will be coming to Dock 79, and signage now confirms that. It will occupy the space along the riverwalk on the building's southwest corner--closest to Bardo, for some hot beer garden-on-beer garden action.
* PUNCH BOWL SOCIA
L: Less way back, in May, it was announced
that "eatertainment" venue Punch Bowl Social
will occupy 24,000 square feet on two floors at 1250 Half Street
, aka the residential building that will soon fill the Half Street Hole directly north of Nats Park. To quote from the press release, Punch Bowl "has made a name for itself with its remarkably balanced execution of the eat, drink, play concept, pairing a Chef Hugh Acheson designed, southern inspired scratch-made menu and craft beverage program with social activities including pinball, skee-ball, karaoke, vintage video games, bocce, bowling, and more."
* STEADFAST SUPPLY
: The "unique marketplace
that connects brands with consumers" has opened anew, now at the Boilermaker Shops
on Tingey Street in the space formerly occupied by Hugh & Crye. Hours are 12-6 pm Tuesdays-Sundays. (Alas, I got my photo about 24 hours too soon, so it's out of date already, but "progress, not perfection" is the current JDLand motto.)
* OTHER COMING SOONS
: While wandering a week ago, I procured photographic evidence of the work going on at Roti
on 1st Street, as well as some of the recent Coming Soon window signage that I don't think I have posted, for Cava Grill
next door to Shake Shack at the Homewood Suites
at 50 M, and both the Juice Laundry
and Cosmopolitan Nail Salon
. (I didn't get Eighteen Eight Salon
because I know I posted that at some point. Not sure if I missed window signage for Shilling Canning Company
Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge Coming this Summer to 4th Street
Jan 17, 2017 9:07 AM
The men got their grooming news already this week
, and now it's a tidbit for the ladies: Forest City has announced today that Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge will be opening in the ground floor of the Arris
apartment building at the Yards, in one of the 4th Street retail spaces.
It will offer full-service nail and waxing treatments, with free WiFi, refreshments, and "individual guest tables to listen to music or watch a movie during appointments."
Eighteen Eight 'Fine Men's Salon' Coming to Foundry Lofts
Jan 16, 2017 7:32 AM
The photo from the 300 block of Tingey St. SE says it all--"fine men's salon" Eighteen Eight
is apparently coming to the former leasing office space in the ground floor of the Foundry Lofts
at the Yards.
This would be the second DC opening for the company, joining its 14th St. NW location (along with one in Bethesda and two others in Maryland).
In addition to haircuts, 18|8 offers face, scalp, and nail treatments, shaves, waxing
, and coloring; there are also grooming party packages for when you guys want to get with your buddies and get all gussied up.
It's Tingey Street's second grooming outlet, joining the Bang Salon
one block to the east. (Too bad Unleashed doesn't offer grooming, otherwise there'd be a Tingey trifecta.)
No official word on when it will open, so don't let your hair get too long while waiting.
Meanwhile, one block to the south, the new District Winery
building is getting its face on.
(h/t to reader RMP
for the 18|8 sighting)
Retail Update: Lots of 'Coming Soon' Signage
Dec 10, 2016 3:03 PM
Why, yes, I did spend part of my Saturday taking pictures of new-and-not-so-new signs in windows! (Also took lots of other photos, which will come soon.)
Both Orangetheory Fitness
and Slipstream Coffee
now have their locations well marked, in the new ORE 82
apartment building at New Jersey and I. Ditto Conte's Bike Shop
, on 4th Street just north of the Yards Park:
Elsewhere, I alas have to improvise, having either been too lazy to walk closer or too boneheaded to take a photo when I was actually standing right in front of the dang sign. But nonetheless here's evidence of Bethesda Bagels
, coming to Insignia on M
, and Shake Shack
, which recently received its building permit for its space at the Homewood Suites
, in the retail space at Cushing and M (a second space does not yet have any announced tenant):
(I'll resort to pointing you to photos I took in October
of the signage for both The Salt Line
and All-Purpose Pizzeria
, at Dock 79.)
In non-signage retail news, here's the current state of construction on the new District Winery
building at the Yards, along with photographic evidence that the shipping containers have indeed been removed from the southern two-thirds of the former Fairgrounds
footprint. They remain up by Half and M, however.
Everything mentioned here is expected to open in 2017, as are some other not-photographed venues. Scroll down below my Food Map
for the full list of announced-but-not-open offerings.
Slipstream 'Crafted Coffee and Libations' Signed for ORE 82
Jul 15, 2016 8:47 AM
In its latest e-mail newsletter (no link yet), the Capitol Riverfront BID announced that retail broker Rappaport announced that Slipstream
will be coming to ORE 82
, the 227-unit apartment building at New Jersey and I that's expected to be completed late this year.
Slipstream's mission statement says that it aims "to elevate coffee and cocktails from seemingly common to extraordinary through engaging service, a comfortable atmosphere and a relentless focus on quality." Its first DC location is on 14th Street NW south of Rhode Island Avenue, not far from Logan Circle.
for the 14th Street location shows not only coffee at all hours and cocktails, beer, and wine from 8 am to close (wheeee!), but menus of sandwiches, bowls, toasts, and soup served for breakfast/lunch until 3 pm and meats, cheeses, salads, snacks, bowls, and toasts for dinner from 5 pm to closing, plus brunch on weekends. Whether that will be the same configuration at New Jersey and I is not yet clear.
