04/11/14 2:55pm

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1601 5th Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I wonder if you know what’s planned for the corner of 5th and Q N.W.? A new “Ditto Residential” sign went up recently. I recall perhaps a year ago some discussion of a small condo building?”

The developers respond via email:

“Developers Greg Brennan and Ditto Residential are proud to announce the construction of a 10,000 SF, 4 townhouse project in the hot desirable area of Shaw at the corner of 5th and Q Street. Given the fact that this corner is not historic, they will be razing the existing structures and starting from the ground-up. Each unit will be approximately 2,500- 4 bedroom/4 1/2 bath with rentable “in-law” suites in the lower levels. Outdoor terraces off each main living space along with over 500 SF of roof terrace makes these condo’s one of a kind. Underground parking for each unit. The developers are working with local firm McGraw/Bagnoli to create a brick/glass exterior and several designers to implement top of the line finishes for the interiors.

The property was purchased back in July 2013 and we are starting to break ground this month. Units should be ready for sale February 2015. TTR/Sothesby/s will be handling the outsales. This is an opportunity to own a property that has been built and designed from the ground-up in an area that is seeing unparalleled growth.”

Ed. Note: previously a rendering was posted here that was actually for a different project and has since been taken down.

04/09/14 4:00pm

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Some more renderings from the folks at Vision McMillan plus they also have an update on the DC Zoning Commission:

“The DC Zoning Commission will hold hearings on the McMillan Planned Unit Development (PUD) on May 1st, 5th, 8th and 13th should additional time be required. Each night, planning experts and members of the VMP team responsible for each facet of the project will provide testimony in support of the redevelopment. Community input is critical! Visit the May PUD Zoning Hearings event for details and to let us know when you will attend.”

You can check out some previous renderings here. The future McMillan Development will be located at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site at North Capitol and Michigan Ave, NW.

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04/03/14 4:00pm

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You can see more info and renderings here.

Yesterday @douglasdevdc tweeted:

“We broke ground on @TenleyViewDDC in @Tenleytown_DC! More details on what will be premier mixed-use property in #DC!”

From Tenley View’s website:

“New construction of 46,830 sf. of new residential space for sixty rental apartments on five new levels.

Renovation and restoration of existing ground and first floor structure to create approximately 13,985 sf. of retail space

Zero parking

Bicycle parking and car sharing available as alternate forms of transportation.”

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4600 Wisconsin Avenue, NW at Brandywine

04/03/14 1:30pm

11th & O

“Dear PoPville,

I tweeted you about the construction ongoing at the long vacant building of 11th & O NW (southeast corner). Here are some photos. Any idea on what’s coming in?”

Another reader writes:

“It was a corner store years ago and has been vacant /for lease since we moved in almost 2 years ago. Work started on it last week. We saw people who used to be affiliated with The Pig (the old chef?) one evening last year and they were looking at spots. They are doing a LOT of work on the space.”

Hmm, could this be the future home of Gristle?

Update from the Blagden Alley Naylor Court Association:

“The 1337 project will ultimately be a mixed-use development comprised of two large residential rental units on the top two floors of the building and a restaurant space on the ground level and first floor above.

The restaurant space has approximately 3,500 sq ft of indoor space across the two floors as well as an additional 2,200 sq ft of outdoor space, the majority of which we hope to utilize as outdoor seating – with, of course, the input and blessing of the surrounding community.”

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04/02/14 1:30pm

From an email:

“Outrageous/Detrimental District Emergency Legislation

What: Developer Seeking Exemptions in Ward 8 Historic District — can set precedent for other historic communities & has far reaching implications

Legislative Hearing Date: April 8, 2014

Emergency Big K Legislation to City Council

This District emergency resolution attached above is not acceptable. It is targeted at present, to the residential development proposed at the commercial corridor on Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE. Which is also in the Historic District.

It’s content is based on unfounded fear mongering, and is beneath the City and pandering. Near term development along the Historic District of Martin Luther King Jr Ave, SE is inevitable and occurring. Language in the Resolution is attempting to create poor, substandard outcomes with old, stale facts.

Where developers want to establish affordable housing developments in historic districts, to preserve the City’s heritage, they must be compelled to accomplish the developments within the reasonable historic guidelines. Passage of the legislative, as is, has the potential to alter the landscape of the historic district. The present language is sweeping and broad. (more…)

03/27/14 10:05pm

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14th and P St, NW

A couple of weeks ago some scuttlebutt was confirmed about a Dolcezza Gelato taking over the former Mid City Deli space at the corner of 14th and P St, NW. At that time some were wondering about the residential units above – I just noticed new windows and a small architect sign in one of the windows so it looks like those spaces are finally getting fixed up too. More info on them when/if it becomes available.

