Developer Mark Friedman’s vision for a two-block stretch, between 16th and 18th Streets, would convert a rundown industrial area into a vibrant inner city neighborhood. The old Crystal Ice building, closed in the 1970s, would be the heart of it.
The architect that did the Portland’s Brewery Blocks district is bringing that experience to bear. The old rail line and cobblestone streets would be kept, with R Street becoming a pedestrian plaza. Condominiums could be up to 7 stories tall. Nearby, national builder Saris Regis will be breaking ground soon on another four-block stretch of R Street … for decades, city officials have wanted to rejuvenate that part of downtown.