Archive for May 2019

Heads Up!, More Food Options Opening in Park View

May 28, 2019

Brand new and coming soon to the 3600 block of Georgia Avenue, residents and visitors will soon have two more eating options to choose from. Located between local favorites Looking Glass Lounge and DC Reynolds,  Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant is sporting a Grand Opening banner. I haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, and they appear to be closed on Monday’s so I didn’t get a chance to pop in yesterday. I’m looking forward to doing that soon and reporting back.

Right next door to Tsehay, at 3632 Georgia, Mr. Braxton is finishing up its renovations and should also be opening up in the next couple of weeks. I did have a chance to pop in and chat with the restaurateurs, and I like what I saw. Most importantly to anyone who is familiar with the space, and the businesses that have preceeded Mr. Braxton, is that the property now has a full kitchen, so I’ll be looking forward to seeing their menu soon.

As you can see from the photos below, the refresh of the Georgia Avenue facade and the patio are also welcoming and a good indication of the personality that will be found inside. Mr. Braxton was written up in the Washingtonian a couple weeks back (read article here).

(Mr. Braxton: Georgia Avenue (above) and rear patio (below).)

 

Update on Pepco’s Capital Grid Project & Summer Construction Areas

May 24, 2019

Last night, Pepco held a community meeting to update residents in the general area of Sherman Avenue and Harvard on the status of their Capital Grid project and where to expect construction this summer.

Below is the map that was shared during the meeting. It shows streets where construction has already been completed (green), and where construction will be this summer (blue).

(Pepco maps showing status of completed and future construction.)

The map identifies Sherman Avenue (between Euclid and Girard), Girard Street (between Sherman and 13th), Harvard Street (between Sherman and 13th), and 13th Street (between Girard and Columbia) as the streets where construction will occur. Work will begin between the first week to mid-June 2019 and is expected to be completed by October 1st at the latest.

During construction, each impacted  street will have at least one lane open for traffic. Additionally, on-street parking will be impacted during construction hours, but will be returned to community use when construction ends each afternoon and overnight. Steel plates will also be used to cover the trenches each night.

Here is their list of construction activites:

Pepco Substation No. 13, at Harvard and Sherman Avenue, with 2914 Sherman in the background.

The purpose of all of this work is to transfer the energy service to the neighborhood from Harvard Street to Florida Avenue so that the Harvard Street substation can be brought off-line to be rebuilt.

The current plan is for the Harvard substation to begin construction early in 2020. It is not expected to be completed until late 2022 or early 2023.

It is also important to note that a future section of Pepco Construction will include Georgia Avenue from New Hampshire Avenue to Girard Street, though that is still in the future and not currently scheduled.

(Residents gathered to learn updates from Pepco about their Capital Grid project.)

38 New Housing Options Being Added in Historic Church Conversion on Park Road, NW

May 14, 2019

The redevelopment of the historic Park View Christian Church on Park Road is nearly complete.

The conversion of the historic Park View Christian Church building and parking lot is quickly nearing completion, with the new construction now on the market and some of the condos in the historic building still receiving finishing touches. In all, the project is adding 38 new condos (including Inclusionary Zoning units) to the Park View community.

The buildings were open over the weekend and I managed to swing by and check them out. According to the developers Web site, units start at $290k, and from what I saw they go up to about $900,000, depending upon the unit size and location. I noted that five of the condos already have contracts pending.

You can see the range of prices and floor plans here.

There are a lot of things I like about this project. Top of my list is that it adaptively reuses a history building (and they are doing a good job of this). I also like the fit and finished that have been used throughout, that there is a range of unit sized, including two-level units, and that many of the upper units have dedicated outdoor space. I also like that this project was large enough to include units that are more affordable to the neighborhood than many developments bring.

You can see images of the units on their Web site, or I have included a few below I took on my visit.

LAYC to Restore Park View Rec Center Mural This Summer

May 13, 2019

The mural at the Park View Recreation Center when it was completed in 2010

This summer, the Latin American Youth Center will be restoring and touching up the mural on the south side of the Park View Recreation Center. The mural is ten years old and is beginning to suffer from pealing paint, etc. The lead artist for the restoration project will be Luis Peralta, with funding coming from the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities.

This project will not change the design of the mural, however there may be an attempt at touching up the portraits so that they are more accurate representations of the  notables they honor — namelyn Malcolm X, Thurgood Marshall, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Frederick Douglass.

New Tavern, Smitty’s, Now Open in Park View

May 1, 2019

Yesterday, Smitty’s soft opened in Park View at 3549 Georgia Avenue. I was able to pop in and welcome them to the neighborhood.

Smitty’s is small but inviting. Inside there is seating for 20, and eventually there are plans for a rear summer garden. Based on my conversation, they plan to be closed on Monday’s.


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