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Rendering courtesy of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation by Shalom Baranes Associates.

Ed. Note: Don’t forget about Meow Wolf and Aldi too.

From a press release:

“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 40,000 square-foot 24 Hour Fitness club located at Art Place at Fort Totten. This will mark the first 24 Hour Fitness location in D.C. and sixth 24 Hour Fitness club in the Metro region, expanding on its successful footprint across Maryland and Northern Virginia. The 24 Hour Fitness is slated to open within the next few years. Read More

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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. Read More

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via google maps

From MPD:

“Earlier tonight [Friday], an adult male and an adult female were injured in a shooting that is believed to have taken place in the area around the 5000 block of 6th Place, NE. The both victims received non-life-threatening injuries.

Detectives from the Fourth District are investigating. Anyone with information is asked to call 202.727.9099 or text 50411.”

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via google maps

Ed. Note: The GoFundMe for the victim is closing in on $35,000 of it’s $40,000 goal. Thanks to all who’ve given.

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made regarding an Assault With Intent to Kill (Gun) offense that occurred on Tuesday, January 1, 2019, in the 100 block of Kennedy Street, Northwest.

At approximately 12:23 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to the listed location for the report of a shooting. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and transported the victim to an area hospital for treatment of life threatening injuries.

On Wednesday, January 02, 2019, 20-year-old William D’Sean Wrice, of Northeast, DC, was arrested and charged with Assault With Intent to Kill (Gun).”

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Whoa, thanks to Emily for sending from Meow Wolf:

Meow Wolf D.C. will be the next permanent installation from the growing arts and entertainment start-up, the result of a partnership with the Cafritz Foundation that’s set to open in 2022.

eow Wolf rocketed into 2018 with back-to-back January announcements of huge, new, permanent installations in Denver and Las Vegas. Now, the booming arts start-up bookends a phenomenal orbit around the sun with news of a major permanent installation coming to the nation’s capital: Washington, D.C.

The project is the result of a partnership with the Cafritz Foundation and will be a three-level, 75,000-square-foot structure located in the Fort Totten community. The exhibition will feature a new immersive narrative with uniquely interactive art experiences. Meow Wolf will reveal more details about plans for D.C. in 2019. Grand opening will be in 2022. Read More

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From Jackie Lee’s:

“Our 1 Year Anniversary Party is just TWO DAYS AWAY and we want to party with YOU to celebrate!! We’ll have the following for all those who come to celebrate with us:

• $1 off all booze all night
• $5 plates of bacon until kitchen closes
• $6 Pork or Veggie Banh Mi sammies from 5-7pm with the purchase of any drink

As well as both our Happy Hours: Read More

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“Dear PoPville,

It’s been about a year since you last posted a question about the much-anticipated, but long-elusive XSport Fitness Fort Totten opening.

As recently as last month, the retail page for the Modern at Art Place indicated that this gym would be opening in Winter 2018. Now, they no longer list the gym as a future tenant, and XSport has removed the Fort Totten gym from their “Coming Soon” page.

Does anyone have any inside info? Can us Brightwood / Petworth / Fort Totten / Lamond-Riggs / Michigan Park residents still hold out some hope? Or is XSport Fort Totten the gym equivalent of vaporware?”

Another reader writes:

“This gym has been “coming soon” for over 4 ½ years. What’s more absurd is that the facebook page has a daily stream of pics of people working out, tagging the Fort Totten location and then has stupid chicken soup for the soul (or I guess muscle) quotes. The people posting on the page about the perpetual non-existence are pretty funny. And I have contacted them multiple time and they said we don’t have an opening date. This place has been coming soon longer than the duration of the American civil war.

I think it will be a great addition to the community –if it ever opens. And having a new fitness chain will be good for access in these areas of Northeast.”

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A reader passes on a letter she sent to Council Member Brandon Todd and DC Water:

“My neighbors and I have just cleaned the THIRD sewage back flow surge from our basements in the last 13 months!

This is absolutely devastating! Something needs to be done to update the infrastructure of the sewage lines to accommodate the demands on the system. The massive amounts of rain we’ve experienced is too much for the system to bear and unfortunately, we are at the bottom of a hill — receiving everyone else’s waste in our home. It’s not our responsibility to upgrade and snake our drains when everyone in our neighborhood has back flow problems. This is a city issue and it needs to be resolved.

You have a neighborhood with 70+ year-olds wading through raw sewage and cleaning out their basements alone because no-one has coverage anymore to help (nor can we afford to continually pay insurance co-pays and additional expenses to cover remediation costs). Read More

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