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104 Rhode Island Ave, NW

“After 4 fabulous years in Bloomingdale, we are sad to announce the closing of Grassroots Gourmet. We want to thank our wonderful customers, supportive neighborhood businesses, our friends, chefs, and bakers all over DC, and our amazing staff past and present. Baking cakes for you and your families from birthdays to weddings to baby showers and more, has been a true privilege. We want to thank you for allowing us to be a part of the community and will miss you all very much!

We’ll be open through December 24th and look forward to baking for you one last time, so stop in for a sweet treat before the holidays.

We wish you all a sweet new year and a happy and healthy 2017!”

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1634 North Capitol Street, NW rendering via maedwell companies

Thanks to a reader for sending the plans from maedwell companies:

“The Denizen will be a luxury mixed-use development in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Northwest Washington, D.C. The project will include 14 units in two connected buildings. The four-story buildings + Penthouse, located on the west side of North Capitol Street, will feature studios, one, two, three, and four bedroom luxury apartment units, approximately 10,000 square feet of retail space and a below-grade bike storage facility. The buildings will feature unique residences with 10′ foot ceilings, large walk-in showers, floor-to-ceiling windows, off-street parking, panoramic views of the city and a highly-appointed rooftop terrace.

Development Highlights

Targeted retail businesses: Bakery, Co Working Space, Coffee House, Teachers Kitchen, Italian Restaurant, Nail Salon and Gym/Yoga Studio.
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Pedestrian walkway/central plaza through the whole development”

Yesterday Washingtonian reported (thanks also to those who sent links):

“The developer’s president, Syga Thomas, tells Washingtonian exclusively that he’s in talks with potential cooking school and grocery tenants for the ground floor of the building at 1634 North Capitol St., NW.”

Updates as construction progresses and the deal is sealed on retail.

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1634 North Capitol Street, NW earlier this year

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Back in 2011 when the Borf building (with the pop up) was getting worked on

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Borf building next door in 2008

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1648 North Capitol Streetm NW courtesy The Pub & The People

From an email:

“‘Twas the weeks before Christmas, when all through Bloomingdale
Many patrons were drinking the Pub’s wine, cider and ale…
When out on the patio there arose a holiday tent!
People sprang from their homes to take part in the merriment.
A tent with heaters, cuddle blankets, garlands, hot drinks, mistletoe and lights had come up like a flash,
The perfect place to make merry with your friends or throw a holiday bash…
From the people of the Pub to all DCites—

“Happy Christmukkah to all, and to all a good night!”

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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:

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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.”

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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…)

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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.”

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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”

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You can see more photos here.

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