At a “ground breaking” ceremony yesterday the Mayor said: “Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work to ensure the McMillan redevelopment will best serve the residents of Ward 5”

Alas it may require a bit more than 30 years… WAMU reports:

“In its ruling, the a three-judge panel found that the Zoning Commission did not adequately justify its decision to allow the proposed development at McMillan to exceed zoning limits for the site in the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

But the court’s ruling wasn’t a total win for the Friends of McMillan Park. In the ruling, the court’s judges found that high-density development could be permitted on the site, despite it being zoned for lower levels of density.”

Updates. No, no more updates for a while. I have McMillan fatigue. Updates when something concrete, no pun intended, happens one way or the other. In the meantime:



Ed. Note: You can read about the ongoing “McMillan Park” Lawsuit here.

From a press release:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) Brian Kenner broke ground on the McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a 25-acre development located at North Capitol Street and Michigan Avenue, NW in Ward 5. The transformative project is expected to create 6,200 jobs and 134 units of affordable housing and produce $1.2 billion in economic activity over 30 years. The groundbreaking represents the first activity at the site in nearly three decades.

“Today’s groundbreaking is the culmination of nearly 30 years of work to ensure the McMillan redevelopment will best serve the residents of Ward 5,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “When I took office, I committed to moving big projects forward so DC communities can benefit from the District’s growth and development. McMillan is proof of my administration’s unwavering commitment to getting more residents on pathways to the middle class by creating employment opportunities and affordable housing.”


The $720-million redevelopment of McMillan is the product of a successful community-driven process led by Mayor Bowser. Throughout the planning process and the selection of the development team, the District and its partners convened over 200 workshops and community forums, ensuring residents had a voice in shaping the vision of their neighborhood. Vision McMillan Partners (VMP) will redevelop the site, which will feature: 12 acres of public, open and green space; an eight-acre park; a 17,000 square-foot community center with a pool; a full-service grocery store; restaurants and retail; 655 units of housing (134 affordable); and over one million square-feet of healthcare facility space. All 24 historic buildings and two underground cells will be preserved. (more…)


From a press release:

“Mayor Bowser and Deputy Mayor Brian Kenner invite you to the groundbreaking ceremony for McMillan Sand Filtration Site, a project delivering jobs, housing for all income levels, neighborhood-serving retail, a large public park, health care facilities and more.

When: Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, 11 a.m.
Where: McMillan Sand Filtration Site (North Capitol Street and Michigan Ave, NW)

Please note this is an outdoor event. Enter the ceremony site from North Capitol Street NW just before the intersection of Michigan Ave NW.”


This house is located at 2326 1st Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“$200,000 price adjust. NEW LOOK! -A home for sophisticated buyers passionate about urban conservation. Over 3000 SQF portraying museum quality wood work, original lighting & intact period details with modern amenities.Formal dining, gourmet kitchen, deck, 2 master suites.2 BR, sep. metered rental unit, garage. Main house vacant, unit by apt. OH Sunday 2-4”


You can see more photos here.

This 6 bed/4.5 bath is going for $1,250,000.

84 T Street, NW (1st and T St just off Rhode Island Ave)

After Big Bear, Rustik Tavern was one of the first big gets for Bloomingdale. Like Big Bear, it was a bear to get opened and was immediately embraced by the neighborhood. Rustik quietly announced their closure Wednesday and went out with a bang Saturday night. Rustik’s owner Diton Pashaj still currently owns and operates Steel Plate in Brookland and I’m sure has a few other plans in the works. Stay tuned.

From Rustik Tavern’s closing announcement Wed. afternoon:

“Dear Friends!

After a little over 6 years, Rustik Tavern will be closing its doors this Saturday, November 26th. We are so grateful for the opportunity to have spent these past years with you, getting to know this amazing community and creating lasting memories… and we hope to see you one last time! We’ll have a farewell celebration on Saturday night, plenty of drinks and good reminiscing about random nights of great conversation and laughs.. Thank you again for the fun times and for supporting us since 2010.

— Lots of hugs from all of us.”

Since Rustik opened in Sept. 2010 the following restaurants and bars have opened in Bloomingdale – Boundary Stone, Red Hen, Aroi Thai, Baccio, El Camino, Showtime, Old Engine 12 Restaurant, Crisp and The Pub and The People.

1648 North Capitol St, NW at R Street courtesy Pub and the People

From an email:

“Starting Monday the Pub will open at 11am every day. Lunch will be served until 3pm Monday through Friday, and Brunch as usual on Saturday and Sunday.

Also, we will be extending Happy Hour to 3-7pm and midnight-2am every weekday.

We have outlets at every bar seat and free WiFi if you want to work from The Pub.”


And in unhealthy ways to cope with post election blues… just kidding – blowing off some steam is very very healthy. Blowing off some steam with great people is very very healthy. Blowing off some steam while listening to some phenomenal AZTEC SUN is very very healthy. This is going to be a very very healthy party, that I promise. And since tomorrow’s a holiday we’ll return to lamenting/fixing the country’s problems on Monday, in the meantime don’t forget your dancing shoes! See you at 6pm.

116 Rhode Island Ave, NW