U Street Neighborhood Association Business Update

For those who don’t know, one of the reasons I started this blog is thanks to my role as the Business Chair and Vice President elect of the U Street Neighborhood Association. Part of that was keeping up with what is going on in the hood thus the blog. Here is my report for November, please join us for the Holiday party 7 pm December 8th at Local 16. The report:
Much congratulations to the 930 Club for again winning the Most Attended Club in American by Billboard’s Touring Awards
Business Openings / Closings: Chidogos (U Street Girl) closes in prep for the Utopia residential development. Dunkin Donuts and Subway at 14th & U finally opened (several sources), Smucker Farms put a sign up on 14th Street at W which will open soon. Pulp has found a new owner and will stay open. Ben’s Chili Bowl has also signed on a location on H Street. The Pizza place on T btw 7/8th will be joined by another restaurant: All Souls which should be a really nice spot for outdoor seating. 11 Eleven Market also renovated to make it more customer friendly. Matchbox  and Taylors at 14th & T has started construction. Lots going on 14th between W and Florida: a new celebrity restaurant in the YMCA development, a new gym coming in on the west side by Florida and Mova Bar is supposedly opening tonite! Unfortunately the current Post Office will close December 31st and no replacement location has been proposed.
Development: CityMarket at O announced their groundbreaking for Nov 15. Next door,Kelsey Gardens was sold by the church that owned the and the new owners announced that they may begin construction by next year. The old Post Office on T west of 14th announced plans to build 2 two story buildings. Mimilah has opened above Miss Pixies.
ETC: George Mason U announced that they DC area will add 1 million new jobs by 2030 which will put greater demand on our resources. Norwood Cooperative has finally gained permission to buy their building from the landlord with the help of DC housing funds. This is an example for some other tenant associations looking to do the same. Unfortunately the DC fund that they are drawing from has been de-funded.  Recently a magazine named the National Mall as one of the worst outdoor public spaces along with HUD plaza, luckily there are plans afoot to make it more pedestrian friendly.
Crime Up 78%:  Bike theft, phone theft, graffiti and car break ins are growing problems. They have been blowing up the 12th Place and my condo list serve. The gas station at Vermont and 9th  was robbed 2 weeks ago and City First Bank was robbed earlier this week. Borderstan has the most effected blocks. MPD are also cracking down on hemp stores in Adams Morgan and Cap Hill.
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