on:

- the Florida Rock development
- Diamond Teague Park
- Washington Canal Park
- Anacostia Riverwalk trail
- the new South Capitol Street / Douglass Bridge project
- baseball stadium
- Half Street DC project (www.halfstreetdc.com)
- Capitol Quarter by EYA (www.eya.com
- The Yards (www.dcyards.com)
- new traffic circle at foot of South Capitol Street
 

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Construction on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Gets Underway

May 7, 2007

Construction on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail Gets Underway
DDOT and Partners Celebrate Bicycle and Hiking Trail Construction

Contact (Media Only): Erik Linden (202) 671-2004

(Washington, DC) The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton and several partners from across the District to announce that construction is underway on the long-planned Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. Also joining in the event were Councilmember Tommy Wells (Ward 6) and Councilmember-elect Yvette Alexander (Ward 7).

Today’s announcement focused on the 2-mile section of the trail to be constructed this year in Southeast — between Benning Road and the Washington Navy Yard, part of 16-mile, multi-year project to build a trail along the Anacostia Waterfront.

“We’ve been partnering with the community on the design for this trail for several years — so we are very excited about putting the wheels in motion to get it started,” said DDOT Director Emeka Moneme. “As you can see from the ‘dirt’ all around us, the Anacostia Riverwalk trail is fully under construction. The dream of many is becoming a reality!”

Neil O. Albert, President and CEO of the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation (AWC), said, “The AWC is collaborating with DDOT to develop a continuous riverwalk trail along both sides of the Anacostia River. Many sections of the trail at this location will only be made possible through the continuation of successful public-private partnerships.”

The Anacostia Riverwalk Trail is a planned 16-mile multi-use trail along the east and west banks of the Anacostia River in the District.

DDOT and its partners have been planning and recently began constructing the riverwalk as a recreational amenity and transportation alternative for residents.

The estimated $50 million asphalt trail will vary in width from 10 feet to 12 feet to ensure comfort for a wide range of users including bicyclists, inline skaters, pedestrians, disabled persons and others. Wayside stations will provide seating, system maps, bike racks, and interpretive exhibits.

Construction on the trail is the result of a multi-faceted partnership among a host of groups and agencies including:

* Office of Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton
* Anacostia Watershed Society
* Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA)
* The Earth Conservation Corps (ECC)

For more information on the trail visit DDOT’s bike program online.
http://ddot.dc.gov/ddot/cwp/view,a,1245,q,580989.asp
 

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These are great developments. I'm so happy that our waterfront is starting to be used to its potential, even though ours isn't as good as some places, I think DC has a great chance to develop a waterfront that we can all be proud of. One thing we've got going for us in the immediate area are places like Alexandria, National Harbor, and further down Mason Neck and some Potomac front developments in PW County that can give people in the area a more diverse array of attractions and scenery.
 

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Commercial Property News
Developer of $1B DC Mixed-Use Project Brings in JV Partner
May 08, 2007
By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor


Monument Realty has taken a big step in the development of Half Street, its 1.9 million-square-foot mixed-use project in the nation's capital, by tapping MacFarlane Partners to serve as a joint venture partner on the endeavor. Half Street, the construction of which is currently underway, will cost an estimated $700 million to complete.

MacFarlane has thrown its hat into the Half Street ring on behalf of its new closed-end real estate commingled fund, MacFarlane Urban Real Estate Fund II L.P.

"Monument’s Half Street project was transitioning from a land assemblage phase to a construction phase, which is much more capital intensive--the first phase, which started in January 2007, will cost approximately $330 million," Russell Hines, an executive vice president with Monument Realty, told CPN today. "Bringing in MacFarlane at this time made it possible to move forward with construction."

The Half Street project will be part of the revitalization of a formerly underutilized area along the Anacostia River in the southeast section of the city. It will be located within the Ballpark District, a planned mixed-use enclave encompassing 60 acres that will include the Washington Nationals' new baseball stadium, a project that has helped attract numerous other developments to the area. The first phase of the project, a 775,000-square-foot segment scheduled for completion by the close of 2009, will cover a full city block with four structures featuring 250,000 square feet of office space, 50,000 square feet of retail space, about 300 residential units and a 200-room boutique hotel. MacFarlane's investment in Half Street involves all facets of the project, excluding the lodging property. The approximate capitalization for the first two of the development's three phases is $700 million.

