Looking into the easternmost area of Near Southeast, from the M Street exit ramp of the 11th Street Bridge. East M Street/Boathouse Row

The Near Southeast Urban Design Framework describes the East M Street area thusly: "Cut off from rest of the Near Southeast to the west and the Capitol Hill district the north by highway overpasses and rail connections, this sub-area has been physically and psychologically isolated."

The reconfiguration of the 11th Street Bridges has already impacted the area from 11th Street eastward substantially, and once DC Water's Combined Sewer Overflow work is completed in the area, the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail's reopened path along Water Street should bring many new visitors to the site.

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Maritime Plaza | Lincoln Properties | Sales: $115M ('05) | $92M ('04)
Anacostia Community Boathouse Assn. | Boathouse Blog
Boathouse Row Master Planning
JD's East M Street News Items & Additional Links


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Anacostia Community Rowing Center


The Anacostia Community Rowing Center currently sits between the two spans of the 11th Street Bridges, giving access to the river for all sorts of recreational uses. However, in 2009 the ACBA's operations will be moved upriver to the northeast (on the east side of the Sousa Bridge) because of the project to replace the 11th Street Bridges. (12/08)



The Anacostia Community Boathouse Association boathouse, seen during the second Youth River Sports Day. (8/23/08)


The second structure, for which the Association received a $300,000 restoration grant. (11/05)



The upstream span of the 11th Street Bridge doesn't look quite so bad from here. (10/07)


... And here's the downstream pier. (11/05)


A wider view of the boathouse's docks, on the second Youth River Sports Day. When people tell you that the Anacostia Community Rowing Center is "nestled" between the 11th Street Bridges spans, they aren't kidding. (8/23/08)



A late-fall view of the upstream pier at the boathouse. (11/05)


The entrance to the boathouses and docks, from O Street. (11/05)


A peek inside the boathouse. (8/23/08)


Boathouse Row

As you continue east along Water Street, there are additional Anacostia River marinas that many people aren't even aware of. In 2008, the city began work on a Boathouse Row Master Plan, seeking to "to provide upgraded public facilities, improve environmental conditions, preserve existing functions and utilize remaining land to enhance and expand boathouse, marina, dock and water recreation uses." The land, long owned by the federal government and managed by the National Park Service, is being transferred to District control in late 2008.

Looking at Boathouse Row from across the Anacostia River. (12/08)

 


East of 12th Street and south of Water Street are some District DPW facilities. (10/05)


If 13th Street were to be drawn through to the Anacostia River, it would arrive at the waterfront approximately here, which as of now is just an open parking area with access to the water. (10/05)



This portion of Water Street, heading east toward M, can surprise visitors with the overgrowth, so close to the riverfront. (8/23/08)


The entrance to the Eastern Power Boat Club, at 1301 Water Street. (8/23/08)



The District Yacht Club, at 1409 Water Street. (8/23/08)


The entrance to the Washington Yacht Club, just before Water runs into M Street. (8/23/08)



The intersection of Water and M streets, with a National Park Service sign pointing visitors to the various marinas. (8/23/08)


Along the stretch of M Street between Water Street and the Sousa Bridge, work is underway on the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. (8/23/08)



If you continue along M Street, eventually you get to Pennsylvania Avenue's Sousa Bridge; this road continues east/northeast, but the bridge marks the easternmost boundary of Near Southeast. (8/23/08)


Turning around under the Sousa Bridge to see the view when arriving in Near Southeast along M. (8/23/08)



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