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Shaw is getting ready for its makeover. There’s the long-vacant Parcel 42, for which six new development designs are being considered. There’s the old Wonder Bread factory on S Street NW that’ll soon become well-facaded offices. And then there’s Progression Place.

The massive development above the Shaw Metro, on 7th Street between S and T streets, is beginning to resemble a real building. The eight-floor office half of the building, on the south side, is the furthest along; the anchor (and only current) tenant, the United Negro College Fund, moved in last month. Davis Construction expects the 205-apartment, nine-story residential component on the north side to be ready for move-in by May or June. Under the apartments, on 7th and T streets, ground-level retail will occupy restored storefronts by the second quarter of 2013 and is expected to include a brewpub by the Howard Theatre, as well as a couple of restaurants and a hair salon.

I took a tour of the construction site this weekend. Click on the photo below for a slideshow of the progress on the residential half of the building, as well as a few shots from the green roof of the office half: