says: (5/24/20 8:22 PM)
My fingers are crossed for the neighborhood, which I have not seen since mid-March but will this week. In Old Town today, there was a growing number of vacated storefronts from places that have already closed for good.
says: (5/27/20 11:50 AM)
I noticed the Juice Laundry on 4th removed all of its signage and looks closed up. <sorry if this is a repeat...I haven't been keeping up>
says: (5/27/20 11:53 AM)
I wonder if it's possible to get advance notice when the Douglass bridge puts in the last section of arch. It would be nice to get a socially distant, neighborhood cheer on from Yards Park.
says: (5/27/20 12:38 PM)
@walt - that is news to the JDland comments. Sad to hear that, if it's permanent. The website and twitter make it sound like it's a temporary closure, but removing signage seems a bit drastic vs merely covering the windows. So we'll see. As for the business, I visited once and always meant to go back because the juice was very good. But, it was a bit out of the way from my regular lunch time walking route and so that never happened.
says: (5/27/20 4:12 PM)
Anyone else notice what appears to be a spree of motor vehicle thefts in the neighborhood, according to the crime blotter? Five in less than two weeks definitely seems like a new and concerning trend.
says: (5/27/20 4:12 PM)
Sorry, six motor vehicle thefts actually in that time.
says: (5/27/20 8:50 PM)
@walt: Good to know I’m not alone in my New FDMB geekdom. I, too, want to watch the final piece of the final arch get installed.
You’ve probably noticed that completion of the fourth (of the six) arches is taking forever. Its final piece has been sitting in wait for a month. I finally got close enough to a construction worker today to ask why. He said the alignment of the currently unfinished arch is not within tolerance and that some work on one or more of the pieces is necessary to ensure an acceptable fit of the final piece.
[I’m taking 2039 in the Guess the Year of the WaPo Front Page Emergency FDMB Safety Shutdown Headline Over/Under.]
Makes me assume that the current New FDMB team will eventually be EXTREMELY cautious about planning for and announcing the date on which we can expect to celebrate [choose one:] Archmas/Fredsgiving.
says: (5/28/20 2:30 PM)
@CL85 I witnessed a motor vehicle theft in front of Bonchon on K St a few nights ago. Poor delivery guy left the car running and I only caught the last seconds of the theft. Luckily, I was able to tell police which way he went. WaPo had reporting this week on an increase of cars of delivery drivers being stolen.
says: (5/28/20 4:32 PM)
Also, since there is no more SWTLQTC, it looks like more residential development is coming to Buzzard Point.link
says: (5/28/20 7:19 PM)
RIP Juice Laundry. They had some delicious smoothies but never seemed to click in that location.
Meanwhile across the street Yellow Cafe is ready to go.
says: (5/28/20 10:50 PM)
Heard the Navy Yard Bang is not on the main website any longer? Or is that because it’s affiliated with Vida, which can’t open yet?
says: (5/29/20 8:36 AM)
Apparently Bammy (in the old whaleys space) is opening up today for takeout
says: (5/29/20 12:28 PM)
Looks like ColdStone Creamery is getting ready on Half Street.
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says: (5/29/20 5:31 PM)
Another look at Bammy
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says: (5/29/20 11:12 PM)
I'll try too.
Link to Bammy's menu.
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says: (5/31/20 12:10 PM)
The substance of the article doesn't add clarity to whether Half St SE will or won't be permanently closed to vehicle traffic. But the main rendering picture has a couple structures halfway down that look possibly permanent and look like they'd obstruct traffic? I know, I'm just looking for any indication that supports the conclusion I want, but one can hope!link
says: (6/1/20 4:04 PM)
Raze applications have been filed for the buildings on the west side of the 1000 block of New Jersey (the cab garage and the charter school). The second phase of Paradigm's Meridian on First is on the boards for there.
says: (6/1/20 7:55 PM)
Whole Foods boarded up and closed. Harry's has also been boarded up, not sure if it's still open. CVS really coming together on I st.
king of arabistan
says: (6/3/20 9:12 AM)
Wholefoods and Harry’s is boarded up but open for business FYI.
