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Will Obama’s Presidential Center Invigorate or Gentrify Chicago’s South Side?

Economic impact is projected at $246 million annually. Neighborhood sentiment is strongly pro-Center. But how to address persistent concerns about an environmental lawsuit, traffic disruptions and the refusal to sign a Community Benefits Agreement

”Don’t call it a “library.”

The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is the official name of the proposed complex to commemorate the nation’s 44th President, slated for location in Jackson Park, on Chicago’s South Side. None of the actual papers and documents from Barack Obama’s two terms will live there. Instead, existing facilities within the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) system will store those documents, with digitized copies of nonclassified documents made available online. However, the Center is projected to include a branch of the Chicago Public Library, while the grounds will feature an incline suitable for sledding in winter, an outdoor track, indoor athletic facilities, community gardens and outdoor food trucks. The Barack Obama Presidential Library website, administered by NARA, is already live, housing whitehouse.gov archives from Obama’s presidency.

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D.C. United in talks with four developers for Audi Field-area project – Washington Business Journal

The more valuable Parcel B becomes, the more it will pay off for D.C. three decades down the road.

Source: D.C. United in talks with four developers for Audi Field-area project – Washington Business Journal

 

Hou de Sousa designs fluorescent Prismatic installation for Washington DC

Fluorescent cords attached to black rebar frames form this sculptural installation, which American firm Hou de Sousa has created for Washington DC.

The Prismatic installation is on view in the Senator Charles H Percy Plaza in Georgetown Waterfront Park, which overlooks the Potomac River. The artwork, which covers 700 square feet (65 square metres), is meant to frame different views and offer a “kaleidoscopic experience of light, colour and space” according to New York-based studio Hou de Sousa.

“The piece is unique on all sides, encouraging the public to explore the exterior, as well as meander through its translucent ‘streets’,” the firm said in a statement.

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Details Emerge On Massive New Construction Projects, Future Development Sites For Amazon In Northern Virginia


Courtesy: JBG Smith
A rendering of the north section of Amazon’s National Landing, including parts of Pentagon City and Crystal City

Northern Virginia won half of Amazon’s second headquarters, the tech giant announced Tuesday, and after over a year of anticipation, the details about what exactly the company’s presence in the region will look like are finally coming to light.

Amazon refers to its new Northern Virginia hub as National Landing, a newly coined neighborhood that includes Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern piece of Potomac Yard. The company said it will invest $2.5B, create over 25,000 high-paying jobs and occupy 4M SF of office space, with the opportunity to expand to 8M SF.  

The Seattle-based tech giant will lease space in Crystal City and Pentagon City from JBG Smith, which owns 6.2M SF of existing office space and 7.4M SF of future development sites in the neighborhood. Additionally, a Virginia Tech Innovation Campus will be developed in the Alexandria portion of Potomac Yard. 

The company will lease roughly 500K SF of existing office space at 241 18th St. South, 1800 South Bell St. and 1770 Crystal Drive, JBG Smith said. It expects to begin construction before the end of the year on the renovations at 1770 Crystal Drive, which include 272K SF of offices. 


Bisnow: Jon Banister
Amazon Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman at the Nov. 13 HQ2 announcement in Crystal City

Amazon also plans to purchase sites from JBG Smith, including the long-planned Pen Place site in Pentagon City that could support up to 4.1M SF of total development. It said it will begin planning the first office building this year and expects to begin construction next year. JBG Smith would serve as Amazon’s development partner, property manager and retail leasing agent.

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How The Wharf Represents The Future Of D.C.’s Architecture

The fabric of D.C.’s built environment is going through monumental changes, from the push toward mixed-use development to embracing the city’s rivers. No project is more representative of those shifts than The Wharf. 


Bisnow: Jon Banister PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman and Gensler co-CEO Diane Hoskins

“I believe we are in a renaissance, and maybe even in the early stages of that renaissance,” said PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman, the lead developer behind The Wharf. “It’s exciting to be a part of and watch how residential, retail and office spaces are becoming more compact around each other and the lines are blurring.”  Hoffman, speaking at Bisnow’s Inaugural D.C. Architecture and Design Summit, said the mixed-use development happening in D.C. today is wildly different from what he saw when he began developing in the city in the 1980s, when office was limited to the Central Business District, and residential and retail areas were siloed. 

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You can now buy one of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most iconic houses

After an extensive restoration, Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous Ennis House in Southern California is on sale for $23 million. It may seem like a lot, but it’s nothing for a classic included in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Built in 1924, the temple-like home rises on a 36,000-square-foot plot in Los Feliz, one of the prettiest neighborhoods of Los Angeles, full of beautiful ravines, hills, and forests.

 

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Inside (And Above) The New 14-Story Apartment Building Rising Near The National Mall

The section of Southwest D.C. just south of the National Mall is largely home to office buildings, museums and hotels, but residents will soon be able to live in a new 14-story apartment building overlooking the District’s monumental core.

Republic Properties broke ground in June 2017 on a $220M, 373-unit apartment project at 1331 Maryland Ave. SW. The developer received $170M in construction financing from CapitalSource and Parse Capital. The building, part of The Portals complex, will be branded as 1331 and will begin leasing next spring.Designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects with WDG Architecture serving as the architect of record and Balfour Beatty as the general contractor, the 14-story apartment building is currently under construction. Twelve of its floors have been built and it will top out in the next month. Bisnow took an exclusive tour of the project, and climbed to the top of the 225-foot-tall construction crane to capture the views of the surrounding area.

Source: Inside (And Above) The New 14-Story Apartment Building Rising Near The National Mall