Wednesday, May 20, 2009
the Gateway to get a lot stronger
gotta love the restored storefronts (although these will be all office)
Envoronmental Design & Construction is majorly expanding their headquarters in Anacostia - a pretty encouraging thing for a developing neighborhood like ours. Although they are already located at the foot of Good Hope (with a consulting office on MLK), they recently began work on their expansion into the two adjacent properties, which will fill out the northwestern corner of Anacostia Gateway (the area one block in every direction from the intersection of MLK and Good Hope).
the site, from Good Hope, as it appears today
The site has two fronts: one on Good Hope and the other along MLK. Because of its location directly on the exit into Anacostia from the 11th Street Bridge, it's highly visible and will really improve first impressions. In the model below, the red brick building is the same as the red brick building above. Although the facade is the only part of that building being preserved, the back will be built to match the historic nature of the site.
future view from the MLK side, with views of their new courtyard
One interesting thing to notice is that the mural cuts off, signaling that the beige building used to extend further into what is now MLK Ave. When the right-of-way was constructed, the building was chopped off and given a new facade, which will be given a facelift as part of this project.
could it have been "Bury's", the same guy as from the corner store at W and MLK?
fortunately EDC plans to save the mural as an interior feature on the section that will be located inside the red brick portion
designed by Rippeteau Architects, the new construction is expected to receive a LEED-Silver certification, and will be completed next year.