says: (6/3/20 3:42 PM)
On a webinar today with a presentation from Hickok Cole about 80 M St's vertical addition. It's very inside baseball, but maybe some other architects or engineers will appreciate it:link
says: (6/3/20 3:47 PM)
Re: Half Street SE, the plan is a "woonerf design allows for flexible uses like closing the street to vehicles on gameday and for other cultural events." So, like Wharf Street. link
says: (6/3/20 7:08 PM)
Thanks Westnorth...why won't they just close the darn thing down?! Interestingly, that pic has lights strung across/above the street. Obviously not putting any weight to a rendering vs approved plans, but still interesting.
says: (6/3/20 10:40 PM)
I walked down Half Street on Friday. There are DEFINITELY poles in place for lights to be strung across/above the street. The work is on going so it is hard to tell the full extent of the lights but the poles are in place from N Street to the alley in the middle of the block.
says: (6/5/20 8:19 AM)
Though the windows were boarded up, the door was propped open when I walked by the new liquor store next to Bonchon yesterday and I could see the shelves were stocked with product, so I think an opening is imminent.
says: (6/5/20 9:05 AM)
I talked to one of the contractors on Half Street yesterday and he mentioned that it was indeed pedestrian only (I think this has been mentioned previously). Also, there was zero chance (even without covid) that Half St would have been completed by opening day.
says: (6/5/20 8:29 PM)
@Jscott280, thank you for the update about Half Street. I had been wondering this for months now and must have missed the previous mention about. Glad it won't be open for vehicular traffic.
says: (6/7/20 7:47 PM)
Looks like Brookfield is presenting what Lot H will be tomorrow at the ANC meeting via the Agenda
says: (6/9/20 12:34 AM)
@Jscott280: 240-some-odd apartment building called the Urby facing the corner of 1st & N, catty-cornered from Nats Park, across 1st from the F1rst (been dying for years to say that). 80% market rate, 20% below market. Rooftop dog park. Ground floor retail/restaurant space. Major ground level controlled-access inner courtyard portrayed as “public” space. Details will emerge here soon as JD has her ways of getting developers to cough up pics or else.
says: (6/9/20 8:27 AM)
@CJ - thanks for the update. Construction south of M is about to be insane over the next couple of years. Is there any update about the DC water facility where they have their trucks on first?
says: (6/9/20 9:28 AM)
Looks like the new CVS inside One Hill South is stocking shelves - opening should be soon.
says: (6/9/20 9:32 AM)
I'm pretty sure that Parcel H is South of N. Across from the ballpark. The parcels north of N are A, F, and G and are all supposed to be office.
says: (6/9/20 11:51 AM)
@Jscott280 Based on JD's page on The Yards, it looks like Parcel Q is just south of The Guildlink
says: (6/9/20 12:32 PM)
Anyone know what (else) they are planning for One Hill South? Next to Primary Care office on Half St? Work is being done.
says: (6/9/20 1:16 PM)
@GarfieldPark - it is another phase of the medical office that will house their physical therapy services
says: (6/10/20 9:31 PM)
@ JScott: Yep, Parcel Q is the parking lot next to District Winery. Slated for residential one of these days with a profile slightly shorter than the 9-story Guild. I invest in a few lottery tickets every week as my principal strategy for affording the epic Lot Q penthouse. I’ll put you on the guest list after JD.
says: (6/10/20 10:38 PM)
Toastique popup coming to the former juice laundry.
says: (6/11/20 7:25 AM)
@CJBabyDaddy I think, based on @JScott280’s link, that they’re now planning office use for Parcel Q
says: (6/11/20 1:29 PM)
@walt (or anyone who may know) what’s going into the old juice laundry space on 4th?
says: (6/11/20 2:33 PM)
Looks like a Toastique
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says: (6/13/20 7:47 AM)
Just walked past Toastique. The door was opened with construction being done.
says: (6/13/20 7:53 AM)
The missing piece from the 4th arch has been added on the FDMB!
says: (6/14/20 7:46 AM)
BTW... google maps has updated with new satellite images of navy yard.....pretty impressive
says: (6/14/20 7:46 AM)
@sasq I have a walkthrough scheduled next week....fingers crossed
says: (6/14/20 9:21 PM)
@jscott280 congratulations!!!!! Hope it goes well. I figure I won't move until next month! Hopefully sooner than later!
