Construction Committee Meeting 2/15/2018 – Summary

On February 15th, we held our fourth Construction Committee meeting in the construction trailer at the site. In attendance were the Linden Neighborhood Association, the Wylie Court Condo Association, the general contractor, and the developer. Below you will find a summary of the items that were discussed:

Schedule

We are currently installing structural masonry around the perimeter of the site, and are preparing to frame the second floor concrete slab in the coming weeks. This work will take about 3 weeks, after which we will begin construction of the stair towers.

In the second half of March, we will begin doing utility work in 13th Street. The most disruptive activity will be the replacement of a section of water main, which runs down the center of the street. This work will take approximately 4-5 weeks. This is generally the process for replacing the water main:

  1. We will close the section of 13th Street between H Street and Wiley Court (the alley east of 13th). This will not prevent access to Wylie St or to the alley.
  2. Southbound traffic will be rerouted down Wylie. Northbound traffic on 13th St will remain in place
  3. We will install the new pipe in the road, which will be protected by steel plates when work is not happening.
  4. DC Water will come inspect the work. DC Water will then schedule a water outage overnight, and they will provide notice to any properties that are affected.
  5. Once the water service is turned on, we will repave the roadway.

Work hours for this permit are 10a – 4p.

Here is are our traffic control plans for the water main work, which show how traffic will be routed:

Phase I:

TCP Phase I

Phase II:

TCP Phase II

Questions from the community:

Will we lose water pressure when the project is occupied?

No. DC Water requires that the builder test the pressure for any lines that serve a new project. DC Water has approved our plans, meaning that there should be sufficient water pressure to accommodate the new apartments.

Who will be the Property Manager for the project?

DP Property Management. They have not yet taken possession of the property, but their telephone number is 202-558-2152.

When will the project be complete?

We hope to have first residential occupancy in December of 2018. Retail occupancy will likely come in the first half of 2019.

Will new residents be able to get Residential Parking Permits?

No. Our project approval includes a requirement that no resident will be eligible for RPP.

Next Meeting

As a group, the Committee decided that monthly meetings are no longer required. The next Construction Committee meeting will be held in late April, 2018.

Construction Committee Meeting 10/12/2017 – Summary

On October 12th, we held our first Construction Committee meeting with representatives of the Wylie Court community, the Linden Neighborhood Association, the general contractor, and the developer. Below you will find a summary of the items that were discussed:

Schedule

In the next week or so, we plan to fill in some holes that were excavated around the site. We will also finish laying out our foundations.

We had hoped to begin installation of our foundations last week, but ran into some delays. This work will now begin in 3-4 weeks, and should last for about 7 working days.

Our project will use aggregate piers, which are composed of crushed stone or other aggregate materials. These piers are driven into the soil by an impact rig, which pushes the material into the ground, creating a stable surface to support the future building.

You can expect to notice some noise and vibration during this period. Please reach out with any questions or concerns.

After the foundations have been installed, we will begin concrete work. First we will pour our concrete foundations on top of the aggregate piers, and then we will begin the concrete columns that go to the second floor. This work will continue until early next year.

Questions from the community:

How does the development team ensure that the construction is of high quality?

We do this by providing detailed construction drawings that are reviewed by the city and a 3rd Party Plan Reviewer. Furthermore, there are inspectors that review the work in the field as it is completed. Our project must meet or exceed the standards of the DC Building Code.

When is the Capital Bikeshare station moving to its permanent location?

At the end of construction, in approximately 14 months.

How ‘affordable’ is ‘affordable housing’?

The District’s Department of Housing and Community Development sets the income thresholds and allowable rent payments for affordable housing units. These numbers are adjusted periodically. Click here for the latest numbers for 2017. Stay tuned to this website for more information on how to apply.

What is the unit mix for this project?

The project will have…

  • eighteen studios
  • six 1-bedroom apartments
  • three 2-bedroom apartments
  • six 3-bedroom apartments

Where is trash pickup for the building?

The project has a loading dock off of Wylie Court, where trash pick-up and move-ins/move-outs will occur.

What are working hours for construction?

The District allows construction activities from 7:00am to 7:00pm, Monday-Saturday. For this project, we do not plan to work on Saturdays except to make up lost time. This could happen during a rainy week, for example, if the weather has caused delays to the project.

Where will subcontractors park?

We have identified above-ground and garage parking spaces in the neighborhood that are available for lease. We will encourage our subcontractors to take advantage of these parking spaces. Subcontractors are not permitted to park on the street or to ‘borrow’ visitor passes from neighbors.

What should neighbors do if they see subcontractors doing something inappropriate?

Please take a photo, if you can do so discretely, and send it to us. We will address the issue to the best of our ability.

Notice: Foundation Work Begins the Week of 10/9

Our subcontractors will mobilize and begin installation of our foundations on or around October 9th, 2017. This work will continue for about 7 working days.

Our project will use aggregate piers, which are composed of crushed stone or other aggregate materials. These piers are driven into the soil by an impact rig, which pushes the material into the ground, creating a stable surface to support the future building.

You can expect some minor noise and vibration during this period. Please reach out with any questions or concerns!