Around Town: Nearby News of Note

Posted September 30, 2016 by Kent
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WMATA placed sandbags around the ventilation shafts at Georgia Avenue and New Hampshire Avenue to prevent flooding at the Georgia Avenue Station.

Evictions Headed for Nuisance Property on Rock Creek Church Road – Yesterday a judge ruled at landlord/tenant court that a writ of repossession be issued at 805 Rock Creek Church Road, NW, to rid the community of another drug nuisance property. The next step will be to serve the occupants with an order to vacate (Petworth News).

Woman Kidnapped from Petworth Bus Stop – A woman was kidnapped around 1 p.m. Tuesday  as she was waiting for a bus outside the Georgia Avenue Metro Station at the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and Georgia Avenue. Two men forced her into a vehicle, asked her where she lived and then drove to her Hyattsville, Maryland residence where the suspects stole valuables and cash from the residence and then fled (NBC4, WTOP, WJLA).

Union Drinkery Now Open – The long anticipated Union Drinkery has opened at 3216 Georgia Avenue. From the same folks behind A&D in Shaw and Park View’s Small Fry, Union Drinkery is a self-described “no-frills neighborhood bar”  (Borderstan, New Columbia Heights)

Concerns Over Adams Morgan Hotel Project’s Hiring Requirements Has D.C. Officials Reviewing Tax Incentives – After a week of reviewing a hotel developer’s failure to date to hire residents for construction jobs under the terms of a $46 million tax break, D.C.’s finance officials are preparing to pull the benefit if the company doesn’t make up for its shortfalls in the near future (Washington City Paper).

Interesting New Video Art From K Street

Posted September 29, 2016 by Kent
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This week I noticed some interesting new video art/displays on the redevelopment of 1800 K Street, NW. The screens wrap around the exterior of the building between the first and second floor, and are occasionally interrupted by digital signs for the businesses located in the building. The displays show people walking and running, with a background that changes colors and themes. I’ve seen the background be black, purple, and blue as well as have bubbles and hoops.

It got me thinking that we should be seeking creative, artistic ideas like this incorporated into some of the development that will occur on Georgia Avenue. Below are two short videos I took at 1800 K Street that provide and idea of what the video is like.

Fall Fun Fest at Old Soldiers’ Home This Sunday, October 2nd

Posted September 29, 2016 by Kent
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The Friends of the Soldiers Home and the Armed Forces Retirement Home will be hosting their Fall Fun Fest this Sunday, October 2nd. The event runs all day with a variety of events to choose from. The full flyer is below.

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Greater Greater Washington Provides Opportunity to Learn About ANC Candidates and Assist Them in Their Endorsement Process

Posted September 28, 2016 by Kent
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anc-mapFor those that don’t read Greater Greater Washington (GGW) on a regular basis, you may have missed a post last week on the upcoming elections for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners (ANCs). In short, GGW reached out to candidates for the ANCs, asked them to participate in a questionnaire, and is not asking for those familiar with the candidates to read those responses and provide feedback to GGW to assist them in making endorsements. I think it is worth noting as races for the ANCs are often overlooked with little information published about the candidates running for the office (read full post here).

Here’s how it works according to GGW:

  1. Find your ward and ANC if you don’t know them yet here.
  2. Open up the responses for your ward:
    Ward 1 · Ward 2 · Ward 3 · Ward 4 · Ward 5 · Ward 6 · Ward 7 · Ward 8
  3. Read the responses for a candidate and give your feedback on this form.
  4. Repeat for as many other candidates as you want to do. Try other ANCs, other wards—all input is helpful!

While not every candidate participated, and not every race is contested, I agree that it is important to have good people on our ANCs for them to run efficiently and make decisions that are in the best interest of the community. With this in mind, I would encourage people to read the responses of the candidates who did participate, and send in feedback on those that you feel will work hard for the community.

Columbia Heights & Georgia Avenue Metro Escalator Replacements Should be Completed in October

Posted September 27, 2016 by Kent
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In February 2016 WMATA announced that they would begin replacing the escalators at the east entrances to the Columbia Heights and Georgia Avenue Metro Stations on April 18th and March 21st respectively. The duration of the replacement projects were estimated to be 35 weeks for the Columbia Heights Station and 45 weeks for the Georgia Avenue Station.

In looking at both stations over the weekend, both projects appear to be on track for completion in early October, with the escalators at Georgia Avenue appearing that they may be completed slightly ahead of the those in Columbia Heights.

cohi-escalators-2(View of Escalator Replacement Efforts at the Columbia Heights Station (above))

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(Above and Below: New Escalators at the Georgia Avenue Station)

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New Murals Headed for Neighborhood as Part of District Walls

Posted September 26, 2016 by Kent
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New Park View mural on Georgia Avenue between Lamont and Kenyon.

New Park View mural on Georgia Avenue between Lamont and Kenyon.

The Georgia Avenue corridor is about to get more colorful in the coming days. I’m sure many have already noticed the new Park View mural on the west side of Georgia midway between Lamont and Kenyon (see inset), but there are two more that I am aware of that will be in progress starting today — one on the side of 829 Rock Creek Church Road (west of Georgia) and one on the side of 649 Kenyon Street (just east of Georgia Avenue).

The new murals on Kenyon and Rock Creek Church Road are part of Art Whino’s District Walls project. Art Whino will be curating 10 world renowned abstract muralists who will be painting murals through Washington, DC.  Numerous local artists will assist these muralists, allowing for an exchange of artistic knowledge.  DISTRICT WALLS is supported in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Muralist began painting the week of September 19th and will finish their murals by September 30th.

Below is a photo of the mural on Rock Creek Church Road in progress.

img_1560(Mural in progress at 829 Rock Creek Church Road, by Waone of Interesni Kazki)

… and below is the design created by artist Remi Rough for the side of Kenyon Place.

remirough-mural(Design by Remi Rough for 649 Kenyon Street)

(h/t to Park View neighbor Zach Nalbone)

Church to Condo Conversion Development Trending Up in the District

Posted September 23, 2016 by Kent
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There was an interesting article in the Washington Post yesterday that focused on the challenge of converting a historic church property into condos. While church to condo conversions have been happening throughout the District — with some project being more successful than others — I suspect that we’ll see our share of them in the Columbia Heights/Petworth area in the near future.

One property I’ve definitely had my eye on is the old Rona Baptist Church building at 13th and Monroe streets, NW. It’s been for sale for quite a while now and is currently home to Grace Meridian Hill Church. Several years ago there had been some discussion about converting the old Methodist church on Columbia Road between 14th and 15th streets into housing as well.

Closer to home, the old Pittman church building on Morton Street just east of Sherman was recently converted into condos with new infill construction along Sherman Avenue as part of the development.

Below is a video that was made of the developer of Morton Street Mews, where he talks about his project and the church.


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