Wrap Up from Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet

Posted April 27, 2015 by Kent
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4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Councilmember Anita Bonds

Saturday’s MPD Meet and Greet, organized by Councilmember Anita Bonds, was well attended. In addition to a room full of residents, many ANC Commissioners from 1A and 4C were there, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman showed up during the latter half of the meeting.

Representing the police were 4D Commander Wilfredo Manlapaz and Captain Vendette Parker. The event was originally organized as a meet and greet so that residents could better know the officers patrolling their communities. However, with only two representatives from MPD there, the format changed into a question and answer session.

Drew Schneider posted a fairly detailed overview of the meeting at this Petworth News page which is worth a read as well.

Commander Manlapaz(A packed room engaged with Commander Manlapaz.)

New Tavern Coming to Park View

Posted April 24, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Taverns

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According to a liquor license application filed with ABRA in February, a new tavern is in the works called Reliable Tavern & Hardware, which will be occupying the former hardware store space at 3655 Georgia Avenue in the future. The application also describes the nature of the business as one that will service food and drinks with various activities including comedy, trivia, and televised sports.

It is too early to know many more details about the business, but updates will follow as they become available.

3655 Georgia(A new tavern is in the works at 3655 Georgia Avenue, located between Rock Creek Church Road and Quebec Place, NW. The store was most recently a hardware store.)

Public Safety Meet and Greet Scheduled for Saturday, April 25

Posted April 23, 2015 by Kent
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Councilmember Anita Bonds has organized an opportunity for neighbors to meet members of MPD’s 4th District informally to discuss neighborhood safety concerns this Saturday. The meeting will be on the roof terrace of the Swift (the building where the new Safeway is located). The flyer is below.

Park View Petworth Public Safety meeting

3542 Warder Street to Become 13-Unit Building

Posted April 22, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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3542 Warder Street in April 2014.

3542 Warder Street in April 2014.

The Neighborhood Development Company is gearing up to redevelop the property at 3542 Warder Street, NW. NDC already has the the building permit and are scheduled to start demolition on or about April 27th. Once completed, the project will contain 13 new living units. One unit will be a three-bedroom unit, with the remaining 12 units consisting of two-units options. A certain number of the two-bedroom units will also contain a den, though the exact number is currently unknown.

In April 2014, the plan was to convert the property into a 12-unit building. At that time, the developer was planning for the structure to abut the property to the north, which would have covered their southern windows. Before this project got off the ground, the property was sold to the current owner on March 3, 2015, for $2,150,000.

Update (8:48 am): The development includes 7 off street parking spaces.

The renderings below give an impression of what the finished project will look like in general (although some details are still not final).

Warder Street front(General view from Warder Street)

Warder Street overview(Birdseye view toward the southeast, showing the extent of the building toward the rear)

For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. Exhibition Opens Wednesday, April 22nd

Posted April 21, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Art, History, Photography

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AFRH Gargoyle by Ann Elkington, one of the top five winning entries in the exhibition.

Tomorrow, April 22nd, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. will celebrate the opening of For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C., a juried exhibit of the 75 best original artworks that capture the changing urban landscape of Washington, D.C. Of local interest,  the exhibition includes several artworks depicting scenes at the Armed Forces Retirement Home, including two of my photographs.

The opening will run from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, and tickets are available online in advance.

From the exhibition Website:

For more than 120 years, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs.

Over 100 artists submitted paintings and photographs to For the Record. A panel of nine jurors selected the top 75 artworks that will be displayed at the Historical Society’s headquarters in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.

The top five winning entries will be accessioned into the Historical Society’s permanent collection. All other works will be auctioned to support the organization’s collections. You can view the online auction to see all the works in the exhibition.

The competition “For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.” was created in partnership with the DC Preservation League and the Capitol Hill Art League.

Colony Club Set to Open on Wednesday, April 22nd

Posted April 20, 2015 by Kent
Categories: Bars, Development, Small Businesses

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Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Avenue.

Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Avenue.

We’ve eagerly been awaiting the opening of Colony Club, located at 3118 Georgia Avenue in the former MaMa’s Southern Cuisine space. Now, a little more than a year since Colony Club began their project, the are done and will open for business at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, April 22nd.

The business will operate as a coffee shop between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., and then transition to a bar with a limited food menu in the evenings between 7 p.m. and  10 p.m. Check out the Colony Club Website for more details on their food and beverage offerings.

Over the weekend I stopped in and talked with Max Zuckerman, the public face of Colony Club, which gave me the opportunity to see how the space has been transformed. Inside and out, Colony Club is a class act. For the first time in my memory, the building has curb appeal and is inviting. Upon entering the space, it is light, uncluttered, and comfortable with a mid-century modern feel to it. Everywhere one looks — even in the most simple details — one can see that fit, finishes, materials, and colors, were chosen thoughtfully resulting in a truly welcoming space.

Presuming their coffee, pastries, and service live up to the quality of the renovations, Colony Club will fast become a neighborhood favorite.

Below are a few photos from my recent visit:

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It’s Official, Sweet Mango Property Changes Hands, Likely to be Redeveloped

Posted April 17, 2015 by Kent
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Sweet Mango Cafe, located at 3701 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

Sweet Mango Cafe, located at 3701 New Hampshire Ave. NW.

Many have noticed that the Sweet Mango Café has been closed since the end of March, and there was news that it had been sold in foreclosure for $2.43M. I can confirm that this sale closed on April 16th, and that the new owner, Rooney Properties, is now in possession.

The property in question is not just the Sweet Mango site at 3701 New Hampshire, but the neighboring building at 3711 New Hampshire as well. Long term plans will be to develop the property, but such plans are more than a year off. During the immediate future, Boost Mobile will remain at 3711 New Hampshire and a restaurant may reopen in the former Sweet Mango space.

The property is zoned GA/C-3-A. C-3-A permits matter-of-right medium density development, with a density incentive for residential development within a general pattern of mixed-use development to a maximum lot occupancy of 75% for residential use and 100% for all other uses and a maximum height of sixty-five (65) feet. Additionally, the Georgia Avenue (GA) overlay stipulates that the ground floor level of each building shall have a uniform minimum clear floor-to-ceiling height of 14 ft. To accommodate this, buildings permitted an additional five feet of building height over that permitted as a matter-of-right in the underlying zone, meaning that any new development on the site could be up to seventy (70) feet. 

More details will be shared as they become available.


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