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Looks like SE DC might get a new hospital.

A $400 million hospital proposed for Southeast Washington, pushed by supporters as a medical mecca that will transform health care in long-underserved neighborhoods, was signed into official development today by Mayor Anthony A. Williams (D) and the president of Howard University.

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From the Washington Post....

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/conte...6011701042.html

The M.L.K. Library's days may be numbered. In spite of its having been designed by Mies van der Rohe, the M.L.K. Library is a grim, depressing, dreary place. I support the idea of a new library. As for the old building, it shouldn't be demolished, if only to serve as a reminder of the failures of the Modern Movement in architecture. Perhaps it could be preserved in some fashion, but it is functionally obsolete as a library.

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Urban Center Plan For Shady Grove Wins Approval

An industrial zone around the Shady Grove Metro station would be transformed within the next 20 years into an urban center with office buildings, shops and enough housing for 12,000 people, under a plan approved by the Montgomery County Council yesterday.

In an 8 to 1 vote, the council agreed to allow as many as 6,340 new residences -- apartments, townhouses and single-family homes -- in the 200-acre area surrounding the northwestern end of Metro's Red Line. One-quarter of that housing would be set aside for families struggling to buy or rent in the county.

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Chevy Chase developer raises H Street stakes

Steuart Investment wants to build more than 210 apartments and a grocery store along the western edge of the H Street corridor. Because it can.

And Abdo's partner Broadway has a 140-unit residential project at Third and Eye streets.

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Big Developments Are in the Works for Southeast

In the Washington Post today, colorful developer Marty Chernoff describes how he's built an empire in an otherwise forgotten area of the city. It isn't forgotten now, as developers line up to grab the land for shining office towers. Marty's on his way back to Denver, $51 m. richer. It never hurts to have the right property at the right time, does it?

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Longtime biz balks at Rockville's Stonestreet plan

Wayne Harrison doesn't want to be a victim of the next big thing in Rockville.

City officials are mulling a plan to overhaul the Stonestreet Avenue corridor, on the east side of Metrorail's tracks and in the shadow of the $350 million Rockville Town Square.

Stonestreet Avenue, with its proximity to downtown and a Metro station, is a prime piece of real estate also home to a collection of auto shops, service-oriented businesses and some of the city's oldest companies -- including H.T. Harrison & Sons.

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I have friends who have a large town house near the Twinbrook Metro station. They are practically salivatin at the prospects of rising land values in the area. For their sake, I hope the land values hold.

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NoMa...The Next Big Thing?

The area notehr of Massachusetts Avenue near Union Station is being transformed into an area of....wel, we don't know exactly how it's going to shape up just yet. Several developers have big projects going, and the federal government has claimed it would build huge hives of offices in the area, but many questions remain about how the area will be reborn. Offices or apartments? Condos? More restaurants? Stay tuned for more sevelopments. This area could be the next hotspot in D.C..

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Sounds like a lot is going on in that section of the city. In related news here is another article.

Pepco to unload NoMa land for as much as $120M

Pepco is selling four acres of prime property at the northeast corner of the NoMa gateway.

Late last month, the utility company put the land -- less than a block from the intersection of Florida and New York avenues -- on the market.

Jayne Shister, a senior vice president at real estate firm Cassidy & Pinkard who represents Pepco, won't say how much the utility wants for the property in NoMa, as the neighborhood north of Massachusetts Avenue is called.

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Developer breaks ground on Reston project

Boston Properties recently began construction on a massive office complex in Reston.

Called South of Market, the two-building spec office project totaling 402,000 of rentable square feet is at Reston Town Center. The Boston-based real estate giant says the complex will be completed in the first quarter of 2008, when initial occupancy is also expected.

South of Market will ultimately consist of 850,000 square feet in four buildings, including 770,000 square feet of office space and 80,000 square feet of retail, according to the Reston Town Center's Web site.

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Clark Capital secures $47M loan for D.C. apartments

Clark Capital Markets Group has closed a $47.44 million construction loan to finance a 308-unit luxury apartment community at the Fort Totten Metro station in D.C.

