Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eastern Star D.C. I-95 CHOCK!!!

Considering buying into "The Hampshires"?
Know this location's regional transportation significance.

New demolition specials on D.C. I-95 route, in the form of "The Hampshires" a real estate project by Comstock Homes.

Was reported in December 2010. AFAIK it has not been covered in such planning related blogs as Greater Greater Washington.

According to the developer's web site:


The Hampshires is situated in a quiet residential neighborhood within walking distance of two Metro Stations. The Fort Totten Metro Station, to the South, and the Takoma Metro Station, to the North, are each within a mile from the Hampshires community.

This exclusive community is being built around a landscaped Village Green featuring landscaped open space and a community center. The Hampshires combines the conveniences of upscale, urban living in a Metro accessible location with hard to find, private open space amenities. Opportunities to own a new home are limited, just 37 City Homes (single family detached) and 73 townhomes will be available at the Hampshires.

The Towns of Hampshires, ranging from approximately 1,800 to 1,900 square feet, will include 3 bedrooms, gourmet kitchens with stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, upgraded cabinetry, open floorplans with generous room sizes, some with garages. The Towns of Hampshires will feature architecture designed to compliment the historical ambience the surrounding area.

The Hampshires is located at 6000 New Hampshire Ave. NE in the established Lomond Riggs neighborhood of Washington, DC. Pre-construction prices are expected to start in the upper $400’s.

For additional information about this community please contact the Comstock Homes sales representative at 703-883-1700 or request information online by clicking HERE.

At this time, I have yet to see any renderings.[* UPDATE July 15, 2011] Though described as including a village green, the project will likely include a number of new homes that can be described as demolition specials, to create new opposition to ever completing PEPCO-B&O I-95 within the Beltway.

[* UPDATE]- Here's a plan view from the design firm's web site:

PEPCO power line right of way- 250 feet wide, extending about 5 miles from the Capital Beltway to the vicinity of Ray Road and New Hampshire Avenue, about 1,600 feet from the MD/DC line

I-95 'stumps' at the I-495 Capital Beltway, with parallel PEPCO right of way

I-95 extension- southern end of PEPCO & along New Hampshire Avenue in Maryland (1973)

I-95 extension alongside New Hampshire Avenue in Washington, D.C. (1971)

I-95 extension alongside New Hampshire Avenue in Maryland cross section (1973)

'The Hampshires' I-95 Demolition Special Project in Washington, D.C. via Comstock Homes (2011)

New Hampshire Avenue to PEPCO Connection

D.C. Freeways 101


Sue Immerman said...

I have lived and worked nearby for years. I don't understand what a demolition special is or why it is bad. Also what your concern is with this project.

Douglas Andrew Willinger said...

A demolition special is real estate development located in contempt of the public right of way.

Demolition specials are located to block and or chock transportation corridors, whether existing or logical.

The 'Hampshires' project is in contempt of the right of way for un-built Washington, D.C. I-95- see the history within this blog.

As a historian and watch dog, I shall publicize such demolition specials, so at least those considering purchasing within such badly located projects know what they are getting involved with.

BTW- what is your concern about this demolition special?