YMCA demolition starting

Walked by this morning and saw that construction crews are demolishing the old YMCA building at 14th and W. Apologies for the crappy picture, just had my cellphone on me. Glad to see redevelopment finally happening at this location, I look forward to it being vacant no longer.

YMCA, courtesy of rockcreek (Flickr)

Back in 2008, the Anthony Bowen YMCA at 14th and W, along with the storefronts on 14th street, closed for a new development, 14W. Then the recession happened and the project stalled. Apparently it will start back up again, but I haven’t noticed any work on the site since this announcement was made late last month.

The plan is still for a new YMCA facility along with¬†231 housing units and 12,000 square feet of retail. We’ll see when this work gets started, but I at least give props to Perseus, the developer, for keeping the site in decent ¬†condition while their construction stalled.

Here’s your semi-regular news update of what’s happening in the U street ‘hood:

  • The Gibson’s expanded their seating two fold by opening up a sweet patio, along with fancy frozen drinks. Awesome! I’m definitely going to have to check this out ASAP.
  • The Perseus project on 14th and W has been stalled because of the economy. Now the new YMCA isn’t expected until late 2011.
  • 14thandYou asks if St Ex is a restaurant or tavern, and what that will do to their liquor license. I say, it’s a restaurant that turns much more bar-like after 10 or 11 pm, but I don’t think there’s a licensing class for that.