Thanks to Jason for the initial tip and to the several readers who alerted us to demolition activity on D St NW between 7th & 8th. It appears that demolition work has ramped up of the old Union Hardware building (and the building next door). We wrote a post 2 1/2 years ago (wow, time flies!) regarding plans for these two buildings.
According to our past information, the Union Hardware building (711 D St NW) will be completely demolished and redeveloped into a much taller building, while the neighboring building (709 D St NW) will be rehabbed. The DCRA permit that was approved for this demolition work on 11/3/2009 states DEMO FACADE. However, the HPRB action approval on 10/22/2009 states “711 D Street, NW, HPA #10-005, concept/new façade on non-contributing building.” So, we’re guessing that the original plan to demolish the entire 711 D St NW building and develop a new 5-story building still holds.
The planned use for these buildings (retail, office or residential) is still undetermined.