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From WMATA:

“Tomorrow, Metro will introduce the system’s two newest escalators at Van Ness Station, the tenth and eleventh new escalators to be installed under the Metro Forward rebuilding program.

The two new escalators serve the entrance of Van Ness Station on the east side of Connecticut Ave and replace outdated units that were installed when the station first opened in 1981. The reliability of the original units had decreased dramatically over time and as such, Metro engineers determined that a full replacement of the escalators was necessary.

The Van Ness project marks the first two escalators under a contract with KONE Corporation to fully replace up to 128 escalators by 2020. New escalators are currently being installed at five stations: Georgia Ave, Columbia Heights, Bethesda, Friendship Heights and Mt Vernon Square.

Under Metro Forward, new escalators have already been installed at Foggy Bottom (3), Dupont Circle (3), and Pentagon (3).

In addition to the escalator replacement projects, Metro has already “rehabilitated” to “like new” condition more than 100 escalators across the system under Metro Forward. Rehabilitation projects result in the replacement of all critical parts, including the escalator’s steps, handrails, motors, controllers, chains, and other moving parts.

As a result of the replacement and rehabilitation efforts, combined with an enhanced maintenance regimen, Metro has achieved some of the highest escalator availability scores in recent memory. Availability averaged 92.2% in 2013, up 3 percent from the prior year, and the best performance since 2010.”

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4481 Connecticut Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader for sending:

“Just thought I’d let you know it looks like another Quiznos has bitten the dust. This one was on Connecticut Avenue in Forest Hills/North Cleveland Park, next to Italian Pizza Kitchen. I was in there on Friday and they barely had anything in stock. Walked by on Saturday and the signs were taken down and people were loading up a trailer. The location’s been removed from the Quiznos website. There is a Potbelly and Subway a couple blocks away (and a Panera in Tenleytown), so it’s not a huge loss, but the folks who worked there were always pleasant. RIP Quiznos in DC?”

I think there is still a Quiznos alive in Chinatown at 750 I St, NW. Any others still kicking?

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4434 Connecticut Ave, NW

Nearby there is also some nice progress at the new bakery, Bread Furst:

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2939 Van Ness Street Northwest,

This rental is located at 2939 Van Ness Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“This jr-1BR has a beautiful view of Rock Creek Park and is being renovated for March occupancy ..New kitchen! Updated bathroom! Parquet floors and walk-in closet. Central A/C, heat, electricity, gas, use of 2 swimming-pools included in rent. This is a full service 24-hr-sec. condo with direct access to the supermarket at the Van Ness Metro! Gym and party-room. Laundry room on every floor.”

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,600/Mo.

2939 Van Ness Street Northwest

This rental is located at 2939 Van Ness Street, Northwest:

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The listing says:

“Great 1-Bdrm on upper fl. in popular Van Ness. 1-block to METRO & Giant Grocery! *RENT INCLUDES: All UTILITIES, free access to new GYM & outdoor POOLS! 24-Hr. Desk Staff. New paint, w/f, upgraded KIT. Lots of storage, too! ..Walk-in closet w/ built-ins, additional storage unit & access to bike rm. incl! Laundry on every floor! AVAIL 12/14/13, Building has a “no pets” policy. Zip-car ON-SITE!”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,750/Mo.

Annual Holiday Concert – University of the District of Columbia:

“December 10 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Free
University of the District of Columbia
4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW

The University of the District of Columbia presents its annual holiday gift to the Washington, D.C. community. The UDC Chorale directed by Richard Odom, starts the evening with a program of choral music followed by the gospel sound of The Voices, directed by Gerry Gillespie. The UDC Jazz Ensemble directed by Allyn Johnson closes the program with big band jazz sure to spread the holiday spirit. University Auditorium—Theatre of the Arts (Bldg. 46-East).”

Ed. Note: You can see all events here and you can schedule your own event listing here and you can edit your events here.

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4455 Connecticut Avenue, NW

You can see a rendering of the planned development here.

“Park Van Ness (formerly Van Ness Square) has a prestigious and convenient Connecticut Avenue location, as well as a quiet park-like setting normally found only in the suburbs. The Company recently received demolition permits and expects to raze the existing structures beginning in the fourth quarter 2013.

The Company has entered into an arrangement with a general contractor and intends to develop a 271-unit residential project with approximately 9,000 square feet of street-level retail, below street-level structured parking, and amenities including a community room, landscaped courtyards, a fitness room and a rooftoop pool and deck. Construction is projected to be completed in late 2015.”

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Farewell Shanghai Garden:

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4434 Connecticut Ave, NW

Back in September we learned about the new bakery coming to Van Ness. Bread Furst’s website says:

“We chose a general contracting company a couple of weeks ago. The process took more time that I had expected. Our architect, Peter Hapstak and his associates had candidates in mind and my friends, Ashok Bajaj, Washington’s premier restaurateur, and Saied Azali, the city’s senior restaurateur, had some suggestions too.

We asked five firms to give us proposals and of course all of the estimated costs were higher than I expected them to be.

I walked around our store, 4434 Connecticut Avenue, with people from all the companies, and then we interviewed each to speak to those who would actually be working on our project. After all that we chose Maizel Construction, a firm with lots of restaurant construction experience and a life going back to 1976.”

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From WMATA:

“Starting Monday, November 4, Metro contractors will begin a five-month project to replace the two entrance escalators on the east side of Connecticut Ave NW.

The existing east-side escalators were installed when the station first opened in 1981, and their reliability has decreased dramatically over time. As such, Metro engineers have determined that a full replacement of the escalators is necessary because rehabilitating the aging units is neither practical nor cost effective in the long term.

The new escalators will be Metro’s tenth and eleventh new escalators installed as part of the massive Metro Forward capital-rebuilding program. Last year, Metro opened new escalators at Foggy Bottom (3) and Dupont Circle’s south entrance (3). And last week, Metro opened the system’s newest escalators at Pentagon Station (3).

The two escalators on the east side of Connecticut Ave will be barricaded for the duration of the project to allow for construction activity that is expected to last until Spring 2014. During this time, riders can enter or exit the station using the escalator, stairs or elevator on the west side of Connecticut Ave NW. The closure of the east entrance is necessary to ensure safety while heavy lifting of escalator segments takes place in a tight workspace. Additionally, by closing this side of the entrance and replacing both escalators at the same time, Metro will be able to complete the project in half the time with crews working two shifts per day.

The Van Ness project will be the first two under a $151 million contact with KONE Corporation to fully replace an additional 128 escalators by 2020, including 14 projects starting by next summer at Bethesda, Columbia Heights, Friendship Heights, Georgia Ave-Petworth, Glenmont, Mt Vernon Sq and Shady Grove.

Metro recently reported that more escalators are in service today than at any point in nearly five years. For the 2nd quarter of the year (April through June), Metro achieved an availability score of 91.9 percent — meaning that more than nine of every ten escalators were in service during operating hours.

In addition to the escalator replacement projects, Metro has already “rehabilitated” to “like new” condition 103 escalators across the system with 33 more to be completed by mid-2014. Rehabilitation projects result in the replacement of all critical parts, including the escalator’s steps, handrails, motors, controllers, chains, and other moving parts.”