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2200 P Street, NW courtesy Westpark Tenant Association

From the Westpark Tenant Association:

“Here’s the story so far:

At the end of November, DC’s Historic Planning Office (HPO) issued its recommendation to the Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to decline Marx Realty’s plan to convert the landmarked service station into a MUD. The extant structure would have been relocated on the site and become some form of retail. (The Fine Arts Commission had previously given its approval.)

December 6, Marx tells the Sunoco to get out.

Yesterday (Tuesday 1/3) it’s emptied out and fence up. I haven’t been over there yet today to see what kind of progress has been made. A neighbor sent a video from this morning showing the canopies over the former pumps being demolished. (more…)

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Stitch Design Concept courtesy OMA

“Dear PoPville,

I am interested to hear what the community thinks. Tonight at the convention center EventsDC is hosting an open meeting to discuss the redevelopment of the RFK site. I’m torn as to whether their plans are a good thing or not. What are the pros or cons of their plan? Any other thoughts on the matter?”

RFK Stadium-Armory Campus Redvelopment Recommendations: Community Meeting

Thursday, January 5, 2017 – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Room 146ABC
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mount Vernon Place
Washington, DC 20001

After extensive planning, outreach, public input and involvement, Events DC is proud to present two concepts for the RFK Stadium-Armory Campus. Our vision for the Campus’ future is to create a revitalized site that celebrates its iconic beauty and history – while also acting as a first-class example of urban living that can attract residents and visitors and at the same time maintain a strong local identity.

Acting as a catalyst for the city, the RFK Campus future project will also make a substantial economic impact on the District, by reinvesting into the city through job opportunities, youth programs, local business development and ample community benefits and neighborhood serving amenities for residents to enjoy.

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3900 Wisconsin Ave, NW

About a month ago we learned that the Fannie Mae HQ building and property had sold to Roadside Development and NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC.

“The acquisition includes a 228,000 square foot building and approximately 10 acres of land.”

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The original report called for a shopping mall as well as luxury condos but now Roadside Development has set up a website to engage neighbors:

“In anticipation of Fannie Mae’s departure, our team is excited to work with the community early on in planning the future uses of the site.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

Posted to a bunch of neighborhood listservs yesterday:

“My name is Jay. I am a local Organic Grower in Washington DC in the Petworth neighborhood. I am interested in meeting more like minded people. So this will be short and sweet.

I am allowed per DC law to gift you up to an Ounce of Bud. Everything is done via a contribution that you make towards my grow. I have a grow set up in my local apartment and I typically invite people in so they can see what they are donating towards. In return for your Contribution/Donation I will gift you an appropriate amount of Buds.

I do not sell Weed, so do not ask or I will have to turn you away. I do not deliver REPEAT DO NOT DELIVER. It is local pick-up only and I am in Petworth. People constantly ask me to deliver to Virginia or Maryland and it is totally illegal. Lets be clear, I do not want to break the law I want to work with it so if you ask me to I can not talk to you any further. Please do not! (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I was wondering you could post something in support of Save Bruce Monroe Park. The City is planning on turning it into a 9 story luxury condo building on Georgia Ave, and I think many of our neighbors would be opposed to this if they were aware. People need to call their councilmembers today before the Council votes tomorrow on whether to postpone a final vote.

There is also an email tool that people can use.

More info on the park.

I love the Columbia Heights/ Petworth area, and it would be a real shame to lose this park to more condos.”

Ed. Note: You can see previous Bruce Monroe posts here.

