In an attempt to stay newsy while still expending the least amount of energy possible, JD has added this Tidbits portion, which will display recent comments that might be of interest to the wider JDLand readership while waiting for more in-depth posts to come along. Hey, it's better than nothing.
Skanska announces that a "Wells Fargo Express Center" is coming to its 99 M office building, joining Circa, El Bebe, and Bluestone Lane and filling out all the building's retail spaces. Wells Fargo used to be in 20 M, left a few months ago. (What's an "Express Center"?) (submitted by JD, 1 day ago)
Atlas Brew Works planning to open a second brewery and tap room, in the ground floor of JBG's West Half building, directly across N Street from the Center Field Gate. Shooting for spring 2020: link (submitted by JD, 2 days ago)
We have an official opening date for the neighborhood's next food and beverage offering. Circa announced today that it's grand opening will be Monday, Feb. 11, at 4 pm, in the ground floor of the new 99 M office building on the southwest corner of 1st and M SE. link (submitted by JD, 13 days ago)
Cruddy photo thanks to not being quick enough on the draw before the stoplight changed, but here is all that is left of Capper Seniors. (I *think* I read that they are keeping the concrete staircase/elevator towers and will build the replacement building around them.) Guess I have another entry for the Demolished Buildings gallery. (submitted by JD, 2/7/19)
The bi-annual river clean-up that the Anacostia Riverkeeper group organizes is scheduled April 13, from 8:30 AM - 12 PM. If you are interested in volunteering, RSVP via the EventBrite link: link (submitted by 202_cyclist, 2/4/19)
From Twitter: New ABRA license app for Punch Bowl Social (1250 Half St SE; ANC 6D); "food made from scratch"; food with "social activities"; 250 seats; 40-seat sidewalk cafe; 20-seat summer garden; live entertainment link (submitted by JD, 2/2/19)
If you really want to go into the weeds (or grass, or trees, or paving stones, or pedestrian flow) of the two traffic ovals coming to either side of the new Douglass Bridge, these two documents supporting final approval for the designs from the National Capital Planning Commission are for you: link and link (submitted by JD, 1/30/19)
Reports from the ground indicate that Circa appears pretty close to opening--people inside doing training. And that's confirmed by this Circa Facebook post: link "Opening date announcement coming soon." (submitted by JD, 1/29/19)
Some details on Walters Sports Bar, still planning on coming to the space below Mission at South Capitol and N this spring: link
(and I am going to come back and blog some, eventually) (submitted by JD, 12/14/18)
The Capitol Hill Corner blog says that demolition of the Capper Seniors building could start as soon as next week, and that DCHA expects it to take about 2 1/2 years to rebuild: link (hat tip to reader DR) (submitted by JD, 12/6/18)
Attention those of you who like coffee (i.e., not me): the company web site has not been updated, but multiple readers and the BID's Twitter feed say that the new Bluestone Lane coffee shop in the ground floor of 99 M Street is now open. (submitted by JD, 12/4/18)
From Meredith Fascett: "Capper Community Center Transition Mtg #3 on 12/6, 6:30PM. Join for the conversation w/the @DCDPR team about the programming for 2019 & learn about the permitting process. See you there - Thurs., Dec. 6th at 6:30PM, 1000 5th St SE." link
Also, The community center is hiring "recreation specialists" (full or part-time). Apply by 12/8. Job IDs are: 5644, 5646, 5642. link (submitted by JD, 11/30/18)
Via the MPD-1D mailing list:
Arrest Made in a Homicide: 900 Block of 5th Street, Southeast
(Washington, DC) – Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch announce an arrest has been made regarding a homicide that occurred on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in the 900 block of 5th Street, Southeast.
At approximately 3:53 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound.. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Antonio Dixon, of Southeast, DC.
On Thursday, November 29, 2018, 20-year-old Jerome Myles, of Northwest, DC, was arrested and charged with Second Degree Murder While Armed.
