Update 5/8/14 – Construction will start on June 1 2014. ( Don’t shoot the messenger if it doesn’t happen, it’s what I’ve been told from the Developer.)
Unofficial sources tell me we should start to see construction activity at the Lowes site some time in June. This would in turn be the end of that unsightly dirt stock pile, “Mount Lowes” which is now starting to grow its own Forrest. This is about a month later than what was anticipated when I last reported on Lowes from official sources a few months ago. In any instance there seems to be confidence that its going to happen so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.
Against my better judgment, and due to the lack of development news, I have decided to share some of the renderings I am working on. My “sim city” of sorts depicts my vision for Fort Lincoln and the Washington Gateway as a true gateway (which it is) to the city. The renderings above depict a mixed used retail, hospitality, and large meeting space development as an anchor to a revitalized Industrial/Office park (Industrial/Office park not shown). It also features light rail with a dedicated parking garage which would serve portions of South Dakota and New York Avenues to help relieve traffic. In addition, the light rail will serve as a direct connection to the city center for visitors who have hotel accommodations at the District Gateway as well as access to other developments along the NY Ave Corridor. Let me know what your thoughts are?
Disclaimer: Please be advise that these renderings/ideas are just my hobby and are for fun. The renderings and ideas shown do not represent the intent of the current or future land owners, city officials, developers, architects, neither private nor public. I am also not an employee of any of the aforementioned entities.
It appears that the 42 new Townhomes known as the Fort Lincoln Drive Banneker site is now being marketed as ‘Cityscape at Dakota Crossing’ and promises sweeping city views according to The Concordia Group’s website. I don’t mind the name, however, it does bring to question the neighborhood naming structure and if we are in fact becoming two separate neighborhoods. Often times when describing the neighborhood to friends and colleagues the name Fort Lincoln often results in blank stares. They all know exactly where Dakota Crossing is or more specifically the Townhomes at Costco. Dakota Crossing, Fort Lincoln’s newest retail and residential community, consist of The Dakota Crossing Town Homes (209 homes), The Villages at Dakota Crossing Townhomes and Condos( 334 homes) The Shops at Dakota Crossing (430,000SF Retail), the soon to be Cityscape at Dakota Crossing Town Homes ( 42 Homes), and potentially 300 new Apartments and 50 new Condos that could bear the Dakota Crossing Suffix. This could result in over 1,000 new residents which would account for about half of the population of Fort Lincoln. Fort Lincoln New Town which consists primarily of senior rental towers, Washington Overlook Apartments @Fort Lincoln and condos which typically carry the Fort Lincoln Suffix. Typically the homes and residents are older in the ‘New Town’ section of Fort Lincoln however, their relevance are just as important to the fabric of the neighborhood. However, at the current rate and scale of new developments carrying the Dakota Crossing Suffix I believe that overtime Dakota Crossing will become the prominent name when referencing the entire neighborhood. Just my opinion, what do you think?
The District Gateway is an idea that I conceived which encompasses taking advantage of the current Dakota Crossing Development and extending it across South Dakota Avenue creating a Gateway Neighborhood. I submitted the idea to DC’s Office of Planning and to the Ward 5 City Council as an unsolicited proposal which at a minimum could be converted into a Small Area Plan for future Development. This idea is in its infancy and I will post more updates on the plan as I meet with different agencies.