1530 14th Street, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending. Sad news. For those not familiar with Gallery Plan B:

“Plan b is a grass roots kind of operation and our mission is simple:

• present an eclectic mix of artwork from established and emerging artists
• cater to a diverse and growing audience of art buyers
• offer a casual and comfortable gallery space”


bike rack
14th and Q St, NW courtesy The Bike Rack

From the Bike Rack:

“The Bike Rack in partnership with Peregerine Espresso is offering Free HOT and ICED coffee for bicycle commuters Wednesday morning, June 24th from 7:30 am until approximately 9:30 am. We will be at the corner of 14th and Q, NW handing out free cups of coffee as you make your way into work or wherever you are headed. Bring your own travel mug or grab one of our cups.
Look for our banner, stop by and have a cup of joe on us!”


“This morning on my way to work I found a seriously terrified looking kitty pressed up against the nook of an townhome wall on Kingman St. (just off Logan Circle). Although there’s no collar, it’s a well-fed, friendly cat. S/he’s clearly not an outdoor animal, and is probably on a much bigger adventure than s/he bargained for. I plucked the kitty off the street, and s/he’s currently in my bathroom, where the personality switch was instantaneous.

I would really like to reunite this little one back with its owner. 719.201.2095.”

1410 14th Street, NW

The bizarre mish mash of Black Whiskey, Jrink and Abitissimi Fashion Room is adding another (or replacing one of ’em) according to a liquor license placard posted out front for an as yet unnamed new tavern:

“New Tavern offering live entertainment and dancing.  Total occupancy load is 132.  Summer Garden with seating for 46 patrons.”

Updates when more is known and/or a new group joins the eclectic mix.

new 42,000 sq. ft. medical center at 1525 14th St, NW

From a press release:

“Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton joined Executive Director of Whitman-Walker Health, Don Blanchon, and Andrew Altman – former Washington, D.C. Director of Planning who now leads urban development at Streetscape Partners – to announce a new partnership that will bring a 170,000 square foot community to one of the last undeveloped spaces along Washington, D.C.’s 14th Street Corridor. The development will support the pioneering work of Whitman-Walker Health; a non-profit community health center serving the health needs of the local community.

The new community will front an entire city-block on 14th Street owned by Whitman-Walker Health. Streetscape Partners and Whitman-Walker Health are committed to creating a signature development on the property. Community-oriented retail space will be a goal of the development in an area that has seen the loss of many neighborhood-serving businesses.

After an 18-month selection process, Streetscape Partners’ creative approach to development, design and financing structure led to the real estate development firm being selected as the best partner to build a one-of-a-kind community around the current Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center (ETMC).

“Whitman-Walker has long been an indispensable health care life saver on the front lines reducing the District of Columbia’s high HIV/AIDS rate and providing other high-quality health services to our residents,” Norton said. “I am full of joy and pride to join with Whitman-Walker in dedicating its new, first-class facility to serve our community’s health care needs.”

In addition to creating a new community in one of Washington, D.C.’s most vibrant areas, the partnership structure will help sustain Whitman-Walker Health’s commitment to providing healthcare in Washington, D.C., and to meeting the health needs of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community and people living with HIV/AIDS.

“Today marks a truly memorable day in the life of Whitman-Walker’s health center family,” said Don Blanchon, WWH Executive Director. “On the same day when we officially dedicate the new 1525 health center, we proudly announce this partnership with Streetscape Partners to revitalize the ETMC site. During the selection process, focus on community and partnership were key factors. In addition to providing a high level of professional competency, the Streetscape team is a true partner. This agreement is more than another step forward in Whitman-Walker’s continuing journey towards long-term sustainability. It is more than just another redevelopment announcement for the 14th Street corridor. It is a bold statement of Whitman-Walker’s enduring commitment to our patients and the community at large. That is why we are so excited about how a redeveloped site will contribute to the health and well-being of the community that we have called home for the past 30 years.”

Andrew Altman, principal at Streetscape Partners said. “This is a dream come true, to return to the District and have our company selected as Whitman-Walker Health’s partner on this transformational project that will make a major impact on the city; this exemplifies the values and mission-driven development philosophy that will empower our work going forward.

Andrew Altman returns to Washington, D.C. from London where, as CEO of the London Legacy Development Corporation, he led the development of the London 2012 Olympic Park—the largest regeneration project in the United Kingdom. Andrew also served as Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development in Philadelphia, and was the Director of the District Office of Planning where he was the visionary behind the stadium neighborhood, CityCenter and SW Wharf developments.

Andrew will manage the increasing number of urban and transit-oriented projects currently being developed by Streetscape Partners. He will lead development of the firm’s plans to build development partnerships that lead to the positive transformation of urban spaces.

Planning for the Whitman-Walker Health development is expected to be finalized next year.”

to be developed at 14th and R St, NW