Conte's Bike Shop Coming to Arris at the Yards (Twice!)
May 17, 2016 3:27 PM
Conte's Bike Shop
, a bicycling retailer with nine Virginia locations, will be opening a full-service operation at Arris
at the Yards in early 2017, it's being announced today.
But if you can't wait that long, Conte's will be running a 10-day pop-up version in one of Arri's open retail spaces on Tingey Street starting Thursday, May 19 through May 29th, opening on Thursday through Sunday during each of those two weeks. This means that the store will be open during both Bike to Work Day
on Friday, May 20 and Tour de Fat
at the Yards on Saturday, May 21.
This pop-up version will have bikes for sale or rent, repair services, clothing, gear, and "expert advice."
The permanent Conte's location will be 2,200 square feet in size, located in the 4th Street portion of Arris's ground floor.
Conte's was founded in 1957 in Newport News, and is apparently still a family-owned operation, with locations in Arlington and Falls Church in addition to elsewhere in Virginia.
The press release from Forest City also says:
"Their shops carry a full line of bikes and accessories including hybrids, mountains, cruisers and road bikes by leading brands including Giant/Liv, Eddy Merckx, BMC, Scott and more, as well as offering gear, accessories clothing and lots of expert advice. They also offer a trade-in policy and used equipment for sale. What’s more, Conte’s Bike Shop prides itself on being a community center and resource for the cycling community, offering events, clinics, structured rides and online resources."
Tuesday Tidbits: Orange You Glad There's Tidbits
May 10, 2016 2:43 PM
Photo: What may be my best "Slider" so far, looking north along 1st Street from the Douglass Bridge, from 2006 to 2016. Go slide it yourself to see.
: I mentioned this in the comments late last week, but now time to post officially that the BID has reported that Orangetheory Fitness
has been signed as the first retail tenant at the ORE 82
apartment building at New Jersey and I, which is expected to open late this year or early next year.
: Via Commissioner Fascett, ANC 6D is sending a letter to DDOT
requesting a review of the pedestrian-crossing-light timing at 4th and M SE, aka the Teeter Intersection. "Twenty-seven seconds is not enough time for pedestrians, including seniors and residents in wheelchairs, to cross a six lane road while dodging two lanes of east-bound turning cars."
: Bruuuuuce is back at Nats Park on Sept. 1. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, May 13, at 10 am
: If you are wanting some face time with Ward 6 councilmember Charles Allen, he is having his Community Office Hours
on Friday, May 13, at the Starbucks in the Waterfront Safeway at 4th and M, SW, from 8 to 9:30 am.
: This has been in my hopper for too many months to ponder, but a reader passed along this link
about the end of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency building/Building 213 at 1st and M SE that included a few photos from inside (as I sob thinking about how I never got my own).
: The BID has announced the schedule of outdoor fitness classes
this summer at parks Yards and Canal.
: Across the way by a few feet, but folks might be interested in the reopening of Leo's Wings N Pizza
at 7 N St., SW. "In addition to pizza, wings, pasta, salads, subs, and breakfast items, Korean food will be added to the menu." (SWTLQTC)
Philz Coffee Celebrating its Opening with Free Coffee May 13
May 9, 2016 7:47 AM
The neighborhood's next coffee offering is now apparently only days away from arriving, as Philz Coffee
has announced an opening "celebration" for its location in the ground floor of Arris
in the 300 block of Tingey St., SE, on Friday, May 13, with complimentary coffee and pastries from 11 am to 3 pm. (If you think you're going to swing by, let them know via this Eventbrite invite
so that they can gauge how many people will be coming.)
Full operating hours for Philz haven't yet been posted on either the corporate web site or the Yards location Facebook page
, but I imagine they will open at the crack of dawn as they do at their other locations. While waiting for that information, you can check out the menu of coffee and tea offerings
A Look into the Crystal Ball at What's to Come in 2016
Jan 5, 2016 10:10 AM
I ended 2015 with a quick look back at the major development news
of the neighborhood over the previous twelve months, so it would be fitting to not get too far into 2016 without a look ahead. But it is to be remembered of course that crystal ball gazing is inherently dicier, which is why I like writing posts that look back a whole lot more than I do ones that look forward.
First Out of the Gate
Let's start with the easy ones, the 436-unit Park Chelsea
at 880 New Jersey and the 325-unit Arris
at 4th and Tingey, both of which are showing signs of opening their doors in coming weeks.
In fact, let's look at photographic evidence from this weekend to support this theory, starting with the Park Chelsea
's still-fenced-but-prepped front entrance and New Jersey Avenue frontage, plus the new section of I Street that at this point I believe is being kept closed merely for the fun of driving me insane.
, the sidewalks on Tingey and Water, on the building's north and south sides, are now open, and landscaping and lighting has arrived in the courtyards on the building's west side--along with most interesting sculptures/screens/whatever you want to call them that serve to give the courtyards and the units that face them a little bit of privacy.
Other Expected 2016 Deliveries
The JDLand crystal ball feels confident that the DC Housing Authority's two current projects, the Community Center
at 5th and K and the 195-unit mixed-income Bixby/Lofts at Capitol Quarter
at 7th and L will be the next developments to make it across the finish line, though the specific time frames are still a bit cloudy.
And work is now underway on the Yards Park Marina
, which is supposed to be finished in spring/summer 2016.
