It has been a while since we have done a development update. While the rest of us have been busy with the holiday season, inauguration activities and the like, the construction crews at the Monroe Street Market have kept their nose to the grindstone. In total, there are 4 Blocks of development underway. Here is the latest.
“Block A”- This is a roughly two block stretch along Monroe Street that starts at 7th Street and meets up with Michigan Ave NE. Underground parking garage levels are complete and now concrete and steel floors above ground are quickly going up. Still, we should expect that deck (floors) and column concrete pours will be going on for the next few months.
So here is what the A Block will look like when completed. At the westernmost end of the development (where Monroe intersects with Michigan Avenue), there will be a public square envisioned as a vibrant space for students, faculty, and local residents to meet and mingle. Highlights of the square will be a fountain, outdoor café seating, and a clock tower. Note how the traffic pattern will be improved at the intersection. Currently it is not very pedestrian friendly at all. The apartments in this part of the development will be called the “Cornerstone” as they are described as the “hub of the Community”. The apartments are slated to be move-in ready by January 2014.
The most advanced development block is the “C Block”. The exterior brick facade has been going up quickly. Inside the building, trim work, cabinets and drywall are being installed, in addition to upgraded utility lines to service the building. This building is located between Monroe St. and Michigan Ave, at 8th St. NE. It will have 152 apartment residences, retail facing Monroe St., NE and a pedestrian walkway down the center, called the Arts Walk, lined with 27 artist studios. These apartments will be called the “Brookland Works” and are described as “Industrial Chic Living”. The apartments and artist studios will be ready for move in by June 2013.
As a reminder, here is how it will look when complete:
The north end of the C block/Arts Walk will have direct access to the Metro. The pedestrian-only Arts Walk will have a plaza at the north end featuring an 80 ft. decorative steel tower, a water feature, a stage for live performances, and a green wall covering the south side of the Drew Bridge. Here are present and future looks at the space.
Another feature of the C Block is the extension of the Met Branch Trail that will run along the side of the building. Unless something changes, it looks like it will have a decent slope to it. It will connect to McCormack drive along the side of Catholic University to extend that stretch of the trail.
The ArtsFlex Building is really starting to take shape. It sits across from the C Block building at the south-east intersection of Monroe and 8th Streets, NE along the Metro tracks. The concrete deck and retaining wall have been poured and the steel structure has gone up. It’s really exciting because it hints at how high the ceilings will be and the tallest support structures help you to visualize the three tower like features. The Arts Flex building will host artist, community, and university events. The design calls for one large industrial space and a large front patio/plaza area. The Arts Flex building is slated to be delivered in Summer 2013.
As a reminder, here is what the Arts Flex building will look like when completed.
Of the four blocks under development, the “B Block” is the one that really surprised me with how far it has come in the past few months. By now you can see where the staircases and elevator towers are going to be, and the steel structure that will give the triangular-shaped building its rounded corners is up. Now that the concrete foundation is complete, wood framing is going up quickly. As you can see from one of the pictures, pipes and other infrastructure have been installed in the garage and ground floor retail spaces. The building will be six stories high and will have apartments called the “Portland Flats” which are described as “Grand Boutique apartments in a Flatiron building”. The apartments are on schedule to be delivered October 2013.
As a reminder, here is how it will look when completed.
Here is a present day and future comparison of the A (left) and B (right) Blocks, looking west on Monroe Street at 7th St. NE:
Beginning in early January, 7th street between Monroe and Michigan Avenue has been closed to vehicle traffic.This is part of a realignment of the intersection while installing new curbs and gutters. This portion of 7th street is expected to be closed for the next couple months.