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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser, joined by Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner, signed her first Land Disposition Agreement (LDA) for a roughly 2 acre parcel of the Hill East District Development, a 67-acre site located between the eastern edge of the Capitol Hill neighborhood and the western shore of the Anacostia River.

“This is a great day for a community that began planning Hill East’s revitalization nearly 12 years ago,” said Mayor Bowser. “The signing of this agreement will advance this catalytic project and transform an historic neighborhood, bringing more affordable housing to residents in the District of Columbia.”

The LDA for the sale of the Hill East District Development was a joint venture between Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Construction. This is a significant milestone for a project that will include 354 housing units (106 will be affordable), up to 40,000 square feet of retail and create a combined 120 construction and permanent job opportunities for District residents. A public village square and green space adjacent to the Stadium-Armory Metro Station is also planned.

The LDA now paves the way for construction to begin next year, with a completion date scheduled for 2018. Once fully built, this new waterfront community will connect the surrounding Hill East neighborhood – home to nearly 14,000 residents – to the Anacostia waterfront via tree-lined public streets, recreational trails, and accessible waterfront parklands.”

From Councilmember Charles Allen’s Office:

“This afternoon Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen attended the signing of the city’s Land Disposition Agreement for the transfer of two parcels to Donatelli Development and Blue Skye to begin the redevelopment of Reservation 13.

Allen said, “Today is a big day for Reservation 13, the Hill East neighborhood, and the entire city. It’s an important step toward realizing the vision for and full potential of this corner of the city, as well as finally delivering on promises made to the Hill East community. Bringing over 100 new affordable residential units, over 100 new jobs, and much-needed retail amenities, this project will begin the process of redeveloping Reservation 13 and extending the Hill East community to the Anacostia River.”

The DC Council approved the surplus and disposition of Parcels F-1 and G-1 last year. Mayor Bowser’s signing today of the resulting Land Disposition Agreement allows Donatelli and Blue Skye to move forward and begin construction on the project.”

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Painful package theft from the Hill East listserve:

“I guess it is probably my fault for thinking I could actually have a package sent to my house without it getting stolen but the joke is on me. A package was stolen from my front porch today. So if you see a well-read jerk/a**hole walking around with a 1957 first edition copy of William Faulkner’s “Intruder in the Dust” with slight dust jacket wear, please punch him. While he is down, I would appreciate the book back as well.”

1608 D Street Southeast

This rental is located at 1608 D Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“100 year old Cap Hill TH renovated to perfection! 2BR & rare 2.5BA–including ensuite BA in MBR, 2nd full bath next to 2nd BR & powder room on main level. Lives like 2 master suites. Kitchen includes all brand new SS appliances, granite counters with table space. Light-filled with beautiful hardwoods throughout.. Freshly painted LL w/full W/D, space for hobbies, gym or great storage. Lovely bk yd.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $2,500/Mo.

1736 Independence Avenue Southeast

This rental is located at 1736 Independence Avenue, Southeast. The listing says:

“LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! BEAUTIFUL WELL MAINTAINED EXTRA LARGE ONE BEDROOM BASEMENT UNIT, LARGE FAMILY ROOM WITH GAS FIREPLACE,LARGE DINNING ROOM,NICE BACKYARD AREA, 1,100 SQ TOTAL LIVING AREA, ALL UTILITIES INCLUDED, ALL CONVENIENCES OF THE CAPITOL HILL AREA, ONE BLOCK FROM THE STADIUM-ARMORY METRO STATION,RESTAURANTS,SHOPPING,NIGHTLIFE, CENTER/POOL, LINCOLN PARK, EASTERN MARKET.A MUST SEE!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,695/Mo.

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14th and A Street, SE

A reader reports:

“A house caught fire this morning on 14th and A SE. At least 3 fire engines and 2 ambulances were at the scene. Smoke was billowing out of both the front and back of the house. Several firefighters climbed on top of the house and smashed holes into the roof.

As far as I know, no one was injured, but that is not confirmed.”

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@dcfireems tweets:

“Report of House Fire – 1400blk of A St. NW – Units on the scene.

Update: Fire has been extinguished. Units are checking for extension.”

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“Dear PoPville,

There’s a train horn that’s been going on since at least 11:55, but that’s just when I looked at the clock. I’m sure that the horn doesn’t exist solely to annoy me, so I was wondering if you or your readers had any idea why it’s been going on for 20+ minutes. I live in Hill East and can hear it quite clearly, so I feel bad for anyone that lives closer to the tracks or Union Station.”