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Navy Yard Set to Become District’s Most Densely Populated Neighborhood — With 14 new buildings under development and 17 more planned, Navy Yard is set to become D.C.’s most densely populated neighborhood. [Washington Post]

First Mixed-Use Project Proposed for Buzzard Point — A development company has purchased a waterfront parcel of land between V, First and Half streets SW in Buzzard Point with plans for 90-107 condos and retail, the first mixed-use building planned for the area. [Washington Business Journal]

Southeast Boulevard Between Barney Circle and 11th Street Bridge Could Take 10 Years, $190 Million — The District Department of Transportation told ANC6B’s transportation committee that plans to build a road in Capitol Hill between Barney Circle and the 11th Street Bridge could take up to 10 years to build and cost up to $190 million. The plans also include underground parking for tour buses. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Buchanan School Project Takes Shape in Hill East — Developers Federal Capital Partners and Insight Property Group are planning to convert the Buchanan School at 1325 D St. SE into Buchanan Park, a community with 41 rowhomes and 41 condos. [Washington Business Journal]

Capitol Hill Wig Store Going Out of Business — Kay Wigs, which has operated out of a basement at 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE for 14 years, will close for good at the end of the month. The store is currently holding a going out of business sale. [The Hill is Home]

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A similar drill being lowered last year (Photo courtesy of D.C. Water)

In a bit of infrastructure tradition, D.C. Water will hold a ceremony tomorrow to officially name a machine that will dig a giant tunnel along the Anacostia River.

The new tunnel-boring machine that weighs about as much as six 747 airplanes will dig a 26-foot wide tunnel to reduce the amount of sewer overflow that pumps into the river.

“Tunnel boring machines get christened the way boats do,” D.C. Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring explained. “We’ll smash a bottle of D.C. tap water on it.”

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington, will say a blessing for the men and women working on the project. The 1,248-ton machine will then be lowered 100 feet underground.

The tunnel, which is part of D.C Water’s Clean Rivers Project, will hold excess sewage and rainwater before it is processed. This tunnel will connect to a tunnel dug by “Lady Bird,” a similar boring machine (pictured above).

The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow (Friday) near Barney Circle at 17th Street SE. For more information, contact [email protected].

Photo courtesy of D.C . Water

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