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“Dear PoPville,

Do you have any information on this property that the developers are trying to tear down and build into 6 units on Grant Circle? I hear there is some neighborhood group starting to form a historic district in Petworth as a way to oppose it? Also wondering if you might want to highlight the predatory nature of this large sign saying “we buy houses for cash”.

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1201 K Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I walked past the Twelve & K Hotel last night (formerly the Four Points by Sheraton) and saw they were closed. The main lobby entrance has a sign about who to call for deliveries, and another door has security company contact information. It’s a little bit strange to look inside the lobby and see nobody inside. District Grill is also shuttered, and the hotel website is gone too (http://www.twelveandkhotel.com/). I know the property was sold over the summer to the company that also owns the Langham Hotel chain so perhaps something else is on the way?”

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13th and Park Road, NW

Which do you like better – the paint or the original brick? Their website says:

“A unique collection of 4 brand new condominiums coming to the vibrant Columbia Heights neighborhood. Each home will feature modern finishes and large private outdoor terraces.
Coming Spring 2015 | From The $400s”

Personally I think I like the red brick better but I think the outdoor terraces are gonna be pretty sweet. I’ll show updated photos when it’s complete.

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Photos used with permission by ‏@TonyTGoodman

Earlier today @TonyTGoodman tweeted:

“Temporary Rite Aid on former sidewalk at 13th & U to make way for new apartment building.”

In early December the Washington Business Journal reported:

“A 1,400-square-foot prefabricated modular construction trailer will be placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the existing, soon-to-be-razed Rite Aid, for use as a temporary pharmacy. The JBG Cos. plans to knock down much of the block — five buildings totaling 19,000 square feet — to clear the way for an eight-story mixed-use project. The new building will include space for a new Rite Aid and roughly 165 multifamily units.”

We’ve previously spoken about the development here.

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13th and U Street, NW

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1923 Vermont Avenue, NW (just south of U Street)

And here’s the final big news from Friday:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced the selection of Roadside Development LLC and Sorg Architects to redevelop the historic Grimke School at 1923 Vermont Avenue NW and an adjacent District-owned parcel at 912 U Street NW.

“I am delighted that we have selected a team that will preserve the Grimke School as a historic anchor in the U Street/Shaw area while also creating a world-class home for the African-American Civil War Museum and a new arts-and-cultural center for the District,” said Mayor Gray. “This team’s vision for Grimke will further boost U Street’s vibrant cultural amenities.”

The Roadside-Sorg team will rehabilitate the historic school building, while transforming it into mix of uses which include a permanent home for the African-American Civil War Museum, space for a number of non-profit performing-arts organizations, and commercial office space. The remainder of the school lot will be developed into townhomes while the lot at 912 U Street will be developed into condominiums and ground-floor, neighborhood-serving retail space. Roadside/Sorg’s proposal includes a diverse mix of uses and will create approximately 125 jobs in the area. This will promote daytime use of the site, which will complement the already burgeoning food and entertainment district in the area. (more…)

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14th and R Street, NW

Mission’s website says:

“In the heart of the District’s most vibrant neighborhood: 51 incomparable boutique apartments beautifully arranged within the historical context of a 1920’s era Studebaker car dealership and three 1880’s townhouses. The Mission marries an industrial and rustic vibe with refined sensibilities to create a place where you will want to spend time even if you don’t have the time.”

Check out the floor plans and pricing here.

I took a peek inside the former Central Union Mission (now located in the newly renovated Gales School near Union Station) and future home of Shinola (currently in a temp space across the street), have a look inside the new apartments:

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Lots more photos after the jump. (more…)

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9th and L Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

So as far as exciting news goes this is pretty awesome for the development of the 9th Street corridor.

The long vacant buildings along 9th and across L Street NW are up for a zoning hearing. I was bored at work and mapped all the lots (very bored)! LOL.
The zoning notice says a Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott.

This development includes 1116 – 1104 9th St., 911 to 929 L Street NW AND two parcels behind 919 L St NW that have a Shepards Court NW address.”

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