(submitted by JD, 11/30/18)
lululemon opening Friday, 12/7. (submitted by GarfieldPark, 11/30/18)
Per Washingtonian, "Navy Yard seafood spot Whaley’s is getting a cold weather makeover. From mid-December through March, it will transform into Fuyu (or “winter”)—a modern Japanese restaurant with family-style hot pots, tempura, and charcoal-grilled plates." link (submitted by JD, 11/28/18)
WBJ reporting that Chemonics, a contractor for USAID etc., is going to anchor the Yards A offices with a 1,200-person headquarters. That's the northeast corner of the Trapeze School block, across from Starbucks and Bethesda Bagels. They're moving from the Farragut West area.
link (submitted by Westnorth, 11/20/18)
In local local local election results, ANC 6D07 (Meredith Fascett's open seat) has been won by Edward Daniels, while in 6D02 Anna Forgie clobbered incumbent Cara Lee Shockley. (submitted by JD, 11/6/18)
There was a homicide on Saturday in the general vicinity of 5th and Virginia. The Post reports: "Commander Morgan Kane, head of the First police district said on an online community bulletin board that the man was shot indoors in the 900 block of 5th Street SE. Afterward, he ran from there, and collapsed in the 400 block of I Street SE. The site is around the corner from where the shooting apparently occurred." link
The MPD release:
"Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Saturday, October 20, 2018, in the 900 block of 5th Street, Southeast.
"At approximately 3:53 pm, members of the First District responded to the listed location for the report of an unconscious person. Upon arrival, members located an adult male suffering from a gunshot wound. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene and found that the victim displayed no signs consistent with life. The victim remained on the scene until transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.
"The decedent has been identified as 19-year-old Antonio Dixon, of Southeast, DC.
"The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $25,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for any homicide committed in the District of Columbia. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at 202-727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by sending a text message to 50411." (submitted by JD, 10/21/18)
Steadfast Supply is moving into the old EVO Furniture space in the Foundry Lofts building, across from Ice Cream Jubilee. They'll be closed from 6pm this Sunday (Sept. 30) until they reopen in the new space at 11 am on Friday, Oct. 5. (submitted by JD, 9/28/18)
DDOT is having two public meetings next week to "discuss the status of the Frederick Douglass Memorial Bridge Project." There will be an overview and also discussion of training, job, and business opportunities.
The first meeting, on Tuesday, Sept. 25, is from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at 3100 MLK Jr. Ave, SE, in Congress Heights. The second meeting, on Wednesday, Sept. 26, is from 6:30 to 8:30pm at the King Greenleaf Rec Center at 201 N St., SW. The same information will be presented at both meetings, and the project overview portion of the agendas is scheduled to start at 6:45 pm each day. (submitted by JD, 9/18/18)
Haven’t seen this mentioned here (via PoPville), District Dogs coming to 1221 Van: link
(Added by JD: I don't know if 1221 Van is really the location, but it's definitely now in the neighborhood for dog walking services, and will have a brick-and-mortar location here in the future: link ) (submitted by snakegriffin, 9/17/18)
There's a new 19-dock Bikeshare station on the northwest corner of 1st and M, SE (across from Gordon Biersch). This is in addition to the existing stations at 1st and K, New Jersey and M, and 1st and N. A cornucopia of bikes! link (submitted by JD, 9/14/18)
From the Virginia Avenue Tunnel folks:
"Due to inclement weather preventing work on the I-695 exit ramp this past week, as early as this Monday night, September 17th, the I-695 exit ramp will be fully closed overnight in order to remove old pavement and install a new pavement surface for the motoring public. The work will result in some noise, but CSX will implement mitigation measures to minimize noise from this activity. Work will begin as early as this Monday after the evening traffic rush and is expected to be completed before the Tuesday morning traffic rush. Workers and equipment will also be in the 400-block of Virginia Avenue supporting this effort.