Another reader wondered what would happen to the fence along the side of P street. Though one commenter thought it was removed, it’s still there:

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Photo of fire from June 2012:

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03/26/14 4:30pm

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Interesting info about the transformation coming to the Patterson House in Dupont Circle from Short Articles about Long Meetings:

“More unusual are the promises to do the following:

designate a transportation management coordinator
provide a screen in a public area showing transit options
have a bicycle repair facility
provide free Capital Bikeshare memberships for non-bike-owners “for the initial term of the lease for the first five years the building is open”
have a minimum of 10 bicycle helmets on hand for resident use
give free membership to car-share services “for the initial term of the lease for the first five years the building is open”.”

You can read more about the long meeting here.

Previously Urban Turf reported:

“The new plan for the historic mansion calls for just over 90 fully-furnished studios that would average about 350 square feet. The first floor of the mansion, located at 15 Dupont Circle NW, would become shared space for the building’s residents to offset the size of the apartments.”

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03/25/14 4:00pm

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Rendering via The Centrie

From a press release:

“Just two blocks from the Shaw Metro station in northwest Washington, DC, locally-based boutique real estate developer Community Three Development has topped out its latest project: a 22-unit condominium building with contemporary flair and an exhaustive list of energy efficient and sustainable building features. Centrie, located at 435 R Street, NW, is scheduled to deliver in May 2014 and will be the first new condo development of its size in Shaw in over a decade.

Urban Pace, which provides innovative sales and marketing services to real estate developers in Washington’s urban neighborhoods, will begin pre-selling Centrie’s one- and two-bedroom condominium residences shortly, with prices beginning in the $300,000’s. “The Centrie is just the kind of project we love, offering buyers the benefits of home ownership and a chance to live in one of the city’s most dynamic sectors,” said Lynn Hackney, President, Urban Pace.

“The name Centrie developed to represent the spirit of the place, not just because it’s practically at the center of everything, with direct access to Washington’s hippest neighborhoods, but also because ‘centrie’ is an urban term referring to something original, cool, poetic, inspiring, intelligent, sincere, unique, and classy – just like the people who will live here,” said Grant Epstein, President of Community Three.

Community Three acquired the site and its long-vacant one-story building, formerly occupied by a dry cleaning operation, in 2012. Before demolishing the old structure and commencing construction of Centrie in 2013, the company completed an environmental remediation program that included cleaning the soil, improving storm water filtration, lowering overall levels of airborne chlorofluorocarbons, and removing groundwater impurities from the site and surrounding areas. “We are proud to be repurposing what was a derelict, long-neglected commercial storefront with a careful infill strategy and sensitive site restoration, ultimately allowing this site to play an important role in the continued transformation of Shaw and the city at large.”

Epstein, an architect who formerly worked at the renowned architectural firm Torti Gallas and Partners, and his team designed the building after seeking extensive input from the local community. The 22 residences, 13 of which will have private outdoor terraces, will feature floor-to-ceiling windows, white modern cabinetry, solid quartz countertops, hardwood floors, solid-core doors, custom tiling, and insulated aluminum windows among countless other high quality finishes. Unlike many low-rise multifamily buildings in the area, Centrie will also offer elevator access and private parking along with secure bicycle storage for every resident.”

435 R Street, NW back in 2011:

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03/25/14 1:30pm

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Thanks to a reader for sending a couple shots of the demo started at the old Diamond Cab building at 11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW:

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CAS Riegler’s website says:

“1101 Rhode Island ave is one of the last remaining pieces of developable land in the desirable Logan Circle neighborhood. A former parking lot, and home of a taxi cab stand and garage, the site will be entirely razed to prepare for our ground-up construction of 35 luxury condominiums based in high design. Architect Hicock Cole has designed a building that is contemporary yet seamlessly blends with the neighborhood and its historic surroundings. 1101 Rhode Island will be positioned as an exclusive luxury condominium in the most desirable neighborhood in Washington DC. Blocks from booming 14th street corridor to the west, and two blocks from the newly thriving 9th street corridor, the location is perfectly situated and walking distance to all the amenities the city has to offer. Construction will begin first quarter 2014 and reach substantial completion February 2015.”

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Conceptual drawing via CAS Riegler

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11th and Rhode Island Ave, NW prior to demo