says: (6/14/20 11:37 PM)
Anyone know what in the world is up with the fireworks all weekend long near I ST? Been happening way past 11 PM both nights.
says: (6/17/20 3:06 PM)
Thanks for sharing, CJ. Interesting news - I wish there was a little more information on the parcel the Navy has in mind, although I understand keeping that information close to the vest until/unless a deal is finalized. Hopefully it's still JDLand territory (could be a nice segue from the actual Navy Yard to the planned bridge park?). In any event, I've heard the museum really is worthwhile, so it should be in a more accessible location.
says: (6/17/20 3:53 PM)
Apparently, the 37 L Street development is called the Kennedy on L.link
says: (6/17/20 9:52 PM)
@Conngs0: Someone in a position to know tells me it’s Bldg 74, tucked away back where the Trapeze School is currently located.
says: (6/17/20 10:52 PM)
Whatever the Robb Report is rates our own Albi here in our ‘hood as the 2nd best new restaurant in 2020. Not 2nd best new restaurant in SE. Not 2nd best new restaurant in DC. 2nd best new restaurant in the U.S. of A.
says: (6/18/20 6:44 AM)
CJBabyDaddy— the Robb Report is for pretentious jackasses who like to smoke expensive cigars and fly on private jets.
says: (6/18/20 11:01 AM)
Years ago (maybe 2011) Tommy Wells said the Navy was looking at Bldg 202 as a site for the Navy Museum. Doubt that will happen since its a DC land swap but that would be awesome if it went there.
says: (6/18/20 11:55 AM)
@202: Hey, not all of us PA’s like cigars. Many of us fly coach. And some of us never heard of the Robb Report before this week. We’re quite a diverse bunch.
says: (6/18/20 5:26 PM)
@sasq walkthrough went well today. Make sure you see the indoor (zen) garden....pretty cool feature.
says: (6/18/20 5:55 PM)
@jscott280 Great! Been stalking the page to see if you had it! Lol Do you have a closing date?
Yes! Can't wait to see it!
says: (6/18/20 6:34 PM)
@sasq supposed to be Wednesday or Thursday (even tho I have yet to get a settlement statement....ugh). The lobby is absolutely gorgeous though, they are still doing a lot of work. There isn’t any gym equipment yet, but that should be coming in the next week.
says: (6/18/20 8:47 PM)
Yeah.....I peek through the windows at least once a week!
I hope to be in soon!
says: (6/19/20 5:02 PM)
@jscott80 & Sasq,
This is such exciting news! We haven’t gotten any updates from Laura since early April so was wondering on the progress. So if you’re doing walkthroughs and settlement I guess they have their COA? We’re on the 6th floor and hoping mid-July.
says: (6/19/20 7:08 PM)
@jscott280 & AGH Got a late nite email from Laura...lol I'm on 3rd and have a walk-thru on Monday. From what I understand, they still don't have Certificates of Occupancy (apparently, it's a slow going process) but they want to get the walk-thrus out of the way. I have to tell myself August....too scared to put my eggs in the July basket!!! But, yes....exciting!
says: (6/20/20 9:25 AM)
Any ideas what the little building being built on the North side of 49L St is going to be? They're just building right on top of the parking lot asphalt, no foundation so I assume it's going to be somewhat temporary, but that's a lot of steel and reinforcement going up, and a cinder block wall.
says: (6/20/20 3:48 PM)
Chris, I'd guess that's just staging for some other project, like when they build a small piece of what the exterior's gonna look like (I dunno what it's called. spec wall? any architect wanna weigh in?). Perhaps for the building right across Half on the chiller site.
says: (6/21/20 1:34 PM)
Good call JES, I think you must be right. We were out on a walk today and workers were fixing the loose boards on the Riverwalk (in front of the DC H2O HQS). Also, third time at Yellow cafe and literally everything (coffee/pastries) we've had so far is incredible.
says: (6/22/20 11:42 AM)
@sasq closing is pushed back now(ughhhh). Good luck today - let me know what you hear.
