A rendering showing the Yards from above the Anacostia.
Developers: Forest City Washington and GSA
Lead Office Architect: Shalom Baranes Assoc.
Designers: SMWM, M. Paul Friedberg and Partners
"The Yards"/Southeast Federal Center

A huge public-private partnership spanning 42 acres, 1.8 million sq ft office space, 2,800 residential units, 160,000-350,000 sq ft retail, and a 5.87-acre riverfront park. The first construction began in 2008, with the entire project to be completed in three phases over 10-20 years.

Links:
Official Web Sites: The Yards (Facebook, Twitter) | Yards Park (Facebook, Twitter)
Foundry Lofts (Facebook, Twitter) - Fully Leased
Yards Virtual Tour (6/11) | Yards Park Ribbon Cutting (9/7/10)
5/28/09 Park Groundbreaking | 10/3/07 Groundbreaking (Release, DC16 Video)
SFC Overlay (Zoning rules and regulations for the site) | SFC PUD Order (3/04)
Southeast Federal Public-Private Development Act of 2000
JD's Yards News Items & Additional Links


            Overview            First Phase Renderings/Photos            More Photos/Later Phases            Yards News Items            



Twelve12 Apartments ("Parcel D")


 

Construction began in December 2011 to turn what was known as "Parcel D" into a residential building known as the Twelve12 apartments with 218ish units (including 20 percent affordable housing). Confirmed retail tenants include Harris Teeter which will be on the north end near the red brick wall and turret at 401 M Street, as seen at right. The south end of the block will include a three-story building housing Vida Fitness/Penthouse Pool and Lounge/Bang Salon/Aura Spa as well as restaurants Sweetgreen and TaKorean, and is expected to open in 2014. The first residential move-ins are expected in June 2014.


Parcel N Apartments


 
 
Construction is expected to begin in late 2013/early 2014 on a to-be-named 327-unit apartment building on the southwest corner of 4th and Tingey. Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, it will be 11 stories tall, with a brick base topped with metal and glass windows on the upper floors. There will also be three eight-story "pavilions" on the west side, with a more industrial design. There will also be two private courtyards and a rooftop "amenities deck," along with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. It's expected the project would be completed in late 2015 or early 2016.



Building 213/Old NGA Site/Parcels A, F, G

The first phase of the redevelopment of the 44 acres of the Southeast Federal Center site will see the construction of the Yards Park, the renovation of three existing buildings and the construction of one new one. Note that specifics such as start dates are estimates, and all designs may still undergo modifications. All renderings are courtesy Forest City Washington.

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The Boilermaker Shop


Built in 1919 on the northeast corner of 3rd and Tingey Street, the old Building 167 (seen here in 2007) is being renovated into 46,815 sq ft of retail space. Retailers already open are Bluejacket Brewery and its restaurant, The Arsenal, Buzz Bakery, Nando's Peri-Peri, Wells Cleaners, and GNC. Willie's Brew and 'Que sportsbar and 100 Montaditos are also expected to open in the building. The now-completed DOT HQ is at left and Building 202 is peeking out at far right. (3/07)


The same view, with the rehabilitation completed and with some tenants now open. (1/12/14)


The southern exterior of Building 167, awaiting rehabilitation. (7/17/08)


And the same facade seen above, looking a bit different. (9/29/13)


The western end of the building, where GNC opened in August 2013 and Wells Dry Cleaners opened in January, 2013, and where Willie's Brew and Que is slated to take the end space at left. (9/29/13)


The east end of the building, facing Tingey near 4th Street, where restaurant Nando's Peri-Peri opened in August, 2013. (9/29/13)


Bluejacket's signage and its new summer patio, in spring 2014. (Sorry the sign is so hard to see!) (4/5/14) 


Bluejacket's interior, a few weeks after its opening, with Twelve12's construction looming across the street.
(See more Bluejacket interior photos.) (11/10/13)


The building's western end, at 3rd Street, where Willie's Brew and 'Que will be. (9/6/12)


Inside the Willie's space. (See more Sept. 2012 interior photos.) (9/6/12)


A view of the work on the Boilermaker Shops from on high (from one of the Foundry Lofts penthouses, during a January 2012 tour). (1/25/12)


Zooming down the front of the building with three tenants now open, and with the Twelve12 project rising at year. (9/29/13)



The east side of the Boilermaker Shop, facing Fourth Street, in June 2007. (06/07)


