04/17/14 1:25pm

Brookland’s Finest future home at 12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“Attached is a DC Superior Court decision handed down yesterday. I represented the plaintiff in the case. The case is a FOIA case – one of my practice areas.

The bottom line is that An ANC Commissioner got caught trying to delete a digital public document (an audio recording of an SMD meting) rather than produce it in compliance with a court order.

As a result:

The court referred the matter to both the DOJ and OAG for criminal prosecution of Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe for perjury and for attempted destruction of a public record.

The court found ANC 5B in contempt and ordered it to pay for the cost to hire a forensic computer firm to recover the audio file Commissioner Steptoe tried to delete.

The case arose from the controversy over the Brookland’s Finest liquor license application. My client asked ANC 5B for documents that Commissioner Steptoe gave to her colleagues that she said supported her position that ANC 5B should oppose the license application. My client also sought a copy of the audio recording Commissioner Steptoe made of her April 27, 2013 SMD meeting.

At a march 19, 2014 evidentiary hearing, Commissioner Steptoe testified that she denied my client’s FOIA requests because she did not like the requesters and thought their requests were “rude.”

In the end, ANC 5B was forced to produce all of the documents.”

You can read the full ruling below:

Crimmins v DC Final Order (PDF)

I have heartburn just reading this, can’t imagine actually being involved in it. And in happier news – can’t wait for Brookland’s Finest finally able to open soon!!

04/04/14 1:00pm

1509 Irving Street Northeast

This house is located at 1509 Irving Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“This home has been expanded & renovated w/ original details & upgrades. The addition includes a family rm w/ a gas fireplace & a wall of windows leading to the landscaped back yard! The master suite has vaulted ceilings & a walk-in closet. Enjoy this location blocks from metro & the Monroe Street Market!”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2 bath is going for $699,900.

04/03/14 11:00am

Monroe Street NE between Michigan Avenue and 7th Street NE

Brookland blowing up Vol. oh I can’t keep track anymore… We first heard about the possibility back in January and now it’s confirmed – from an email:

“Rasheed Jabr (owner of Filter Coffee) and I [Chuck Harney owner of the Bike Rack] have leased space on the Arts Walk of the Monroe Street Market development in Brookland. We will be opening The Bike Rack and Filter Coffee, the first true bike shop/coffee shop concept in DC. We expect to open later this summer. The building we will be located in happens to be next to the Metropolitan Branch Trail and the Metro Red Line.”

From a press release:

“Local businesses The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse have leased a combined 2,546-square-foot space in the Brookland Works building, located along Monroe Street NE between Michigan Avenue and 7th Street NE. Construction is scheduled to begin shortly and the new establishment is expected to open in fall 2014.

The Bike Rack is a full-service, independent bike shop run by people who care about cycling and who strive to improve the cycling experience of every customer – with outstanding service and a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. The Bike Rack, with a current location at 1412 Q Street NW, works to build a strong cycling community with weekend rides, clinics, local partnerships, clubs, teams, and active involvement in local cycling advocacy.

Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar currently has two Washington, DC locations – one in Dupont Circle and one in Foggy Bottom. The shop offers hand-poured cups of carefully chosen single origin coffees, french pressed offerings in the morning hours, and classic espresso-based drinks – all chosen and prepared with an uncompromising commitment to quality and service. Filter’s coffees are carefully roasted by Ceremony Coffee, a local roaster in Annapolis, MD.”

04/01/14 3:00pm

1026 Girard Street Northeast

This rental is located at 1026 Girard Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Call first showing contact for ALARM Code. Beautiful renovated end TH a few blocks from Catholic Univ. & Metro. All new kitchen with granite and high-end cabinets. 3 all-new baths, hardwood floors, a master suite w/dressing/sitting Rm complete the most beautiful interior in Brookland. Basement waterproofing, huge rear patio. Pets are case by case”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $3,200/Mo.

03/27/14 1:30pm

1717 Kearny St. NE

Speaking of Brookland blowing up, a reader writes:

1717 Kearny Street, NE is currently pending for $829.9 – sold last June for $312.5k. Pretty amazing.”

The listing said:

“What a beauty! Extraordinary renovated detached home near Brookland metro & Arts Walk. Elegant sun drenched open spaces accented w/ maple floors, luxurious fixtures, kitchen-aid appliances, over-sized kit cabinets, roomy bedrooms, mst suite w/ spa bath, walk-in & cedar closets, state of the art whole house electronics w/ audio/video/intercom, tiered back yard w/ deck patio, shed & gated 3 OSP”

You can see photos of the inside here.

03/27/14 11:30am

Monroe and Michigan Ave, NE

Brookland’s incredible retail/restaurant/residential growth continues this week with confirmation of the long rumored Busboys and Poets coming to 625 Monroe Street, NE. A recent liquor license application says:

“American bistro with full entree menu serving breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. Background music and live entertainment will be provided to include but not limited to poetry reading, occasional showing of films and a pianist. Total # of seats is 236 and the occupancy load is 305. Total # of seats in the summer garden is 58.”

Hours are listed as Sunday through Thursday 7 am – 2 am and Friday through Saturday 7 am – 3 am.

03/21/14 1:30pm

12th and Jackson Street, NE

The owners of Brookland’s Finest [from owners of the Pug, Solly's and formerly Sova] coming to the corner of 12th and Jackson Street, NE is getting super close – I’m told they’re finishing up inspections and furniture is getting delivered soon. Nice!


And walking by last weekend I saw what’s coming diagonally across the street:


Jackson Place Flats webiste says:

“34 contemporary two bed, two and a half baths units with direct access from the street through covered entry ways

Each unit has 2 floors: one level for living and dining and one for bedrooms and baths

Upper Level units have access to large private roof terrace

Roof deck finished with low maintenance decking and enough lighting and power points for entertaining

Optional green roof planted with native plants

Over 20 parking spaces available with secured entry”


You can see the floor plans for the future condos here. Though summer 2014 seems a bit ambitious…

3221 12th Street, NE

03/20/14 2:30pm

Safety on the MBT?

“I was looking for more information on the safety of the Metro Branch Trail. I work in Brookland and would love to run home on the trail as it goes straight to my house. However, I’ve read the previous PoP posts on violence and attacks on the MBT. Does anyone have any advice or updated information on whether the police patrol or not? I would hope to be on it in the early evening an hour or so before sunset.”

03/19/14 3:45pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user hellomarkers!

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray and Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie (D-Ward 5) announced a plan for the District’s Department of General Services (DGS) to swap unused parcels of land in exchange for the Brookland Green site owned by the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA).

WMATA plans to redevelop the land adjacent to the Brookland Metro Station. Those plans originally included redeveloping the Brookland Green, a parcel of land that contains mature trees. Although the development immediately adjacent to the Brookland Metro station is generally favored, many residents and Councilmember McDuffie opposed the plan to redevelop the Brookland Green site.

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to craft an agreement that will allow development to continue but will also save this important green space,” noted Mayor Gray. “While improving and diversifying the District’s economy has been one of my top goals, we’ve worked hard to preserve and grow green space as part of our Sustainable DC plan.”

“I welcome additional commercial amenities in the Brookland neighborhood; however, it is important that projects achieve an appropriate balance between development, and the preservation of a neighborhood’s character and historic features,” stated Councilmember McDuffie.

Under the proposed agreement, the District would assume control of the Brookland Green site, leaving the remainder of the land to be developed by WMATA.”