Work is continuing on the infrastructure at The Yards
, and there's now a lot of new pavement recently laid down. Fourth and Tingey
is starting to look like a real four-cornered intersection, with Fourth now extended southward one block to the new Water Street
that will be the northern boundary of the Park at the Yards
. The paving of what will be a new section of Third Street south of Tingey
(next to the Foundry Lofts
) was completed last month (though it's hard to see in the photos I last took in November--the hassles I get from the USDOT security people lessen my enthusiasm for trudging to Third and Tingey very often). Plus, Tingey itself now has all of its lanes reopened as well. It's all still a construction zone, but it looks like traffic is now (or will be soon) routed into the surface parking lots at Third and Fourth via the new streets.
In many of these photos you can also see the progress on the two new floors on top of the Foundry Lofts
building. It's scheduled to open in mid-2010.
Piling a bunch of stuff together, again:
* Just posted
on its Housing Complex blog (and in this week's print edition), the City Paper takes a look at the "Capitol Riverfront," both in the attempts to brand the neighborhood and in how empty it currently is (the subhed for the piece says "Developing a Name for the Southeast Waterfront Is Easier Than Actually Developing It" ).
* Reader J. reported yesterday that interior work seems to have begun at the old dialysis building at 900 M Street
. They're rehabbing the interior and the exterior to create three retail storefronts, though no tenants have been announced yet.
* Planners are trying to figure out where to put all the charter buses
coming to town for the inauguration. I'm guessing that the surface parking lots all around Near Southeast are going to be pretty enticing.
* One more add: Dr. Gridlock reports
that Metro will be testing more eight-car trains on the Green line.