Beyond that? The 305-unit Dock 79
at Florida Rock topped out in early November, and the exterior masonry and glass work are well underway. MRP Realty has said that it expects the building to deliver in July, but at the very least Signs Point to Yes on a delivery before the end of the year.
While 82 I/801 New Jersey
looks about finished with vertical construction, and its red brick exterior is already up to its third floor, and a 2016 delivery had been announced last year, this one should probably be filed under We Shall See.
Otherwise, the rest of the current lineup of skeletons and holes in the ground are probably coming to you in 2017.
There's not a lot of announced retail in the 2016 pipeline at this point. All we have so far is that Philz Coffee will arrive Arris this spring
and that optimists believe that the Brig
beer garden at 8th and L will at last open its gates. The new Italian venture
at the Park Tavern should (?) be arriving at some point as well, and maybe the Bardo Riverfront venture
But there's at least 30,000 combined square feet of additional retail space in both Arris and Dock 79 that I imagine we'll be hearing about as the year goes on.
Projects That May Get Underway in 2016
(This category always gives me the shakes.)
The crystal ball feels reasonably confident that the condo and rental projects on what's known as Yards Parcel O
will get started, with financing for the PN Hoffman condo portion already announced
and various types of construction permit applications submitted and awaiting approvals.
Also looking likely to join the 2016 lineup is the new National Association of Broadcasters headquarters
at the corner of South Capitol and M, presumably along with the 163-unit residential building that development Monument Realty is also planning for the site.
DC Water is itching to get going on its new headquarters
, which will be built as a wraparound
to the existing O Street Pumping Station, which happens to be immediately to the south of the Showplace Icon movie theater
site, which is supposed to see construction start in 2016.
JBG's recently unveiled condo/rental/retail project for the west side of Half Street
is scheduled to begin construction late in 2016, if all zoning and permitting goes according to plan.
Beyond that? The crystal ball would not be totally shocked to see the Jair Lynch condo/rental/retail project on the east side of Half Street
get started sometime before the end of the year, and would be equally not totally shocked to see that wait until early 2017.
Movement on a new Douglass Bridge
might also be on the boards for 2016, but whether actual start of construction can happen within the next 12 months, well, hope springs eternal.
As always, if this slew of words has you overwhelmed, check out the full development map
and the guide down below it (yes, scroll down!) to give more clarity.
A Speedy Summary of 2015's High Points
Dec 31, 2015 11:28 AM
With a few hours to spare before the year ends, I present to you a Pics-and-Clicks summary of the big moments in Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard/Near Capitol Ballpark River Yards (#NeCaBaRY) in 2015.
I think the pictures speak for themselves in this section.
Tingey Street saw the opening of Pacers Running
, Hugh & Crye Menswear
, and Banfield Pet Hospital
The Hampton Inn
at 1st and N and the new Trapeze School space
at New Jersey and Tingey snuck in under the wire for 2015. (This section will be considerably larger next
At the Ballpark
Nats Park saw the NHL Winter Classic
, new food offerings
, and the Taylor Swift invasion
. (But not the October games many had been expecting.) Plus, there was the announcement that the 2018 MLB All-Star Game will come to Half Street
The "new neighborhood" is now old enough that some establishments are exiting. We said goodbye to Sizzlin' Express
and Buzz Bakery
, and await the Italian-themed retooling of the Park Tavern
. Plus the Hill Country gameday BBQ pop-up
at South Capitol and N will be no more, with development now underway
in that spot.
A mere seven development projects (four residential, two hotel, one office) broke ground in 2015, to go with the mere seven development projects already under construction. (Need a map to keep them all straight? You're in luck
Coming soon, an equally speedy summary of what's on tap for 2016.
A Peek Inside the Now-Open Pacers Running (and Hugh & Crye, Too)
Oct 29, 2015 6:01 PM
The Official JDLand Camera was in action on Thursday, and while the main destination will be discussed in a future post, stops were also made along Tingey Street at the Boilermaker Shops
, inside both the newly opened Pacers Running
store and also the decidedly-not-newly-opened Hugh & Crye
(I was waiting for the H&C space to be built out more fully, which is still in the pipeline--or at least that's the story I'm sticking to. #lazy)
While I am not one to be shopping for either running equipment or slim-fit men's dress shirts, I appreciated that staffs at both stores did not run screaming when I came in with a camera and used those words that so often strike fear, "neighborhood blogger." I did, alas, miss the bourbon cart
that was set up outside H&C earlier in the day.
Hugh & Crye:
Also noticed during this visit--Bluejacket has repainted its sign
, the result of which is that you can now actually see it (and photograph it). Yay! (No signage yet at Pacers or H&C, though.)
PS: If you want a steady social media stream of JDLand photos (current and archival), note that I have finally/belatedly joined Instagram, at jdland_dc
Pacers Running Opening Oct. 21; Buffalo Wild Wings Nov. 16
Oct 8, 2015 9:35 PM
* PACERS RUNNING
: I can't do much more than repeat what the tweet says
, that Pacers Running
is opening at the Boilermaker Shops
at 3rd and Tingey Streets SE on Wednesday, Oct. 21, joining Wells Cleaners, GNC, EVO Furniture, and Unleashed by Petco as non-food retail at the Yards
: The latest BID newsletter says that Buffalo Wild Wings
"anticipates" opening its location on Half Street SE just south of M Street on Monday, Nov. 16. The BID also says that the first 100 guests will each receive 52 coupons good for once-a-week orders of snack-sized traditional or boneless wings. The restaurant's space is in the ground floor of the 55 M Street
office building, just south of the Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro station entrance.
