The sound of constant construction has become standard (dare I even say, somewhat soothing) along 14th Street NW. But don’t get too used to it. In just 17 months, the construction on the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW (the site of the future Louis luxury apartment building) will be completed.
I know, December 2013 is pretty far away. But here’s the progress you can expect to see this coming month:
- Demolition of the back half of the structure will begin, as the last of the current occupants vacate.
- The tower crane will be installed at the construction site.
- Sheeting and shoring will be completed.
Construction on the Louis apartment building started in February 2012 with demolition. The building, developed by JBG Companies, will include 267 apartment units in nine floors, as well as 30,000-square feet of street-level retail.
The U Street Corridor is keeping the District Department of Transportation(DDOT) busy from now until the spring of 2013.
The (nearly) yearlong construction plan, which began June 11, will reconstruct a 0.4-mile segment of U Street NW, from 9th Street to 14th Street. The project will improve and landscape the sidewalk areas, repair the roadway and perform upgrades to the streetlights, traffic signals and storm drains.
What work has been done so far? DDOT has worked on laying out the electrical conduit, saw cutting for electrical trenches between 9th and 14th Streets and installing electrical conduits on the 900 blocks. This work is expected to continue though June 25th, and parking is temporarily impacted between 9 am and 3:30 pm in the immediate work areas.
Once the electrical work is completed on each block, the actual rehab of that block will begin; each block will be constructed separately, one side at a time.
Throughout the construction process, DDOT is intent on keeping residents updated on the project’s progress and impacts. In fact, on Wednesday, June 20th, the project team held a meeting for constituents in front of Nellie’s Sports Bar to discuss the effects of the project. Attendees were also encouraged to express concerns and ask questions related to the ongoing construction.
You can check the project’s website for frequent updates on any project disruptions, including temporary public transportation and/or business closures and delays.