Just east of Penn Quarter, Capitol Crossing is the ambitious project being constructed by Property Group Partners that aims to deck over I-395 just south of New York Ave NW and build a multi-block swath of office and residential buildings reconnecting the DC grid back into place. If you’ve driven up 395 and gotten off at any of the neighborhood exits such as D Street or Mass Ave you’ll have seen the pillars and platform being constructed.
We learned by press release [PDF] that the first phase of construction of the elevated deck is complete and vertical construction will begin on 200 Massachusetts Ave NW (renderings link), the first office building that will be delivered in 2018. PQ Living plans to track this project as it evolves. A few details about reaching this phase follow below from the press release:
Work on 200 Massachusetts Avenue, NW is scheduled to be completed in 2018. The building includes almost 30,000 square feet of retail on the ground level and around 400,000 total square feet of mixed-use space. Completion of the second building at 250 Massachusetts Avenue, NW will follow shortly thereafter.
Completed work on the first phase of construction, includes a modernized infrastructure that makes utility services more efficient for residents, while supporting continued development. Upgrades and improvements such as a new high-voltage electrical line along Massachusetts Avenue from Third to Fourth streets reconnects the grid, stabilizes the electricity supply and increases capacity to meet the needs of many more new residents. New 30-inch and 8-inch water mains and upgrades to gas lines and local telecom utilities throughout the area make utility service more efficient.
The largest steel crane in the city was recently built on site in support of work on the highway deck, which will be completed this fall. Additionally, work recently began on the platform foundations, which will fully reconnect F Street and G Street NW, a significant first step that marks progress toward an integrated city grid.