A non-wide-angle view of the same part of the building. (9/6/12)



An old, bad, through-the-windshield view of the east end of the Boilermaker Shops, in May 2004, before the construction of the US Department of Transportation. (5/04)


A similar angle, with Bluejacket drawing a crowd at the corner (and Twelve12's construction at right marring the streetscape). (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



The interior of Building 167, looking toward its Fourth Street door, with its multitudes of windows along the sides and in its roof letting in much light, even on a cloudy day. (7/17/08)


The huge 15-ton crane in the building's rafters that used to help move objects along the floor. (7/17/08)


The same crane, now contained within a new mezzanine office space. (9/9/12)



The old office at the southeast corner. (7/17/08)


The window structure will be retained (though of course new glass will be installed). The exposed brick beneath the windows will also be cleaned up and retained. (7/17/08)



A closer view of the ceiling. (7/17/08)


One more view of the interior, this time looking toward the northern side of the building at the Third Street entrance. (7/17/08)



While waiting for construction to get underway, the Boilermaker Shop has been used for some events, such as the October 2008 announcement of the $42 million public-private partnership to build and maintain the Waterfront Park at the Yards. (10/29/08)



A very wide-angle lens view back in 2008 showing the Boilermaker Shop's location relative to the Foundry Lofts and the Yards Park, down what will be a new section of Third Street. (4/5/08)


Lastly, a view of the Boilermaker Shops, the Foundry Lofts, and the Lumber Shed at the Yards Park (along with the red brick Building 170 that's JBG's purview and not part of the Yards) as seen from the northwest, as the foundation was being dug for the US Department of Transportation headquarters. (Guess I won't be getting an "after" of this angle.) (9/2/04)




The Foundry Lofts

Additional Photos: January 2012 Interiors | November 2011 Construction Tour

Originally constructed in 1918, the distinctive four-story structure once known as Building 160 and the Pattern/Joiner Shop is being redeveloped as the 170-unit Foundry Lofts, with two new floors added on top and a five-story open interior courtyard and some ground-floor retail. Work began in 2008, but stalled later that year because of funding issues. Financing for the affordable housing component was secured in August 2010, and work restarted soon after, with the first residents moving in late in 2011. Ground-floor retailers are Potbelly Sandwich Works and Kruba Thai and Sushi, which opened in April and November 2012, respectively, while Evo Furniture Gallery (originally named Desi Living Loft Furniture) opened in summer 2013.



A view of the old Building 160 in August 2005. (8/05)


Five years later, the building has been buffed and scrubbed, and given two new floors on top. (5/26/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



A closer view of the south side of the building, in August 2005. (5/08)


A different angle of the same side of the building, with the renovating completed, and showing the penthouse units on top. (2/26/12)



The interior of the then-soon-to-open Potbelly Sandwich Works on the northwest corner of the building, seen via peeking through a smudgy window. (2/26/12)


The southwest corner of the building, where Kruba Thai and Sushi opened on Nov. 9, 2012. A new awning has been installed over the sidewalk, in preparation for outdoor restaurant seating. (11/9/12)



Looking at Evo Furniture Gallery, which opened in summer 2013. At far left is the outdoor seating for Kruba. (11/11/13)



One end of the Foundry Lofts's interior courtyard, showing a seating area and the yoga platform. (1/25/12)



The community room. For more photos of the building's interior and the courtyard, see this gallery. (1/25/12)



A model unit inside the Foundry Lofts. For more interior photos, see this gallery and this one. (11/1/11)


The view looking southward along the balconies of the two-story penthouse units. The Yards Park and the Douglass Bridge are visible at right. (1/25/12)



A shot showing the very industrial look of the units, with the Navy Yard visible through the windows. (11/1/11)


The hallways, running along windows looking at the interior courtyard. (11/1/11)



Looking at the Pattern Joiner Shop building from the southeast, in August 2005. (The huge wheels are just an added bonus.) (5/08)


The same angle 6 1/2 years later, standing in what is now the Yards Park. (2/26/12)



Looking at the Pattern Joiner Shop building from Fourth Street, in December 2007. (12/07)


The same location, with construction finished, and with a nice view of the two new top floors. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



Another view of the building, looking north in August 2005, while the DOT HQ was still under construction. The DOT HQ is at the left/center (with 3rd Street bisecting its two buildings). (08/05)


The same spot, now smack in the middle of the Yards Park, with construction nearing completion. (12/15/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