Philz Coffee Announced as First Arris Tenant; Pacers Running Confirmed
Aug 11, 2015 9:18 AM
Forest City is announcing today that San Francisco-based Philz Coffee
has been signed as the first tenant at Arris
, the 327-unit residential building now getting its upper levels of glass on the southwest corner of 4th and Tingey Streets, SE.
Philz is described as a company "on a mission to better people’s days by reinventing the coffee drinking experience," with not only "an impressive array of exclusive, handcrafted, flavorful blends," but also excellent customer service.
DC is the first place Philz is expanding outside of California (with another outlet coming soon to Adams Morgan), and this move also will bring back a coffee shop to the Yards, after the recent closing of Buzz Bakery
The Philz will be located in a 2,400-square-foot space on Tingey Street across from the Boilermaker Shops
, and will open in spring 2016. (Arris's retail spaces total 19,000 square feet.)
Pre-leasing at Arris
is expected to begin this fall, with move-ins targeted for early 2016, according to Forest City.
Also today Forest City is finally officially confirming the news that's been out there for a while
, that locally-based Pacers Running
will be taking the final retail space at the Boilermaker Shops
, with an opening expected in October. Forest City says that "While Pacers Running stores carry top-of-the-line footwear, as well as running and exercise clothing and gear, along with personalized expert advice and fitting, they have also branched out to be a major organizer and promoter in the area of events aimed at runners who are serious and even not so serious about their running."
Also tucked into the press release is that Due South
is expected to open in "late August," and that there is no announced opening date for Nicoletta Pizzeria
Banfield Pet Hospital Now 'Soft' Opened at the Yards
Jun 14, 2015 8:33 PM
It took a little while longer than it seemed like it would
, but I have confirmed with my own eyes that the Banfield Pet Hospital
on Tingey Street east of 4th has finally opened its doors.
I inquired within (ignoring the bewildered look of the nice lady at the front desk when I explained that I was merely the "neighborhood blogger" requesting information), and apparently they are dubbing this a soft opening, so they are not offering the full slate of care just yet.
In the coming weeks--perhaps in late July--there will be an official Grand Opening.
Banfield will be open seven days a week, from 9 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm on Saturday, and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday.
With the spaces at Twelve12
and the Boilermaker Shops
all but filled, those desperately hungry for news of more retail at the Yards
will probably start casting glances toward Forest City's next delivery, the 325-unit Arris
apartment building and its 20,000 square feet of ground-floor space (though there's been no announcements as yet, and the building is still a number of months away from completion).
Pacers Running Coming to the Boilermaker Shops
May 15, 2015 2:48 PM
: "Pacers Running
is expected to arrive on Tingey Street SE in August, the chain’s chief executive officer, Kathy Dalby, said today. "
It will be coming to the Boilermaker Shops
, and will fill the last available retail space in that building, which opened in 2013. It will be the seventh Pacers location nationwide, and fifth in the DC area, and will join Unleashed, Hugh & Crye, GNC, and Wells Cleaners in the lineup of current non-food offerings in the rehabbed building.
Banfield Pet Hospital Opening Soon - Again
Mar 27, 2015 12:03 PM
When we last checked in on
the Banfield Pet Hospital
on Tingey in the Twelve12
apartment building, we had heard "early 2015" for its opening. And then we blinked and it was late March, and still no Banfield.
I checked in with Forest City, and they've passed along that there were some last-minute changes requested by the DC Board of Veterinary
that needed to be made to the facilities, and it took a little time to then get approvals.
Things once again appear to be on track for an opening, in April--when I hear a date, I will alert the masses.
The Banfield web site has the page for this location
up and ready to go, and it shows operating hours as 9-7 Monday through Saturday and 10 to 5 on Sunday.
Brew Garden, Park Envisioned as Interim Use at Florida Rock
Mar 3, 2015 1:59 PM
With the western portion of the 5.5-acre Florida Rock
site along the Anacostia River just south of Nats Park not likely to be built on for a number of years (thanks to that pesky little detail of needing to demolish the existing Douglass Bridge
first), there are again plans being discussed to "activate" the area with an interim use, even while construction continues to the east on the project's first-phase apartment building
Developer MRP Realty will be going to ANC 6D in the coming days/weeks to look for feedback on what the space could offer, but the basics they are envisioning at this point are to use the space as an outdoor "brew garden" while also providing a large neighborhood-oriented park.
MRP would partner with the brewing team from Bardo, who would be in charge of the on-site vats and the craft beer-filled taps, while the rest of the site could see a number of sub-vendors offering various activities, like a putt-putt course or maybe even batting cages
. There would also be picnic tables along the river, food (on-site offerings and food trucks are both possibilities), and family-friendly programming as yet undetermined.
What the site will not offer is large concerts or private events, though smaller-scale music could be a possibility. I'm told the site would have a maximum capacity of around 1,000 guests.
This is not the first
rodeo for the idea of using this large open space, although previous notions were on a larger scale and perhaps might be described as more Fairgrounds-like, a comparison that this new proposal is apparently trying very hard to avoid.
Since it's all still in the brainstorming phase, and still has to go through the ANC, the alcohol/beverage folks, and various city agencies for permits, it remains a bit nebulous. (Feel free to use the comments to pass along any ideas for activities and offerings.)
