Lots for sale in the hood.

The scary red church at 13th & S is going for sale at $599k which is quite a deal. According to the listing, it is sold as is and is not in great shape but it’s a good lot on a nice street.

The crazy playground on S/9th Street is also being auctioned off by the city. I’d love to see it become a playground but I am sure there are plenty of developers ready to pounce. There is also another lot to be auctioned at 2800 Sherman Ave.

The 700 block of T Street seems to be booming too! In addition to the recently added Pizza place, the corner of 8th will be a new restaurant called All Souls. I am not sure what the name means but it is a good lot with little car traffic so eating outside would be very nice. It is better than the drug dealers who used to hang there.

Also the Meridian Charter school has released it’s addition plans. They are moving into the old Harrison School at 13th / V. It’ll be at the back of the building so it won’t change the look very much.

Happy Halloween everyone and have a great night!


Building Addendum

In addition to my post yesterday I wanted to add 2 new links: CityMarket will have it’s official groundbreaking on Nov 15; and CityPaper has an article on Eric Colbert. Some would say he is THE architect of the new 14th Street corridor.

Wash Examiner predicts the DC area will gain 1 million new jobs by 2030. Do we have the infrastructure to support all those commuters? I don’t think so…. They will all need a place to live too.

Have a great weekend and I will write again Monday!


Housing on U Street One: East of 9th

I’ve been meaning to write this for a while but it’s a big task so I am dividing it into 3 parts: East of 9th Street, South of U and North of U. I want to lay out what development is coming to the neighborhood planned or proposed over the next 5 years. This is not an official listing nor is it exhaustive but I want to give you a sense of what is coming in.

1. Progression Place: 7th Street at S Street – Underway. This building is the farthest along in the U Street Corridor. It will be a mix of office retail and residential. We are not sure if this will be condos or rentals but it is quite a building. It was saved from failure by the United Negro College Fund which will use it for their new headquarters.

2. Howard Town Center: 7th Street at V Street – Delayed, possibly 2015. This has been put out to bid 3 times (I think) and now the owners (KNLB) are shopping it for retail leasors. They say they are dependent on a grocer which would be great but they are having a tough time finding one despite the area being a “food desert.”

3. Florida Ave between 7th & 9th: purchased, no timeline – JBG, the developer who seems to own half of U Street bought these parcels from Metro. They have promised a hotel, retail and residential but no plans are set. The Metro is right below this location so they cannot go far down.

4. 8th Street between Florida & V and V and Barry: purchased, no timeline, permits applied for – We don’t know much about this. JBP bought these lots on 8th north and south of V Street between Town and the 930 club. I have heard they are planning residential but no definite plans yet.

5. Wonder Bread factory: S Street between 6th & 7th – proposed, no timeline – After the DC Preservation League used this space for their yearly benefit earlier this year. They had to clean it up and re-enforce some roofs and walls but the building has good bones as my Mom would say. Douglas Development saw the potential and is looking to develop it into office space.

6. Kelsey Gardens: 7th Street between P & Q Streets, permitted, new owner, 2013? – These brick townhouses were church owned but the we closed up and sold to a developer who applied for tax credits and permits to build a 8 story building. They have just sold to another developer and may/ could start in 2013.

7. Citymarket at O: Between O & P and 7th & 9th I saw construction workers working on this site this week and the ceremonial groundbreaking is scheduled for December I hear. The Administration has designated as a shovel ready project to push construction. Hopefully we’ll have our Giant back in 2013.

In addition to these projects there is the very ambitious 10 year plan proposed by Howard University for more housing and building renovation. The Atlantic Plumbing lot on Florida north of the Floridian is owned by a developer, I don’t know who, but it’s prime land for development.

Stay tuned for Part Two….

Feeling Old?

Feeling Old? That could be a good thing. DC has become a magnet for 20 somethings. You may be feeling older but it can only work in your favor for real estate investment. As empty lots are being bought up for retail and housing. Now all we nee dis a supermarket.

PoP catches up to my post last week that the Brixton building is in full swing but he doesn’t mention the building behind Tropicana also being developed by the Marvin / Hilton brothers. He does mention the disturbing cosmetic changes to the Climax Sports Bar including it’s new sign but I am trying to mentally block that out. PoP and U Street Girl both note that ChidogOs is closing on Nov 11. Alas we barely knew thee. BUT there is always JJs across the street which I like immensely.

