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25 Potomac Avenue, SE Rendering courtesy MRP Realty

From a press release:

“MRP Residential, a division of MRP Realty (MRP) and Florida Rock Properties, Inc., a full service development company, announced that it has closed on $82 million of construction financing for its Capitol Riverfront mixed-use project on the banks of the Anacostia River.

The construction loan for Phase One of a four phase development, was provided by First Niagara Bank in the amount of $65 million, includes an additional $17 million in preferred equity financing through a joint venture with EB5 Capital. Phillips Capital Realty structured both transactions with MRP and First Niagara Bank.

“This development will not only provide Washington, D.C. with an exciting iconic development but it will also provide the general public, its residents, tenants and patrons a unique and exciting open space and a destination dining environment where people can enjoy the riverfront and where retailers can thrive,” said Frederick Rothmeijer, principal of MRP Realty.

“This site is one of a few sites in the city that is highly accessible to the public with mixed-use open space located directly on the waterfront. We are thrilled to begin construction on the first phase with MRP Realty,” said David deVilliers, president of Florida Rock Properties.

The 305-unit, 281,050 square foot high-rise multifamily project will include 19,000 square feet of ground level retail space, 40,000 SF of public realm open space, rooftop lounge, a public plaza, a boardwalk with bike and pedestrian trails, dramatic river views throughout, media hub and art gallery.

300 Tingey Street, SE
300 Tingey Street, SE

When we learned about Due South, from the owner of Surfside, coming to Navy Yard there was another interesting detail buried at the end of the press release:

“In addition, 100 Montaditos will open in The Boilermaker Shops at The Yards in a few weeks”

Previously we had learned:

“100 Montaditos an exciting environment, tasting Spain’s famed Mahou beer or other typical thirst-quenchers, including red and white wines, claras (beer with lemon-lime soda) sangria (wine punch made with chopped fruit) and tintos de verano (red wine blended with lemon-lime soda).

The restaurant specializes in montaditos, crunchy Spanish rolls baked to order and jam-packed with traditional ingredients as Serrano ham, Spanish tortilla, chorizo sausage and Manchego cheese.

The number of seats is 74 and total load 74.”

I was starting to wonder if they were still coming – good to know the wait is almost over! You can see their menu here.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user caroline.angelo

Yesterday we learned National Gallery of Art Ice Rink opens next Friday, November 14th. More good news:

Canal Park’s website says:

“The Canal Park Ice Rink will open for the season on Saturday, November 8, 2014 (2nd and M St, SE).

Hours of Operation:
Monday & Tuesday: 12pm-7pm
Wednesday: 12pm-9pm
Thursday & Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 11am-10pm
Sunday: 11am-7pm

​Prices:
Adults: $9.00
Children/Seniors/Military: $8.00
Skate Rental: $4.00″

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Joe in DC

From a press release:

“Washington Harbour is preparing its outdoor ice rink for the season and expected to open for public skating by Friday, November 14, weather permitting. Until March 2015, the rink will be open every day, including all holidays, for recreational skating and also offers individual and group lessons for all skill levels, birthday parties, private events, and special events. This will be the rink’s third season of operation, receiving accolades and thousands of skaters since it opened in late 2012. Located on the Georgetown waterfront at 3000 K Street, NW, Washington, DC, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink has iconic views of the Potomac River and a glittering nighttime atmosphere, surrounded by restaurants for indoor and outdoor dining. At 11,800 square feet, the Washington Harbour Ice Rink is the largest outdoor skating venue in Washington, DC

Ice Skating Rates – 2014-2015 Season:
Adults: $10.00; Children/Seniors/Military: $9.00; Skate Rental: $5.00; Season Pass: $175.00 (includes skate rental). Birthday Parties, Group Rates, and Private Rentals are also available.
Hours of Operation – 2014-2015 Season:
Monday – Tuesday: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Thursday: 12:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday: 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.”

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401 M Street, SE

Navy Yard’s big week continues with Harris Teeter opening.

From a press release:

“Harris Teeter grocery store in The Yards will open its doors to the public on November 5th, 2014 at 401 M Street, SE as the first full-service grocery store in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

Harris Teeter joins an impressive amount of retail that has opened over the past year in the Capitol Riverfront. A total of 9 restaurants – including Osteria Morini, Bluejacket Brewery, Ice Cream Jubilee, and TaKorean – have opened within the past 12 months, and another 3 restaurants are expected to open by the end of 2014. There are currently 23 restaurants open in the Capitol Riverfront that represent a healthy mix of independent, local, and national retailers.

The past 12 months have also brought a total of 7 retail openings in the Capitol Riverfront, including VIDA Fitness with its affiliates Bang Salon and Aura Spa, and Unleashed by Petco. The new mix of retail in the Capitol Riverfront makes this neighborhood a place where people can live, work, play, and shop.”

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301 Water Street, SE

The Lumber Shed in Yards Park is getting ready to welcome two new spots. A couple new liquor license placards were posted over the weekend – first for Due South across the street from Krub Thai on the non river side:

“Tavern serving Southern food with a seating capacity of 199 and total occupancy load of 250. Requesting a Summer Garden with an occupancy load of 92 and Entertainment Endorsement to include Cover Charge.”

More info from a press release:

A heaping helping of southern-style cuisine and hospitality will come to The Yards next spring when Due South, the latest restaurant to be added to the impressively growing dining scene at The Yards, will open in The Lumber Shed, located at 301 Water Street SE, at the edge of the waterfront Yards Park. The announcement was made today by Forest City Washington, master developer of The Yards located in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.

