Update on Pepco’s Harvard Distribution Project

Posted February 15, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Restoration repair and maintenance, Streets and Trees

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Yesterday Pepco shared that they are still on scheduled to complete their current round of construction near for the Harvard Substation Distribution Project by the end of March 2019. Since their public meeting on January 15th,  Pepco has continued its construction along Sherman Avenue and is currently finishing the manhole on Florida Avenue.

Moving forward into the next phase of work, Pepco held a meeting with DDOT and the construction team for The Wren (Wholefoods) development to discuss the next phase of work in the immediate areas along Florida and Sherman Avenues and coordinate the construction projects.

Following is a Summary of what was discussed at the Pepco Coordination Meeting:

  • DDOT inspectors reviewed Pepco TCP plans for the intersections of W Street/Florida Avenue as well as construction plans for The Wren Development;
  • Starting Monday, February 18th Pepco will begin excavation at W Street across Florida Avenue to connect conduit to the manhole currently being installed closets to the Florida/Sherman Avenue intersection;
  • Door hangers will be distributed along areas impacted as notification;
  • Construction will be during normal hours as defined DDOT;
  • Crews will ensure that steal plates are secured each night to avoid noise disturbance;
  • Pepco crews will coordinate with The Wren (crews) as they will need to install equipment needed for the new pedestrian signals that will be installed for access to The Whole Foods. This will be done as appropriate;
  • Once Pepco crews are complete with construction (March 2019), The Wren will then begin its construction to install the remainder of the equipment needed for signal installation;
  • Once The Wren has finished its construction, Pepco will then repave/resurface the intersection from curb to curb;
  • Once Pepco is ready to repave the road, crews will need to close one lane at a time in order to mill and pave the road. This should only be a 3 day operation and will be done once The Wren has completed its equipment instillation. They will do their own outreach to notify residents when construction wills start;
  • Crews are working to complete the remaining construction near the 2000 BLOCK of Sherman Avenue. Once this is complete Pepco will work to pave an mill the road in a similar fashion (one lane at a time). Pepco is currently revising their TCP’s to reflect safe accommodations along Sherman Avenue. Pepco will provide notice once they are ready to begin paving along Sherman Avenue. Crews are still on pace to complete construction along Sherman Avenue by May 2019; and,
  • Pepco still anticipates further construction on Sherman Avenue (north of Euclid), as well as Girard and Harvard Streets starting June 2019. Pepco will alert impacted residents in advance of any construction or if this time frame should change.

Below is a project overview sheet including a map of the impacted area for those who use Sherman Avenue.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook Off a Great Success

Posted February 12, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Small Businesses

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The 2nd annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili was a great success, with five different delicious chilis for people to choose from. Competition was stiff. The competition was organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges, and DSLBD.

As you can see from Commissioner Michael Wray’s tweet, the place was packed and we had a great panel of judges.

It was an honor to be among the judges and taste some great chili from The Looking Glass Lounge, DC Reynolds, The Midlands, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company, & NuVegan Café. Every chili was wonderful and it was a hard choice.

Much congratulations to all the contestants for highlighting the talent we have right here in the neighborhood, and to Midlands for getting the best overall award from the Judges & to DC Reynolds for winning the Peoples’ Choice award.

Reliable Tavern was packed and I’m already looking forward to next year.

(Three of the five chilis that tantalized the taste buds.)

Call Your Mother Applies for Alcohol License

Posted February 11, 2019 by Kent
Categories: ABRA, Small Businesses

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(Call Your Mother at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street, NW)

The very popular Call Your Mother has applied for a license to serve alcohol between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm daily. The ABRA placard went up on Friday, February 8th, and a copy is below. This seems like a natural progression for the eatery and could result in longer operating hours in the future. Call Your Mother is currently open from 8 am to 2 pm daily.

Civil War Walking Tour of Fort Totten Happening on Saturday, 11 am

Posted February 8, 2019 by Kent
Categories: History, Sports leisure and entertainment

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Tomorrow, February 9th, you can join join the Civil War Defenses of Washington for a tour of Fort Totten, one of 68 major forts that encircled Washington DC during the Civil War. The tour begins a 11:00 a.m. The fort saw action during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July 1864 and is one of 17 sites preserved and managed by the National Park Service.

Ranger Steve T. Phan, a Civil War expert, will guide visitors in and around the historic earthen fort, including recently discovered remnants thought to be lost during the post-war era. The walk will be 1.5 miles and conducted over paved sidewalks, dirt paths, and grass.

Meet Ranger Steve at the entrance to the Fort Totten Metro Station on Saturday, February 9th at 11:00 a.m. Visitors will be guided back to the metro station at the conclusion of the tour.

For more information on the Fort Totten tour, click here. For more information on Fort Totten, please visit the CWDW Website here.

Below is a photo of Fort Totten today as well as several from the Civil War era.

Fort Totten today

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Ave Chili Cook-Off is This Sunday at Reliable Tavern

Posted February 7, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Restaurants Bars & Taverns, Small Businesses

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The 2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off will be at Reliable Tavern this Sunday from 2-4 pm. Come out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy FREE chili tasting from some of Lower Georgia Ave’s favorite restaurants’ chefs! These tasty dishes aren’t on the menu as each entry is prepared just for this one-time event! I’ve been informed that this is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

Reliable Tavern will be hosting this event in their basement (stairway entry). Featured restaurants are DC ReynoldsThe MidlandsNuVegan CaféThe Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli.

This event is organized with the support of Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Sneak Peek at Sonny’s Pizza

Posted February 6, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Restaurants, Small Businesses

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During this past weekend’s Georgia Avenue walk with District Bridges, we were lucky enough to catch up with Max Zuckerman at Sonny’s Pizza. Max gave us a quick tour and I can honestly say is looks amazing. Sonnys is weeks away from opening so be on the look out for another food option in the neighborhood soon.

Below are a few photos I took to provide a hint of what to expect … however I’ll also say that I’m not sharing photos of the entire space to be prepared to be pleasantly surprised during your first visit.

(ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray (1A09) and Rashida Brown (1A10) with Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges) outside of Sonny’s.)

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Left to right, Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Rashida Brown (1A10), Max Zuckerman (Sonny’s), Kent Boese (1A08).

Arcade Sunshine Transformation from Dry Cleaning Plant to 225 New Apartments is Amazing

Posted February 5, 2019 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Entrance to the new apartments at 713 Lamont Street, NW

It has been interesting to watch the transformation of converting the Alsco/Linen’s of the Week building into 225 new units of housing right off of Georgia Avenue. The community first learned about the proposal in 2014. Today, the property has progressed to the point where both the 713 and 733 Lamont Street buildings are now leasing. In visiting the Arcade Sunshine Web site, you can see both the floor plans for 713 Lamont as well as the floor plans for 733 Lamont.

While the conversion of the historic laundry plant is nearly complete, the owners still plan to construct a few more housing structures on the parking lot to the west, and they also own the land behind the building that connects to Morton Street.

From beginning to end, once ANC1A and the developer was able to agree upon saving the historic facades of the 713 Lamont building, this has been a class act with an exciting outcome. This is adaptive reuse at its best. It includes significant underground parking, adds 225 new apartments to the neighborhood on a property that has never supported housing in its long history, and has done so in a way that incorporates historic structures and facades to create a new outcome that is both exciting and enhancing the architectural fabric of the surrounding community. I’m a big fan of this project.

Below are a few more photos of the (nearly) completed project.


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