Ironically on the eve of legalization of medicinal marijuana, MPD busted Capitol Hemp‘s Adams Morgan and Capitol Hill locations for “arrests and drugs and drug paraphernalia recovered”. They had various “water pipes” for tobacco use of course. Adams Morgan is having enough problems with the construction that is driving local businesses crazy. The kiosk at 18th & Columbia begs pedestrians to stay and shop….

UrbanTurf has an interesting article about “Co-housing” which is sort of a really extreme co-op. It is a community where the neighbors take an active interest in each others lives. Sometimes I feel like this in my building but these are in Takoma Park.

Randoms: City Paper writes about the protesters and their mini city. Fun Party (from Borderstan) Sunday Tip: For something completely different, head over to American Ice Company (917 V Street NW) at 8 pm for a Halloween-themed Spirits in Black Metal Party, complete with a spooky heavy metal-themed cocktail menu designed by PS7’s mixologist Gina Chersevani and a costume contest.

How can you run in those heels?

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the High Heel Race down 17th Street last night. It’s amazing how big an institution the event has become. I heard they expected 60k people with the mayor and city councilman showing up. I guess the queens have gone legit.

For those of you who went to Mid City Artists last weekend, Borderstan has stories on many of the artists. Chuck Baxter and Glenn Fry are two of my favorites.

Good news that I can firm in my bike ride this morning. Work has begun on CityMarket at O Street. I am not sure how many housing units are going in but the Giant will be back, Obama has made it a priority project for Federal Funds, and it will have a hotel! This comes on the heels of the announcement that Kelsey Gardens has found a buyer and work will hopefully start there soon. All this change does make neighborhoods more expensive for those here and those that want to move in.

The addition of new housing is needed as people are putting some random places on the market (like the White House). This is what an improving housing market means to the District and the country. It seems that urban areas have become the hot new properties reversing the many years of flight to the burbs.

Now it seems that the suburbs are becoming the new slums. You can definitely see it in the DC that as gentrified, the suburbs to the east have increased populations below the proverty line. Suburban shopping malls are also a victim – selling at reduced prices and being converted in to firing ranges and go cart tracks!

Some might as if DC is becoming ruder and more impersonal. I have to say it’s less impersonal for me because U Street has become my neighborhood where I am guaranteed to meet someone I know while walking the dog or running to the store. Which makes etiquette so important in concentrated areas where we live.

Other notes: Do we need a new design for the Mall? For those near me, please give Chix a good rating on PoP and leave a comment about LeDroit Park. Also vote on some unique back decks. Finally there is something good coming out the Occupy DC movement, it seems some of the homeless are joining them for camaraderie and food!

Monday blues….

DCist tells us how Adams Morgan got its name: a show of unity after Brown vs Board of Ed. I didn’t know it used to have a hyphen?

Check out this light bright condo down at 12th & O Streets. It’s pricey but looks good.

Lost of fun fall things happening this weekend. Old City Green is having having it’s Old City Green Fest starting Friday. Stop by and help or buy some winter plants. Looking to do some good? Volunteer to help clean up Mt Vernon Square.

Very excited for a bagel place somewhat close but worried because that spot seems to be cursed.

Beware if you go leafing this weekend as residents don’t always take kindly to city slickers.

One Update: Howard Homecoming went over pretty well from my point of view but obviously one of the shuttle drivers was enjoying himself too much

Update Update: The High heel race is tomorrow night of course but in addition to a VIP area next to JRs this year The Blade is sponsoring 10 food trucks. Come on down!


Please come to the U Street Movie Series finale: Waiting for Superman tomorrow at Garnett Patterson. I’ll be working the door from 1130-1230!

Trying to get to the weekend but I saw a few interesting things: Loose Lips writes about the misuse of the Reeves Center. The House is asking for CaBi stations on their side since the closest station is at Union Station. DC will subsidize your plantings. Several cool shots of a redone townhouse near U Street. National Food Day is Monday but you can celebrate all weekend. What will Metro do with it’s old rail cars? Why not create reefs off NJ as New York did?

Finally, congratulations to Alexandra Lewin Zwerdling on her election to ANC. She ran a great campaign.

Happy Weekend everyone! I’m out of here!



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