In the meantime, work continues on the Riverfront
, the 300-unit apartment building on the east end of the site, by Diamond Teague Park. This first phase construction
will also see an expanded plaza between the building and Teague Park, a westward extension of the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail into the Florida Rock site, and an already planned temporary use space separating the brew garden/park from the new building, with some surface parking, a small green space, and "The Beach," a sand-covered spot with volleyball courts. The building is expected to be completed in 2016.
More details as they become available....
Menswear Store Hugh and Crye Coming to the Yards
Feb 3, 2015 3:26 PM
Forest City announced this afternoon, and this tweet and its accompanying photo
would seem to confirm, that local men's clothing store Hugh & Crye
is coming to the Boilermaker Shops
at the Yards.
Known for their slim-fit dress shirts and other offerings that are tailored (ahem) to a buyer's physique type
, the company operated out of a Georgetown storefront until recently, along with its main offices in Shaw.
The press release from Forest City says that the location will open "next month," but We Shall See.
On its web site
, Hugh and Crye bills itself as a "new kind of retail company" that's "here to shake up the retail establishment along with its ridiculous margins and unsustainable practices," but that "deep down, we're a Mom and Pop." They have a program where shoppers can bring in old dress shirts and receive 10 percent off their next order, with the old items donated to Martha's Table.
This is the
next-to-last empty retail space--for the moment
--on Tingey Street. And note that Hugh & Crye is the first clothing retailer to open at the Yards, and in the entire neighborhood itself (unless you count the team store at Nats Park, I guess).
(Note: Editing and fixing boo-boos on the fly today. Too much happening too fast.)
2014 Year in Review: Restaurants and Retail
Dec 26, 2014 9:44 AM
Trying to narrate what's gone on progress-wise in 2014 in Near Southeast/Capitol Riverfront/Navy Yard Territory/Near Capitol Ballpark River Yards would require a torrent of words that would be too over the top even for me, so I've decided to go visual.
Quite simply, here's the lineup of restaurants and retail offerings that opened east of South Capitol and south of the Southeast Freeway since January 1, 2014:
Coming in 2015, assuming all goes well? Banfield Pet Hospital
at 4th and Tingey is the only retail offering announced, but in terms of food, there's The Brig beer garden
at 8th and L, the Navy Yard Oyster Company
and Due South
at the Lumber Shed, Bonchon
at 1015 Half Street, and Scarlet Oak
at 909 New Jersey. Plus CBS Radio
. And maybe Nicoletta
? I would also imagine there will be some things we haven't heard about yet.
Nov. 20 Meeting on Declaring Portion DC Water Site as 'Surplus'
Nov 5, 2014 11:40 AM
The fate of Forest City's planned movie theater, residential, and retail project
on the east side of 1st Street near Nats Park has remained stalled
while DC Water works to find a suitable spot to relocate some (but not all) of its activities.
There has been no public news of a new site, but the DC government has announced that there will be a public meeting on Nov. 20 at 6:30 pm
"to receive public comments on the proposed surplus" of a portion of the DC Water
site, which presumably includes all or some of the footprint of the Forest City planned development
The meeting announcement also contains this string of caveats:
"Because DC Water will continue to occupy the Property while pre-development is ongoing, declaration of the Property as surplus will be conditioned on (i) DC Water receiving rights to occupy suitable relocation/replacement property(ies), (ii) available funding for activities necessary to allow DC Water to relocate to and operate on such relocation/replacement property(ies) and (iii) approval by an independent engineer procured by DC Water of an operational plan during and after relocation."
The meeting is at the Boilermaker Shops
at 3rd and Tingey, in Unit 140 (the empty space next to Nando's). In addition, written public comments will be accepted until Nov. 25.
If you're just joining us, it was a smidge over two years ago that news first started bubbling up that Forest City was looking to bring a "high-quality theater operator"
to a six-acre portion of the DC Water site. In November 2012 the potential operator was revealed to be Showplace Icon
, and in 2013 the plans for the entire site went through the Zoning PUD fun factory
, and were approved late in the year
The first phase of the project, which received Stage 2 PUD approvals from the Zoning Comission, will be the movie theater, a two-story 16-screen offering, built above a four-story parking structure, located at a new intersection of N Place SE and the to-be-built 1 1/2 Place.
The rest of the project envisions two residential buildings totaling 600 units, built along 1st Street directly across from the ballpark. with the facade of the existing red brick building at the corner of 1st and N Place preserved and incorporated into one of the buildings. Potomac Avenue would be extended eastward to the new 1 1/2 Place, and Diamond Teague Park
would be expanded northward. There would also be a minimum 40,000 square feet of retail.
But all of this has to wait until DC Water can find a suitable new home for some of the operations that currently live at 125 O Street SE.
It's also worth noting with each post on this project that DC Water will not be departing the site completely--the beautiful historic Main Pumping Station building
will keep right on pumping, as will the less-beautiful and less-historic O Street Pumping station. In addition, earlier this year DC Water solicited bids for the design of a new headquarters building
, which would bring the agency's HQ from Blue Plains to a space on top of the O Street station.
Unleashed Open at Boilermaker Shops; A 100 Montaditos Peek
Nov 4, 2014 10:53 AM
(First off, go vote! Second, if you're in ANC 6D07, read about your candidates before you go vote
I fear I'm reaching maximum velocity in the posting department, but I don't want to let these terribly important Boilermaker Shops
* Unleashed(!) by Petco
is open. Apologies for the blurry interior photo, but the two staffers froze in terror when I said I'd like to take a photograph inside, so I didn't really dilly-dally.
