Lots of folks have written in asking about the Van Ness Square development plans. One even asked about a Trader Joe’s rumor (I haven’t heard anything.) And for those that missed it, you can read a thorough history of the property here, it was once an “ice palace”! Anyway, the Forest Hills Connection reported:
“Construction begins Fall 2013 and is estimated to take 30 months.
Saul anticipates opening in Winter 2016. There will be 271 luxury apartments (1, 2 and 3 bedroom), 224 below-grade parking spaces, and 10,000 square feet of neighborhood retail, including at least one sidewalk cafe.”
One of the country’s most sophisticated scientific laboratory complexes, the National Bureau of Standards, once stood on a hill off of Connecticut Avenue at Upton Street, in the serene, semi-rural upper Northwest section of the city. Through much of the 20th century, this secluded and unassuming enclave quietly made countless important contributions to the safety and quality of the manufactured goods we take for granted today, including everything from airplane engines to kitchen crockery.
Connecticut Avenue runs along the top of this circa 1930 view of the Bureau’s campus (Author’s collection).
The Bureau was founded in 1901, during a period of burgeoning industrial production and dramatic technological change. Telephones, automobiles, light bulbs, electrical machinery—it all needed practical, reliable standards based on methodical scientific testing. The new Bureau filled this need, greatly expanding on the mission of its predecessor, the Office of Weights and Measures, which had been set up in the Treasury Department in the early 19th century to ensure that standard measures were used when calculating customs duties on imported goods.
First housed temporarily in the old Office of Weights and Measures building on Capitol Hill, the fledgling Bureau in 1901 urgently needed space to build its own laboratory. The requirements were exacting. The laboratory had to be well outside the city proper, somewhere completely free from vibration, traffic disturbances, and the electrical interference caused by streetcar lines. It had to be solidly built, using twice the construction materials of an ordinary office building, heating and plumbing lines that were twice as complicated as an average building’s, and four or five times the usual amount of wiring. Some labs were to be fitted out with both running salt water and fresh water as well as dispensed crushed ice. Ancillary buildings would also be needed for engines, pumps, heavy machinery, and the fabrication of sensitive scientific instruments. (more…)
“Kitchen remodeled three years ago, newer cabinets, counters, floor and lighting. Lovely parquet floors, large kitchen, spacious living room. Balcony. Rent includes ALL utilities (except phone, Internet and cable) AND garage parking. Super location. Pool, fitness ctr. 24 hour desk. Move in fee is $350 Mon-Fri, $450 Sat. Landlord will pay $200 of move-in fee.”
“Open Saturday 3/30 1-3pm! Classic and sunny 1B/1BA – semi-furnished unit in historic Tilden Gardens. Updated windowed kitchen, updated ceramic tile bathroom. Historic details abound: 9′ ceilings, hardwood floors, chandelier in foyer; French doors; built-in bookcases and pantry. Front desk service. Lots of windows with scenic views. Walk to Metro, shops, etc. Available for immediate occupancy!”
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Featured Property: 3901 Connecticut Ave NW, Unit 212
Legal Subdivision: Forest Hills
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Forest Hills Original List Price: $344,000
List Price at Contract: $344,000
List Date: 11/27/2012
Days on Market: 15 Settled Sales Price: $356,000
Seller Subsidy: $0
List to Net Sales Price Ratio: 103.49%
Settled price per square foot: $430.
Settlement Date: 1/30/2013
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Original GDoN post is: here. The listing can be seen: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.
Forest Hills is largely populated by multi unit properties built as grand apartment buildings in the 1920’s and 1930’s, many of which made it in to historian James Goode’s notable “Best Addresses” book. While some remain rental apartment buildings, a good number have been converted to cooperatives or condo ownership.
876 Cafe opened up in the former Indian Ocean restaurant in Van Ness back in April 2012. Their website says:
Enjoy the complex yet simplistic fusion of Caribbean cuisine with Washington’s premier restaurant 876 Cafe. Located one block from the Van Ness metro station neighboring the Cleveland Park area, 876 Cafe invites you to experience familiar dishes piqued with zesty accents of the islands.
Inside, the warm and open decor showcases talent of local artists and helps the customer to transcend to a vibe where everything is “irie and cool”. Sample favorites like our fresh multi-green salad infused with sweet coconut-gingered flakes, ackee and saltfish wraps or our refreshing coconut water contained in the original husk.
And as with everything you can expect exceptional service in a casual environment.
Go ahead. Grab a group of your friends or co-workers and relax on the veranda, bar or swanky WiFi lounge area for lunch, dinner, weekend brunch or happy hour. 876 Cafe promises to stimulate your pallet and captivate your senses.
After one of the most outstanding careers in the history of bookselling, Barbara Meade has decided to retire from Politics & Prose, the store she helped create with Carla Cohen and has done so much to nurture over the past three decades. Since handing over the reins of ownership a year-and-a-half ago, Barbara has served as an advisor to the new owners—Bradley Graham and Lissa Muscatine—and has remained a frequent presence in the store. Her continued involvement in P&P has been invaluable in assuring a smooth transition. Brad and Lissa have credited Barbara’s expert counsel and wise insights with helping them enormously to gain their own new footings in the book business.
Recently, Barbara informed the staff that she wants to create space in her life to allow more time for reading. She will remain a vital part of the heart and soul of Politics & Prose and will continue to be admired and appreciated for the many ways in which she has influenced our community.
Below is a message from Barbara to all of the customers, authors, publishers, sales reps, and friends she so actively engaged during her bookselling career:
“This unit has a huge, private patio/garden and is located in walking distance to the Van Ness Metro! Parking included!Convenient to Rock Creek Park. Unique floorplan with modern kitchen (double fridge, double dishwasher), dining-room with marble flooring, pergo floors in living areas. Glassblock walls. Renovated bathrooms & powder-room.”