The last untouched corner at 14th and Florida Ave, NW – goes down. Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Florida Liquors, open as recently Saturday now closed. Saw demo crews carrying out fixtures yesterday.”

A yelp reviewer writes:

“the selection is slim, the teller is behind bulletproof glass, and there’s always someone standing out front panhandling”

Updates when we learn more about plans for the corner.


From the Mayor’s Office:

This Saturday, The Deputy Mayor’s Office for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) will host an “OurRFP Public Workshop” to get community input for redeveloping the District-owned Parcel 42, located at the intersection of R St and 7th St NW in Ward 6.

Our RFP is a first of its kind community-based request for proposals (RFP) initiative launched by Mayor Bowser in March to engage residents on future neighborhood development. The goal is to establish a process that is transparent to residents and holds the District accountable for building a project that reflects the interests of the community. Parcel 42 is the first location for this unique pilot program.

To RSVP for DMPED’s Our RFP Public Workshop, please visit HERE.

WHO:             Brian Kenner, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

WHEN:          Saturday, June 13, 10:00 a.m.

WHERE:       Howard Theater – 620 T St NW”


new 42,000 sq. ft. medical center at 1525 14th St, NW

From a press release:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joined Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health, Don Blanchon, and Andrew Altman – former Washington, D.C. Director of Planning who now leads urban development at Streetscape Partners – to announce a new partnership that will bring a 170,000 square foot community to one of the last undeveloped spaces along Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Corridor. The development will support the pioneering work of Whitman-Walker Health; a non-profit community health center serving the health needs of the local community.

The new community will front an entire city-block on 14th Street owned by Whitman-Walker Health. Streetscape Partners and Whitman-Walker Health are committed to creating a signature development on the property. Community-oriented retail space will be a goal of the development in an area that has seen the loss of many neighborhood-serving businesses.

After an 18-month selection process, Streetscape Partners’ creative approach to development, design and financing structure led to the real estate development firm being selected as the best partner to build a one-of-a-kind community around the current Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (ETMC).

“Whitman-Walker has long been an indispensable health care life saver on the front lines reducing the District of Columbia’s high HIV/AIDS rate and providing other high-quality health services to our residents,” Norton said. “I am full of joy and pride to join with Whitman-Walker in dedicating its new, first-class facility to serve our community’s health care needs.”

In addition to creating a new community in one of Washington, D.C.’s most vibrant areas, the partnership structure will help sustain Whitman-Walker Health’s commitment to providing healthcare in Washington, D.C., and to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.

“Today marks a truly memorable day in the life of Whitman-Walker’s health center family,” said Don Blanchon, WWH Executive Director. “On the same day when we officially dedicate the new 1525 health center, we proudly announce this partnership with Streetscape Partners to revitalize the ETMC site. During the selection process, focus on community and partnership were key factors. In addition to providing a high level of professional competency, the Streetscape team is a true partner. This agreement is more than another step forward in Whitman-Walker’s continuing journey towards long-term sustainability. It is more than just another redevelopment announcement for the 14th Street corridor. It is a bold statement of Whitman-Walker’s enduring commitment to our patients and the community at large. That is why we are so excited about how a redeveloped site will contribute to the health and well-being of the community that we have called home for the past 30 years.”

Andrew Altman, principal at Streetscape Partners said. “This is a dream come true, to return to the District and have our company selected as Whitman-Walker Health’s partner on this transformational project that will make a major impact on the city; this exemplifies the values and mission-driven development philosophy that will empower our work going forward.

Andrew Altman returns to Washington, D.C. from London where, as CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation, he led the development of the London 2012 Olympic Park—the largest regeneration project in the United Kingdom. Andrew also served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Philadelphia, and was the Director of the District Office of Planning where he was the visionary behind the stadium neighborhood, CityCenter and SW Wharf developments.

Andrew will manage the increasing number of urban and transit-oriented projects currently being developed by Streetscape Partners. He will lead development of the firm’s plans to build development partnerships that lead to the positive transformation of urban spaces.

Planning for the Whitman-Walker Health development is expected to be finalized next year.”

to be developed at 14th and R St, NW

3054 Mount Pleasant St, NW

A reader reports:

“Saw this sign at the car repair center on the south end of mt pleasant today. anyone know what’s up with this 3 story addition?”

In late May Urban Turf reported:

“Architect Richard Foster presented plans Tuesday night to ANC 1D on behalf of a client who is considering purchasing Mount Pleasant Auto Repair at 3054 Mount Pleasant Street NW (map), and developing the property into a six-unit condo project with ground-floor retail.”

Updates when more info is known.



Thanks to Alex Golding for sending: “some pictures of the Hine School demolition. The kids love the big machines!”


The future from

“The Stanton-Eastbanc team plans a mixed-use development, re-connecting Eastern Market and the Metro Station, that is as richly diverse, architecturally distinguished and historically rooted as the surrounding Hill community.”



Thanks to a reader for sending.

From Mac Realty Advisors:

“MAC Realty Advisors, LLC (MAC), on behalf of NOVO Development Corporation, successfully arranged an investment from a boutique private equity fund for the acquisition and development of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue SE, an existing used car lot located in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC. In addition, MAC placed a senior construction loan from a regional bank for the transaction, which closed on February 19, 2014

NOVO Development Corporation, headquartered on Capitol Hill within walking distance to the site, will build a five story, 77-unit residential building with a one-level parking garage.”



“Dear PoPville,

My husband and I were walking home past the former Italian embassy at 2700 16th street, and these signs were posted. It’s been marked vacant as of today, 5/28 and the white flyer on the right lists violations for overgrowth of the yard and graffiti. Admittedly, I don’t think I’ve noticed any work being done since maybe last summer, but this seemed like it was going to be such a cool development and use of a great old building!

Curious if you or anyone else knows what’s going on here.”

1710 7th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Construction has begun on Channing E. Phillips Homes, 56 much needed affordable apartments with 3100 square feet of street front retail being developed by Lincoln Westmoreland Housing, Inc. immediately adjacent to the Shaw/Howard University Metrorail station in northwest Washington, DC.

The new eight-story building at 1710 7th Street NW was designed by acclaimed architect Shalom Baranes Associates of Washington, DC, representing that firm’s foray into affordable housing design. The 56 apartment homes, which follow Enterprise Green Communities guidelines, will include 28 one-bedroom apartments; 21 two-bedroom apartments; and 7 three-bedroom apartments. Construction is slated for completion by mid-2016 and rental applications will be accepted beginning in January 2016. (more…)