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

07/18/14 3:10pm

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Reeves Center at 14th and U Street, NW

From a press release:

“Next week, Councilmember Muriel Bowser will host two hearings on the subject of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, which would result in the construction of a new soccer stadium in Buzzard Point in Ward 6 and the redevelopment of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Ward 1. The hearings offer the residents of communities most likely to be affected by the proposal an opportunity to participate in the legislative process at a time that is convenient for many work schedules, and at a location that is proximate to their homes.

Ward 1 Hearing

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: The Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
2nd Floor Community Room

Ward 6 Hearing

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Building
1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, Suite E200

Individuals and representatives of community organizations wishing to testify should contact Tsega Bekele, Legislative Counsel to the Committee on Economic Development, at (202) 724-8052, or tbekele@dccouncil.us and furnish his or her name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on July 22, 2014. Persons presenting testimony may be limited to 3 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Please provide the Committee with 20 copies of any written testimony.

If you are unable to testify, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Economic Development, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 110 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.

A copy of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 can be found here.”

07/17/14 1:25pm

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600 block of Florida Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Do you have information about the parking lot right in front of Howard Theatre that it currently used as “Premium Valet” parking? To whom does this land belong and who is managing it? Are there plans to develop this lot into a public space that respects and celebrates the heritage of the Howard Theatre? Currently, it is an eyesore, which hides the theater from Florida behind rows of parked utility trucks during the week, in a section of the U Street Heritage Trail that it increasingly nice between the Theatre itself, the Duke Ellington Sculpture and plaza and Right Proper Brewing Company. The city provided an $8 million grant and $4 million in Great Streets Tax Increment Financing (TIF) toward the restoration of the historic Theatre and it is sad that 2 years later – the space in front of remains a dilapidated parking lot.

The Theatre does not actually need this lot as it already has a Self Parking lot A which they describe as “a safe, secure and well lit parking lot located less than 1 block away from the Theatre on the corner of 7th and T Streets, NW”.

The site would be much more valued by being a park or a plaza. In fact, this was the original plan in the 2004 Development Framework for a cultural destination district within Washington DC’s greater Shaw/U street: it intended to “Relocate the car dealership and create a restaurant / cafe use with an open space / outdoor cafe component”.

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2004 rendering via Office of Planning

How the Howard Theatre looked in 2008:

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07/16/14 3:55pm

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3401 Idaho Avenue, NW

From Cathedral Commons website:

“Leasing for Fall 2014

Here comfort and luxury exceed even the most demanding expectations. Located in one of the most privileged and serene corners of the city, Cathedral Commons is elevating the style of this historic neighborhood. Our exquisite residences are nestled amongst an ambitious and beautiful retail environment that puts local and luxury shopping a step away.”

and in addition to the Giant grocery store – Welcome to the Neighborhood: Meet the First Seven Retailers Joining Cathedral Commons:

“We’re very excited to welcome the following seven retailers to the Cathedral Commons community: Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku, iDoc Optical, Wells Fargo, SunTrust, CVS Pharmacy, and Starbucks.

Retail is slated to begin opening this fall alongside the 56,000-square-foot Giant Food, which will bring a new urban prototype concept to its state of the art lifestyle store.

We’ll be announcing additional retailer partners in the coming weeks so check back soon.
Meet the Retailers:

Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar: Founders Sasa Mahr-Batuz and And Pforzheimer have come a long way since opening their first restaurant, a 38-seat wine bar, back in 1995. The award winning Spanish restaurant, with its long list of tapas and wines from around the world, will open a 3,280-square-foot restaurant.
Raku: The Asian dining, sushi & sake restaurant will open its third location, a 3,321-square-foot restaurant. Current locations include its Dupont Circle and Bethesda, MD locations.
iDoc Optical: The full-service eye care will open a 1,210-square-foot office. The Boutique Optical, features high end frames such as Robert Marc, Barton Perriera, Theo, Eyedc, Lindberg, Gold & Wood, Minima, Lafont, and many more. Full time Optometrist on board.
Wells Fargo: The multinational banking and financial services company will open a 2,004-square-foot bank.
SunTrust Bank: Will open a 3,598-square-foot branch.
CVS Pharmacy Will open a 12,440-square-foot store, selling a wide assortment of goods.
Starbucks: The King of Coffee will open a 1,900-square-foot store. Lattes not included.”

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North side Wisconsin and Newark

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South side Wisconsin and Newark

Rendering:

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January 2012:

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07/15/14 3:55pm

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1250 9th Street, NW

Tons of progress at The Colonel coming to 9th and N St, NW.

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This boutique address in the heart of Downtown D.C. offers historically-inspired design with a hip twist while putting the city’s best offerings of art, culture and commerce at your doorstep. Located in the burgeoning 9th Street corridor your neighbors are the city’s most cutting edge art galleries, retailers, bars, and restaurant concepts.”

You can see some renderings here. Like the way it’s turning out so far?

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07/14/14 4:45pm

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1125 Spring Road, NW

From DGS:

“Dear 1125 Spring Road Community,

Thank you for attending our, The Department of General Services (DGS) and DC Housing Authority (DCHA), community meeting concerning the redevelop of the 1125 Spring Road site. The Surplus Hearing was held on Tuesday, June 17, 2014 and was the first step in the disposition process which allowed us engage residents and to receive public comments.

We understand there are a number of concerns referencing this project to include the appropriate mix of income levels to include in this project. It is important to note that once the surplus of the Hebrew Nursing Home and the Paul Robeson School is completed, the site will be made available for DCHA to develop.

At this time, a Housing Development comprised of mixed income levels that include Workforce Development, Permanent Supportive, and likely Market Rate Housing as well as senior housing is being considered. The exact mix of housing has yet to be determined. As the project continues to develop there will be future opportunities for community members to provide additional input.

In the interim, DGS has developed a survey to gather residents feedback on the percentage of mix income housing units residents would prefer be developed at the site. We ask that you take the survey by the cob Friday, July 18, 2014 and please feel free to share this link with your family and neighbors.

We have also posted on our DGS website the Surplus Hearing presentation from June 17, Meeting Minutes and a copy of the Sign-In Sheet.

We continue to encourage constituents in both Wards 4 + 1 to forward any concerns they may have regarding this project to our attention.”

07/11/14 1:30pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I snapped this picture on my way to work this morning:

I’m not sure the exact reasons for the sign but it’s clear tension is growing as construction intensifies on the “DC CLEAN RIVERS PROJECT First Street Tunnel.”

A project that claims to alleviate flooding in Bloomingdale but based on the DC water work zone plans looks more like preparation for the controversial development of McMillan Park.

I’m sure there are people who are following all of this closer then I am but as a Bloomingdale resident and DC taxpayer it’s unfortunate to see a beautiful neighborhood getting torn to pieces by construction for another unnecessary overpriced luxury apartment building. ”

07/11/14 11:17am

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Photo via NADZ

From an email:

“We are gaining new supporters but time may become a factor. The comments period on proposed zoning changes ends on Sept. 15. If the downzoning group gets their way, all existing R-5-B lots could be rezoned downwards to R-4 status.

We are battling the downzoners in Lanier Heights, but there are downzoners all over the city and it needs to become a city wide issue.

For more information visit our website NEIGHBORS AGAINST DOWNZONING

Ed. Note: Previously we talked about the Lanier Heights ‘Stop Pop Ups’ vs ‘Stop Nimby-ism’ here and downzoning could “could cost you $100,000 – $200,000 – $300,000 – OR MORE…” here.

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Photo via NADZ