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

07/10/14 3:55pm

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Thanks to @ryanpougiales for tweeting us the photo above:

“Filipino church at Morton and Sherman set to become condos”

OPaLdc’s website says:

“Call it eclectic. Call it cool. Anyway you color it, Morton Street Mews is an exciting new addition to downtown DC. Each of the community’s 26 two-level condominiums feature modern aesthetics on the inside and a bold mixture of new and existing urban architecture throughout. Tucked between the Columbia Heights and Petworth Metro stations and just a block away from the neighborhood shops and restaurants lining 11th Street, Morton Street Mews is also effortlessly walkable. Fortunately, you’ll have off-street parking to accommodate your car while you enjoy all the conveniences these refreshing, colorful city homes provide!”

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Rendering via Opaldc

07/10/14 10:20am

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14th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

Yes, yes, it is true, despite mixed messages from PR the former Caribou Coffee at 14th and Rhode Island will not reopen as a Peet’s (though the space was used to train Peet’s employees.) As many have noted the building is set to be razed:

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Washington Business Journal reported in April:

the developer plans a six story mixed-use building with 30 apartments, one floor of office space spanning roughly 5,000 square feet and upward of 10,000 square feet of ground floor and below-grade retail and restaurants.

As for retail, Abdo said he’s looking for “something unique and eclectic,” but he has yet to sign any deals or enlist a broker.

A source of mine hears that one rumor is for a “bigtime restaurant/brasserie from NY”.

In June their were rumors of NY Brasserie, The Smith, was looking at CityCenter so perhaps at some point they were looking here too? Updates as demo starts construction progresses and leases are signed. One thing is for sure – this corner is soon to look quite different.

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Looking south on 14th

07/09/14 3:55pm

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Rendering courtesy of Interface Multimedia

From a press release:

“PN Hoffman (PNH), a developer of urban mixed-use properties and communities across the Washington Metropolitan Area, announced today its plans to redevelop the St Augustine’s Church site in Southwest next to The Wharf project providing a new Church facing Maine Ave. and an adjoining condominium building of 108 units.

Across from Arena Stage, the newly created condo residences called 600 Water Street will adjoin an expansive new park overlooking the water. The 105,000 square foot residential building will consist of four floors plus generous penthouses with terraces. The residences include 94 parking spaces below grade, and will feature a variety of amenities, such as a residents’ club room equipped with a bar and kitchen, and a landscaped courtyard with fountains. Proximity to the waterfront and the series of restaurants and entertainment venues now under construction at The Wharf will provide neighborhood amenities.

“We are excited about working with the Church to reposition it for generations to come and creating new luxury residences for The Wharf neighborhood,” said Monty Hoffman, founder and CEO of PNH. “These residences will join the well-established and desirable Southwest neighborhood embracing a new and serene 3.5-acre park setting adjacent to the water. This neighborhood will enjoy an easy stroll along the shoreline to the more activated community of the Wharf between 7th Street and the timeless Fish Market.”

Construction on 600 Water Street is expected to take 20 months, with permits expected by late July. Sales are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.”

07/07/14 3:15pm

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1125 Spring Road, NW

Thanks to a reader for passing on the presentation and notes about the Old Hebrew Home redevelopment proposals:

Public Hearing Meeting Minutes – 6-17-2014 (PDF)

1125 Spring Road Public Hearing Presentation Final (PDF)

“Our ideal solution:
We propose the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) be charged with redeveloping the properties as a 20/80 percent mix (20 percent affordable senior and family units and 80 percent market-rate equity/ownership units), with parking on premise.

DCHA put out a “request for proposals” (RFP) that states their intention for 75-80 units at or under 60% of AMI. Not sure how long these solicitations are normally open for, however this one was only open from July 2-9. Seems a bit disingenuous to have a solicitation out with a specific proposal in mind when all along DGS has said nothing is decided yet, and they welcome community input.

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“Please see the attached flyer regarding a new community group which has formed to influence the outcomes of this development. Core principals of this community group:

Redevelopment of 1125 Spring Road Flyer (PDF)

Another reader sends a response from DGS:

“Thanks for your inquiry into the surplus and disposition of 1125 Spring Rd, NW. The D.C. Council’s Committee on Economic Development and the Committee on Government Operations will likely schedule a joint roundtable to discuss the proposal in more depth. This may not be until the Fall, as the Council will begin a two month summer recess starting July 15, 2014. Community members are encouraged to sign up to testify or may also submit written testimony to the Committees on the matter if a roundtable is scheduled. Notice of roundtables can be found atwww.dcregs.dc.gov, or on the Council’s website,www.dccouncil.us.

We will share your comments and concerns with the appropriate parties. I hope this is helpful and thanks for contacting the Department of General Services.”

07/02/14 3:55pm

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715 Kenyon Street, NW

I’ve been dying to see how this new building turned out. From their website:

“KENYON STREET FLATS

BRAND NEW – six unit apartment building in Columbia Heights
4 Two-bedroom/two-bath and
2 Three-bedroom/two-bath residences”

You can see what the units look like inside here.

I was able to get a couple of prices:

UNIT #3 2BR/2BA $2,550/mo
UNIT #4 3BR/2BA $3,550/mo
Parking $85/month

There is an open house Thursday 6-8pm.

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