by Prince Of Petworth — April 28, 2017 at 1:45 pm 16 Comments


A reader reports:

“They are tearing down the old rowhouse office building at 19th and N St NW in Dupont Circle. I’m amazed this building lasted as long as it did. The building’s brick work was still in really good shape, but I guess the land and developable air value was just too great to pass up.

It was fun to watch the Destroyer at work. The kids who were walking by or in their strollers were loving it!”

old zenebech

And thanks to The Family Meal‏ for sharing the demo at the old Zenebech space (and neighbors) near the Howard Theatre in Shaw.

Standby for a new 7 story building coming here.

by Prince Of Petworth — April 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm 39 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

There is a really great bit of infill happening next to the former Frazier’s funeral home at Rhode Island Ave and Florida Ave, NW. There was an empty lot on 4th st between old funeral home and two old row houses.

The developer has done a solid and filled in the lot with a new construction row home that is built to look like it is part of the original row on 4th st. It’s been great to watch this one go up. The masonry work and proportions have been done without any short cuts. If you didn’t know it, you’d think this new house is part of the original row of homes on 4th st. It’s looking like it will be a two unit building. Should be interesting to see how much it all goes for.

Checkout google street view from 4th st or S st to see this without the new construction.

There used to be a row house on this lot and it’s address was 1801 4th Street, NW. Here’s a link to a letter from DCRA to the developer regarding their plans to rebuild on the lot.”

by Prince Of Petworth — April 24, 2017 at 1:45 pm 22 Comments

Rendering via Walter Reed Local Redevelopment Authority

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Bowser broke ground on The Parks at Walter Reed, a redevelopment project that will create 3.1 million square-feet of residential, office, and retail space in Ward 4. The project will also create 6,000 jobs, 2,100 units of housing, 432 of which will be affordable, and nearly one billion dollars in tax-generated revenue over 30 years. The Mayor was joined at today’s groundbreaking by Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and representatives from the master development team Hines, Urban Atlantic, and Triden.

“In Washington, DC, we value inclusive prosperity, and through transformative development projects like this one, we can bring jobs, affordable housing, and economic opportunity to thousands of District residents,” said Mayor Bowser. “This effort has been years in the making, and now the future is bright for Walter Reed, Ward 4, and the entire community.”

This groundbreaking makes way for the first phase of infrastructure improvements, including: demolition of Building 2, the 1970s era hospital, which will set the stage for the development of a new town center; preservation of historic buildings; development of a new water main and other utility services; and landscape improvements.

“We are excited to break ground on Walter Reed because it means more local job opportunities and amenities at this catalytic development. Walter Reed is another positive signal of our growing economy and our emergence as a national leader in affordable housing, retail, hospitality and tourism,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Brian Kenner.

The Parks at Walter Reed will be phased over a 10-15 year period and will include: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — April 12, 2017 at 10:30 am 57 Comments

1338 H Street NE
1338 H St, NE courtesy The Feldman Group

From a press release:

“The Feldman Group of Marcus & Millichap announced today the sale of 1338 H Street NE along the H Street Corridor of Washington, D.C. The 1,656-SF asset sold for $835,000.

Josh Feldman, First Vice President of Investments, and Ian Ruel, Investment Associate, of the Feldman Group closed the off-market transaction. The property was purchased by The 11th Property Group, which plans to develop the asset into a mixed-use project. The previous owner operated a barbershop at the property since 1999. “This sale proves that for developers looking for projects along H Street NE, there are still opportunities as long-term owner/operators move on to the next phases of their lives,” explains Feldman.

The 11th Property Group had already closed on the property next door at the time of the sale. The Feldman Group was able to facilitate the acquisition of 1338 H Street NE so that they could increase the size of their project.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric P.

by Prince Of Petworth — April 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm 5 Comments

Rendering via CoLuca

Thanks to John for writing:

“Maga Garage held a community meeting last night to inform neighbors of their plans.

Rendering via CoLuca

18th St. Garage Rehabilitation – Maga Design (www.magadesign.com) has created a web site (www.colucadc.com) to keep Adams Morgan residents apprised of their plans to rehabilitate the garage located in the alley between 18th St and Columbia Rd. that has been sitting unused for years. The creative design agency plans to transform the garage into additional office space to complement their headquarters based at 1838 Columbia Rd. (in the former Design within Reach space). The structure, built between 1906-1910, was originally used as a luxury car parking garage and more recently as Archival Art Services art restoration shop. Maga Design is working on the project with CORE architecture + design, inc. (CORE).”

current state via CoLuca

by Prince Of Petworth — April 4, 2017 at 10:30 am 28 Comments

3306 11th Street, NW

Lots of readers have been reporting:

“I noticed yesterday that the laundromat and Chinese carryout on the corner of 11th and Lamont were closed. Any word of what might be going in there or why they finally closed?”

Now all businesses on this little strip are closed (including El Latino bakery that closed back in 2015.) When I posted about the laundromat closing last month, I got some tips that a big development was coming but no real details. Anyone hear any scuttlebutt? I imagine it’s going to become something like The Coupe building up the block with a restaurant on the ground floor and condos/apartments on top. Stay tuned.

11th and Lamont Street, NW


by Prince Of Petworth — March 28, 2017 at 10:05 pm 19 Comments

1248 Fairmont Street, NW

This is the spot we spoke about back in December.

The Mansarte’s website says:


The Mansarte is boutique 5-unit condominium development located in the heart of Columbia Heights at 1248 Fairmont Street, NW. All units feature high-end finishes and thoughtful designs, all have outdoor space and a shared roof deck, and parking is available.

Two 1 bedroom / 1 bath units
Two 3 bedroom / 3.5 bath units
One Penthouse 3 bedroom / 3 bath

The Mansarte project is a conversion of a Grand Victorian on premium, extra wide corner lot into five luxurious condominiums. The lower level will feature two (1bd/1bth) units, each with an outdoor space and back patio. The main, first, and second floors will each feature 1800 sqf (3bd/3.5bth) condos. Each unit will have outdoor space whether it is a wrap-around porch or balcony on top. Also, all units will have access to a shared roof deck and indoor secured parking.

Units are not yet registered with the Department of Housing and Community Development, Rental Conversion and Sale Division. No units will be offered for sale prior to Registration.”


More after the jump. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth — March 27, 2017 at 12:30 pm 64 Comments

al fresco
18th and California St, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect

A reader reports:

“As a neighbor within 200 ft. neighbor, got a zoning notice for a huge restaurant (including underground parking and a roof deck) that wants to go in where the surface parking lot at 18th and California is. The architectural plans (attached) show it dwarfing Jack Rose. They’re seeking an exemption to the “rear yard” requirement.”

Washington Business Journal reported:

“The property, at 2009 18th St. NW, is owned by the same company that operates Mexican restaurants Lauriol Plaza nearby and Cactus Cantina in Cleveland Park. It’s currently used as an overflow parking lot for Lauriol Plaza, which is just two blocks down 18th Street.”

Updates as the zoning process/construction progresses.

al fresco admo
2009 18th Street, NW rendering by A.F.Clarens Architect


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