The current iteration of the south side of the site is in response to the planned use of part of the site by DC Water for stormwater management. The structural damage on the southern portion of the site is used as a design opportunity. By metaphorically daylighting the old creek, and reconfiguring the site to recall the pre-settlement topography, a series of swales are created with sand dunes and native plants. These create a cascade of bio-retention ponds to filter stormwater from First and North Capitol Streets. Thus our "urban beach" functions as a storm water management garden and an urban laboratory of sustainable water filtration.
The previous version of the south-side plan creatively reused the existing cells for housing.