says: (6/22/20 4:18 PM)
There is a new blog covering development at Buzzard Point.link
says: (6/23/20 7:42 AM)
@jscott280. Walk-thru went well. I heard "mid-July and possibly a few in early July". Interestingly, I walked into the Kelvin on Sunday (didn't realize they were open for over a month). I was just curious when they would finish their rooftop, to see if there was any indication of when ours would be completed. She said the entire building was not completed and that the crews are still working, based on the floors that are being occupied. Their rooftop is supposed to be done by 4 July. This made me assume that our building doesn't have to be completely finished for us to move in...but who knows. One can always hope!
says: (6/23/20 1:03 PM)
Maybe not JDland territory - but about as close as you can get link
says: (6/23/20 2:16 PM)
@sasq good stuff - hopefully they can get their act together and get us a Certificate if occupancy lol. I want to be on the rooftop before the first game. :)
says: (6/23/20 8:35 PM)
Sasq: Our Bower experience informs me that the entire building need not be finished in order for the COA to be issued or move-ins to start. Bower COA: Dec 2018. First closings and move-ins: Feb 2019. Many upper floor units were being finished for several months thereafter.
Watching you and others geek out over the Avidian and eNvy revives fond and anxious —now seemingly ancient — memories. Enjoy your new homes. Welcome to the ‘hood.
says: (6/24/20 6:05 AM)
Jscott280– thank you for posting about the proposed housing at the 7-11 site. Unfortunately, from the debate elsewhere, it seems that the NIMBYs have lost their minds.
says: (6/24/20 6:44 AM)
@CJBabyDaddy Thank you so much for the welcome and the background information for Bower. That gives me hope! The anxiety is on overload and moving during a pandemic...geesh. But it will all be well and soon! :)
says: (6/24/20 10:29 AM)
Sasq and Jscott280: Ok, I'm revising my July estimate and now just hoping for before Labor Day. For the walk through, did you see any major issues? Did you have a third party inspector come? This is our first new construction purchase which is much different.
And thanks CJBabyDaddy! That confirms what I thought too. We are on 6 and they told us that floors 2-5 would be completed and moved in likely before we close.
says: (6/24/20 1:20 PM)
@sasq @AGH. I did not have a inspector for my walkthrough. In general, the building/unit seemed very well built. The only issues I had were minor blemishes with paint and punch out items (dents..etc). In the future, lets create an envy (hopefully) owners groupme so we dont take over jdland with envy (i hate that name) talk.
says: (6/25/20 6:32 AM)
@Jscott280 and @AGH. I agree, don't want to bore our neighbors with all the back and forth! In the meantime, my email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I did not get my own inspector. Most things were minor (caulking, paint touch ups, uneven shelf, w/d not level) but I did find however, that my junction box in the living room was off center and was told that they could not change it because the ceiling is concrete....(so either come drunk or tilt your head when enter my place!!!!)
says: (6/26/20 12:59 PM)
CVS on the corner of I and Half seems like it's nearly completely stocked. I'd assume their opening is imminent.
says: (6/28/20 8:16 AM)
The GNC on Tingey Street is closing. I am sorry for the employees who are losing their jobs but I hope that there can be better retail at that location that helps encourage a vibrant streetscape.
says: (6/28/20 1:44 PM)
202, I couldn't agree more re the GNC. It's tough though - retail seems to need to be present in some critical mass to make an area a destination for it. Fingers crossed that something fills that vacant GNC spot sooner than later!
says: (6/28/20 7:26 PM)
How quickly Juice Laundry and Whaley's were replaced bodes well!
says: (6/28/20 11:24 PM)
Welcome to the neighborhood Pivot Physical Therapy. Its located behind Sprint (where they put in a new side door entrance).
says: (6/30/20 3:24 PM)
Serious workplace accident on the ground this morning at the Chemonics construction site. One worker clearly suffered life-threatening physical trauma. Hoping for the best. Another worker appeared to suffer a much less serious knee injury.
says: (7/6/20 10:14 PM)
Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams is coming to the retail space located at The Bower condos at 4th and Tingey. Construction is nearing completion and the exterior sign went up last week.
