Raze Permits Issued for 3223-3225 Georgia Avenue

Posted August 30, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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3225 Georgia(3223-3225 Georgia and 650 Lamont Street, NW)

A number of people have noticed that 3223-3225 Georgia Avenue is fenced in which is a good sign that development could be soon. In checking with DCRA, I was able to learn that raze permits were issued on August 9th for everything on the two lots, though building permits haven’t been issued yet.

Development of this site is by Brick Lane, with a building designed by Nelson Architects. The new building will be a mixed-use development of 15,000 square feet providing space for nine apartments and ground floor retail. I like that the plans keep the large outdoor patio space.

Below is a rendering of the building from the Brick Lane Web site.

2016-4-1_650+Lamont+renderings_Page_3(650 Lamont Street by Brick Lane)

Work Has Begun on the Alsco/Linens of the Week Development Project

Posted August 29, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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Alsco south elevation(Rendering of project under construction on Lamont Street)

Construction permits have been issued for the redevelopment of the former Alsco/Linens of the Week factory located on the 700 block of Lamont Street. On Friday, August 25, 2016, permit #B1506848 was issued for construction at 713 Lamont Street for a 143 unit new construction apartment building with one level of below grade parking. A portion of the facade along Lamont Street will be saved and reused. The below grade parking will be cast in place concrete.

Building permit #B1506849 for 735 Lamont Street is still in review. This permit is for the conversion of the existing 4 story warehouse/commercial laundry into a 76 unit apartment building, with one level of below grade utility space. The facade along Lamont Street and the floors and Structural frame of the building will be saved and reused. A demolition permit was issued earlier in the year to demolish a portion of two exterior walls and a portion of the interior space on Floors 1-4 and Roof.

Additional information about this project can be found here and here. Below are some photos of the construction now in progress.






1909 Mural in Anderson House Shows Automobile Driving Through Park View

Posted August 26, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Art, History, Murals

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Here’s a connection to the neighborhood that I wasn’t aware of (though I’m sure many already do). In reading up on the history of the Anderson House — located at 2118 Massachusetts Avenue in the Dupont Circle neighborhood — I read a reference to murals inside by H. Siddons Mowbray that drew my interest. Today, the house is the national headquarters of the Society of the Cincinatti, and according to their Website, the Mowbray murals in the Key Room and Winter Garden are his only works in Washington, D.C.

I was particularly interested in the description of the two Mowbray murals in the Winter Garden, which are of Washington, D.C., and its surroundings. Between the two murals, they map Larz and Isabel Andersons’ favorite local driving routes and nearby landmarks — some of which include the National Zoo, Old Soldiers’ Home, Great Falls, Arlington House, and Mount Vernon. They were painted in 1909 so its a nice reference to car culture at the beginning of the 20th century. Its also an interesting representation of how much of D.C. was developed and where people would drive on outings at the time.

I’ve not had a change to go to the Anderson House yet (which is open to the public for free), but was able to find a blog post online here that provides more information on the house as well the image below of the mural that shows driving routes up Georgia Avenue, along Rock Creek Church Road, and through the Soldiers’ Home.

Anderson House mural soldiers home(Photo from Museum a Week blog.)

Shooting on 600 Block of Lamont Street

Posted August 25, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Crime, MPD, Public Safety, Shootings

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The Third District is currently investigating a shooting that occurred in the 600 block of Lamont Street NW, shortly after 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 25th. The adult male victim had what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. MPD issued the following lookout:

Anyone with information is asked to call 202-727-9099 or text to 50411.

Tonight! Park View UNC Fundraiser at DC Reynolds.

Posted August 25, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, Fundraisers

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The Park View United Neighborhood Coalition — the civic group that serves the northern section of Park View — is having their annual fundraiser tonight at DC Reynolds. Its a good way to meet neighbors and support the UNC.

Here’s How It Works

1. Come to DC Reynolds
2. Buy a drink from one of their friendly bartenders
3. The bartender will give you a receipt good for a 2nd drink. DON”T USE IT.
4. Drop your receipt in the jars provided on the bar. The UNC receives the value of your drink ticket!

More information on the flyer below:

UNC Fundraiser flier 2016_PDF

Century Old Photos of the Soldiers’ Home Lakes

Posted August 24, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home, History

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Recently I came across the following two photos of the lower Lake at the Soldier’ Home. The lakes are located just east of the no closed Park Road gate. Judging from the other photos in the collection, I believe the images date to around 1913. I especially like the geese/ducks/swans on the water and the houses on the small island for them.

soldiers home lake

soldiers home lake

Bicyclist Struck on Warder/7th Street Last Night

Posted August 23, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Bikes, MPD

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Last night, a woman riding a bicycle was the victim of a hit and run at the intersection of Rock Creek Road and 7th/Warder Street which occurred around 5:30 p.m. In speaking with neighbors, I’ve been told that the cyclist was conscious after the accident but seriously injured and left in an ambulance. Neighbors also relayed that the vehicle had Texas plates, and they suspect may have been stolen as the driver fled the scene on foot after the collision. Police had the area blocked off and were redirecting traffic for a time following the accident.

The Washington Post also provided some details of the event, which can be read here.



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