Hallelujah! Movement at North Capitol Firehouse in Bloomingdale

Thanks to a reader for sending a brief update from the Bloomingdale blog from owner Brian Brown:

“Historic signed off on the architectural design of the replacement garage doors yesterday and those are being ordered.

Look for the ABRA application to come up in one of the next couple of ANC meetings.”

I also noticed some permits had gone up at 1626 North Capitol Street, NW:


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Back in July we learned after an ANC meeting that it hoped to become:

“Restaurant consist of 3 levels. lounge, banquet hall and restaurant. Late night menu will go until 2am, they will also offer Sunday brunch.”

The permits deal with demo and window replacement. More info as construction progresses.

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  • Must do work to avoid blight designation…. Sorry, 2 years in and more vague promises, I’ll believe it when I see it.

  • How about he starts by fixing the bloody fence around his house on 2nd and T? The sidewalk is now falling apart.

  • houseintherear

    Exactly, I’ll believe it when I see it. That man has proven himself to be a liar, and the community is wary of believing anything he promises.

    Brian Brown and his porch gym. SIGH.

  • wow deja vu!

    brings me back to ’08 when I was new to the neighborhood and super excited about the promise of this location. thanks for the memories!

  • the city needs to take back this space. this is ridiculous and outrageous. i walked by the firehouse yesterday and noticed that the back section is completely open to the elements. toppled over and missing brick. a very large section. he never even finished repairing the failing structure.

    this is the 3rd floor back section, if anyone is looking. you have to be across the street to see it. i just couldn’t believe it.

    i’ve met brian. i like him, and i know he’s trying very hard. but failure is failure. good intentions don’t cut it the city needs to seize the property and reissue an rfp. you on board mr gray? north capitol seriously needs your help.

  • They had removed the brick in back to repair other brick. It happened years ago when they first started the renovations.

    While I agree I too have been let down time & time again. The fact that the permits are actually up makes gives me a little more hope this time.

  • I’ve been watching the repair work and renovations on a similar firehouse on Maryland Ave between 13th and 14th NE with interest. Never have figured out what they are turning it into, but I imagine it would make for a few nice apartments. A restaurant would be nice, but given that the surrounding properties are homes, I doubt that it is zoned for such.

  • I’ll believe it when i see it.

  • What is the Firehouse zoned for? Why are we to believe that this is really going to happen. It would help to believe Brian if he had the decency to take the time to talk with the Firehouse’s immediate neighbors to reassure this is not a repeat of three years ago.

  • I live on Quincy near the firehouse and I don’t (a) want a gigantic late night restaurant right on top of me, and (b) don’t think one would succeed.

    Let’s take Saint Ex, for example, which is a restaurant on a corner. It’s decent sized and it probably does a good business. But what happens if you were to triple the size of it and put it in an area that with way less street parking and way less foot traffic. I’d say it’s a bad bet.

    Also, given what it took for the alcohol approvals at Big Bear, would it take any less to get a license for that spot? I’m not being facetious. Does someone know?

    Anyway, when I saw the construction, I thought “condos.” But that was before I saw this stuff about the blight designation. Maybe the best thing for him is to do the minimum amount of work to hold onto the space until the neighborhood can sustain a restaurant that size–if that is what he really wants.

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