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D.C.'s Changes: 11 Projects to Watch in the Next 11 Months

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2013 was a pretty busy year for development in D.C. City Market at O, Sky House and CityCenter DC all opened their first phases, Louis at 14th topped off and the city's first two Wal-Marts opened their doors. However, 2014 should be equally exciting as many game changing projects look to open, break ground or finish the bulk of their constructions. Here are eleven exciting new projects to watch in the year's remaining eleven months. Stay tuned to this space, because there are also several conversions of existing buildings that will generate a lot of excitement this year.


· Gateway Market Center [UrbanTurf]
· Former Adams Morgan Exxon to Become 'The Adamo' Condos Opening Spring 2015 [PoPville]
· A Walking Tour in Pictures: Buzzard Point, where D.C. United plans its stadium [WaPo]
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· Developers Strike Deal on Controversial Florida Avenue Site [WCP]
· 10-Screen Landmark Theater = Best Building Amenity Ever? [CDC]
· NoMa Will Get Its Own Elevated Park at Old Greyhound Terminal [CDC]
· A Hyatt Place in Southwest = Tourists Can Walk to the Mall! [CDC]
· UPDATED! All the Construction in D.C.'s Central Neighborhoods [CDC]
· All National Museum of African American History and Culture Coverage [CDC]
· All Atlantic Plumbing Project Coverage [CDC]
· All D.C. United Coverage [CDC]

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Atlantic Plumbing Project

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The apartments at the massive project by the 9:30 Club aren't slated to open until early 2015, but the construction on the project which will include a Landmark Theater and art studios has already begun.

965 Florida Avenue

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This is going to be an interesting project to watch this year because it's the rare example where competition is turning into collaboration. After MRP-Ellis won the bid for this plot over and above juggernaut developer JBG, residents bemoaned the loss of a Harris Teeter. However, now it looks like all three firms will work together and the grocery store might come back.

Ontario 17

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The historic (but long out of use) Ontario Theater was finally demolished last year. Look for construction to start on the mixed use project that will contain retail and condos and feature the theater's signature canopy and marquee.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

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This building, designed by starchitect David Adjaye, will also open in 2015. However, this museum, taking up the final space on the National Mall will start installing more exhibits (they installed the first in November) and the basket-esque building should really start to take shape.

Storey Park

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The old Greyhound station in NoMa met the wrecking ball over the fall and the development going up in its place is going to be a multi-purpose behemoth. Storey Park will feature office buildings, apartments, a marketplace and a central park.

Hyatt Place

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Construction has already begun on this hotel which will be one of the closer options that tourists will have to the attractions of the National Mall. So, what are the chances that after its opening in 2015 that the locals can get their metro escalators back? Still pretty low?

Capitol Point

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Capitol Point is another massive multi-part project coming to NoMa. One part of it, a Hyatt Place, will be opening in June. The apartments will break ground earlier this year. Oh yeah, and it will host a Landmark Theater that will open in 2016. Movies for everyone!

MGM Resorts International - National Harbor

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It will be a couple years until this massive gambling behemoth opens but that's because it's not so much a casino as an enormous entertainment destination. But the Capital Wheel down the street will open this year and a project this large will certainly yield some interesting news.

Gateway Market Center

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A sign has been sitting at the corner of Florida Avenue and 4th Street NE for years that says, "Pretty Soon You Won't Recognize the Place. We Promise." Even though this combination of apartments and retail has no concrete dates set for delivery, construction is expected to start this year.

The Adamo

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The one and two bedroom condos taking over the spot of Adams Morgan's former Exxon Station won't open until 2015, but the station itself has already been demolished, so expect to see some cranes over in AdMo.

New D.C. United Stadium

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This is an important one to watch because there's still a possibility that it might not happen. D.C. United and Mayor Vince Gray were excited to announce a new stadium at Buzzard Point that would make more sense for the team, revitalize the neighborhood and revamp the old Reeves Center on 14th Street. However, not everyone on the D.C. Council is onboard with the proposed land swaps and tax breaks. Moreover, the city has already missed enough deadlines that D.C. United could pull out of the deal. Also, it's an election year so the whole thing could go down in flames if Mayor Gray is not re-elected. Stay tuned.

Atlantic Plumbing Project

The apartments at the massive project by the 9:30 Club aren't slated to open until early 2015, but the construction on the project which will include a Landmark Theater and art studios has already begun.

965 Florida Avenue

This is going to be an interesting project to watch this year because it's the rare example where competition is turning into collaboration. After MRP-Ellis won the bid for this plot over and above juggernaut developer JBG, residents bemoaned the loss of a Harris Teeter. However, now it looks like all three firms will work together and the grocery store might come back.

Ontario 17

The historic (but long out of use) Ontario Theater was finally demolished last year. Look for construction to start on the mixed use project that will contain retail and condos and feature the theater's signature canopy and marquee.

National Museum of African American History and Culture

This building, designed by starchitect David Adjaye, will also open in 2015. However, this museum, taking up the final space on the National Mall will start installing more exhibits (they installed the first in November) and the basket-esque building should really start to take shape.

Storey Park

The old Greyhound station in NoMa met the wrecking ball over the fall and the development going up in its place is going to be a multi-purpose behemoth. Storey Park will feature office buildings, apartments, a marketplace and a central park.

Hyatt Place

Construction has already begun on this hotel which will be one of the closer options that tourists will have to the attractions of the National Mall. So, what are the chances that after its opening in 2015 that the locals can get their metro escalators back? Still pretty low?

Capitol Point

Capitol Point is another massive multi-part project coming to NoMa. One part of it, a Hyatt Place, will be opening in June. The apartments will break ground earlier this year. Oh yeah, and it will host a Landmark Theater that will open in 2016. Movies for everyone!

MGM Resorts International - National Harbor

It will be a couple years until this massive gambling behemoth opens but that's because it's not so much a casino as an enormous entertainment destination. But the Capital Wheel down the street will open this year and a project this large will certainly yield some interesting news.

Gateway Market Center

A sign has been sitting at the corner of Florida Avenue and 4th Street NE for years that says, "Pretty Soon You Won't Recognize the Place. We Promise." Even though this combination of apartments and retail has no concrete dates set for delivery, construction is expected to start this year.

The Adamo

The one and two bedroom condos taking over the spot of Adams Morgan's former Exxon Station won't open until 2015, but the station itself has already been demolished, so expect to see some cranes over in AdMo.

New D.C. United Stadium

This is an important one to watch because there's still a possibility that it might not happen. D.C. United and Mayor Vince Gray were excited to announce a new stadium at Buzzard Point that would make more sense for the team, revitalize the neighborhood and revamp the old Reeves Center on 14th Street. However, not everyone on the D.C. Council is onboard with the proposed land swaps and tax breaks. Moreover, the city has already missed enough deadlines that D.C. United could pull out of the deal. Also, it's an election year so the whole thing could go down in flames if Mayor Gray is not re-elected. Stay tuned.