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Rendering of Boathouse courtesy WDG Architecture

From a press release:

“Urban Investment Partners (UIP) of Washington, DC has acquired a ten-story building at 2601 Virginia Avenue, NW across from the Watergate mixed-use complex for $36 million. The seller was George Washington University (GWU), which had used the building as student housing for 17 years.

Hall on Virginia Avenue achieved notoriety while operating as a Howard Johnson hotel in 1972. Rooms 419 and 723 were used as lookouts for the “Watergate burglars,” who broke into offices of the Democratic National Committee in the Watergate office building. The ensuing Watergate scandal led to the 1974 resignation of President Richard M. Nixon. Room 723 was preserved as a museum until 2001, when the exhibit was moved to the GWU archives.

GWU demolished the property’s interior about a year ago, planning to create new student and faculty housing, but decided to sell the property instead. CBRE’s Bobby Meehling, Andy Wimsatt, and Peter Larkin represented GWU in the sale.

UIP plans to develop about 200 rental apartments within the existing 97,300 SF core and shell, and build about 50 more units in a new 40,000 SF addition on the building’s east side. UIP also will create an 8,000 -10,000 SF restaurant/coffee shop on the first floor, which will be a fully activated space for residents and neighbors. The building has underground parking for 200 vehicles, plus bike storage and care facilities with lockers. (more…)

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2013 I Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending word that Primi Piatti has been papered over on I Street. Last month the Washington Post reported:

“Chef-owner Savino Recine has sold Primi Piatti and expects the Italian dining room in Foggy Bottom to close by the end of the month.”

Stay tuned for a new spot from the owner Al Tiramisu [2014 P St, NW] according to the article.

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Photo courtesy Gina

Given the current climate, probably best to leave this shirt at home when off duty and wearing fatigues and gear and such. In case you missed the excitement Friday (we tweeted the situation @PoPville and on Facebook here. Thanks to all who sent updates.) night a reader sums it up:

“GW pushed out a campus emergency alert about a man spotted at 24th and Penn with an M16, body armor and a t-shirt reading “I love machine gun” (sic).

Here’s the tweet from the official GW account:

About 40 minutes later, they gave the all clear, saying the suspect was in custody:

Then MPD tweeted the kicker: “No arrest. Person of Interest was an off duty Special Police Officer.”


Becky Borlan Bricks Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial. Photo by Kate Warren

From a press release:

“Arts in Foggy Bottom, Washington’s award-winning public art program, will present Turf and Terrain, the 2016 Arts in Foggy Bottom Outdoor Sculpture Biennial, from Saturday, May 14 through Saturday, October 22. The exhibition, selected by Washington-based curator Danielle O’Steen, will feature 13 contemporary sculptures, new media installations, and performances by 14 local, regional, and international artists. All works will be displayed in front of private homes throughout the Foggy Bottom Historic District between 24th and 26th Streets NW, and H and K Streets NW (located near the Foggy Bottom-GWU Metro stop). The five-month exhibition is free and open to the public. (more…)

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2201 I Street, NW

From Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods Market announces an exclusive partnership with Erik Bruner-Yang. The ongoing collaboration launches with Bruner-Yang’s newest venue Paper Horse at the Foggy Bottom Whole Foods Market location.

“We are constantly striving to elevate the food experience we can bring our customers,” said Julia Obici, vice president of purchasing for Whole Foods Market in the Mid-Atlantic Region. “We are very proud to partner with Erik Bruner-Yang to offer his extraordinary food made with the highest quality ingredients that meet Whole Foods Market standards.”

Paper Horse’s initial menu includes two new broth-based noodle dishes: (more…)