6372270023_6707f52552_z
Photo by PoPville flickr user Nikoo Yahyazadeh

From WMATA:

“This weekend, Metro’s escalator contractor will install major components of the first new entrance escalator at Bethesda Station.

Bethesda’s entrance escalators are the second longest in the Western Hemisphere. Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday, large gantries will move and position nine large sections of escalator truss. In addition, two motors, each the size of a small car, will also be moved into the escalator pit and will replace the outdated six-motor configuration that powered the original escalator. Control systems and other equipment also will be delivered this weekend.

To support this work, on Saturday, February 21 and Sunday, February 22, Bethesda Station will be temporarily closed so that construction crews can safely install, align and mechanically fasten the escalator truss sections. For safety reasons, the work, which will take nearly 52 consecutive hours, cannot take place with customers nearby. (more…)

4053253528_a5f427d75f_z
Photo by PoPville flickr user rockcreek

From @Serial:

“MD Court of Special Appeals rules it will hear arguments in Adnan Syed case in June session.”

MD Court of Appeals Order (PDF)

From Serial:

“Now that the appellate court has granted this order, what happens next is that, in its June session, a panel of judges will hear oral arguments from Adnan’s side, and also from the state. Neither side can bring in new evidence or witnesses. Then the court will either deny or grant Adnan further relief. That relief could be a whole new trial in the circuit court, or it could be that the circuit court just has to allow Adnan to present new evidence.”

Big score for Mount Rainer!

From a press release:

“The Menkiti Group has been selected by the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Maryland to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue in the Mount Rainier Gateway Arts District. The three historic buildings comprising the 3300 block will be restored by the Menkiti Group and will consist of 12 residential units above 10,000 square feet of commercial space. The Menkiti Group has already obtained commitments from Annie’s Ace Hardware, famed restaurateur Joe Englert, and arts incubator ReCreative Spaces, to occupy the three commercial spaces fronting Rhode Island Avenue. (more…)

Capital Wheel Night Shot
Photo courtesy National Harbor

From a press release:

“The Capital Wheel at National Harbor is poised to become a must-see destination when it opens to the public on Friday, May 23rd in time for Memorial Day Weekend. Soaring 180-feet above the Potomac River, The Capital Wheel will join a roster of large-scale observation wheels around the globe.

The Capital Wheel has 42 climate-controlled gondolas. The VIP gondola, National Harbor One, seats four passengers and features glass floors, wine chillers, a retracting monitor/DVD player and leather bucket seats. The remaining 41 gondolas accommodate up to eight passengers and feature glass exteriors to maximize the panoramic views of the National Mall, White House, U.S. Capitol, Arlington Cemetery and beyond.

To celebrate the iconic addition to the Washington, D.C., skyline, The Capital Wheel will have extended operating hours this summer. From May 2014 to August 2014 The Capital Wheel is open from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Please visit the newly debuted website to see year-round operating hours and pricing, www.TheCapitalWheel.com.

[How much do tickets cost?
All tickets, plus tax:

$15 for adults
$11.25 per child ages 3 – 11
Free for children ages 2 and under
Discount pricing is available for seniors and military with valid ID for $13.50
Tickets for National Harbor One (the VIP Gondola) cost $50 each. The VIP Gondola can fit up to four riders.]”

metalsmith

From an email:

“We know how well blacksmithing goes with “ragtime” music. So as you take in the cool designs and metal work by Robinson Forged Metals, the 2014 Washington Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band, the Bumper Jacksons will be playing some songs off of their new album from 1-3pm.

Enjoy BBQ, beer and wine.

What: Metalsmithing and Ragtime – Open House
When: April 19th, 2014, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Where: Robinson Forged Metals, 5530 Tuxedo Rd, Hyattsville, MD 20781
RSVP: HERE

dc_ferris_wheel
Rendering courtesy nationalharbor.com

From a press release:

“Soaring 175 feet above the Potomac River waterfront at National Harbor, The Capital Wheel, set to debut in May 2014, will join a growing number of large-scale observation wheels around the globe as an iconic, world-class attraction.

From its dynamic location at the end of a pier overlooking the river, The Capital Wheel will offer riders a spectacular view of the Nation’s Capital “from a new perspective,” according to National Harbor developer Peterson Companies. Sights visible from The Capital Wheel include the White House and Capitol, the National Mall, Arlington Cemetery and the lush parklands throughout the DC-Maryland-Virginia region.

With its 42 closed, climate-controlled gondolas, each seating eight, The Capital Wheel will operate year-round, as do observation wheels in other locales, where they have boosted economic development and prestige. The Capital Wheel is expected to attract 600,000 – 800,000 visitors annually.

The London Eye quickly became the United Kingdom’s most popular paid tourist attraction, averaging 10,000 visitors daily and some 3.75 million annually. A popular location for films and TV shows, it also hosts events as diverse as corporate launches, weddings and fashion shoots.

In similar fashion, The Capital Wheel will host a variety of public, corporate and private events, with catering available by Wolfgang Puck, whose team will provide creative seasonal concessions.”

mgm_rendering
Rendering via MGM National Harbor

Last Friday we learned that “MGM Resorts International (MGM), the largest owner of casinos on the Las Vegas Strip, was picked by Maryland regulators to build a $925 million resort south of Washington” at the National Harbor.

From MGM National Harbor:

“At National Harbor, we envision far more than just a casino. We will call on our years of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed Destination Resort Casino that specifically respects the atmosphere of Prince George’s County and meets the needs of the sophisticated Maryland marketplace.

MGM National Harbor would be designed and operated at the same level of quality as our other iconic hotels, including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, The Mirage and others. The design and aesthetics would reflect the history and geography of the area, complementing the already successful development and increasing the allure for out-of-state visitors.

While the work of our designers is still underway, our vision for a National Harbor Destination Resort Casino would include:

a luxury hotel
fine dining from local and celebrity chefs
world-class entertainment
shops from among the finest retailers in the world
a luxurious spa

These and other attractive resort offerings would combine to create the complete MGM Resorts experience. Anyone who has ever visited one of our resorts understands the uniqueness of what we offer. MGM National Harbor would be no different.”

The National Harbor is located in Prince George’s county at 165 Waterfront St. Directions from DC say “Take I-295 South for approximately 5.5 miles Take National Harbor Exit 1B”. The casino is expected to open in 2016.

So for this week’s FQotD – do you think you guys will visit/gamble there when they open?

mgm_beltway_rendering
Rendering via MGM National Harbor

3207 WOODBINE St

This castle is located at 3207 Woodbine Street, Chevy Chase, MD:

castle_for_sale

The listing says:

“Call this castle home!: Rossdhu Gate. 1 of a kind Scottish Tudor Castle w/ crenellated rf, 4 stry tower w/ circular staircase, gargoyles, fountain, terrace w/ views of wee Loch Lomond. Enter another world in this unique home w/ newer kit & HVAC, pd baths, exterior stuccoed/repainted. . 2 sections joined by enclosed bridge over wide gate. 3BRs, 3.5BAs, sep library, office, much more. BY APPT ONLY!”

You can see a virtual tour here.

The reader who requested this one adds “I would have to ask for the furniture to convey.”

This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $1,500,000.