The Foundry Lofts building, as seen in a wide-angle-lens shot from Third and Tingey in December 2006. (See, I told you it was Building 160.) (12/06)


A non-wide-angle-lens shot from the same location, with the renovation completed. (2/26/12)


And a nighttime view of the building's southern end, the same as the rendering at the top of the page, to bring everything full circle. (11/16/12)



Factory 202


Factory 202 (the splashy new name for what's been known as the Gun Assembly Building or Broadside Mount Shop or Building 202) was originally built in 1941. It is being co-developed by Forest City and PN Hoffman as a 271-unit condo building, again with two floors added on top, and could be completed in 2011. (3/07)

Two views of what the renovations of Factory 202 may look like, specifically showing the two floors added to the roof and the glass-enclosed atrium inside the building. Designs by SK&I Architecture Design Group.



The eastern side of Building 202 finally came into view from M Street east of Fifth in summer 2008, when a hole was punched in the historic brick wall to make way for the eventual 5 1/2 Street, SE. Building 74, at left will eventually be redeveloped into townhouses. (8/24/08)


Building 202, facing M Street. (10/03)



Although the Federal Protective Services has now moved out of Building 202, some evidence remains. (10/29/08)


A closeup of the northeast corner of the building, just inside the M Street brick wall. (10/29/08)




Building 202 (right) as seen from the roof of the old Capper Seniors building just before it was demolished. (11/1/07)




The southeast corner of 4th and M Streets, seen here in 2007, with the very historic red brick wall and turret dominating. (5/6/07)


The same angle, with construction now topped out. (3/09/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



The northeast corner of 4th and Tingey in July 2009, with Building 202 the main attraction. (7/16/09)


The same angle, with exterior construction not too far from wrapping up. (Factory 202 is the red brick building at rear.) (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



A close-up of the south side of the Vida Fitness and retail space at 4th and Tingey, with the eastern residential tower at upper right. Note the stairs up from the curb being installed. (4/5/14) 


At 4th and M SE, the historic turret (left) is restored, and the glass for the northwest edge of the Harris Teeter is in place. (12/15/13)



A good view of the two residential towers, and the Teeter portion of the project, as seen from M at 5th Street, SE. (12/15/13)


Drawing showing the planned Vida Fitness Penthouse Club, along with Twelve12's location in relation to the Boilermaker Shops the Foundry Lofts, and the Lumber Shed at the Yards Park. (10/12)



Looking at the southern side of M Street, westward from 5th Street, in March 2004. (3/04)


The same angle, with US DOT long since having filled in much of the skyline, and with Twelve12's construction now joining in. (12/15/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.



A slightly different view from 4th and Tingey, looking north along 4th, in 2009. Peeking out at far left is the Boilermaker Shops.


The same angle, under construction. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



What one used to see near the old brick turret when looking south on 4th from M. (10/20/03)


The old view of the Parcel D lot from 4th Street was not particularly inviting. (Although being able to see all of Building 202 is not a bad thing.) (3/07)



Old Parcel D Designs

The original Parcel D designs, unveiled in 2007, called for 320,000 sq ft of office space above the supermarket, and a separate residential building, 400 Tingey, with 170-190 apartments. Designs by Shalom Baranes Associates.


A view of the previous designs for Parcel D, showing the western side of the development, which would face 4th Street. At far left is the sentry tower at M Street. The grocery store is still planned for the ground-floor area at left, but in 2010 the site plan was redesigned to be a single all-residential building with ground-floor retail. These 2007 designs by Shalom Baranes Associates.



The Yards Park


A May 2009 rendering showing an aerial view of the Yards Park at dusk. The "Great Lawn" is the green patch at left, the expanded Canal Basin with its pedestrian bridge is just to the right, the Lumber Storage Shed (to be rehabbed with glass walls) and its plaza is at top center, and the boardwalk runs across the bottom past marinas and piers and west to Diamond Teague Park. The first phase of the park was completed in September 2010. Piers, marinas, and the retail buildings would come in later phases. Image courtesy Forest City Washington. The park's official web site is at yardspark.org.
 


