The future site of the Capitol Hill Oasis as it appeared in August of 2005. I wouldn't exactly say the townhomes have been an improvement.
DCmud reports that the Capitol Hill Oasis, which is neither located on Capitol Hill, nor any sort of Oasis, has commenced phase two of the developer's master plan. Phase one involved building a bunch of prefab townhomes that don't exactly blend in with the surrounding buildings. Construction on those was officially completed in 2008. The sidewalk on that half block of 12th Street has been fenced off for more than five years now, forcing pedestrians to either cross the street, or walk in the street. To date none of the massive townhomes have sold. But not one to be deterred, the development team is pressing ahead with plans to build condos...in the alley. Hmm...
I actually live directly across the street from this project, and it is endless frustration and bewilderment. And then there was the time they excavated too close to Jimmy's Tire (lots of photos) and caused the back wall to collapse. That led to an unfortunate series of events which culminated in the obliteration of Jimmy's Tire in a massive fire started by a contractor hired to repair the wall.
Did you know the Capitol Hill Oasis site was originally slated to become the Negro League Legends Hall of Fame?
Apparently this property is up for auction on Friday at 2pm. Here's the listing:
MISC 02:00 PM 915-935 12th Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20002 (Properties may be sold as individual lots or as an entirety. $25,000 deposit for each lot)