Developers and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty applauded as a backhoe ripped down a large satellite dish at 14th Street and Florida Avenue Northwest yesterday, marking the end of the Comcast satellite-dish farm that has occupied the northeast corner of the intersection for 20 years.
A new apartment building will rise on the site, which is at the north end of the U Street corridor.
"I think this is the District of Columbia moving forward," Mr. Fenty said in a ceremony before demolition started.
Real estate developer Level 2 Development plans to build a 190,000-square-foot apartment building at the site of the satellite-dish farm called View 14 with slanted bay windows that look toward the U.S. Capitol and the Washington Monument. The $80 million project is scheduled for completion in early 2009.
It is designed with 185 apartments. Studios would rent for as little as $1,200 per month. One-bedroom apartments are planned to rent for an estimated $2,200 per month. Level 2 said it would open 34,000 square feet of retail space on the first floor of the nine-story building.