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 …
As of July 2018, the developer says construction will be completed by mid-November and condo move ins are expected to begin by the end of 2018. Frager’s will be doing build out of its new space in 2019 Q1. Under consideration for new retail is a restaurant and a neighborhood serving shop. These will be situated in the space Frager’s used to occupy.
Below are photos I have taken to document the progress of the development. Photos/comments are reverse order, most recent on top.
August 3, 2018
Shrouded in plastic and scaffolding; pointing of old exterior walls on floors 1 & 2. I’m not sure of what’s going on behind the plastic.
July 23, 2018
Repair of walls affected by the fire begins
May 1, 2018
Topped out and lit at night.
April 20, 2018: Not quite five floors
April 14, 2018: Preparations begin to dismantle the crane. Fifth floor added so most of concrete work completed on the building. Installing exterior walls and windows is next.
March 21, 2018: A day of no work
February 21, 2018: Close up of second floor
January 4, 2018: Building progress obscured by focus on clouds.
December 14, 2017: Looking northeast from 11th Street, showing work on basement walls and columns
November 18, 2017: The tower crane is installed enabling the construction of five floors.
October 19, 2017: Excavation and shoring 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.