Ward 1 Landmarks: The Cavalier — 3500 14th Street, NW

Posted July 22, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Historic Landmarks

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This imposing apartment building opened in 1927 as Hilltop Manor, an appropriate name given its topographic position, general prominence, and Renaissance Revival architecture. The building was one of a number of collaborations between architect Harvey H. Warwick and developer Morris Cafritz. It is a visual landmark in Columbia Heights in part because it immediately adjoins the public sidewalk, stands 90 feet tall at the roof peak, and occupies frontage along an entire block. The density of the development illustrates the rapid growth on major suburban thoroughfares in the post-World War I era, largely directed by the streetcar system and a new zoning ordinance. It was among the earliest cooperative apartments in the District of Columbia, a housing phenomenon that arose here in the 1920s, promising to give more control to resident owners and afford a high level of services by spreading costs among them. It was renamed ―The “Cavalier” only two years after opening.

(DC designation June 28, 2007; NR listing July 26, 2007)


In 2009 the Cavalier Apartments were renamed “Hubbard Place” in honor of community leader Leroy Hubbard, whose career was dedicated to rebuilding 14th Street after the civil disorders of 1968. The building is a nine story mid-rise with 230 apartments along with ground floor retail and office spaces. All 230 apartments are rent-assisted units.

National Night Out Is Tuesday, August 2nd.

Posted July 21, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Community Involvement, MPD

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National Night Out is an annual event held on the first Tuesday in August — this year that is August 2nd — that involves a collaboration of police departments around the nation and local community members. Various law enforcement, government agencies, non-profit organization, and community stakeholders will be present to share strategies for problem solving while social service providers share information; all while having good family fun. It is a night to celebrate community pride, unity, and most importantly public safety partnerships.

In the Park View area, the nearest event will be held at Bruce Monroe Park which is in the Third District. The Fourth District event is scheduled for the Roosevelt High school Football Field (at 4301 13th Street, NW) and will run from 5-9 p.m. Park Road separates the Third and Fourth police districts in our community.




National Night Out 2016

Check Out the Ward 1 Heritage Guide, Great Overview of Ward 1 History and Neighborhoods

Posted July 20, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Architecture, Historic Landmarks, History, Preservation

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The Historic Preservation Office (HPO) finally has the Ward 1 Heritage Guide available on their Website (click on image below). It’s an interesting overview of Ward 1 history, culture, and neighborhoods. HPO’s Ward Heritage Guides and a fun introduction to what makes each Ward/neighborhood special. While I’ve posted it before, you can also check out the Ward 4 guide here.

Ward 1 Heritage Guide

Checking Out WBJ’s Crane Watch Site

Posted July 19, 2016 by Kent
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I recently stumbled upon the Washington Business Journal’s Crane Watch Website, which they describe as an “interactive map with details of every major construction project underway in the Washington area — name, address, description, size, architect, cost (where we have it) and expected delivery.” I’m sure some folks have already discovered the site, which I think is kind of neat for getting a good sense of the scale of development in the city right now.

The Washington Business Journal also include the disclaimer that “Crane Watch will be a work in progress. As projects are completed, they will be removed from the map … [and] when something breaks ground, it will be added.”

In reviewing the map, two Park View projects are listed — the one at Georgia and Princeton and another at Georgia and Lamont.

Crane watch(Screen shot from Crane Watch. Click on image for access.)

The Lamont Street Collective Lands in Park View

Posted July 18, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Housing

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The Lamont Street Collective's new home on the 400 block of Park Road.

The Lamont Street Collective’s new home on the 400 block of Park Road.

If you’ve been following local news in the past several weeks, you may be aware that the Lamont Street Collective — an affordable housing cooperative & creative community space located in Mt. Pleasant since 1975 — was evicted from the rowhouse in which they were located following a change in ownership last year (You can read more about the collective at the Washington Post or at the Washington City Paper).

As it turns out, Mt. Pleasant’s loss has become Park View’s gain, with the collective’s new home located on the 400 block of Park Road. Collective members are  still in the process of moving into their new digs. Having had the opportunity to sit down and chat with a few of the members, their decision to move to Park View could enhance many of the community efforts currently underway — ranging from treeing up the community to Georgia Avenue Thrive’s efforts to increase safety and establish stronger support for the Georgia Avenue business community, including community events.


Efforts Underway to Clean Up 3660 Block of Georgia Avenue

Posted July 15, 2016 by Kent
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Photo of Metro ventilation grate full of trash, sent in by a reader.

Photo of Metro ventilation grate full of trash, sent in by a reader.

Lately, the east side of Georgia Avenue between Rock Creek Church Road and Quebec Place has been particularly bad with discarded trash. In particular, the two ventilation grates for the nearby Georgia Avenue metro station have been used as de facto trash collection bins as shown in the photo taken on July 11th and shared by a reader.

Several neighbors have reached out to me, DPW, and Councilmember Nadeau seeking a solution to this problem. In addition to a Green Team which would come later in the year, one suggestion has been to have a new litter can added to the block so that people have some place to put their cups, bags, and other debris. There used to be a litter can on this block which was removed sometime between October 2011 and May 2012. As the ventilation grates are being used as litter cans, and as Georgia Avenue is a heavily used commercial corridor, it makes sense that the litter can should be returned.

Requests have already been made to the Department of Public Works for a new can and we hope to see it installed soon.

3663 Georgia(Efforts are underway to have a litter can installed on Georgia Avenue south of Rock Creek Church Road)

Public Space Plan Proposed for 3701 New Hampshire Project

Posted July 14, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Development, streetscape

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Last night ANC 4C considered the public space application for the proposed streetscape changes that could occur as part of the redevelopment of 3701 New Hampshire Avenue (the former Sweet Mango property). While the overall plan is fairly basic (see below), I was happy to see that the Rock Creek Church Road frontage of the development will remove the curb cut/loading zone and will replace it with two new trees and permeable pavers. This should also increase street parking by one or two spaces.

I don’t yet know ANC4C’s feedback but expect we’ll find out shortly. The public space hearing is scheduled for August.

3701 streetscape(Site plan page from Rooney Properties public space submission.)


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