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Firms hope to ride wave of development on D.C.'s Southwest waterfront

Seventeen local and national development companies say they are interested in redeveloping the nearly 50-acre Southwest waterfront in D.C.

Companies from throughout the Washington region, New York, Chicago and Baltimore responded to the Anacostia Waterfront Corp.'s request for expressions of interest. Submissions were due on Monday.

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Projects Built Around Lone Holdout on Massachusetts Avenue

Architect Austin Spriggs refused to sell his rowhouse to Trammell Crow. Now they are building two projects around his small house. Spriggs intends to install a pizza restaurant in the building. While I think this will look ridiculous, I rather admire the spirit of this man.

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D.C. waterfront group narrows redevelopment contenders to five

The Anacostia Waterfront Corp. trimmed the list of developers competing for the right to redevelop the 47-acre Southwest waterfront to five teams on Tuesday.

The city-sponsored economic development corporation selected three locally lead teams, one from Baltimore and another from Chicago from an initial list of 17 teams that responded to AWC's March solicitation.

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Economic upside in store for Fairfax Co.'s south side

Fairfax County's south side, particularly Baileys Crossroads, could soon see millions of square feet of development as supply gets in line with demand.

More than 70 active proposals to recharge the county with a huge wave of commercial and residential development will be up for review soon. The plans include overhauls of shopping centers, mixed-use projects at aging commercial sites and infill development at the 700-acre Fair Lakes complex.

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Lerner, Tower begin construction on Dulles 28 Centre

Lerner Enterprises and The Tower Cos. have started construction on a 300,000-square-foot shopping center in Dulles.

The new retail center will join an existing 135,000-square-foot Wegmans Food Market that opened in 2004. Both are part of a 300-acre planned development called Dulles 28 Centre, which also features a 151-room Residence Inn by Marriott that opened in April.

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I've never been out to Dulles so I don't know exactly how this fits into the cityscape, but from the description, it sounds like a strip mall or "town center" on steroids.

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New Carrollton site to sing a whole new $75M tune

Elvis slept here in 1971. And, just like that famous guest, the owners of a hotel in New Carrollton are all shook up over a new love: the site's $75 million redevelopment.

Work should start in September on an overhaul of the New Carrollton Hotel on Route 450 just inside the Beltway. It will become a Sheraton Four Points surrounded by new retail, office condominiums and about 100 residential units.

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D.C. baseball district prompts bid for a BID

The new baseball stadium and the Washington Navy Yard are drawing billions of dollars worth of development to the long-neglected Anacostia waterfront. When it's all done, everyone agrees, the area will be a major D.C. destination.

But, for now, much of the neighborhood is a collection of empty lots, crumbling buildings and litter.

So a handful of its biggest property owners are trying to organize a business improvement district (BID) to whip the waterfront into a cleaner and safer place while it is being transformed from an industrial dumping ground to a mixed-income neighborhood with stores and offices, all built around a 41,000-seat Washington Nationals stadium.

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Hmmm, not a bad idea.

Georgia Avenue is set to get a boost with the Park Place development set to be built atop the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro stop. Having been at that exact Metro stop only a week ago, I can attest that this project will be a shot in the arm for that neighborhood. Most would consider it a little "sketchy" (although it doesn't really bother me), but it's clear that development has historically skipped over this neighborhood. Great news for sure.

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Hmmm, not a bad idea.

Georgia Avenue is set to get a boost with the Park Place development set to be built atop the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro stop. Having only been at that exact Metro stop only a week ago, I can attest that this project will be a shot in the arm for that neighborhood. Most would consider it a little "sketchy" (although it doesn't really bother me), but it's clear that development has historically skipped over this neighborhood. Great news for sure.

I agree. It is a bit sketchy an area, development like this has missed Ga. Ave. I'm glad that it's going to be incorporated with the metro too. This, like you said, should be a shot in the arm to that area.

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It's interesting that a government building was first proposed for this neighborhood for the purpose of giving it a jump start. The article mentioned that a government building was a catalyst in U Street's revitalization. Until last week, I didn't even know that U Street was a corridor of activity like it is, and I certainly knew of no neighborhoods in which a government building helped to give it new life. Interesting on both counts.

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