Billions of dollars are being infused into projects in the area surrounding the baseball stadium, which will cost in excess of $600 million to build. Cleveland-based Forest City Enterprises Inc. is planning a nearby development with 1 million square feet of residential and ground-level retail, and a separate project that will feature 2.7 million square feet of office and residential offerings.

San Francisco-headquartered MacFarlane Partners is a real estate investment management concern with $15 billion in assets under management. Monument Realty, based in Washington, D.C., is a development firm that has constructed over 3,500 residential units and 5 million square feet of office and retail space in the Washington, D.C. area.


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These are great developments. I'm so happy that our waterfront is starting to be used to its potential, even though ours isn't as good as some places, I think DC has a great chance to develop a waterfront that we can all be proud of. One thing we've got going for us in the immediate area are places like Alexandria, National Harbor, and further down Mason Neck and some Potomac front developments in PW County that can give people in the area a more diverse array of attractions and scenery.
I agree. It is interesting to note that the federal government was the largest hindrance to waterfront development in DC. They owned most of the land on both banks for the Anacostia river. "The Yards" project by Forest City Washington used to be the old Southeast Federal Center. The Feds did nothing with that land for the last 100 years. I am glad they have finally titled it over to private enterprise so that something useful can come of it. DC is funding the infrastructure and transportation improvements while Forest City is guiding the commercial development.

Also, the Feds are titling the Poplar Point land over to the DC Government on the east bank of the Anacostia River as well as the Hill East land close to RFK stadium, totaling over 160 acres. The Feds promised a park and restored wetlands over there for 50 years. Nothing happened. It is nice to see DC collaborating with so many entities to finally make DC a waterfront destination.
 

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South Capitol Street Bridge Replacement

The District Department of Transporation is planning to build a new South Capitol Street bridge across the Anacostia River which will lead in and out of Capitol Riverfront. The construction of the new bridge is expected to commence in 2011. After completion, dDOT will then demolish the current crossing!

They have a detailed webpage for this transportation project to include 4 bridge alternatives.



Alternative 1 - Cable Stayed Swing Bridge



Alternative 2 - Stayed Bascule Bridge



Alternative 3 - Arched Bascule Bridge



Alternative 4 - Retractile Bridge


Which one of the bridge alternatives do you like the most?

I happen to like Alternative 1 - Cable Stayed Swing Bridge. I particularly like the "Drive View" animation for this alternative. It clearly shows the new baseball stadium, the lowered aquaduct project (starts summer 2007) and hints to the new traffic circle at the foot of the bridge.

Take a look at the interesting animations on the below website and kindly post which one you prefer!

http://www.southcapitolstreetbridgestudy.com/studyDetails.jsp

The animations are near the bottom of the page.
 

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I like 1 the best also. I think they will pick 3 though since it is the most similar to what we have. I wouldn't mind 4 either. We don't have anything like it, and it could look good lit up.

But I still like 1 the best, it's something we don't have and has more of a contemporary look which is what our city and more specifically the navy yard/stadium/waterfront area seems to be going for. And it will look good lit up as similar designs are all around the world.
 

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I like 1 the best also. I think they will pick 3 though since it is the most similar to what we have. I wouldn't mind 4 either. We don't have anything like it, and it could look good lit up.

But I still like 1 the best, it's something we don't have and has more of a contemporary look which is what our city and more specifically the navy yard/stadium/waterfront area seems to be going for. And it will look good lit up as similar designs are all around the world.
I agree completely, with the Stadium and the National Harbor the DC area has a chance to make a pretty sweet waterfront.
 

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That's nice. Its a good thing that SE DC is getting better and better. I will surely miss the clubs in the area but Baltimore is just nearby :)
 

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A Neighborhood Rises at The Yards
By Thomas Heath
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, May 28, 2007; D01

In the next couple of weeks, workers will begin burying sewer lines, paving streets, sinking street lights and planting hundreds of trees as they lay the infrastructure for a $2 billion development on a 42-acre industrial tract along the Anacostia River.

Empty brick warehouses where torpedo tubes and gun barrels once were assembled will be replaced by stores, offices, restaurants and lofts. Junkyards, car-repair shops and abandoned homes will gradually give way to hotels, government office buildings and a five-acre park along the waterfront. A former lumber shed will become a restaurant pavilion for residents as well as fans who will come to the $610 million baseball stadium that the District is building for the Nationals -- the anchor for the area's redevelopment.

"You really can create a neighborhood, and that's exactly what we're doing," says Deborah Ratner Salzberg, 54, president of Forest City Washington. "We are building . . . an active waterfront that will transform an entire section of this city."



