07/30/14 3:10pm

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From a press release:

Mess Hall – a one-of-a-kind culinary incubator concept opening in Washington DC’s Brookland neighborhood, has announced the start of ‘Launch Pad’ – a competition inviting aspiring local food and beverage entrepreneurs to submit their business plans for a chance at winning a series of prizes provided by Mess Hall and number of additional notable industry brands/sponsors. The contest kicks-off online today and will conclude on September 27th at Mess Hall during a live interactive event at the newly launched venue where four finalists will take the stage before a crowd of dozens of industry insiders, food entrepreneurs, and a panel of high-profile local judges. (more…)

07/29/14 3:15pm

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From GSA:

“A joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has concluded site evaluations for the new FBI Headquarters and has identified three sites as potential locations.

The potential sites for a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI are:

•Greenbelt – A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24 (Greenbelt Station) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

•Landover – The site known as the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.

•Springfield – The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Next Steps

GSA will conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on each the three sites, which includes opportunities for public comment. During the NEPA review, GSA will initiate the first of a two-phase Request For Proposal (RFP) seeking qualified developers. The second phase includes the solicitation of development proposals from qualified developers identified in the first phase.”

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From Congresswoman Norton:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management, today released the following statement upon being informed of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) shortlist of potential sites for the new Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters. The shortlist includes the Greenbelt Metro Station Site and Landover Mall Site in Prince George’s County, MD, and the GSA Springfield/Franconia Warehouse Complex in Fairfax County, VA.

“There had been prior indications that the District’s site would not be selected for the new FBI headquarters. Nevertheless, we take considerable comfort in knowing that at last the current FBI headquarters site is now ripe to bring new jobs and revenue to the District of Columbia. The District alone, among those competing, could not lose in the FBI headquarters selection process. Considering the 6.7 acres that will soon become available in the District at the current headquarters site and the groundbreaking of the Trump Hotel at the Old Post Office building last week, the opportunity to redevelop the Hoover Building site is an occasion for joyful anticipation and for getting to work on the further transformation of Pennsylvania Avenue.”

Last week, Norton attended the groundbreaking ceremony for the historic Old Post Office building at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave NW, where construction will begin to convert the inside of the iconic, 114-year-old building into a luxury hotel. A Norton bill, the Old Post Office Building Redevelopment Act of 2008, required the redevelopment of the building, which will further add to the transformation of the Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.”

07/29/14 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live on Church Street between 14th and 15th NW. I walk by these two apartments everyday and am so curious about what’s going on. It’s clear that no one lives there. The front doors are always open, there’s trash inside, and the buildings are falling apart. It’s as if the owners refused to sell out to the developers who completely redid the entire block back starting back in 2002. Anyone out there know what’s up with these dilapidated buildings on what is otherwise a pristine street? Again this is on Church Street between 14th and 15th (these buildings are closer to 15th).”

This is a new project from Brookrose development:

“Brook Rose Development is building one of DC’s first micro-unit projects on the 1400 block of Church Street, the ideal locale for the car-less urban dweller

This “Urban Nirvana” will house 37 micro-units ranging from 265 to 490 square feet. The glassy 8-story building will incorporate three historic town homes and feature expansive windows, multipurpose furnishings, and a communal roof deck.

Residents should have no trouble adapting to these luxurious, yet compact, suites. The best feature, however, is simply the location. Church Street is arguably one of the most desirable streets for the DC urbanite, just steps away from everything – Whole Foods, Starbucks, Vida Fitness, Flow Yoga and some of our city’s best restaurants & bars.”

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Rendering via Brookrose development

07/24/14 10:22pm

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4915 Georgia Ave, NW

I’ve always been fascinated by this bar turned church and since long vacant on Georgia Ave. And I’ve said to myself when this storefront gets renovated – it will mean this section of Georgia Ave will begin to be revitalized. So I did a triple take when I saw the signage above (covering the small Jesus lettering) announcing funding for a new project.  Anyway it got me thinking about other symbolic revitalization spots that had been long vacant  like the Wonder Bread Factory, Howard Theatre, the Boilermaker Building, Uline arena and others.  So what renovated or soon to be renovated vacant building most represents DC’s revitalization to you?

