Running along the west side of 1st Street SE between M and N will be "Ballpark Square," a large mixed-use development planned immediately north of Nationals Park. (Click to enlarge the above drawings.) The project will include:
* a 224,000-square-foot office building at the corner of 1st and M (seen at far right above), developed by Skanska as "99 M Street
* a 325ish-unit residential project and a 170-unit hotel just to the south of the office building (seen at center above), and
* 45,000 square feet of retail, most of which will be in the office/hotel/residential buildings, while the remaining 7,000 square feet will be in a separate two-story retail-only building at the corner of 1st and N (seen at far left, above), with a design "inspired by the industrial character of the existing neighborhood." (9/12)
Separate from the Grosvenor-Skanska-McCaffery project but surrounding its two-story retail building will be an L-shaped hotel (seen at far left above), which will be a Hampton Inn and Suites
. Construction got underway in early 2014 and the hotel is expected to deliver in mid-2015.
June 2006 - Looking along the west side of 1st Street north of N Street.
July 28, 2014
- By late July, the first hints of vertical construction were already visible above the fence along N Street.
June 14, 2014 - Sneaking a peek through the fence to see the progress on the Hampton Inn.
February 2006 - Looking south down the west side of 1st Street, north of N, in February 2006.
February 22, 2014 - The same location, with work getting started on the Hampton Inn site (marked by the green fence signs).
May 2006 - The southwest corner of 1st and M, seen in May 2006.
June 2, 2014
- And now, with Normandie Liquors long since demolished, the ballpark at rear, and 55 M Street
towering at right. This is where the Skanska's 99 M Street office building will mark the north end of Ballpark Square.
August 2007 - Looking across N Street toward what will eventually be the northeast corner of the intersection with Cushing Street.
June 28, 2014
- The same location, now with the Hampton Inn construction on display.
(Top) N Street buildings facing the ballpark, in August 2007.
(Bottom) The same location, in October 2013, more than five years after demolition. Now visible are 55 M Street
(left), 80 M (center), and 100 M
, all one block to the north.
(Top) An overhead view of the footprint of Square 701 as seen from the north in December 2008, showing its proximity to Nationals Park, just to the south. (12/08)
(Bottom) An early rendering of Ballpark Square (note the absence of the L-shaped Hampton Inn at far right).
May 2006 - The northwest corner of the Willco site is at Cushing and M streets, seen here in May 2006. The Plymouth Printing Company building is at right-center. (Normandie Liquors is just visible at far left.)
June 28, 2014
- The same location, with most of the site now cleared, and with the eastern stadium parking garage at rear and 55 M Street
looming across Cushing Street at right.
September 2012 - And a summer 2012 rendering of what the M Street frontage between Cushing and 1st would look like if the project is built as designed.
January 6, 2008 - The old and the new in the Ballpark District can easily be seen at the corner of First and N, as new sidewalks, a wider First Street, and historic streetlamps (and 100 M Street under construction in the distance) butt up against the abandoned buildings of the old Near Southeast.
October 27, 2013 - A slightly different view of the same location, long after demolition was completed in 2008.
- Normandie Liquors seemed to become a symbol of old versus new in Near Southeast. The shuttered liquor store held out while new buildings like 20 M
(left) and 80 M were built....
April 5, 2014 - .... But ultimately the need for stadium parking won out, and Normandie was demolished in early February 2008. This is a slightly different angle of the Normandie lot, with new signage touting 99 M Street, in spring 2014.