07/22/14 3:55pm

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From Douglas Development:

New construction of a 6 story building featuring ground level retail/restaurant with the upper 5 levels featuring 30 apartment units. The building will also feature under ground parking for residents, balconies and bay windows.

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013.

Facts:
- 33,232 SF (2,792 SF retail)
- Acquired 2011; Redeveloped 2013-2014
- 6-story building
- 30 rental apartments
- 10 parking space below grade

You can see renderings of the project here. And a final farewell to the mural here.

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07/22/14 10:20am

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1939 12th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Gallagher & Graham Fine Spirits are pleased to announce that they have reached a preliminary agreement with the owner of 1939 12th Street to open an upscale liquor store to serve the needs of the growing U Street Neighborhood. The group filed paperwork with ABRA in late June to open a Class A store and hopes to open its doors in early October.

Gallagher & Graham plans to specialize in craft beers, organic wines and selectively distilled spirits in addition to the staples. “We will carry a few of the name brands but really want to allow Washingtonians to sample some of the great products coming out of this region.” Said Tucker Gallagher, longtime U Street resident.

Gallagher, formerly in corporate marketing, has teamed up with his cousin, John Graham, a newly minted MBA with a focus in entrepreneurship. They are excited for the challenge of serving a changing neighborhood.

Mr. Gallagher came up with the idea while shopping for a dinner party: “The area east of 14th lacks a store where you can buy a fine wine for dinner, a decent craft beer to watch the game or a top shelf liquor to make cocktails. We want to be the first and only stop when U street resident are stocking their bars and wine cellars.”

In addition to serving the needs of the average customer, the duo hope to benefit from the recent trend in artisan products: “We want to help educate our customers about what they are drinking as well as introduce them to new brands. The craft spirit industry has really taken off in recent years and small batch products are in many cases better than the name brands people are familiar with.” added Graham.

“U Street has changed dramatically in the past 10 years and our neighbors are demanding more refined products for a cultivated palate.” Gallagher said “We look forward to providing a variety of quality products for the inquisitive gourmet.”

The store, to be located at 1939 12th Street, hopes to open in October upon approval of ABRA and input from local groups.”

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looking north toward U Street

07/18/14 3:10pm

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Reeves Center at 14th and U Street, NW

From a press release:

“Next week, Councilmember Muriel Bowser will host two hearings on the subject of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014, which would result in the construction of a new soccer stadium in Buzzard Point in Ward 6 and the redevelopment of the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center in Ward 1. The hearings offer the residents of communities most likely to be affected by the proposal an opportunity to participate in the legislative process at a time that is convenient for many work schedules, and at a location that is proximate to their homes.

Ward 1 Hearing

When: Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Time: 6:00 PM
Where: The Reeves Center, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009
2nd Floor Community Room

Ward 6 Hearing

When: Thursday, July 24, 2014
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs Building
1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024, Suite E200

Individuals and representatives of community organizations wishing to testify should contact Tsega Bekele, Legislative Counsel to the Committee on Economic Development, at (202) 724-8052, or tbekele@dccouncil.us and furnish his or her name, address, telephone number, and organizational affiliation, if any, by the close of business on July 22, 2014. Persons presenting testimony may be limited to 3 minutes in order to permit each witness an opportunity to be heard. Please provide the Committee with 20 copies of any written testimony.

If you are unable to testify, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record. Copies of written statements should be submitted to the Committee on Economic Development, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 110 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004.

A copy of Bill 20-805, the District of Columbia Soccer Stadium Development Act of 2014 can be found here.”

07/17/14 10:24am

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UPDATE: from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department, Third District, are on the scene of Meridian Hill Charter School in the 2100 block of 13th St, NW, investigating a call for a possible shooting.

At this time nothing is found. We are investigating where the telephone call originated.”

UPDATE 2 From MPD:

Reports of a shooting at a school in the 2100 block 13th Street NW are false. There is NO active shooter. – MPD PIO”

Final Update from MPD at 3:15pm:

“The incident was resolved and no crime occurred.”

A reader sends the photo above and writes:

“Large police, fire and emergency presence on 13th Street NW from U Street up to at least W Street. Meridian Public Charter School was evacuated a few minutes ago too.”

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Another reader sends the photo directly above and writes:

“Not sure what is going on but dozens of police and fire trucks, the police helicopter, and uniformed Homeland Security officers are on the scene and have blocked off the roads. Lots more police are arriving right now (10:20 AM).”

@DCPoliceDept tweets:

“Traffic Advisory: Police activity in the 2100 blk of 13th St NW. Street Closures on 13th – 14th St NW from U to W St NW.”

Updates as more info is known/released.

07/16/14 3:10pm

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Photo courtesy Friends of Harrison Recreation Center

From an email:

“Movie #2 of the U Street Movies Series on July 16th will feature Talk to Me – The story of Washington D.C. radio personality Ralph “Petey” Greene, an ex-con who became a popular talk show host and community activist in the 1960s.

The event is at Harrison Recreation Center field, on V Street NW, between 13th and 14th Street. Gates open at 7, with a DJ spinning tunes until dusk (8:30ish), when the movie starts.”

07/15/14 11:20am

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From an email:

Bullfrog Bagels unleashed a little bit of bagel hysteria when founder Jeremiah Cohen began selling his bagels for two weekends in June.

The bagel-maker returns, this time at CakeLove’s 1506 U St. NW location from July 17 through 27. Flavors include everything, onion, poppy seed, sesame, and plain—all for $1.50 each or $18 per baker’s dozen. Bullfrog also offers bialys plus three types of cream cheese, new smoked whitefish salad, Scottish-style smoked salmon, and pastrami-crusted smoked salmon.

All pre-orders must be placed on Bullfrog’s new online ordering system.

Stay tuned post pop-up for a permanent location in the fall with an expanded menu.

For now (the next two weeks) please pre-order your bagels or come on by to our friends at CakeLove at the U Street location and purchase them in person!

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1506 U Street, NW