brightwood-bistro
5832 Georgia Avenue, NW

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.”

jackie-lee-for-sale

“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.

poor-tree

“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.)”

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Rendering via Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority

But will there be a Wegmans?!?!

From a press release (yesterday):

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser was joined by Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner for a ceremony recognizing the transfer of the Walter Reed Campus to the District Government.

“The wait is over and a new beginning is in sight at Walter Reed,” said Mayor Bowser. “Today marks an important milestone for Ward 4 and for residents across all eight wards. The Walter Reed Campus is one of the most important development projects in the District – it will bring jobs, affordable housing, economic opportunity and pathways to the middle class for thousands of residents.” (more…)

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Photo via Ward4Paws

UPDATE from DPR on Friday:

“Today DPR’s Director Keith Anderson spoke with the dog park applicant and we are moving forward to collaborate on a new location.”

“Dear PoPville,

I don’t know if you have heard, but the Northern Ward 4 Dog Park Group has been trying to get approval from DPR for a dog park at 3rd and Underwood, NW.

This group has done everything right. They received preliminary approval from DPR and DDOEE for the proposed site – after moving the site several times to appease the two agencies. The location was a compromise reached after receiving feedback from ANC 4B, picnickers (yes, picnickers!), neighbors, churches and Coolidge High School staff.

The group received ANC support, participated in community meetings, voluntarily notified the community, and submitted the most dog park petition signatures ever to DPR. The Dog Park Application Review Committee even voted in favor of the site 5 to 3. At every meeting for this proposed dog park, the support was overwhelmingly for the dog park.

But apparently the DPR Director has the final say and can stray from the official regulations by basing his decision on subjective criteria that no one ever knew existed. (more…)

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Rendering via The Parks at Walter Reed

Just as they brought us beautiful words now the Washington Business Journal brings us painful words from a Wegmans spokesperson:

“We are doubtful that a deal will be struck.”

Updates when we learn who the new grocer will be.

Ed. Note: You can read about the plans for the Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden Group team to redevelop Walter Reed here.