411 ny ave ne
411 New York Ave, NE

“Dear PoPville,

Boutique hotel proposal goes to BZA Monday. Plans to turn Union Arts located at 411 New York Ave NE into an “arts hotel”. Has collected 80 letters of opposition which can be found on the zoning case search #15-19. Facebook group calling for more signatures and stand in at case Monday:

#SaveDCArts – The Union Arts building at 411 New York Ave NE is the last collective art space of its kind in Washington, DC. It has been home to more than 100 artists and numerous organizations for many decades working as a catalyst of creativity for many communities throughout the city.

Regrettably, our building was sold to development groups who plan to evict all of us – the resident artists and organizations – by September 1. They intend to displace us so they can build an 11-story luxury boutique arts hotel. The DBLee and Brook Rose development groups have enlisted Cultural DC to convert the now affordable and diversely accessible art space into a chic hotel, where only 7 art studios will be made available to no more than 20 artists. This is far fewer than the number of artist collectives currently working in the building, who after being displaced will then be forced to compete for studios at a significantly higher price. In addition, the new building will greatly alter the character of the area into another sterile development, not suited for creative inspiration.

What is definite is the building has been sold. The current tenants at 411 New York Ave NE must vacate out by September 1st.


images courtesy MidCity

Well this is huge. From a press release:

“MidCity, one of Washington, DC’s most respected and experienced developers and property owners, has launched a new name and dynamic new website — www.riadc.com — for its ambitious 20-acre mixed-use development designed to be the future centerpiece of the Rhode Island Avenue community. The website moves far beyond a branding exercise and includes candid FAQ’s, phase-by-phase diagrams, master plan and block plan renderings and details of the meticulous and innovative approach being employed by MidCity and architect and planner, Perkins Eastman. MidCity has retained interdisciplinary and strategy collective, Streetsense, for branding, communications and retail consulting for the project.


With initial demolition of the Brentwood Village shopping center scheduled for late 2016 and groundbreaking on the first phase of this inclusive, community-design driven neighborhood set for late 2017, the RIA website and brand set the stage for the next phases of development – an array of residences, an inviting new town center, new connective streets, local shops and retailers and pedestrian promenades and green spaces. (more…)


How long does construction typically last?

“I’m considering buying a condo in a building at 18th & Q, but I know that the St. Thomas Church half a block away is planning to build a ~6 story building on their property in the near-ish future. What I’m wondering is, how long does construction typically take for a mid-size building like the one planned? (You can google something like ‘st thomas parish dc redevelopment’ to see the renderings.) And during what hours are builders allowed to operate loud machinery in DC?

Thank you as always for your collective wisdom!”

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Before New Years I noted that this development will be mind blowing when completed. Now a proper update on the construction that has been completed:

“Construction of Capitol Crossing is moving forward, we are quickly approaching the next phase of construction that will transform Washington’s central business district, and reconnect Capitol Hill and East End.

Over a year ago, Property Group Partners (PGP) began using its $200 million privately funded infrastructure investment to fulfill Mayor Bowser’s vision to revitalize city neighborhoods. To date, Capitol Crossing has delivered:

• Excavation and installation of new high voltage electrical line in Massachusetts Ave from 3rd to 4th Streets.

• Installation of new 30” water main on Massachusetts Avenue between 4th and 2nd Streets.

• Installation of a new 8” water main along the east side of 3rd St. from F Street to E Street.

• Connecting the electrical grid between the Capitol Hill and East End neighborhoods will further stabilize the electricity supply on both locations.

• Refurbishment of the existing 3rd Street Tunnel; aligning with post-9/11 safety and security standards.

These upgrades mean better systems for current DC residents and the ability to expand and meet the needs of new businesses and residents in the future. Construction of Capitol Crossing is creating 4,000 construction jobs and 8,000 permanent jobs.

Deep caissons were poured in November 2015. In the first quarter of this year, Capitol Crossing will truly go vertical with the first steel segments that will create the base of the new 3-block platform covering the I-395 center leg being placed. We are well on our way to delivering trophy office space in 2018, and 70,000 square feet of world class retail when completed.”



From DDOT:

“The demolition of the former Washington Post building near the intersection of 15th and L Street NW will require long-term, temporary sidewalk and road closures beginning Saturday January 9, from 7 am to 7 pm, weather permitting.

The L Street sidewalk and curb lane will be completely closed to pedestrian and vehicular traffic for the duration of the project, which is expected to be complete by summer 2018.

Starting Monday, January 18, 2016, the demolition work has been permitted from 7 am to 7 am each day in a 24-hour cycle until mid-April 2016, weather permitting. During this time, an additional travel lane can be closed during demolition operations at the L street buildings.

The bicycle lane will continue to run in an eastbound direction along L Street, but will be shifted several feet from its current location to accommodate the curb closure. A barrier will separate the bicycle lane from the vehicular traffic.

Signs will be posted to guide and reroute pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles.

The signage will indicate where pedestrians need to cross over to the south side of L Street to avoid the demolition activity.”