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by Prince Of Petworth April 11, 2018 at 10:45 am 0


Renderings courtesy Forest City Washington

From a press release:

“Forest City Washington has announced its vision for phase two of The Yards, which is anticipated to break ground in 2019 and be completed in 2030. The next phase of the project’s master expansion plan focuses on the development of 3 million square feet of mixed-use space, which will be built on the currently undeveloped 18 acres of land on the western side of The Yards, between 1s t Street SE and New Jersey Avenue.

Once completed, The Yards will encompass 48 acres, featuring 1.8 million square feet of office space, 400,000 square feet of retail and dining, and up to 3,400 residential units in what will be the largest urban waterfront development in all of D.C. Dozens of chef-inspired restaurants and bars, best-in-class retail, entertainment and office space, luxury residential properties and outdoor communal green space will anchor the development as D.C.’s premier, mixed-use waterfront neighborhood. The Yards will also be home to the first hotel in the development with the flagship Thompson D.C. hotel slated to open in 2020. The luxury hotel will have 225 rooms, 38 suites and will have a ground-level restaurant and an expansive rooftop bar with 360-degree views of the city.

The second phase of development is expected to include the following key elements: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth April 4, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


“renderings via Perkins Eastman, the architecture firm.”

Update on “D.C.’s Historic Spy House” across from the Russian Embassy in Glover Park.

“Dear PoPville,

A new 40-foot-tall building is being proposed for the lot at 2619 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The new structure to be developed by MED Developers is intended to be used as an assisted living facility.

The plans for the lucrative parcel of land resemble MED Developers’ previous plans for a Ward 3 homeless shelter that was to be built on the same spot (plans that were dropped after an investigation by the  Washington Post).

The new structure would require demolishing the infamous “Spy House,” used for decades by the FBI to spy on the Russian Embassy. The proposed facility would also violate multiple zoning regulations in this residential neighborhood due to its size and scale.

MED Developers are seeking numerous special exceptions from the Board of Zoning Adjustment in order to move forward with the plans, including a special exception to build a facility in a neighborhood zone for single family homes and an exemption from limitations on parking.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 26, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0


via google maps

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Bowser today kicked off Roots to Roofs Week at a revitalization groundbreaking for 220 affordable housing units at the Parkway Overlook Apartments in the Ward 8 neighborhood of Congress Heights. The complex, which has been vacant since 2007, will have mostly family-sized units and provide workforce development training to residents and energy savings through the installation of solar panels through the Solar for All program.

“The revitalization of Parkway Overlook has been in the making for over a decade, and we are proud to finally get this project moving forward,” said Mayor Bowser. “With these investments, we are making it possible for residents to return to Parkway Overlook and for more families to secure the housing and community services they need to get their fair shot.”

The $82.2 million rehabilitation of the complex, located at 2841 Robinson Place, SE, near the Congress Heights Metro Station and St. Elizabeths East Campus, will be comprised of one-, two-, and three-bedrooms and all will be affordable to households making up to 50 percent of the area median income (AMI) or about $54,600 for a family of four. Eleven units will be available for households at or below $33,090 (30 percent of AMI) and will be set aside as permanent supportive housing. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm 0


140 rock Creek Church Rd, NW across from Slash Run and the Hitching Post

Ed. Note: We last spoke about the AFRH Golf Course here.

Thanks to a reader for passing on this press release from the Department of Defense:

“The Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) hosted an Industry Day, March 19, to seek ways to leverage private-sector, multi-use development of 80 acres of Washington, D.C. property operated by AFRH to create lasting revenue for the Home.

“Our objective is to generate long-term income to support the Home’s mission of caring for our enlisted veteran residents,” said AFRH Chief Executive Officer Steve Rippe. “We’re looking to industry for creative solutions to maximize revenue to the Armed Forces Retirement Home and improve the community as a whole. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Columbia Heights and a bunch of my neighbors are struggling with a renovation. There is a home on Kenyon Street that was a single-family home for at least the last 2 decades – and likely more. Many of us old timers in the neighborhood knew the previous owner and had been in the home on multiple occasions.

A developer purchased the property in 2015 for $900,000. It needed to be gutted and completely redone

He submitted drawing/plans to the city shortly after purchasing the home, showing the property was a 4-unit building with kitchens on every floor. These plans were false. Several people have signed affidavits stating that this was a single-family home and we submitted those affidavits to DCRA. One of these people lived there up until shortly before it was sold to the developer. The house was in no way a 4 unit building, but DCRA wrote a determination letter stating that since the property was always 4 units – the developer could rehab and renovate the property as such. (so he essentially lied to get permission to convert a single family home to a 4 unit building) He received permits to do this work in the summer of 2017. The interior of the home was been completely demolished and the back ½ is missing. Now there is no way to tell how many units there were.

As a side note – but deserving of a “bullet point” nonetheless….there is one electric meter, one gas meter and tax records show it was taxed as single family home.

DCRA issued a stop work order on September 17th, 2017 because they learned that the adjoining neighbors on both sides were not served any construction documents along with the neighbor notification form that is required by the city, to give both adjoining neighbors a chance to see the plans and make sure the structural integrity of their own homes are protected.

The crux of the issue lies with an old C of O from 1966 zoning the house as an apartment house. Neighbors want the developer to build 2 units, not 4 as the city granted him, and in January of this past year DCRA retracted their permission for him to build 4, but granted him the right to do 3, even though this is now a zone where a maximum of 2 units can be built. This was their explanation: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 19, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0


rendering courtesy UIP

From a press release:

“Urban Investment Partners (UIP) of Washington DC has unveiled Frequency Apartments, a 100-unit luxury apartment community located in a former northwest Washington, DC office building that housed National Public Radio affiliate WAMU.

UIP acquired the building at 4000 Brandywine Street, NW, along with two other properties, from American University in 2016. The company has now completed a $14 million year-long 36,000 square foot gut renovation and a 14,000 SF addition to the building, which is just one block from the Tenleytown-American University station on Metrorail’s Red Line. UIP joined with Tenleytown Main Street to officially open the neighborhood’s newest multifamily residence.

“Frequency is our most contemporary apartment community to date,” said UIP Principal Steve Schwat. “The name is derived from its history as a radio station and recording studio for WAMU/NPR programming, including the syndicated talk shows hosted by Diane Rehm and Kojo Nnamdi. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 1, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

The following was written by PoPville contributor David McAuley, founder of Short Articles about Long Meetings.


13th and K Street, NW

At a regularly-scheduled February 28 meeting, architect Gretchen K Pfaehler of Beyer Blinder Belle told
a committee of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 2F/Logan Circle that the “groundbreaking” for the Planet Word Museum would be May 4. The word “groundbreaking” was used metaphorically, as Pfeahler had just finished briefing the committee about the efforts to keep the building as unchanged as possible while still allowing it to fulfill its future function as a museum of linguistics. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth February 26, 2018 at 10:02 pm 0


Quincy and New Hampshire Ave, NW

Holy smokes. I don’t know if it’s because I used to walk by this empty lot for 12+ years but seeing a new building going up here blew my mind. Indulge me. Holy smokes.

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