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There are three basic rules that might possibly get you through life unsullied -- do unto others as you would have them do unto you, do not get into a land war in Asia, and never ever build atop a site of known archeological interest.  Running afoul of any of these three tenets results in the same dire outcome -- you get bogged down in an intractable and long-suffering situation.

Demolition and construction work on the Robinson Terminal South redevelopment project at the water's edge of Duke and Wolfe Streets, a site once known as Point Lumley and now being marketed as Robinson Landing, began in August 2016 and was originally scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2017The photo above right was taken in September 2016 when the site was still in the early phases of demolition and clearing.  If you click or tap on the photo to enlarge it, you will see a glimpse of the new MGM National Harbor through the now-open framework of the Robinson Terminal South building.

The first delay came when city-mandated archeological work that the developers were required to perform at the site uncovered numerous items of historical significance, including buried human remains, reducing the forward momentum of the project, first to a slow crawl and then to a complete stop.  Since late 2017, the archaelogists have been working deliberately to uncover and document early Colonial-era ruins.  Then, on March 19, 2018, the city announced that archaeologists had discovered the remains of two historic ships from the late 1700s or early 1800s at the construction site (see photo below right from the city's press release).  A third ship of that era was found a week later (see photo below left taken on April 21, 2018). 

A fourth ship was found and removed in late 2015 from the Indigo Hotel construction site located across the street from the former Robinson Terminal South property (see Week 16, Week 14 and Week 2 from 2016 Headlines page of this website).  Construction resumed in early 2018 on a portion of the parcel farthest removed from the archological site.

The picture of the construction site below was taken in late October 2017.  The remaining building is being preserved and will be refurbished and repurposed as part of the final project.  Photos at bottom show conceptual art for the project.


The developer plans to build 26 elevator townhomes, 70 luxury condominiums, shops and restaurants. 

The project will also feature an upgraded pier with a café, seating areas, a 20-foot-wide promenade, a lawn, a water feature, and other public amenities.  According to published reports, developer support for city redevelopment efforts totals $600,000. 

Homes are listed from $1.5 to $5.5 million.


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