A look inside Douglas Development’s work to reshape a D.C. icon

The Uline Arena’s days hosting inaugural balls, rock concerts, circuses and sporting events are long gone, but a new chapter is now being written inside the cavernous structure by Third and M streets NE less than a block from the NoMa-Gallaudet U Metro station.

Construction is well underway at what was formally known as the M.J. Uline Ice Company and Arena, which is now enclosed by construction fences. By day, it serves as a hive for dump trucks and work crews gutting the interior of one of the most storied venues in local and national history.

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Here’s another angle on D.C.’s biggest move ever

Last week, we showed you how Douglas Development Corp. and its contractor, Davis Construction, moved the first of two historic structures to make way for the massive Square 450 project in Mount Vernon Square.

The gargantuan effort, moving the 880-ton New York Avenue building 34 feet, is an impressive feat. The goal is to “preserve, protect and enhance the historic built environment” in the District, said Joe Baker, a senior project manager with Davis.

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