DDOT has announced that there will be night time closures of the Met Branch Trail to allow for the installation of scaffolding that will enable the trail to remain open during the construction of Four Constitution Square. That building will replace Wunder Garten beer garden and be leased by the DOJ.
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has issued a permit to close a section of the Metropolitan Branch Trail adjacent to 150 M Street NE beginning Sunday, January 22 from 9 pm to 5 am. This closure will continue Sunday through Thursday for approximately three weeks.
The temporary closure is needed to allow for the erection of scaffolding that will provide protection for trail users from construction activity in the adjacent work site. After the scaffolding is put in place, the trail will operate normally.
The scaffolding is expected to be in place for the duration of the construction at M Street NE, which is expected to take approximately 18 months.
Signs will be in place to warn cyclists approaching the area. A detour route will be posted, and cyclists and pedestrians using the trail during the overnight closures should follow the detour route.
I like to see development along the trail because I figure it will add users, and while it's hard to determine exactly how the new building will interact with the trail based on this rendering, it does not appear to be a blank wall.