The Pedestrian Bridge and Light Tower, seen at the park's Sept. 7 grand opening. For many more photos from the ribbon cutting, see this Gallery. (9/7/10)


Near the water's edge. (9/7/10)


A nighttime shot at the park, showing the canal basin, the Lumber Shed, and the ghostly presence of the Foundry Lofts building. For more nighttime shots of the park, see this gallery. (9/24/10)


In late 2011, the bridge connecting Yards Park with Diamond Teague Park and Nationals Park opened.
(See a gallery of photos of the new bridge.) (11/25/11)


Looking at the Yards Park and the Foundry Lofts from downriver, on the Douglass Bridge, in January 2012. (1/8/12)



A "before" view of the park's footprint along 3rd Street south of Water, in August 2005. (8/6/05)


The same location, now to be known as the Third Street Plaza. For many more before-and-afters in the park, see the Expanded Archive. (9/7/10)



Turning around and looking north up Third Street from south of what would become Water Street, in 2005. (8/6/05)


The same location, showing off the canal basin, the waterfall, and the fountains at the Third Street Plaza, on the day of the park's ribbon cutting. (9/7/10)



The riverfront near the bulkhead, before. (7/17/08)


A similar view of the same location, with the park completed. (9/7/10)



The historic Lumber Storage Shed, built in the 1930s and showcasing its decidely non-historic salmon-colored tin exterior. (7/17/08)


A similar view, with the shed long since de-skinned and now open as a retail pavilion. (More details here.) (12/15/13) Click to see all available photos of this location.




Walking on the bridge at night. For more nighttime shots of the park, see this gallery. (9/24/10)


A view from the overlook toward the open grass and boardwalk. (8/27/10)



A before-and-after of the park as seen from Poplar Point, looking north up Third Street, SE, on Feb. 24, 2008 (top)
and Jan. 8, 2012 (bottom).   Click to see all available photos of this location.


The boardwalk and the light tower, looking toward Diamond Teague Park and the Florida Rock site and the Douglass Bridge (and Buzzard's Point in Southwest) in the distance. (9/7/10)



Looking at the park footprint from the southeast viewing platform at Nationals Park, first on 9/1/07 while the stadium was in under construction, and then at the end of the ballpark's third season, a few weeks after the Yards Park opened. (9/25/10)



Standing on the Great Lawn, looking back toward the Canal Basin and the Foundry Lofts. (9/7/10)


A water's edge view of the stepped landscaping that rises up from the boardwalk. The three (well-concealed) retail pavilions, with the shed at left, won't be completed until the park's second phase.



Standing south of the axis of Fourth Street, looking east toward the Navy Yard and the Display Ship Barry, in 2005. (8/6/05)


The same location, with the location known as the "Virginia Avenue Gardens" getting some down-to-the-wire work done just before the park's opening. (9/7/10)



Looking toward the Douglass Bridge from near the Fourth Street line, in 2008. (10/29/08)


The same location, on the day of the park's ribbon cutting. (9/7/10)



Another nighttime look at the park, showing the canal basin, the pedestrian bridge, and the light tower. For more shots of the park after dark, see this gallery. (9/24/10)


Yards Park Second Phase


The second phase will see the rehabilitation of the Lumber Storage Shed as well as the construction of two new buildings, all of which will offer a combined 55,000-sq-ft of retail. Here are basic drawings of the three structures, as seen from along the water (top) and from Water Street (bottom).



An April 2011 rendering showing the renovated Lumber Shed as seen from Water Street, with glass walls enclosing retail offerings and (temporarily) Forest City Washington's offices, on the second floor. (see a larger version) In February 2012, Forest City announced Italian restaurant Osteri Morini as the first signed retail tenant, now with an expected opening date of late 2013/early 2014. Agua 301 was announced as a second restaurant tenant in late 2012. (4/11/11)



A similar view to the above rendering, with the glass exterior completed and the construction fences down. (5/26/13)


The shed's river-facing side, with Osteria Morini days away from opening (and staff being trained inside). Agua 301 is at left. (11/11/13)


The shed's east side. (11/11/13)



Inside Agua 301 a few days before its official opening. (More photos here.) (12/16/13) 


Peeking into Osteria Morini before the day's service gets underway. (12/16/13) 



A 1983 photo of the Lumber Storage Shed, from the NCPC Yards Phase 2 design review. After years with a corregated exterior, the shed returned to this "naked" look in 2010.


