DCMud and DCUrbanTurf offer these updates on the ground breaking and plans for the new mixed use (retail-residential) development for Arboretum Place (1600 Maryland Ave) at the eastern end of the H Street Corridor near the Starburst Intersection. The $36 million development will deliver 257 apartments, a 250 space parking garage, and 5,000 s.f. ground-floor retail with the first residencies targeted for occupancy in the spring of 2012. UrbanTurf notes that the project has received the "luxury tag" and will include a pool, business center, gym, indoor half basketball court, entertainment space, and landscaped gardens complete with fireplace and “meditation courtyard.” Arboretum Place will be near the Safeway and CVS at the Starburst Intersection and also the ALDI's which is being built at 1700 Maryland currently.
The Station (525 9th St) and The Firehouse (1341 Maryland) both historic renovations of old city service buildings. Other projects have been planned for 200 block of H Street, the 300 block of H Street, the 600 block of H Street, the 800 and the 900 block of H Street. At least three other plots along the eastern end of the corridor -- a lot in the middle of the 1100 block of H Street (though the plans for the 1100 block space have yet to be finalized), the old R.L. Christian Library (1300 H St), and the parcel that is currently home to Autozone (1207 H St) are expected to be slated for development before long as well.