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.
A nice piece in the Blade on the owner of Tracks, who has died at 76. Good descriptions of the legendary bar at 1st and M, up until its own death in 1999. (right before I started photographing). link (submitted by JD, 5/11/19)
Washington City Paper reports on the arrival later this month of "Somewhere," the combination clothing-and-coffee venture from the DC native behind Maketto and streetwear brand DURKL coming to the retail row on 1st Street SE south of M: link (submitted by JD, 5/9/19)
From WBJ: "The Washington Nationals will build a 35,000-square-foot restaurant and entertainment venue at Nationals Park under a deal approved by the city’s sports and conventions authority." It will be in the empty retail spaces along 1st Street SE (across from the DC Water site) and will "include a restaurant, bar and lounge area, screen wall, performance area and rooftop terrace." Might it be a sportsbook? We Shall See!
link (submitted by JD, 4/30/19)
Walters Sports Bar tweets that it will open Sunday at 11am. (submitted by Williambill3rd , 4/13/19)
Boombox Boxing, billing itself as "boxing remixed" and "your next group fitness obsession" is apparently on its way to the 1221 Van bldg at South Cap and N in May, following on its stint of pop-up classes at the Lululemon in the Yards. Facebook page: link (and h/t to MJM for the tidbit) (submitted by JD, 3/25/19)
If you want to help support Van Ness Elementary via their silent auction, up for bid again this year is a walking tour in May with the entire staff of JDLand.com. There are 10 slots available that offer two tickets each. But you have to hurry--the auction ends at 9:30 pm Saturday, March 16! link (submitted by JD, 3/14/19)
Parents were recently notified that Eagle Academy, the charter school on New Jersey Avenue, will stay open one more year. It was originally scheduled to close after this school year. This news article also covers their struggle to find a new location in the neighborhood: link (submitted by bryan, 2/28/19)
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, 2/20/19)
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, 2/19/19)
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, 2/7/19)
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)