* The door to the 100 Montaditos
space just happened to be open when I walked by, and, well, you know....:
First Look: Inside Harris Teeter, Opening Tuesday Evening
Nov 3, 2014 4:57 PM
At 5:30 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 4, the ribbon will be cut and Harris Teeter, the neighborhood's first grocery store, will at last open at 4th and M, SE. And, after the ceremonies and a free tasting event that runs until 8 pm, the store will be open for shopping until midnight, and then will open at 6 am Wednesday for its first full day.
And of course heaven forbid that I'd just wait until the doors open to the public--the folks at Teeter were nice enough to give my camera a quick tour
, while dodging the hive of activity that you can imagine marks a 50,000-square-foot grocery store 24 hours before it opens.
I took way too many photos
of something that will just become part of the neighborhood's fabric quite quickly, but, well, it was fun.
Check out the gallery
. There's a lot more than just these.
Since the numbers just arrived, I thought I'd mention that this store is 6,000 square feet larger than the Jenkins Row store at 14th and Pennsylvania, SE, and basically the same size as the one at 1st and M, NE.
Unleashed by Petco Opening Nov. 3 at the Boilermaker Shops
Oct 21, 2014 1:40 PM
I mentioned this last week at the bottom of my Willie-is-opening post, as an update, but acknowledge that that may have not seeped into the news-stream consciousness appropriately, so here's an official entry:
The neighborhood's newest retail establishment, Unleashed by Petco
, says it will be opening at the Boilermaker Shops
in the Yards
on Monday, Nov. 3, thus beating Harris Teeter to the finish line by two days
As you can see in the photo provided by my personal stringer, the store will be open from 9 am to 9 pm six days a week, and 10 am to 7 pm on Sundays.
The shelves are already looking well stocked, and certainly this could become a prime destination for the bajillion dog owners who live nearby. And I suppose I should make a full disclosure that I assume I will duck in there on occasion, as my not-dogs continue to eat us out of house and home. (It's a good thing they are cute
Fence Peeking, Part III: Signage, Glass, and Urban Forestry Edition
Oct 1, 2014 8:48 AM
The final installment of this week's Fence Peeking
is a bit more haphazard. Let's start with looking on fences:
) The new Parc Riverside
signage has been hung along 1st Street by the sales trailer, though at least I have the River Parc signs recorded for posterity
) There's a bunch of new signage on the black fences along Half and N, presumably to at least in part draw attention away from the big hole in the ground behind them. One portion of the sign is a map of places to see things, eat food, drink beverages, and spend money, placed by the Capitol Riverfront BID. And it helpfully provides confirmation of the Unleashed by Petco coming to the Boilermaker Shops
, and lets the cat out of the bag (ahem) that the pet hospital at Twelve12
will be a Banfield
) While we wait to see when Willie's is going to open
, I did at least finally get a photo of the ready-to-go interior. (Yeah, yeah, the glass isn't technically a fence, but work with me here.)
) Speaking of the spiffy new signage on the black fences across from the ballpark, I finally got an updated photo from on high of exactly what those fences are hiding. Let's imagine the potential interim uses while Jair Lynch and MacFarlane Partners decide what to build
-- Urban campground? ATV track? Wildlife sanctuary?
Tidbits: Vet Hospital Permit, Winter Classic Now Official, Ramp Reopened
Sep 25, 2014 7:42 PM
* VET HOSPITAL PERMITTED
: An approved building permit made it through the pipeline on Thursday for the "construction of a new pet veterinary boarding hospital and vet uses" at Twelve12
in the Yards. There has as yet been no official announcement from Forest City as to the name of the operator, but this new retail offering was telegraphed thanks to some necessary zoning reworkings earlier this year
. Look for a lot of pet traffic along Tingey Street between this store and the still-as-yet-not-officially-announced Unleashed by Petco that got its building permit
for a space in the Boilermaker Shops
earlier this month.
A reader reports that promotional signage on Half Street
by Nats Park showing the neighborhood's offerings does let the cat out of the bag, that it's going to be a Banfield Pet Hospital
First Look: Inside the VIDA Fitness Complex, Edging Toward Completion
Sep 18, 2014 2:22 PM
It's still a few weeks from opening, but today my camera was taken on a tour of the mammoth VIDA Fitness space
on the northeast corner of 4th and Tingey, including the Bang Salon, Aura Spa, and Penthouse Pool Club offerings. (Does walking through four floors and 30,000 square feet of a fitness center count as a workout?)
I've put a pile of photos in this gallery as a narrated walking tour
, so that you can see spots like the "experiential cycling studio" with a virtual reality wall, the "inner fitness" room (with its own HVAC system to allow for hot yoga and rapid cooling afterward), the locker rooms, the pool deck, and much more--you'll just need to pardon their dust as they race toward an opening probably in the first week in October.
The VIDA web site
has much more information on all the offerings, which also will include a Kids Zone for babysitting while Mom and Dad sweat. I was told that VIDA expects to have about 900 memberships within the next few weeks--and pre-opening membership rates are still available. (There's also 50 on-site parking spaces, though be sure to appreciate the irony of driving to the gym.)