Due South will occupy a 3,366 SF space at the northwest corner of The Lumber Shed. It joins the already open Agua 301, Osteria Morini, Ice Cream Jubilee as well as the Navy Yard Oyster Company (also opening in spring 2015) in completing the restaurant array in the all-glass, adaptive-reuse building on the riverfront. Like the other restaurants in The Lumber Shed, the table-service Due South will have outdoor seating, as well as wonderful views of the surrounding Yards Park through its dining room’s floor-to-ceiling glass. With the signing of Due South, The Lumber Shed is now fully leased.

The new restaurant is the latest concept from Georgetown Events, a DC-based restaurant/bar/events group headed by Bo Blair. The company has numerous other area restaurants including several Jetties sandwich shops (five locations), Surfside in Glover Park, Bayou and Smith Point in Georgetown and the Something Sweet Bakery in NW DC.

And the new Wine and Oyster Bar that we heard about back in July – The Navy Yard Oyster Company:

“New establishment will be a wine-centric oyster bar offering a seasonal, seafood-driven small plate menu drawing its inspiration from the Chesapeake Bay and the states that Washington, DC is connected to, both geographically and culturally. Entertainment will consist of live music for jazz brunch, and other occasional similar performances. Seating inside premises is 73 and the total occupancy load inside is 199. Two (2) Summer Gardens with seating for 32 and 18 patrons.”

It’s located on the river side in between Agua 301 and Osteria Morini.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user evegophotos

From a press release:

“2nd Annual DC Beer Fest Takes the Field at Nationals Park – November 8th

The DC Beer Festival returns to Nationals Park on Saturday, November 8th with the rare opportunity to eat, drink, and play on the field at Nationals Park! Bringing together over 75 craft breweries and featuring fall seasonal beers, the event will feature live music, games, DJs, some delicious beer and food. Admission includes unlimited beer and cider tastings, with food sold separately from a number of food trucks including DC Empanads, Peruvian Brothers, AZNeats, Red Hook Lobster, Sate, The Big Cheese and others.

“Every fan’s dream is to run the bases and hang out on the field at a professional baseball stadium. We’re making that dream happen and adding unlimited pours of some of the best craft beer and cider from all over the US,” says DC Beer Fest organizer, Dan Silberstein.

WHAT: DC Beer Fest at Nationals Park
WHEN: Saturday, November 8, 2014
PRICE: General Admission (1 – 4pm) – $40; VIP Admission (noon – 4pm) – $60 includes specialty beers poured during 1st hour
TICKETS: www.dcbeerfestival.com
PARTICIPATING BREWERIES: Full list available here.”

“Dear PoPville,

Tuesday around 6:30p in the area of New Jersey, First St. SE and I St. SE, a young, African-American female with a mask attempted to rob two females. I know one of the victims was asked for her phone (she had it out), but she wouldn’t give it up. MPD caught the robber under the 395 overpass (the bridge on New Jersey Ave). I learned of this information as my boyfriend (who also lives nearby) works on New Jersey and watched one of the robberies. He’s also friendly with the local police, who informed him that the woman was captured. I confirmed it on MPD’s twitter feed.

I understand this is a low level crime with a good outcome, but my frustration comes from the fact that we often have robberies or worse. My boyfriend was assaulted outside of the Nats Park entrance around 4pm one Monday afternoon a few months ago, when a group of males decided to try and play “knock-out” (because there was no Nats game that day, so no people in that area (this is outside of the Bullpen, before the Navy Yard metro)). My boyfriend called 911 (the police station is a 1/4 mi away) and after putting him on hold and then asking him repeatedly where he was, they told him to stand on the corner of M and Half St. He waited 20 min and they never came. A local police officer, when he heard of what happened, said that he wasn’t surprised as groups had been trying to play knock out in our area for weeks. We’ve had multiple robberies in the garages of the Bozzuto buildings (909 New Jersey, 100 Capitol Yards, 70 Capitol Yards) – one day (a few months ago) when another robbery occurred, I tried to post on the Community Web Board to alert the residents. Bozzuto reviews every potential post, and they refused to post mine (yet I get multiple emails a day from residents asking me to babysit their dog).

I lived in Eastern Market prior to moving down to Navy Yard, so I’m not surprised that there’s local crime, nor am I saying that the issues in Navy Yard are greater than another area. I am just frustrated that there seems to be no communication regarding the need to be a little more vigilant.”

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All OMA + OLIN renderings via 11th Street Bridge Park

From a press release:

“At 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 16, OMA Partner Jason Long and OLIN Partner Hallie Boyce will present their community inspired design concept and vision for the 11th Street Bridge Park. District Department of Transportation Director Matthew Brown and 11th Street Bridge Park Director Scott Kratz will provide opening remarks.

After a seven-month nationwide competition, the OMA + OLIN design was unanimously selected by the competition jury. The design team was asked to transform an aged-out freeway bridge into a one of a kind new civic space over the Anacostia River.

Continues with lots more info and renderings after the jump. (more…)

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@ddeschryver tweets us

“@PoPville tornado warning at navy yard. Here it comes.”

UPDATE from Alert DC:

“National Weather Service reports they have issued a tornado warning for the District of Columbia until 1 PM. Please stay indoors in an inner room away from windows and doors.”

UPDATE 12:50pm:

“The National Weather Service reports the tornado warning has been canceled for the District.”