After the disastrous Frager’s Hardware fire on June 5, 2013, the remnants of the building at 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue SE remained “as is” for 4 years. Finally, in early May 2017, Perseus Realty (the developer) gave the renewal project a name (“PennEleven”) and announced the start of construction that involves saving the historic exterior brick walls and adding a multi-story structure with a new space for the return of Frager’s Hardware and its Garden Center, more street front retail space, and about 39 condo units with underground parking. To view the plans, go to my article The Return of Frager’s Plus …
Grunley is the General Contractor and has said that bracing of the historic walls and demolition of the rest will take about two months during Summer 2017. I post periodic updates that Grunley sends out at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/penn11fragers
Below are photos I have taken to document the progress of the development. Photos/comments are reverse order, most recent on top.
October 19, 2017: Excavation is well underway. A stationary crane to be installed in mid-November.
September 26, 2017: The excavation phase has begun.
September 1, 2017: The auger in operation. The pile installation process was completed mid-September, bringing some peace to the neighborhood.
August 27, 2017: The auger/drill (in background of photo) arrives on site. It’s operation, drilling to install piles, caused at least one noise complaint. Still, better than using a pile driver that pounds in the piles.
July 21, 2017: Most of the wall bracing and repair are completed
By the end of June, most of the walls not being saved have been demolished. It’s a mess out there today (6/28) with Pepco added to the mix, digging a trench in one of the eastbound lanes of PA Avenue.