"This work is heavily dependent on favorable site and weather conditions in advance and during this work activity. This nighttime activity could be moved to later in the week based on the weather." (submitted by JD, 9/14/18)
Via commenter Marc, WTOP reports on a stop-work order issued at One Hill South II after residents at OHS I complained that the ongoing excavation of this old Exxon site was causing noxious fumes: link (submitted by JD, 8/27/18)
The new dog park at the corner of New Jersey and H now has a name and an official opening date. It's being called the Bark and Go Dog Park, and the "Unleashing Ceremony" is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6, at 6 pm. All are invited. Except probably my cats.
(submitted by JD, 8/24/18)
Looks like "Dryy," a "full service garment care" operation, is coming to the ground floor of 55 M, in the space fronting M Street to the west of the lobby. Here's the new window signage. (submitted by JD, 8/19/18)
From the tunnel folks:
"Work continues to progress on street restoration and landscaping throughout the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project area, including the placement of sod and trees. Paving along the 200-block is underway and will progress into the 300-block next week. We also expect paving of the specially designed permeable bicycle lane surface to begin next week, weather permitting. CSX appreciates the community’s patience as we get closer to the project’s completion." (submitted by JD, 8/17/18)
A Twitter follower just passed along a photo of an ABRA notice in the window at 1015 Half St., SE, next to Bonchon for a new Retail Class A store selling beer, wine, and spirits. (The one that looked like it was coming to New Jersey and L has apparently fallen by the wayside.) link
(submitted by JD, 8/4/18)
DCHA recently issued a solicitation for a Capper/Carrolsburg master planner for work including squares 739, 768, and 882: link
They also cancelled their parking lot management solicitation and will reissue it later: link
(submitted by stacycloyd, 7/31/18)
Looks like one piece of news that came out of last week's Capper update meeting is that the under-construction mixed-income building at 2nd and L that we have been forced to call the Square 769N Apartments is going to be named "The Harlow." It's expected to be finished in early 2019. It has 179 rental units, of which 38 will be low-income units (as part of the continuing replacement of the 707 public housing units in the old Capper/Carrollsburg). (This will bring the total number of built/replaced units to a little under 500.) It's also going to have 4,000 square feet of retail space.
If you don't know which building I'm talking about, it's this one: link
They are still looking at starting "Square 767" next, as a two-building project, one being an eight-story 135/unit condo building and the other being a four-story 57-unit building. They're expecting to file plans with the zoning commission this winter, and it will be interesting to see how the ZC reacts.
This is the Square 767 project page, with links if you want to read more:
link (submitted by JD, 7/27/18)
There was a shooting last night/early Saturday morning outside the Capper Community Center in the 1000 block of 5th Street SE. This is the report from the MPD-1D Yahoo mailing list:
"At approximately 0320 hours unknown number of suspect(s) approached the victims that were in front of 1005 5th Street SE in dark colored vehicle. The suspect(s) opened fire on the victims wounding both of them. One victim was shot multiple times and transported to the hospital, the other victim was shot in the leg and transported to the hospital.
"The suspect(s) and suspect vehicle fled in an unknown direction. It is unsure how many individuals were in front of 1005 5th Street SE. Two weapons were recovered in front of the recreation center, also multiple shell casings found on the scene and there are rifles casings among the shell casings."
(submitted by JD, 7/21/18)
New slides from the Virginia Avenue Tunnel's monthly "Coffee with Chuck" public meetings say that the 2nd and H intersection is expected to open in mid-August, which I am interested in mainly because I have not been able to take photos from there in three years. It also says that Virginia Avenue itself should be reopened to traffic (even if streetscape work is continuing) by late summer. (submitted by JD, 7/20/18)
A big WashPost piece now up about the impact of Nats Park on the surrounding neighborhood. Some of the photos may look familiar: link
(And welcome to the new people wandering through thanks to the links. And apologies if the site is slow--it's not used to actually having a lot of people on it at once.)
(submitted by JD, 7/14/18)