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by Prince Of Petworth February 6, 2019 at 11:05 am 0

Rendering Courtesy of The Cafritz Foundation

First Meow Wolf and now this!! Thanks to all who sent the big news from the Washington Business Journal: “Aldi signs lease for largest D.C. store, in Fort Totten”

From the full press release issued Monday:

“The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation (Cafritz Foundation), developers of the Fort Totten mixed-use development project Art Place, today announced that the lease has been executed for an approximately 25,000 square-foot ALDI store at Art Place at Fort Totten. Located on the corner of South Dakota Avenue and Kennedy Street, this will be the largest ALDI DC location and the second ALDI in the city, the first being in the H Street Corridor. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 30, 2019 at 1:05 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I know you posted the sign on the right before, but I don’t believe the comments requested the reasons for the objections to this building. The only place I see these signs are at the houses directly surrounding the Masonic Temple lot. Are there any real objections to this besides just not wanting an open lot built on (classic NIMBYism)? (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 28, 2019 at 12:45 pm 0

Ed. Note: This is the old Whitman Walker development.

Update from the DC Preservation League:

“The existing façade was significantly reworked in the 1920s and again in the 40s, and the result was a mishmash of masonry that was severely compromised on the backside when they opened the wall up.

structural engineer assess it and determined that they couldn’t retain it in place. They applied 4 a modified permit to take it down, salvaging all the intact stone pieces (belt courses, jack arched lintels, etc.) & will reconstruct based on laser scans and reusing the old pieces”

“Dear PoPville,

I was passing by the 1700 block of 14th street, NW in Logan Circle area and noticed the historic facade of the DeSoto – Plymouth auto dealer was torn down. Does anyone know what happened?” (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 25, 2019 at 11:40 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

Ed. Note: So about that upside down flag spotted at the Newseum the other day…

Update from the Newseum:

the Newseum will remain open to the public through 2019.

“We stand ready to continue much of the Newseum’s important work for decades to come — through digital outreach, traveling exhibits, and web-based programs in schools around the world, as well as hopefully in a new physical home in the area.”

From a press release:

“Johns Hopkins University is pleased to announce it has reached an agreement with the Freedom Forum to acquire the property that currently houses the Newseum at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., subject to all necessary regulatory approvals.

“Acquiring this iconic property in the heart of the nation’s capital will represent a transformative moment for Johns Hopkins University and place our research and expertise in the midst of national and global decision-making. This new location will allow us to consolidate and expand our Washington, D.C., academic facilities into a single state-of-the-art building – a world-class academic space that can be optimized for current and future research, education and engagement.

“Johns Hopkins’ acquisition of the building also provides financial support for the Freedom Forum’s vitally important First Amendment mission. As a nonprofit academic research institution committed to advancing knowledge and the principles of free expression, Johns Hopkins will continue to use this iconic facility as a home for education, discovery, free and open debate and the preservation and advancement of democratic ideals. Johns Hopkins also is deeply committed to serving and engaging the public, and, at this new facility, we will continue to open the doors of the university for a variety of events and offerings. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 16, 2019 at 3:30 pm 0

11th and Park Road, NW

Thanks to all who messaged me yesterday. We recently spoke about this prospect last week. The Columbia Heights Dog Park opened here back in 2009. Some neighbors have been trying to fight the sale/encourage D.C. to purchase the property since January of last year. Updates as warranted.


“Metro today announced that eight surplus properties are up for sale in Maryland, Virginia and the District with potential for commercial, residential and/or mixed-use development. The parcels include several sites near or adjacent to Metro stations, including Columbia Heights, College Park, and Glenmont.

The sale of surplus property is expected to save money by reducing maintenance expenses on property Metro no longer needs, while generating additional revenue for capital and operating expenses. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2019 at 10:22 pm 0

Rendering courtesy of MRP

From a press release:

“MRP Realty, developers of commercial, residential, and mixed-use real estate across the Mid-Atlantic region, and FRP Development Corp, Inc., a full-service real estate company, today announce the formation of a joint venture to develop Phase I of Bryant Street, a mixed-use development in Northeast Washington, DC.

Bryant Street is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development on Rhode Island Avenue adjacent to the Rhode Island Metro Station (Red Line) and within a designated Opportunity Zone in Northeast Washington, DC.

“Bryant Street will ignite the transformation of this 13-acre site that residents — whether in Northeast or seeking to move there — have needed and wanted for many years,” said MRP Principal John Begert. “MRP has been active in bringing high quality homes and dynamic retail to similar underserved areas across the District and it will be exciting to bring this highly amenitized and multi-modal neighborhood to life. Edgewood and the surrounding communities near Bryant Street have a rich history and we hope we can build on the great offerings that already exist.”

This first phase will feature three mid-rise buildings with 490 multifamily units, a nine-screen Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and an additional 40,390 square feet of ground floor retail. (more…)


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