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07/24/14 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Today while on a walk through Rock Creek Park, I came across an enormous, beautiful Tudor house on the corner of Linnean Ave and Tilden St. It looked like it could be a swanky private prep school until we got closer and realized it was abandoned and in a total state of disrepair.

After some Googling we discovered that this is the Morris House, originally home to former socialite and “unofficial host of the city” Edgar Morris and his wife Beronica. Even more intriguingly, it was purchased by the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1973 and has been owned by the DRC since. It served as the ambassador’s residence until 1995, when the ambassador lost his post – but he continued to live there until 2005 as a caretaker.

Since then, it has been empty and unused, though there are holes in the fences and windows that suggest it has been explored. It was designated a historic DC site in March 2010.

Here and here are more pictures. The address is 4001 Linnean Ave NW. There is a new-ish looking dumpster and portapotty on the grounds, so I’m not sure if there’s work being done.

I thought you might be interested in this – or possibly know more? I’d love to hear it if you do!”

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07/23/14 3:55pm

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“Dear PoPville,

Thought I could send along some progress pics from the storage container apartments going up on 7th street in Brookland/Edgewood. As you can tell these will be in my backyard basically. My roommate and I are less than pleased at this going up in such a residential area and are confused as to why the neighbors didn’t put up more of a fight? We just moved here in April so we had no idea this was happening. I’m interested to see how/if they plan to make this stick out less on this beautiful street. It’s four levels high. Couldn’t get one from the front because they have the street blocked off for construction today.

I’m all for more affordable housing, but I’m pretty “not in my backyard” about this lol.”

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Updates as construction progresses. Here’s a report from NBC Washington:

“on Seventh Street, 18 six-ton shipping containers are being stacked to make 24 one-bedroom apartments mostly for student housing.”

07/22/14 3:55pm

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From Douglas Development:

New construction of a 6 story building featuring ground level retail/restaurant with the upper 5 levels featuring 30 apartment units. The building will also feature under ground parking for residents, balconies and bay windows.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013.

Facts:
- 33,232 SF (2,792 SF retail)
- Acquired 2011; Redeveloped 2013-2014
- 6-story building
- 30 rental apartments
- 10 parking space below grade

You can see renderings of the project here. And a final farewell to the mural here.

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07/21/14 3:10pm

From an email:

“Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol is a major symbol of our nation’s capital. However, today’s Avenue shows wear and tear from increased event uses, aging infrastructure, and jurisdictional challenges.

To develop a vision for the future of Pennsylvania Avenue, the National Capital Planning Commission, in partnership with the General Services Administration and the National Park Service, is launching the Pennsylvania Avenue Initiative. This study will help identify existing challenges as well as near- and long-term opportunities along the Avenue and vicinity. It will also identify the future role of the Avenue to meet the needs of a 21st century capital city.

This initial public workshop will provide members of the public an opportunity to learn about the initiative and provide feedback on what they view as priorities for Pennsylvania Avenue as its local and national roles continue to evolve.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
6:00 – 8:00 PM

WHERE
National Capital Planning Commission
401 9th Street, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20004
Map it |Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter

RSVP
Attendance is free and open to the public. www.ncpc.gov/rsvp/”

07/18/14 4:10pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I got some crappy pictures of the lot and early stages of construction at 6th and Mass NW. However, I looked up the developer and found there renderings of the building. Amazing!!”

From Gould Property Company:

“Welcome to 600 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

The new gold standard in architecture, 600 Mass represents the convergence of clean aesthetics, forward-thinking amenities and green spaces that blur the lines between traditional indoor and outdoor environments. With a façade wrapped in 10 stories of brilliant glass encompassing 400,000 square feet, the views are stellar — and they mirror your smart success.”

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Rendering via Gould Property Company