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Rendering via Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Parks at Walter Reed, a redevelopment project that will create 3.1 million square-feet of residential, office, and retail space in Ward 4. The project will also create 6,000 jobs, 2,100 units of housing, 432 of which will be affordable, and nearly one billion dollars in tax-generated revenue over 30 years. The Mayor was joined at today’s groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from the master development team Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden.

“In Washington, DC, we value inclusive prosperity, and through transformative development projects like this one, we can bring jobs, affordable housing, and economic opportunity to thousands of District residents,” said Mayor Bowser. “This effort has been years in the making, and now the future is bright for Walter Reed, Ward 4, and the entire community.”

This groundbreaking makes way for the first phase of infrastructure improvements, including: demolition of Building 2, the 1970s era hospital, which will set the stage for the development of a new town center; preservation of historic buildings; development of a new water main and other utility services; and landscape improvements.

“We are excited to break ground on Walter Reed because it means more local job opportunities and amenities at this catalytic development. Walter Reed is another positive signal of our growing economy and our emergence as a national leader in affordable housing, retail, hospitality and tourism,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner.

The Parks at Walter Reed will be phased over a 10-15 year period and will include: (more…)

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Thanks to Wendy for sending: “The place next door to the Brightwood Lofts has been abandoned a while, and this morning my dog and I woke up to find it on fire.”

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More video and photos from DCFD after the jump. (more…)

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From an email:

“BRIGHTWOOD – Get ready Georgia Avenue, here comes something meatier!

The BBQ Bus food truck is hanging its own brick-and-mortar shingle at 5830 Georgia Avenue NW in the Brightwood neighborhood of Washington, DC.

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courtesy BBQ Bus

The BBQ Bus Smokehouse will feature the well-loved smoky sandwiches and picnic plates served from the food truck since 2011 plus original additions created in honor of the surrounding Brightwood community, including a new Georgia Avenue Gold slow-smoked pulled pork sandwich.

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courtesy BBQ Bus

Other dishes include soy and brown sugar brined chicken wings, baby back ribs, Angus brisket, choriozo mac and cheese, and bacon mashed potatoes.

BBQ Bus Smokehouse opens in May.

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Photo of Lynda Carter by Pablo Raw

For folks who were bummed about the changes implemented last year, look away! Though perhaps this is a good opportunity to reasses the under utilization of Carter Barron and maybe this’ll come out better all around when repairs are made.

From NPS:

“As the result of a recent structural assessment, the National Park Service has determined that the Carter Barron Amphitheatre stage has structural deficiencies and cannot safely support the weight of performances. This means there will not be concerts or other performances at the Carter Barron this summer.

We know how much the community loves the Carter Barron, and we are working to get it back in action as soon as possible. We invite you to join us for concerts at Fort Dupont Park’s Summer Theatre while we address this important safety issue.

We will continue to share information as we have it. Updates will be posted here on our website.

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Which option are you pursuing, and why?

We investigated options, including short- and long-term repairs, and determined that rehabilitating the stage (Option 3) is the best choice. This option would ensure that the amphitheatre meets all current codes and is accessible for all, and it would last for 75 to 100 years.

We remain committed to finding solutions to preserve this amphitheatre and will keep you informed as we move forward.”

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Man oh man, remember Brightwood Bistro? Finally a new tenant!! From an email:

“We just leased 2,932 sqf of space at 5832 Georgia Ave to Imm Thai

They will call it Imm on Georgia (just as they do for IMM on H) and expect to be open in early 2017

They have two locations currently, H Street and Annandale.

The is a commercial condo and was vacant for years. Former tenants included Brightwood Bistro and Ibex. [Ed. Note: Don’t forget Meridian!] The bistro had a loan from the city of 500K. Last occupied the spaces back in 2011. The Bistro tried in vain but was not able to make it.

Capital Retail represented the landlord. Imm Thai represented themselves.

We are excited to have this corner reactivated.”

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“Dear PoPville,

A few years ago, PoPville reported on the sale of the old Jackie Lee’s building on the eastern end of Kennedy. [Ed. Note: At the time listed at $1,300,000.]

Well, it’s on the market again, [for $749,000] and they’re targeting a restaurateur:

Solid ALL BRICK Commercial property in Northwest DC. Zoned C2A. Main level is Restuarant and upper level can be used for other commercial purposes. New wiring, 2 New HVAC, (1 on each level), and New hot water heater. Lots of work has been done to this property; new owner just need to finish from where the seller left off. Good conveniently located to main traffic. THIS WON’T LAST LONG.

It would be awesome to have a great restaurant in this beautiful and historic building. Fun fact: before it was Jackie Lee’s it was Hofberg’s Delicatessen.

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“Dear PoPville,

I’ve seen cars with these “notes (don’t block this space”) and suspect it’s likely the homeowner who expects the spot in front of their house to be reserved just for them. Interestingly enough the area generally has abundant parking so even if you were in “this space” there’s likely one just a few feet ahead or behind. Seems like someone got fed up with it! (Also there were several signs placed in the area. All have been ripped down expect this one. Apparently “this space” letter-writer doesn’t appreciate getting notes about acceptable behaviors.)”