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1438 U Street, NW

“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if you know what the latest is on 1438 U St., which last I heard was purchased for use as an Indian cultural center, about a year ago. The site seems to be worsening by the day, with people spending all day in the doorway, drinking, urinating, vomiting and littering. Do we have any hope of seeing this place become something worthwhile for the neighborhood?”

Anyone know/hear if the Indian Cultural Center is still coming?

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“Dear PoPville,

No “downzoning”? So what is this all about? Sounds like a good initiative for those of us who would like to see higher density and more affordable housing options (an apartment is easier to buy than an entire townhome), but often the devil is in the details. So what gives, is anyone familiar with the fine print here and can give us the Cliff notes?

They do have a website: nadz.org.”

Ed. Note: We last spoke about this debate in July.

The folks from NADZ just sent an email this morning – Downzoners Pushing Ahead with Proposal to Downsize Home Owner Rights in Lanier Heights:

“Dear Neighbor:

On Wednesday, the folks that favor downzoning will make a presentation to our Advisory Neighborhood Commission. They will propose changing Lanier Heights from the current zoning (R-5-B) to a lesser zoning (R-4).

The ANC meeting will take place at the Kalorama Recreation Center, 1875 Columbia Road, at 7 PM on Wednesday September 17. Please note that this is not the usual location for our ANC to meet. The Kalorama Recreation Center is in Kalorama Park, in Adam Morgan’s Kalorama Historic District, where the Kalorama Citizens Association is based. The KCA tried to create a Lanier Heights Historic District in 2007 but they were defeated. Now the KCA is a big supporter of downzoning our neighborhood.

We all have better things to do with our time than go to a meeting on a Wednesday night. Unfortunately, the downzoners don’t have anything better to do with their time. On Wednesday night, they will make a proposal to downzone Lanier Heights. If that proposal becomes law, that will be the end of residential growth in our neighborhood. Home owners will lose their right to convert a row house into a 3 or 4 unit apartment or condo building. Downzoning will cost home owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost home equity, and will cost our neighborhood the chance for growth and change. (more…)

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1707 7th Street NW – 7th and Rhode Island Ave, NW

A reader succinctly asks:

“do you know what ever happened with parcel 42?”

After naming a developer in April 2013, it looks like there was a Public Surplus Meeting in March 2014:

“The surplus meeting is held in order to receive feedback from the community on the District’s finding that the property is not required for public purposes. Comments collected at the public meeting will be submitted to the D.C. Council for their review. The surplus meeting is conducted pursuant to D.C. Official Code § 10-801.”

I’ve emailed the project manager and will update when/if he responds. Anyone else hear what’s going on?

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901 Monroe St, NE

Folks write in about the former Colonel Brooks Tavern plans about once a month. Finally an update from the Washington Business Journal:

The appeals court ruling remands the PUD to the zoning panel for further review, to decide whether the project is too dense for the community, to address the policy that requires protection of existing homes on the site, and “to determine whether, in light of the commission’s conclusions on these issues, the commission should grant or deny approval of the project.”

WBJ notes that the project previously “was approved for more than 200 apartments and 13,000 square feet of retail.” You can read the full 901 Monroe D.C. Court of Appeals Decision here.

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A reader writes:

“The old warehouses by Rhode Island Ave Metro are getting torn down. I believe the one still standing is going to become lofts while something else is going to get built on the torn down lot.”

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And thanks to another reader for sending an update on the Murry’s/H Street Storage demo prep:

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1780 Columbia Rd., NW

A liquor license application placard has been posted outside the church where the new hotel will be coming in Adams Morgan:

The Line DC

New full-service hotel with two restaurants featuring meeting and event spaces, gym, spa and swimming pool. Dancing and live entertainment will be offered for booked events such as wedding receptions. Roof top summer garden seating 460 patrons. Hotel has approximately 220 rooms.”

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