• Pre-leasing has begun at Foundry Lofts. The apartment units will have 12-14’ ceilings, exposed brick and concrete beams, along with hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. Move-ins at the 170-unit apartment building at The Yards are scheduled to begin in October.
  • 950 L’Enfant Plaza was put on the market by Heyman Properties. The office building is the south building at L’Enfant Plaza and is one of the buildings not owned by JBG (the other is the USPS headquarters), which is in the midst of renovating the retail center and plans to build a hotel, office and maybe apartments. The latest retailer to open at the renovated food court is Au Bon Pain.
  • The Southwest Post Office on Half Street is on the chopping block, one of 19 post offices in the District that’s slated to possibly close due to financial difficulties at the United States Postal Service. USPS leases the space from the Ruben Companies, which owns the rest of the block (including the Exxon gas station that once stood there). The current lease expires at the end of 2012.
  • The Georgetown University Health Disparities office is moving into retail space at Capitol Hill Tower at 1100 New Jersey Ave., SE. The office will serve as a home base for employees who will do outreach in Wards 6, 7 and 8 to conduct research on environmental health, obesity, and breast cancer research.
  • Road work has begun on eastbound Maine Avenue, SW from the northbound 14th Street Bridge ramp to 12th St., SW. The construction project will replace an existing 4-foot-wide sidewalk with a new 14-foot-wide trail that will accommodate pedestrians and bikes. The new trail is a link in the 20-mile Anacostia Riverwalk Trail that will span both sides of the river upon completion. On-street parking will be removed in this area as a result and one lane of traffic will be eliminated. The work is scheduled to be completed around mid-October.

Development news from Southwest was adapted from the Southwest…The Little Quadrant That Could blog (www.southwestquadrant.blogspot.com) and Near SE development news was adapted from the JD Land blog (www.jdland.com/dc).

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