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photo credit: Farrah Skeiky

This sounds so freaking fun! I’m told “For this first event, no advance tickets and no admission fee.” Even better.

From a press release:

“What: Secret Monkey Social Club, the brainchild of Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer, appearing in the upcoming Passion Play at Forum Theater), aims to pay homage to the cabarets of the 30s and 40s with a lounge environment full of drinks and jazz.

When: Monday, February 16, 2015
9:00 p.m.
Recurring monthly onwards with dates TBA

Where: Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab, 550 Penn St. NE, Washington DC 20002

Details: Guests will enjoy five different punches prepared by Smith at $8 per pour, and cabaret performances lead by Blass throughout the night. This event is 21+.”

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550 Penn Street, NE

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Josh

“Dear PoPville,

The short of it is where oh where is a gym in NoMa/Eckington/Trinidad/H Street?

We live in NoMa and the one thing I have my fingers crossed for is a big gym (a la Results, Vida, Washington Sports Club). I have been hoping that a gym is in the works for one of the bigger spaces around Union Market but am yet to hear anything. The area it is a total black hole and it seems like a ripe market for a gym to move in given how much of the area is residential and how big some of the buildings/warehouses are. Do you know of anything? Heard even mention of it? While many of the new apartment buildings have their own gyms, for those of us in row houses or smaller buildings, there aren’t any great options within a 2 mile radius. Would love to hear your thoughts and reader thoughts…even better if you know of something that is being considered or throw around!”

327 K Street Northeast

This rental is located at 327 K Street, Northeast. The listing says:

“Available Immediately. Nicely updated row house near the H street corridor and close to the Metro. Four large bedrooms on the upper level and a fully finished basement with a full bathroom. Main floor offers an eat in Kitchen, Large family room/Dinning Room, half bathroom and living room with access to the fully finished basement.”

You can see more photos here.

This 4 bed/2.5 bath is going for $3,200/Mo.

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3rd and M Street, NE

Last week we shared all the details about the flagship REI coming to NoMa. I was also able to take a peek inside for some jaw dropping “before” photos – this will definitely rank as one of more spectacular transformation when complete:

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Literally holes in the ceiling:

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Pipes including some used to freeze the ice – plans are to dig 5 feet down:

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Top orange line (about 20 feet up) will be the ceiling height for REI.

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last remnants of stadium seating:

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Coming in late 2016:

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Rendering of 320 Florida Ave, NE courtesy L2 Development

From a press release:

“Level 2 Development, LLC (Level 2) filed a Planned Unit Development (PUD) Application with the Zoning Commission for their latest project, The Highline at Union Market, a 315 unit mixed-use apartment building with 8,472 square feet of retail at the front steps to the burgeoning Union Market district in Washington, DC. Located one block from the NoMa/Gallaudet Red Line Metro Station at 320 Florida Ave., NE, The Highline at Union Market will connect the NoMa and Union Market neighborhoods. The project is a joint venture of Level 2 Development and Clark Enterprises, Inc.

Designed by Eric Colbert & Associates, the modern-industrial architectural design integrates warehouse-style windows with industrial-framed glass cubes that weave in and out of the Florida Avenue façade at varying depths. “We set out to design a building that considered the adjacent rail uses as well as the industrial and commercial uses of Union Market, drawing on inspiration from New York City’s High Line and Meatpacking District,” said Level 2 Principal David Franco. Other unique elements of the design include materials reminiscent of rail cars, and steel columns that echo the riveted steel supports of the nearby railroad underpass.

The PUD offers a range of public benefits, including a proposed green space and public plaza at the adjacent D.C. Government-owned land. Level 2 received votes in support of its conceptual plans for these landscape improvements from Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANCs) 5D and 6C. ANC 5D stated in its letter of support that “the proposed improvements to the District-owned land would greatly contribute to the safety and connectivity of the Union Market and NoMa neighborhoods, and will serve as a much needed improvement to the land, which is currently overgrown, littered with trash, and generally neglected.” Level 2 Development plans to continue to work closely with the community and Office of Planning during the PUD process.

In addition, the PUD expands housing opportunities in the Union Market area, offering 8% of the residential square feet as affordable dwelling units.

The transit-oriented project will include sustainable features equivalent to LEED Silver, including a green roof, bioretention facility, energy-efficient building design, and 105 bicycle parking spaces for residents and employees.

“Union Market is a special place with rich history and we are excited to be a part of it,” said Jeff Blum, Level 2 Principal.

Level 2 anticipates a groundbreaking in late 2016, with a projected opening in late 2018.”

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Rendering of 1146 3rd Street, NE courtesy Douglas Development Corporation

From a press release:

“Today, lovers of the outdoors learned that the country’s largest consumer co-op and specialty outdoor retailer, REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), will open its fifth flagship store in late 2016 at the site chosen by President Eisenhower for his inaugural ball and by the Beatles for their first concert in the U.S. The REI flagship will serve the fast growing outdoor community in the region, including more than 281,000 REI members who live in and around Washington, D.C. already.

The new REI will be a place to inspire, educate and outfit people who want to live more of their lives outside no matter their skill level or outdoor interest. It is being designed collaboratively. Representatives from the outdoor community are spending time together Wednesday evening to preview and discuss emerging plans including the store design, educational outdoor classes and partnerships with local non-profits, which are the foundation of all REI stores because they help REI members gain access to great places to play. (more…)

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“Dear PoPville,

I heard second-hand that the Walgreens in Union Station rumors have been confirmed. Some of the merchants who are being displaced in the food court area, said that a Walgreens and possibly a Harris Teeter (although this part sounds unlikely) would be located in the food court area where the Indian restaurant currently is.

I would be so excited if this were true! Union Station needs a drugstore like crazy.”

Ed. Note: Do you think there’s enough room for a Walgreens and a Harris Teeter? Would it even make sense to have both? Maybe it’ll be one of those big Walgreens that have a significant grocery section?