Tidbits to Tide You Over
In the Pipeline
250 M St.
1000 South Capitol
25 M
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Chiller Site Condos
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1333 M St.
More Capper Apts.
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New Marine Barracks
Nat'l Community Church
Factory 202/Yards
99 M ('18)
Agora ('18)
1221 Van ('18)
District Winery ('17)
Insignia on M ('17)
F1rst/Residence Inn ('17)
One Hill South ('17)
Homewood Suites ('16)
ORE 82 ('16)
The Bixby ('16)
Dock 79 ('16)
Community Center ('16)
The Brig ('16)
Park Chelsea ('16)
Yards/Arris ('16)
Hampton Inn ('15)
Southeast Blvd. ('15)
11th St. Bridges ('15)
Parc Riverside ('14)
Twelve12/Yards ('14)
Lumber Shed ('13)
Boilermaker Shops ('13)
Camden South Cap. ('13)
Canal Park ('12)
Capitol Quarter ('12)
225 Virginia/200 I ('12)
Foundry Lofts ('12)
1015 Half Street ('10)
Yards Park ('10)
Velocity Condos ('09)
Teague Park ('09)
909 New Jersey Ave. ('09)
55 M ('09)
100 M ('08)
Onyx ('08)
70/100 I ('08)
Nationals Park ('08)
Seniors Bldg Demo ('07)
400 M ('07)
Douglass Bridge Fix ('07)
US DOT HQ ('07)
20 M ('07)
Capper Seniors 1 ('06)
Capitol Hill Tower ('06)
Courtyard/Marriott ('06)
Marine Barracks ('04)

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.

And Join in on the comment threads to keep even more up-to-date!

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, 3 days ago)


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, 5 days ago)


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, 9 days ago)


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, 9 days ago)


lululemon opening Friday, 12/7. (submitted by GarfieldPark, 9 days ago)


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 days ago)


Via Meredith Fascett, the long-awaited Navy Yard transportation study is finally happening. The kick-off mtg is Wed Nov. 28th, 7PM at the Capper Community Center. link (submitted by JD, 11/20/18)


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)


Lululemon is coming to the former Steadfast Supply space on Tingey Street, SE, according to their web site (finally confirming rumors I had been hearing). (submitted by JD, 10/26/18)


Justin's Cafe has apparently closed for good: link (submitted by JES, 10/24/18)


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)


On Twitter, Wiseguy Pizza says they are opening "early next week." link (submitted by JD, 9/29/18)


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)


Posted on twitter that permanent signage is up at Wise Guys/Altani: link Also Barre3 emailed to say they are targeting September 24 for opening. (submitted by BethD, 9/16/18)


It's happening! link (submitted by ZinNY, 9/15/18)


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)


And Meredith Fascett reports that DDOT has begun work on the pedestrian "bulb out" at 4th and M, to hopefully make that intersection less perilous: link (submitted by JD, 8/27/18)


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)


It's August, it's DC, it's slow, so it's time once again for Charles Allen's Ward 6 Week, running from Aug. 6 to Aug. 11. See the full lineup of events here: link
(submitted by JD, 7/31/18)


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)


Via a reader, Capitol Hill Corner's summary of the PSA meeting that discussed the recent 5th Street shooting: link (submitted by JD, 7/25/18)


The Douglass Bridge team has unveiled "Progress," a spiffy quarterly update about the project: link

Also, props to the graphic artist who came up with the project logo. (submitted by JD, 7/25/18)


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)


If you're interested in the new Douglass Bridge, DDOT has sent out a survey that you might want to fill out: link (submitted by JD, 7/16/18)


Interesting piece in the Washington Monthly about Business Improvement Districts, with a big part of the focus on the Capitol Riverfront BID: link (submitted by JD, 7/16/18)


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)


MAP: 65 DC bars will stay open till 4 AM during All-Star Week, because everyone’s an all-star at 4 AM. Via Washingtonian: link (submitted by JD, 7/13/18)


A Chesapeake Bay crab-focused food truck is going to set up shop at the Yards Park Marina for one week, starting Sunday, says City Paper, perhaps as a prelude to an eventual location alongside the perhaps eventual location of the Living Classrooms Foundation: link
(submitted by JD, 7/13/18)


Exit Open Road, enter El Bebe: link
(submitted by JES, 7/13/18)


Here's a rundown from the Capitol Riverfront BID of All-Star festivities, including some bar/restaurant specials. It also says that Mission will open tomorrow (Saturday, July 14) at noon, presumably with its "preview menu." (FYI, there's a preview event there tonight, for those who may wander by and see activity.)
(submitted by JD, 7/13/18)


Via Washingtonian, the team behind Daikaya will open a Ramen shop called Hatoba in the 100 Montaditos space on Tingey Street. And of course there will be an All-Star popup, with "Japanese hot dogs." It is expected to open in 2019. link
(submitted by JD, 7/12/18)


Meredith Fascett won't be running for re-election in ANC 6D7:
link (submitted by Westnorth, 7/9/18)


If you are one of those interested in the new Douglass Bridge, head to this NCPC link to read the staff report and submission materials for a whoooole lot of detail. (Spoiler: NCPC staff is recommending approval of the preliminary and final site development plans) https://www.ncpc.gov/review/agenda/ (submitted by JD, 7/6/18)


From the tunnel folks: On or about Saturday, July 7th, 4th Street will reopen to vehicular traffic. Work will continue to progress on the street and open-space restoration at the intersection of 4th Street and Virginia Avenue. New paving, granite curbing, sidewalks, drainage and underground work for streetlights are well underway. CSX appreciates the community’s patience while we complete this important work. (submitted by JD, 7/6/18)


Per WP, Forbes has declared JD Land one of the 12 coolest neighborhoods in the world. link (submitted by jdc, 7/6/18)


We've got our first "permanent" road closures related to the new Douglass Bridge project. From DDOT:

The following ramps will be closed permanently effective on or about Monday, July 02, 2018:
· Ramp from Anacostia Drive southbound to South Capitol Street, SW
· Ramp from South Capitol Street, SE northbound to Anacostia Drive
(submitted by JD, 6/29/18)


In case you're worried about beams being dropped on the heads of All-Star fans:

"All construction involving public space around Nationals Park will be suspended in mid-July to make way for the more than 100,000 fans expected to attend MLB All-Star Week.

"Restrictions will begin on July 10, with a “full work stoppage” in force from July 13-17, Owens said. All work can resume on July 18."

via WBJ: link
(submitted by JD, 6/28/18)


A big WBJ look at Half Street, talking about how messy it is for the All-Star game, and doing a bit of a survey of current state. Account required to read it. (Not much in there that dedicated JDLand readers don't know, though.) link (submitted by JD, 6/28/18)


Looks like Mission is definitely planning to open for the All-Star game, just with a "preview menu." Quoting from a press release this evening:

"To accommodate MLB All-Star fans and attendees of the opening of DC United’s nearby Audi Field, the new restaurant will be serving a limited week-long preview menu of signature tacos, appetizers and a sampling of Mexican entrees. Additionally, the venue’s four bars will be open and serving 16 draft lines: ten for beer, three for wine and prosecco and three for margaritas and cocktails.

"Mission Navy Yard will officially open on Monday, July 23 with a full menu of Mexican-inspired dishes from the Dupont location’s menu, as well as new dishes like Frito pie skillet and Pasilla chile short rib." (submitted by JD, 6/27/18)


And since I skipped writing about the new Douglass Bridge, here's a good piece about the design and construction of the new bridge from an engineering point of view: link (submitted by JD, 6/22/18)


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