U Street

Yesterday we learned about the affordable housing component fronting V Street – here’s the project fronting U Street.

From a press release:

“High Street Residential has partnered with Deutsche Asset Management to develop a 288-unit, Class-A, multifamily project, located at 1441 U Street, NW, Washington, D.C. This luxury apartment project will also feature more than 15,000 square feet of retail in the core of the U Street Corridor. Construction is scheduled to commence Q3 2016, with completion in mid-2018.

1441 U Street is located adjacent to the Frank D. Reeves Center of Municipal Affairs, at a site that was once the home to the now-razed, 48-unit Portner Place Apartments. This site will also contain Portner Flats, a 96-unit affordable housing complex fronting V Street, NW that will be developed concurrently by a joint venture between Somerset Development and Jonathan Rose Companies. (more…)

portner flats rendering

From a press release:

“On July 7th, the District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency (DCHFA) closed on the financing of an affordable housing development in one the District’s most sought after neighborhoods, the U Street Corridor. The Agency issued $27 million in short term DCHFA tax exempt bonds providing a portion of the funding for the acquisition of Portner Place and construction of Portner Flats (1440-1450 V Street, NW) located in Ward 1, one block west of The Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center at 14th and U Streets, NW. Blaylock Beal Van, LLC underwrote and sold the bonds in the publicly offered transaction. In addition to the bond financing, $14.5 million in equity was raised by Boston Financial Investment Management for this development through the syndication of low income housing tax credits allocated by DCHFA. Prudential Mortgage Capital Company underwrote the mortgage and is the permanent lender for the FHA insured transaction. The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) also provided $2.4 million in subordinate financing for this project. (more…)

1940 11th Street, NW

From a press release:

“After recently announcing its new Executive Chef, wine-centric U Street restaurant Vinoteca is excited to announce new dinner and brunch menus, reflecting the summer season. Executive Chef Anna Miller, an Oregon native who worked her way through kitchens in the Pacific Northwest and Southwest, most recently serving as sous chef at Rogue 24, just officially started in June but has already put her stamp on the seasonally-focused menu for summer. Diners can now expect to find fresh bites like handmade burrata, grilled seafood, fruit-forward desserts, and other dishes dotted with summer flavors of tomato, cucumber, strawberry and rhubarb. (more…)

service bar
926 U Street, NW

From a press release:

“The District of Columbia’s U Street corridor is getting a new hangout this August at 926-928 U Street NW. Service Bar DC’s proprietors: Chad Spangler, Glendon Hartley and Chris Willoughby, are all veterans in DC’s bar and restaurant scene. Chad and Glendon (former president of the US Bartenders Guild DC Chapter) are also partners in the Menehune Group, a behind-the-scenes consultancy that specializes in building highly customized ice programs, bar programs and cocktail menus for some of DC’s favorite restaurants and bars (Ocopa, Provision 14, Bonfire, SOI 38, and MXDC to name a few). Their partner Chris, is a long time U Street business owner having owned the popular bar JIN on 14th and U St and before that, Mangos. Together they aim to bring a service-driven, neighborhood retreat with cocktails that will just happen to be, of the highest quality.

Chad Spangler, Glendon Hartley and Chris Willoughby courtesy Service Bar DC

The bar’s concept yields from the service industry’s well-known “service bar” where the goal is to make a large number, and variety of cocktails, quickly and well. SBDC aims to define what is to be a casual, neighborhood cocktail bar with high quality cocktails, and a price range that says “see you back here tomorrow.” Featured highlights include an all-day happy hour menu with $7 Cocktails, $7 Pop & Ponies, buy-one-get-one shots and a “snug room”, modeled after the small, private drinking rooms of the 18th century Scottish and British pub culture. The SBDC Snug Room will have an intimate capacity of five to six guests, with a special window to the bartender, and offer a shareable cocktail menu exclusive to the Snug Room. (more…)

american ice
917 V Street, NW

From an email:

“Come out for our 5th annual Crab Crack at American Ice Company! Feast on crabs, peel and eat shrimp and corn on the cob in addition to our regular menu items. First come, first served.

​​What: Fourth of July Crab Crack at American Ice Company
When: Monday, July 4th, 1:00 pm until the fireworks start
Cost: Crabs will be priced at market rate.”

14th and Florida Ave, NW

From an email:

Pizzeria Vetri D.C.
June 2016


“Marc Vetri and his team are excited to open the 4th location of Pizzeria Vetri, dedicated to the fine art of authentic Italian pizza making, in Washington, D.C. this June. After successfully opening 2 locations in Vetri’s home base of Philadelphia, along with their latest location in Austin, Texas, Pizzeria Vetri D.C will feature an expansive selection of seasonal, wood-fired pies in a casual, comfortable setting. From the classic Margherita and rotating Pizza al Taglio, to cult favorites like the Rotolo, a crispy pinwheel of pizza dough filled with ricotta and mortadella topped with pistachio pesto, fresh salads and dolci offerings, all ingredients are made in house daily using only the finest ingredients. James Beard Award-winning Chef Marc Vetri and his team are excited to bring the latest iteration of Pizzeria Vetri to the nation’s capital this summer.”