says: (7/7/20 10:15 AM)
Some interesting design notes found in the approved building permit for the three CSX East buildings under construction:
Owner: GREYSTAR GP LLC / Applicant: KIM MITCHELL
NA / NEW BUILDING / CONSTRUCTION
The proposed project is three structures which are connected by a shared below-grade garage, which is one story deep on the east half of the site and two stories deep on the west half of the site. Two structures will be residential, with a total of 756 units, and the third will be a 225-key hotel. The west residential structure (Building 3) is planned to be 13 stories with ground and roof level amenity space. The central residential structure (Building 2) is planned to be 12 stories in height, with office space on the 2nd and 3rd floors which will be accessed through a separate lobby and core. The hotel structure (Building 1) will be 11 stories in height. Bridges at the second floor will connect all three structures on the site into one building and an additional bridge at the 11th floor will connect hotel Building 1 to the existing 82 Eye Street, which is directly south of the site. A sky bridge at the roof level will provide an open-air connection between the two residential buildings.
says: (7/7/20 2:45 PM)
@JD: Apparently, ORE will be eliminating (or making them smaller) some of it's units that are facing that site. They will be making way for the new sky bridge.
says: (7/7/20 4:31 PM)
Oh wow... I live at Ore82 and didn't know about any of this.
says: (7/12/20 1:16 PM)
Toastique soft opening on Monday 7/13.
says: (7/12/20 2:31 PM)
This is kind of confusing: It seems that dacha beer is breaking away from dacha(the restaurant). The new restaurant concept “called Jackie” will be American bistro. Look forward to checking it out.
says: (7/12/20 2:42 PM)
Okay Commentariat, I need to put up a new post, but obviously my brain remains elsewhere. So, I'm putting you to work. Give me bullet points of what you think are the biggest news items of the past month or so. The items can be retail openings, closings, traffic news (aka bus lanes), and news of residential openings, new names, web sites, etc., or anything else. But it has to have a link to a primary source.
This is basically the first time since 2003 I've ever asked such a thing of readers, but I continue to be working seven days a week and just can't summon the brain power to bring a JDLand post together after missing so much.
First one to mention a bullet point gets a hat tip. And my deep thanks.
For those of you who don't know what I'm up to these days....:
says: (7/12/20 7:16 PM)
Here's a few
--proposal building to replace 7-11 on S. Cap link
--M st will get a lane just for buses and bikes link
Hang in there. I'm covering this damn virus for another pub. It's exhausting.
says: (7/13/20 12:26 AM)
@dcgent: That 7-11 is waaaaaay the heck over in Southwest. If NASA launched a probe today from JDLand all the way there, would we live long enough to even see any of the images that it beamed back?
says: (7/13/20 6:51 AM)
Why did JDLand cross the street to SW--to get a Slurpee?
says: (7/13/20 2:59 PM)
Floor plans posted & new-ish images for the Garrett (adjacent to Whole Foods) & DC Crossing (which I've also seen as Crossing DC???).
says: (7/13/20 4:07 PM)
The new liquor store next to BonChon appears to be open.
Also, the new CVS looks like it may be opening soon.
says: (7/14/20 6:30 AM)
By the time I regularly resume trips to JD Land, I wonder how much of the retail landscape will have changed?
Speaking of that, I originally assumed that the pandemic would spell doom for almost all of the restaurants with folks like myself working from home and not in the neighborhood 9-5. But, then I realized that there are more people who live in JD Land than work there 9-5 and they are likely now working at home too and patronizing local restaurants for many meals. I suppose the worst-hit areas would be places like midtown DC, where the 9-5 workers are all working at home and there is not a large base of residents patronizing businesses as they also work at home.
says: (7/14/20 12:25 PM)
jdc, it's going to be super interesting to see how the retail landscape changes. I think that some of the restaurants in JD Land might be set up for tread water with carry-out (and the ability to order cocktails certainly helps, and should remain), but others not so much. The more I learn about the business models at play in the restaurant industry, the more I realize I should not go into the restaurant business other than as a customer!
says: (7/14/20 1:47 PM)
The few people I know who are working downtown say that it's brutal to try to find something for lunch.
says: (7/15/20 11:47 AM)
Very sad news about Tortilla Coast. Was solid Tex Mex and Coronas within walking distance to JD Land.link
says: (7/15/20 11:48 AM)
We recently discussed this (even though it is technically not in jdland)link
says: (7/17/20 10:55 AM)
Looks like lights were installed over Half Street.
says: (7/21/20 4:41 PM)
Did anyone ever make an eNvy condo page/group? I am trying to figure out next steps...
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