Here's a couple of shots, but check out the full gallery
Tidbits: Unleashing the Tunnel Decision on Half Street, Or Some Such
Sep 18, 2014 9:30 AM
A few tidbits to throw your way, but first let's start off with one of my favorite photos, taken eight years ago yesterday while standing at 1st and M
. You can see more shots from Sept. 17, 2006 in the archive
* UNLEASHED BY PETCO:
It was rumored back in May
, and there's still been no official announcement from Forest City, but a building permit issued last week seems to be the final confirmation that Unleashed by Petco
is coming to the Boilermaker Shops
: The Post reports
that "It could be a few weeks before the Federal Highway Administration releases a decision on the proposed expansion of the Virginia Avenue Tunnel
in Southeast Washington." The "Record of Decision" hasn't yet been finalized. In the meantime, the Committee of 100 has let it be known that any decision short of an indefinite delay will result in a lawsuit
* HALF STREET
: WBJ talks to new Half Street poobah Jair Lynch
about his group's plans for the Half Street hole, now that they've bought it from Monument Realty
. "While the project is expected to remain a mix of residential, retail and hotel, Lynch said he is now considering condos in addition to apartments, tweaking unit sizes, adding green features and amenities and bringing in a 'completely different retail mix.'" (Longtime area observers note that in Monument's original plans
, the two residential buildings at the south end of the block were planned to be condos and apartments. And of course it's easy to "change" the retail mix when there isn't any to begin with.) They hope to get underway by 2016, WBJ says.
* MLB LATE NIGHT WITH METRO
: "Although the Washington Nationals have clinched the NL East, the team has not reached a deal with Metro to keep trains running past midnight during home playoff games." The Metro policy is that the Nationals would have to pay at $29,500 deposit to stay open an extra hour during the week; some of you may remember that back in 2012, the Nats did not step forward to pay, so Livingsocial offered to foot the bill.
TaKorean Opening Officially on Monday at Twelve12
Aug 17, 2014 10:08 AM
After two soft-opening days last week
, food truck-turned-brick and mortar outlet TaKorean
will be having its official grand opening on Monday, Aug. 18 in the ground floor of the Twelve12 apartment building
at 4th and Tingey, next door to Sweetgreen.
Initial hours of operation will be 11 am to 7:30 pm Monday through Friday, and 11 am to 4 pm on Saturday, but closed Sunday--with plans for longer hours in coming months.
For those who have never come across TaKorean's truck or Union Market space, the menu
takes classic Korean items like Bulgogi, Dak Galbi, Bo Ssam, and tofu and gives them a "Mexican twist" -- served taco style or in bowls with rice or slaw (including a kimchi-style offering) and with an array of toppings ranging from lime crema to Siracha sauce to sesame seeds.
The Twelve12 location also will have draft beer, sake, and soju.
The company pledges 1 percent of all gross sales to local environmental and youth-based nonprofits.
(And now I shall apologize for going AWOL this month. I drove to and from Wyoming
to deal with various aspects of my mother's estate and to breathe the fresh air
--sneaking in some touring of festive places like Lincoln, Neb.
, Scotts Bluff
, Fargo, N.D
., and Cedar Falls, Iowa
, along the way. The house had no internet connection, except for my smartphone or if I set up my laptop close to a window and caught a neighbor's unsecured WiFi signal--all of which made it easy to go off-grid. So I'll be playing catch-up over the next few days. And I'll be disappearing again at the end of the month for what is hopefully just a brief stint on the DL. Getting old stinks.)
Out and About: Pending Arrivals and Departures
Jul 13, 2014 12:26 PM
Some photos from Saturday, taken before I melted into a puddle. (Anything over 80 degrees is kryptonite to me.) Click to enlarge and view as a photo gallery, if you're on a desktop machine, that is.
, where the first residents have begun moving in and Sweetgreen is now open, TaKorean
looks to be making progress toward its own launch:
Up above TaKorean, VIDA Fitness
's signs have gone up, with an opening looming probably in August.
(And, no photos, but 100 Montaditos at the Boilermaker Shops
appears to finally have its building permit.)
Over at 1st and L, fence signage has sprouted for the River Parc
apartment building (announcing a web site at, you guessed it, riverparc.com
, though there's nothing pertinent there just yet). Plus the leasing trailer is now landscaped and outside the Akridge fence.
In grocery store news, I haven't yet posted photos of the fun artwork hanging on the historic brick wall outside of Harris Teeter
's space at 4th and M (below left). And below right, the Whole Foods/800 New Jersey
hole in the ground is indeed being dug. (Never say I withhold important information.) Teeter is expected to open this fall, while Whole Foods is not going to be seen before 2017.
But of course, the showiest action in the neighborhood continues to be the long (LONG) farewell to Spooky Building 213
, which is starting to edge into How Can We Miss You If You Won't Go Away? territory. But the very south end of the structure began its march into the sunset this weekend, which means that, yes, the bat is about to vanish.
Finally, given the vagaries of both Mother Nature and the summer calendar, it's possible I might not get too many more shots of St. Matthew's church at New Jersey and L, with its raze permit now approved
and demolition expected to get underway in the next couple of weeks to make way for 1111 New Jersey
. So, maybe a final before-and-after, comparing the view eight years apart:
Something Appears to be Happening at 909. What, I Don't Know.
Jul 11, 2014 3:33 PM
There's been enough traffic on Twitter and in my inbox to make mention of the subtle changes in recent days and weeks on the northwest corner of New Jersey and K, where the empty retail space in the 909 New Jersey apartment building
has sat since 2009.
The For Lease signs that have been in the windows have come down, and there's fresh landscaping around the terrace in front of the space.
