Here’s a Photo Progress Report on Five Major Capitol Hill SE Developments

Here’s a Photo Progress Report on Five Major Capitol Hill SE Developments

by Larry Janezich

There are five major residential or mixed use projects under construction in Capitol Hill SE, not counting the redevelopment of the Southeast Safeway which hasn’t really started yet.  The five projects will provide some 514 residential units to Capitol Hill’s housing stock.  Below are photos of where construction stands as of yesterday, coupled with renderings of how the projects will look when finished.

The development of Frager’s Mixed Use Project is well underway. (click to enlarge)

As completed.  The original Frager’s site on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE, is being developed by Persus Realty.  It will be mixed use retail/residential, with 30 to 40 high-end one, two, and three bedroom condo units, weighted heavily to the larger units intended to accommodate families.  Frager’s Hardware will occupy 8,500 square feet of the retail space. 


Current status of Watkin’s Alley. 

Completed.  Opal LLC is developing Watkins Alley on the 1300 block of E Street, SE – a 43 unit condo project. 

Current status of Lockwood Apartments.

On the same 1300 block of E Street, Insight Development is building the Lockwood apartment complex – 145 1, 2, and 3 bedroom units.  


Developers have just started on Capitol Courts. 

SGA Architects’ plans for Capitol Courts on the former Frager’s Garden Center in the 1200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, call for a 117 unit mixed use development.   Some 100 of the 119 units will be 400 square foot “junior bedrooms” – there will be a few one bedrooms and larger units.  The plan for Capitol Courts includes 5,000 square feet on the ground floor for a specialty foods and deli outlet featuring principally prepared food.


Here’s what 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue looks like today.  

When completed.  At 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, CAS Riegler is building a mixed retail/apartment project with a strong retail component – 19,000 square feet “Class A” retail and 174 residential units.  There have been reports that CAS Riegler plans a “mini-Union Market” for the first floor retail of the building. 



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  1. Jesse Bowman

    Great post. I really enjoyed. What about the first parcel of Reservation 13? That’s begun just barely now