In June, CHS paid the moment its due as officials made speeches and used a giant pair of scissors to slice a ribbon and “break ground” on the four seven-story buildings set to rise around Capitol Hill Station, creating hundreds of new affordable and market rate homes, a new community plaza, and thousands of square feet of retail space on the busy block in the heart of Broadway.
Friday, the true groundbreaking took place. Community organizer Cathy Hillenbrand — a key part of the neighborhood effort to shape the “transit oriented development” project –donned workboots, a hard hat, and some safety yellow, and got behind the controls of a backhoe to ceremonially bust up some of the acres of pavement that have surrounded the station as the development process has stretched out over a decade since the block was demolished.
The work is now underway on the earliest phase of the construction process — removing a massive amount of dirt from the site and shoring up the pits. CHS reported here on how to keep track of construction updates during the two years of work the development is expected to require.
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