The Yards rendering


Forest City is the chief private investor in The Yards, the development that will take up almost half of the 90-plus acres along the waterfront around the stadium. The plan is to get The Yards' streetlights and sidewalks ready for baseball's Opening Day next spring; then build or rehabilitate more than 25 buildings and fill them with 1.8 million square feet of office space, stores, businesses, restaurants, and residences.

"I grew up in Cleveland and know the impact that cleaning up a polluted river and lake had on the economy of a city," Salzberg said. "I know the importance of waterfront and what it can add to a city in terms of recreational use."

The Yards has been in the works since 1999, when the federal government began asking private companies if they were interested in developing the largely dormant area next to the U.S. Navy Yard -- land the government had controlled for 200 years. The deal went to Forest City, which is purchasing the land in phases.

Over the years more than 30 public agencies and community groups became involved, including various historic preservation groups, the General Services Administration, the Transportation Department, the Navy Department, the National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority and the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. "It's hard to imagine any place in America with a more complicated set of issues around a property," said Stephen Goldsmith, chairman of Anacostia Waterfront Corp. "You have to have the right set of political and business skills to get through something as complicated as this."

People who have worked with Salzberg say she is well-suited to lead the public-private effort.

"Deborah is good at putting together a consensus or coalition of city agencies to agree on a particular task," said Mitchell N. Schear, president of Vornado/Charles E. Smith, who has worked with Forest City since 2001 on Waterfront, a mixed-use development in Southwest. "I have been to many meetings with D.C. community groups, where Deb would sit and answer question after question for many hours. Some people were aggressive, and she handled it with grace and dignity."

Others say she can be both firm and cooperative. "I remember attending meetings where she would literally cut someone off and say 'That's great, but we don't have time for that,' " said Joshua B. Bernstein, president of Bernstein Management and a friend of Salzberg. "She is focused on the goal and wants to get to the goal. She doesn't want to get sidetracked."

Victor B. MacFarlane is managing principal of MacFarlane Partners, which has a 25 percent stake in The Yards. He recalled a point when his firm had a disagreement with Forest City, which owns the rest. After meeting with Salzberg, he recalled her saying there had been a miscommunication and then being willing to concede.

"I have been on both sides of the table with Debby," MacFarlane said. "I much prefer to be on the same side. "

Forest City Enterprises, the parent company of Forest City Washington, is a Cleveland firm that began as a family lumber business. It expanded into real estate and apartment construction in the 1930s, then built some of the country's first prefabricated housing and strip malls. Today its projects include the 52-story New York Times Building opening later this year and a new city at the site of the former Stapleton International Airport in Denver.

Salzberg's father, Albert B. Ratner, is co-chairman of the Forest City Enterprises board of directors. Salzberg heads the 45-person Washington office, one of six regional Forest City offices.

She has a long history in this area. She went to George Washington University and after law school at the University of San Francisco returned to the District to work as a litigator for the Justice Department's civil division. There, she said, she had the difficult and unrewarding task of fighting lawsuits by people who said they had been harmed by the government's atomic-bomb tests in the 1940s and 1950s.

"The cases were horrible," Salzberg said. "People were suing for radiation poisoning and I defended the government." After five years, she joined the family real estate business in 1985.

"My relatives said, 'If you're working this hard, you should be working for us,' " she said.

Salzberg said she was inspired to develop retail in Washington by a Forest City project in Brooklyn called Atlantic Center, which became very profitable by bringing Old Navy and similar stores to the inner city.

"I said we ought to start doing that in Washington," Salzberg said. In 1997, Forest City sought a sole-source government contract to develop a mixed-use project in Columbia Heights in the District. Though it lost out to a New York company, Forest City received enough positive attention that city leaders began approaching the firm about the possibility of building in other neighborhoods.

In January 2004, it won the right from the federal government to build The Yards.

"We tend to focus on underutilized urban areas, where we believe the demographics are poised for growth," Salzberg said. "When we looked at how close the Capitol was to this site and the fact that it was on the river, the combination made for a perfect long-term site. It is very rare in a major metropolitan area where you could control this much."



Bldg. 160 was originally called the Pattern & Joiner Shop when it was part of the Navy Yard Annex. It is being redeveloped to become the initial apartment community at The Yards. It will have 170 apt. units and will be completed by late 2009.
 

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Here are the latest (just this morning) views of the new baseball stadium and environs at Capitol Riverfront in SE DC. The images were captured from the Clark Construction cameras that operate 24/7 a day to document baseball stadium construction progress.