ANC Commissioner David Garber has been saying
that something should be announced soon, but as of now, the powers that be are tight-lipped. Rumors aren't hard to find, though, with one report of an "American bistro
I don't have anything to hint toward myself, but will definitely be ready to post the second I hear something. (Which, who knows, might be as soon as this post goes up, if someone wants to whisper
Ice Cream Jubilee Opening at the Yards Park July 12
Jul 7, 2014 4:35 PM
With summer heat beginning to approach red alert stage, residents and visitors will be thrilled to learn that Ice Cream Jubilee
is scheduled to open
its "scoop shop" on Saturday, July 12, on the northeast corner of the Lumber Shed
at the Yards Park
The store's summertime hours will be 10 am to 10 pm Monday through Saturday, and 11 am to 8 pm on Sundays.
The initial menu will include at least 12 ice cream and sorbet flavors, along with Zeke's coffee (drip and iced). Sundaes and other treats are expected to follow in the coming months.
Victoria Lai, Jubilee's founder, began making and selling ice cream three years ago while still working her day job at the Department of Homeland Security, and in 2013 her creations won the People's Choice Award for Best Ice Cream at the 2013 DC Scoop competition. This is the company's first shop.
Jubilee is the third eatery to open at the Lumber Shed, joining Osteria Morini and Agua 301.
See the shop's web site
for more details on flavors and whatnot.
Here's the Post's Going Out Guide on Jubilee
and some other new ice cream arrivals.
Is a Pet Store Coming to the Boilermaker Shops?
May 8, 2014 3:03 PM
The Washington Business Journal reports today
that a "retail pet establishment" has been proposed for the Boilermaker Shops
at 300 Tingey St. SE in the Yards.
No deal has been announced by Forest City, so no retailer is officially named, but WBJ does ponder the notion of perhaps the smaller, more boutique "Unleashed by Petco" being the potential tenant.
Details on Bang Salon at the Yards, Coming this Summer
Mar 5, 2014 4:19 PM
Some details out today about Bang Salon
at the Yards, which will be coming in late summer as part of the "$6.5 million, 30,000-square-foot fitness and lifestyle complex" anchored by VIDA Fitness at Forest City's Twelve12
apartment and retail project in the Yards
The 1,500-square-foot space will have a design described in a press release as "a fusion of modern, fresh and lively configurations that incorporates sophisticated hues of purple, black and white to create a classic, chic retro look," as can be seen in the rendering
. There will be 15 stations, which will be encased in "glossy dove grey pods with tufted silver leather panels."
Bang, which already has three locations elsewhere in the area, apparently uses a performance-based pricing system--rating the stylists, not the clients--as well as an online booking option. Not surprisingly, Bang's own hair and body products will also be available for purchase.
VIDA's other affiliates, the Penthouse Pool Club and the Aura Spa, are also coming to Twelve12
's three-story glass-enclosed retail complex at 4th and Tingey
. In addition, Sweetgreen and TaKorean have signed leases to occupy ground-floor space on this corner, and Harris Teeter is now working on its own build-out at the north end of the block. It's also right across the street from the Boilermaker Shops
, home of Bluejacket and Buzz Bakery, in case you need a reward after all the self-pampering and good living.
Tuesday Tidbits: All About the Preparation
Feb 18, 2014 3:04 PM
* PREPARING TO DIG
: After a couple of articles
highlighting residents' opposition to the Virginia Avenue Tunnel
, the Post takes a look
at how CSX and some rail experts view the reconstruction and expansion of the tunnel as a necessary step.
* PREPARING TO DECLARE:
Also, there's now scheduled a council hearing about the tunnel project
, on March 25 at 11 am. The hearing is actually on proposed resolution PR 20-601, "Sense of the Council for a Hearing on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project Resolution of 2013
," which "is to the declare sense of the Council that the Unites States House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Highways and Transit should hold a hearing on the CSX Virginia Avenue Tunnel Project." (So it's a hearing by one governmental body about whether they should tell another governmental body to hold a hearing.)
* PREPARING TO DE-SPOOK
: The arrivial of bulldozers and dumpsters on site at the old NGA building
at 1st and M SE has sharp-eyed observers
tapping their toes waiting for the demolition to start, but as was mentioned previously
, it's going to take about six months to complete. But maybe they can at least knock out some exterior walls before Opening Day, as a statement of intent to Nats fans who haven't kept up with the latest news (tsk, tsk
* PREPARING TO ROCK
: I showed a touch of hard-won skepticism
last week in reporting that developers told ANC 6D that they expect to begin work on the first phase of Florida Rock's redevelopment
in June. So I will follow that up by noting that, two days later, they appear to have filed an application for a shoring/sheeting permit. (Not seeing an application for any building yet, though.)
* PREPARING TO WANT
: The WashBiz Journal last week looked at the retail states of four "hot neighborhoods" (subscribers only
), highlighting what they "flaunt" and what they "want." After the flaunting (20 restaurants
, Nats Park, Vida Fitness
, and Whole Foods
), Michael Stevens of the BID listed the "wants": child care facilities, apparel retailers, a large home furnishing store, and college classrooms (saying that the area "is positioning itself as a satellite campus destination for those maxed out on their space"). Non-subscribers can watch
some video of Stevens's talk at the BID's annual meeting, at least..
Tidbits: Train Tracks, Training, Treadmills
Jan 27, 2014 5:28 PM