Construction Progress: Penn11 Development (aka Frager’s)

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.

Penn11 10-19

September 26, 2017: The excavation phase has begun.

2017-09-26 B Buck Penn 11

View from 11th Street SE. Photo courtesy of Byron Buck.

September 1, 2017: The auger in operation.  The pile installation process was completed mid-September, bringing some peace to the neighborhood.

Penn11 9-1

Auger Up Close

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.

Penn11 drill 8-27

View to south from site gate

July 21, 2017: Most of the wall bracing and repair are completed

Penn11 7-21

Looking west along PA Avenue SE

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.

Penn11 6-28 blue sky

View thru to 11th Street SE with Pepco equipment reducing 1100 block of PA Ave to one eastbound lane. (6/28)

Penn11 6-28 corner

View from 11th Street Corner showing the inside of the 11th Street wall (6/28)

Fragers 6-20

Demo from the inside looking West, June 20

Fragers 6-3

Initial Bracing Along 11th Street, June 3

Fragers 4-24

Corner of 11th & Pennsylvania SE on April 24

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