Last week, I wrote about the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District—which for those that don’t know is the area around Nationals Park, sometimes referred to as the “ballpark district,” “Near Southeast Waterfront,” “Southeast Federal Center,” “Washington Navy Yard,” and “Navy Yard,” as I wrote in my piece.
Well I just got a press release from the BID about their upcoming first annual luncheon, at which the “State of the Capitol Riverfront” report will be disseminated. There were a few random facts—teasers if you will—on the press release. This one caught my eye:
“The perception of the BID as clean or very clean increased from 6% a week before clean & safe service began in 2007 to 58.4% after one year of operation.”
From the press release:
· The $687.5 million Nationals Park hosted more than 2.3 million visitors
· Three residential buildings delivered totaling $333 million and 960 units
· One $100 million office building with 225,000 SF of office and 15,000 SF of retail
· Six projects are currently under construction comprising 767 residential units, 654,000 SF of office, 54,000 SF of retail, and a total of $497 million.
· The perception of the BID as clean or very clean increased from 6% a week before clean & safe service began in 2007 to 58.4% after one year of operation
· Enhancement of public realm with installation of new trash cans, hanging banners, painting of the light poles, and planting tree boxes
· Three successful weekly events: A farmers market May-November; a lunchtime concert series May-July, and an evening outdoor movie series June-August.