This image, looking south, shows the baseball stadium with nearly 65% of the structural steel in place and over 50% of the precast concrete already in place. Also, at the bottom left, a portion of Monument Realty's Half Street DC project construction is visible immediately to the north of the stadium. This development covers an entire city block and is set to be completed in 2009 - approximately 1 year after the Nationals ballpark is opened.


Half Street DC

Directly behind the stadium will be Florida Rock's 1.1 million square foot development. It will be called RiverFront on the Anacostia and will include 2 office builings, a hotel with 2 floors of residential space on top, a fully residential building, 85,000 square feet of retail, a riverwalk and esplanade, a bike path, and a multi-story transparent atrium space called "Potomac Quay" linking Potomac Avenue to the riverfront, and a 1,000 space underground garage.


Proposed Florida Rock development


This view is looking northwest. At left is the crane that will be used to construct the office building for the Nationals organization that will face South Capitol Street. Starting next month, the elevated portion of South Capitol Street, seen in this image, will be demolished and will become an at-grade roadway and with a new intersection at Potomac Avenue and South Capitol Sreet. The northern 800 feet of viaduct will be demolished. This will remove the physical divide between SE and SW DC on South Capitol Street. The South Capitol Street bridge will be closed for all of July and August 2007 for this construction work.

Part of the Florida Rock site is visible (where the trucks are parked) at the bottom left of this photo.
 

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I like 1 the best also. I think they will pick 3 though since it is the most similar to what we have. I wouldn't mind 4 either. We don't have anything like it, and it could look good lit up.

But I still like 1 the best, it's something we don't have and has more of a contemporary look which is what our city and more specifically the navy yard/stadium/waterfront area seems to be going for. And it will look good lit up as similar designs are all around the world.
I agree with you completely.

Bridge 1 reminds me of Sydney's ANZAC Bridge.
 

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RiverFront on the Anacostia

Riverfront on the Anacostia, a proposed development by Florida Rock, will be located directly to the south of the new baseball stadium and adjacent to the Anacostia River. This project will further enliven this emerging neigbourhood with multi-storey restaurants, grand plazas, and retail spaces.

This project will include:

* 4 buildings (2 office, 1 residential, 1 hotel with 2 floors of residential)
* 1.1 million square feet of development
* 1,087 underground parking spaces
* 85,000 square feet of retail
* A riverwalk and esplanade
* A bike path
* A multi-story transparent atrium space called "Potomac Quay" linking Potomac Avenue to the riverfront.










All renderings in this post have been graciously provided by JDLand, "Near Southeast" DC Redevelopment at http://www.jdland.com/dc/index.cfm
 

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Building Begins for Capitol Yards

By Allan Lengel
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, June 11, 2007; D03



On a barren patch of land near the Capitol where a strip club once stood, blocks from the new baseball stadium, a tower is about to rise.

The $90 million, 13-story tower at 909 New Jersey Ave. SE will house 237 luxury apartments and 6,000 square feet of retail space. Last week, officials including Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) and D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) attended a groundbreaking ceremony at the site.

The tower is one of four luxury apartment buildings -- two will include retail space -- that Texas-based developer JPI plans to put up in a two-block stretch near the ballpark. The stadium is scheduled to open in April.

The four-building, $500 million project, called Capitol Yards, will add about 1,300 luxury apartments and 35,000 square feet of retail space to the area. Residents will have a view of the Capitol and the stadium and be within walking distance of a Metro station, JPI said.

Construction of the first two buildings is scheduled for completion next year, JPI said. The tower is scheduled to open in 2009, and the fourth building is to be completed in 2010.

"Rather than slowly building one tower at a time and gradually changing the neighborhood, JPI believes that by designing and building multiple distinct projects we can create a critical mass making an almost immediate transformation," said Aaron Liebert, area managing partner of JPI in the McLean office.

Liebert said the land previously contained a strip club, a towing lot and junkyard and, many years ago, a freight yard.

"It was certainly a neglected neighborhood," Liebert said. "You're so close to the urban core and water, and it was overlooked for decades."

Allan Lengel covers commercial real estate. He can be reached [email protected].



909 New Jersey Ave, SE
 

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Thanks Archiconnoisseur and the other readers for checking out this thread! I promise to keep it updated with the latest and the greatest. Also, I welcome others to post information related to Capitol Riverfront in this thread as they find it.

The Capitol Riverfront Business Improvment District legislation is before the D.C. Council right now, so I will post new information about its status as soon as I get it.
 
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