Keeping Up With 3 Big Development Projects on the Morning Walk
Out on my usual walks with Little Pie (morning, day, and night), it is impossible not to marvel at the at some of the largest development projects in the city. After a long wait for the projects to get started, I am amazed every day by the way the street looks so different. Below are some pictures from one of our morning walks this week, along with some of the recent media coverage of what will be coming to the projects. Even with the projects in our backyard, it is hard to keep track of everything going on with them.
O Street Market– We had many trips to the old Giant and are eager to see what the new Giant will look like. After teasing us about getting started, the awesome time-lapse cameras show the sky view of the progress ushered forward by a higher authority. One thing that I have been wondering about is the renderings don’t really show a good view of what the 9th street side will look like. In addition to the Cambria Suites, I am curious about what restaurants will be there along with the Dolci Gelati. Either way, it seems like the residential ammenities are going to be pretty cool with yoga/spinning and massage room; roof top lounge and infinity lap pool; HD theatre; rooftop dog park; and electric car charging stations.
City Center– While the old convention center was already torn down when I moved here, I made many a trek across the expansive parking lot that followed. After finally finding an unlikely source of financing, it seems as the building is going up quickly. It also seems like the high end design residential condos are selling well, including a penthouse. In the office building, the tenants of Covington & Burling and American Hospital Association have been announced; however, the approximated 60 retail and restaurant locations seem to remain a mystery. While Apple has been a likely suspect and there has been much speculation about retailers like Uniquolo Top Shop, REI, Mui, AC Moore/ Michaels, Sur la Table, Crate and Barrel, Nordstrom, and Bloomingdales; it appears the only solid announcement is Del Friscos and possibly some type of specialty food market.
Convention Center Marriott–Another long awaited project, the Marriott finally broke ground. It seemed like it took a long time to make it to ground level; although, it seems understandable with the massive underground complex and connection to the convention center. Apparently, the atrium is going to be the size of a football field, with an interesting looking lobby. The naming for the rooms takes a local cue as meeting rooms on level 1 are named after local universities, level 3 after neighborhoods in DC, and level 4 after federal buildings. The ground level layout has a coffee bar, sports bar, hotel restaurant, corner bar, gift shop, and specialty restaurant. Pie is sad that there are no dogs allowed; however, maybe the new general manager, Dan Nadeau, will change his mind.