A similar view, with Agua 301 occupying the corner space and just about to open. (12/15/13) 



The Lumber Storage Shed with its faaaaahbulous salmon corregated tin wrapper, in 2005. (08/05)


The same angle, with exterior construction mostly finished. (5/26/13)



Standing at the recently built intersection of Fourth and Water streets, looking southwest into what will be the park. The Douglass Bridge is seen in the distance. (12/7/08)


A 2009 rendering of the same spot, with the two new-construction retail pavilions at left, and the Lumber Storage Shed not quite visible behind the trees.



A 2009 nighttime rendering from the second floor of the eastern retail pavilion, looking across past the middle building (far right) and the Lumber Storage Shed (right center), with the light tower and the pedestrian bridge visible as well.



The less-than-inviting interior of the old Lumber Storage Shed back when it was still the terra-cotta-colored building sitting in the middle of the park's footprint. (7/17/08)



The second floor of the storage shed, before. (7/17/08)


Looking down onto the shed's ground floor. (7/17/08)



Later Phases



Looking west into what will be the eastern footprint of the park, from the riverwalk in front of the Navy Yard, in April 2004. (04/04)


The educational organization Living Classrooms of the National Capital Area will be eventually building their new main campus building on this location. There's no timeline yet for construction, and it will probably be a while, since Living Classrooms will be undertaking a fundraising drive to pay for the project. (Rendering from STUDIOS Architecture)




An early rendering of the Parcel N project, as seen from 4th Street at Tingey, looking south. (Enlarged version.)


The same location, with some construction underway. The Foundry Lofts building is at right. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



Looking north from Water Street toward Tingey, west of 4th Street, in August 2005, across what is the Parcel N footprint. (8/6/05)


A rendering of a slightly different angle of the same location. (Enlarged version.)



The southwest corner of 4th and Tingey, in December 2007. (12/15/07)


The same location. (4/05/14)  Click to see all available photos of this location.



Looking at Parcel N from 4th and Water, in December 2008. (12/7/08)


The same location. (2/22/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



A nearly decade-old photo of the Parcel N lot, looking south from Tingey west of 4th Street, in May 2004. The retro versions of the Foundry Lofts and Lumber Shed are at right. (5/21/04)




The former Building 213 on the old Southeast Federal Center site, as seen from 1st and M in March 2007. The building first became home to somewhat shadowy government operations in 1963 when the CIA moved into what was then the renovated Naval Weapons Plant warehouse with what the Washington Post described as "no announcement, no little ceremony, no welcome-to-the-great-southeast-sector fanfare." Eventually the Defense Mapping Agency (later renamed the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency) was housed there (along with most likely some other cloak and dagger operations), until it moved to a new $1.7 billion campus in Springfield. Demolition began in 2014, and eventually it will be replaced with office buildings. (3/22/07)



The old National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency building, shot after the agency moved out in 2011 and when I started feeling comfortable photographing the building knowing that guns wouldn't be pointed at me. (12/3/11)


The same angle, after the ArtYards DC project redesigned the southwestern sides of building and with the initial stages of demolition underway. (2/27/14) Click to see all available photos of this location.



 
 
In late 2013, Forest City filed plans with the Zoning Commission for the temporary uses of Parcels A, F, and G after the expected demolition of Building 213.
A park/open space would fill the northern half of the block, while a 208-space parking lot would use the southwestern corner (closest to the ballpark) and the trapeze school currently at 4th and Tingey would move to the block's southeastern side, at New Jersey and Tingey. (click to enlarge)



The oh-so-scenic northeast corner of Building 213, at New Jersey and M. (2/8/06)


The building's frontage along the portion of New Jersey Avenue that was built through in 2007. If you squint and know what your looking for, the Capitol Dome is visible at far right. (12/15/13)



In February 2014, holes appeared in the building's outer walls as interior demolition picked up steam. (2/27/14) 


The dinosaur, minus a notch. (2/27/14) 


Before its tenants moved out, the NGA site was ringed with high levels of security. (5/26/13)



The south end of Building 213, after ArtYards had its way with it. (12/15/13)


The north end, facing M Street, suffered a similar fate. (12/15/13)



When the neighborhood was a somewhat forgotten gritty industrial area, Building 213's high fences and gun-toting guards didn't seem like an issue. But as redevelopment got underway, and especially when Nationals Park brought 40,000 pedestrians 81 times a year to the sidewalk right outside a very secretive agency, it was clear that it was going to have to move. (5/9/04)






Choose a Phase One Project to View, or View All:

The Foundry Lofts

The Boilermaker Shops

Twelve12 Apartments

Parcel N

The Yards Park

Building 213/Parcel A



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