The Colonel rendering at 1250 9th Street, NW courtesy Oculus

You can see the prices here (prices range from $2,035 for a studio to $3,960 for a 2 bed/2 bath).

From a press release:

“Symbolizing a milestone in the rapid transformation of Washington, DC’s Shaw neighborhood, The Colonel at 1250 9th Street, NW is nearing completion. Oculus Realty has begun leasing 70 new luxury apartments, ranging from studios to a two-level penthouse. This five-floor, 64,500 square foot building at the corner of 9th and N Streets, NW includes 8,500 SF of street-level retail space.

“This boutique development, like the surrounding neighborhood was named after Civil War Colonel Robert Gould Shaw, who commanded the US Army’s first African American regiment in 1863,” said K. David Meit, CPM® of Oculus Realty, which is leasing and managing the project. “The Colonel offers residents such sought-after amenities as a courtyard with outdoor fireplace, rooftop deck with fire pit, catering kitchen, home theater, garage parking, and controlled access bike room.”

The Colonel’s 70 apartments include 46 one-bedroom units, nine two-bedroom units, and 15 studios and efficiencies. There is one townhouse, several lofts, and many apartments with balconies or terraces. All residences feature nine-foot ceilings, custom cabinetry, ensuite laundry equipment, and GE Artistry appliances. The Colonel is pet-friendly and accepts large breeds (up to 80 pounds).

Three of Washington’s most creative urban developers teamed to develop The Colonel beginning almost four years ago. Douglas Development owned the corner lot at 901 N Street, NW, with a vacant building originally built in 1923. This historic low-rise building housed an automotive repair and supply shop through the 1970s and later hosted apartment dwellers, an urban nursery, and even an underground party venue with indoor skateboarding called “Fight Club.”

In late 2011, CAS Riegler and CityInterests acquired the adjacent L-shaped lot at 1250 9th Street, and then partnered with Douglas Development to combine the two contiguous land parcels and plan a mixed-use development. The Colonel preserves and incorporates the historic building with new construction, subtly balancing historic and modern design elements. PGN Architects of Washington, DC was the project architect.”

410 M Street Northwest

This rental is located at 410 M Street, Northwest. The listing:

“Welcome to the Bellview, a boutique luxury 5-unit condo in the heart of Shaw, an easy walk to Metro. Gorgeous bamboo flooring, exposed brick, stainless appliances, gas cooking, granite counter tops, glass tile back splash, contemporary glass breakfast bar, custom lighting, cozy fireplace, and private balcony. Elegant glass-enclosed shower. Everything is two years new. Call it home! Open Sun 1-3.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $3,000/Mo.

Sherman and Barry Pl, NW

Potentially huge development news from the Washington Business Journal last week:

“Howard University has assembled 30 lots at the northeast corner of Sherman Avenue and Barry Place Northwest that it is now proposing to redevelop into a single building with more than 300 residential units and ground-floor retail.”

They also note:

“While the warehouse will be razed, that image [mural pictured above] will be “digitally reproduced and displayed in the lobby of the apartment building.”

Updates when demo/construction begins.

rear of old refrigeration warehouse

From a press release:

What: City Market at O Holiday Tree Lighting Event
When: November 21, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Where: 8th & O Street, NW

Join Roadside Development, the residents of City Market at O, and DC officials for the first annual Shaw Holiday Tree Lighting on November 21, 2014. The event is also a celebration of City Market at O’s one-year anniversary.

The community program will feature live performances, free family activities and crafts, performances by local artists, and the tree lighting ceremony.

The event includes a toy drive to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center Holiday Toy Store, a pop-up store within the hospital during the holidays so parents can shop for presents for their children who are patients. The store also has items that children can buy for their parents. Roadside Development will supplement the toy drive with a cash donation.

City Market at O is also providing support for the Goodwill at The Grill, an annual community Thanksgiving breakfast, hosted by the Florida Avenue Grill. Revenue generated from the sales at the Anniversary Celebration will be donated to Florida Avenue Grill’s signature event on November 25 that benefits hundreds in the community.

Event Timeline:
• 6:30 -8:30pm: Public event and tree lighting
• 6:45pm: Special performances, speeches, and tree lighting”

606 Florida Ave, NW

A few readers have been asking for updates on Rito Loco burritos coming next door to Bistro Bohem – the owners tell me:

“We have acquired almost all of our equipment and are just waiting on our final permit from DDOT. The final permit from DDOT is to tear up the sidewalk in order to increase the size of the water line into the building. We hope to open for full service by the beginning of the year.”

“Dear PoPville,

Last evening around 6:40pm I was biking home on Rhode Island Ave NW. At the intersection with 7th Street I slowed to wait for traffic to pass. At the southeast corner of the intersection where I was slowly biking by, a group of young African American girls (I would say 3-5 kids, ages 12-15) with school bags was gathered. One of them reached her arm out and pepper-sprayed me directly in the face.

A second later, I was blinded and shocked by the pain, but I managed to stop and pull my bike off the street without getting hit by a car (or bus). Fortunately, some bystanders helped me with water and napkins to try to get the spray out of my eyes.

I believe the girls boarded a G8 bus that was directly behind me. I could definitely hear them laughing at me. There were no witnesses and I was blinded, so there wasn’t much I could do about it. After a shower and rinsing my eyes in cold water, I was totally fine.

Shaw residents, watch out for these punk-ass kids!”

1905 9th Street, NW

From an email:

“After almost six years, 1905 Restaurant is ready for a bit of a refresh. The restaurant will close on Monday, November 24th for several weeks to make upgrades in the kitchen and update the dining room. To help clear out the pantry before the renovations, everything on Chef Hatton’s menu will be half priced on Sunday, November 23rd for dinner service. During 1905’s facelift, owners Tony Lucca & Phil Rodriguez invite everyone to visit their new venture, El Camino, at 108 Rhode Island Avenue NW in Bloomingdale.”

1200 block of 9th Street, NW

A few weeks ago we heard some scuttlebutt that The Passenger would be moving to 9th Street/Blagden alley when they would close in January. We were close – it’s Columbia Room. Washington Post reported yesterday:

The Passenger and the Columbia Room are closing to the public on Jan. 1. The two trailblazing cocktail bars will then take different paths: Derek Brown is moving the Columbia Room a few blocks north to Blagden Alley, where it will occupy the space above chef Jeremiah Langhorne’s forthcoming restaurant, the Dabney. The Passenger, meanwhile, will go dark until Tom Brown, Derek’s brother, is able to find the perfect place for it in Shaw.

Updates on both as they get closer to opening.


From an email:

“For the rest of November until World Giving Day Tuesday December 2nd, Ivy & Coney will be doing a big charity push for The Washington Humane Society.

It’s really simple. Bring in either a blanket or pillow or give a minimum $10 using the #donate on our Twitter or Facebook Page, and as a thank you we will give you a Free Hot Dog & Beer! It’s one time per customer during the period so we encourage people to spread the word to others. We really want to raise as much money as possible or get as many blankets/pillows as possible for the animals.”

1537 7th Street, NW