The following release was just issued at 12:25pm on the Columbia Heights Listserv “DC Council Approves Surplus and Disposition of Bruce Monroe Site for Park Morton Redevelopment Effort”:

“Today, the Council of the District of Columbia voted unanimously at their Committee of the Whole meeting to place the Bruce Monroe surplus and disposition resolutions on the consent agenda for approval at today’s final Legislative Meeting of 2016. This action supports the effort for the site to be used as the “Build First” site in the District’s effort to replace the Park Morton Housing Complex with a new mixed-income community without displacing Park Morton families from the community. The Zoning Commission is scheduled to take action on the related Park Morton Planned Unit Development cases on January 30, 2017, following two hearings held earlier this month. (more…)

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Rendering courtesy The Wharf

Well this is pretty cool. From a press release:

“Officials from Hoffman-Madison Waterfront (HMW), developer of The Wharf, the $2 billion, mile-long neighborhood located on DC’s Southwest waterfront, introduced DC’s first office building to be built on a pier. With Pier 4’s delivery in 2017, The Wharf continues to activate Washington, DC’s waterfront in ways that had been previously unimagined. Extending 260 feet into the Potomac River, Pier 4 will offer tenants panoramic views of the Washington Channel and nearly the entire length of a bustling Wharf Street.

“There simply will be no other office building anywhere in the country that will offer the views, amenities, design features and architectural distinction of the Wharf,” said Amer Hammour, Chairman of Madison Marquette. “In many ways, Pier 4 is a landmark of this transformative project, overlooking the Potomac River in the middle of one of the largest urban redevelopment programs in Washington’s history‎.” (more…)

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680 Rhode Island Ave, NE Rendering courtesy of Gensler

Epic news for Edgewood (Eckington, Brookland, and Brentwood) from a press release:

“Alamo Drafthouse Cinema today announced its first Washington, D.C. location at MRP Realty’s Bryant Street development along the Rhode Island Avenue corridor. The 44,000 square-foot theater is set to open in 2019 and is the fourth theater for franchisee Cojeaux Cinemas.

“We are extremely pleased to have found a great Alamo Drafthouse Cinema location along the dynamic Rhode Island Avenue corridor of Northeast D.C. MRP Realty had the vision to re-integrate this property into the community in a way that helps its citizens reap the benefits of D.C. revitalization,” said Anthony Coco and Joseph Edwards, co-owners of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Washington D.C. “Every seat will be a luxury recliner and each auditorium will include Sony 4K Digital Cinema projection and top-of-the-line sound. Our commitment to the overall experience is evident through our from-scratch, in-house prepared food and extensive draft craft beer selections available both in the theater and at our stand alone bar Glass Half Full.” (more…)

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Happened to come across this guy when I was looking for the GDoN. It’s located at 625 633 Park Road, Northwest and the listing says:

“Opportunity for Condo builders -Shovel Ready- Approved 38 units with Plans and Permit. For sale is the assemblage of existing church at 625 Park road to be converted to 12 units and a lot at 633 Park road approved for 26 units. Total of 36K sqft. (11) 1BR/1.5 Baths, (26) 2BR/2.5 baths and (1) 3BR unit – Please register for tour on Thursday at 11 am and Offers by 12/20.”

It’s yours for $8,900,000.

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1634 North Capitol Street, NW rendering via maedwell companies

Thanks to a reader for sending the plans from maedwell companies:

“The Denizen will be a luxury mixed-use development in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. The project will include 14 units in two connected buildings. The four-story buildings + Penthouse, located on the west side of North Capitol Street, will feature studios, one, two, three, and four bedroom luxury apartment units, approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space and a below-grade bike storage facility. The buildings will feature unique residences with 10′ foot ceilings, large walk-in showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, off-street parking, panoramic views of the city and a highly-appointed rooftop terrace.

Development Highlights

Targeted retail businesses: Bakery, Co Working Space, Coffee House, Teachers Kitchen, Italian Restaurant, Nail Salon and Gym/Yoga Studio.
Feature green roofs
Pedestrian walkway/central plaza through the whole development”

Yesterday Washingtonian reported (thanks also to those who sent links):

“The developer’s president, Syga Thomas, tells Washingtonian exclusively that he’s in talks with potential cooking school and grocery tenants for the ground floor of the building at 1634 North Capitol St., NW.”

Updates as construction progresses and the deal is sealed on retail.

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1634 North Capitol Street, NW earlier this year

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Back in 2011 when the Borf building (with the pop up) was getting worked on

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Borf building next door in 2008