WAMU Looks at Past, Present, and Future of the Soldiers’ Home

Posted August 2, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Armed Forces Retirement Home

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WAMU posted a nice feature on the Armed Forces Retirement Home today authored by Martin Austermuhle (read/listen to it here). What I enjoyed is that it does a good job of providing insight into what life it like there for the retirees, provides some history of the home, mentions the challenges the home is facing, and provides a glimpse of their vision into the future.

The Soldiers’ Home is a gem and one that many residents would like to see greater access too. When the surrounding neighborhoods of Park View and Petworth were constructed, the grounds were open to the public. By the 1920s restrictions on use began to appear and with the creation of the Washington Hospital Center in the 1950s (built on land originally belonging to the Soldiers’ Home), the home began closing access to the home to prevent drivers from cutting through the grounds. This included the closing of the Randolph Gate in 1953 and closing the Park Road gate in 1955.

Based on the WAMU story, the Soldiers’ Home indicated that they are interested in exploring more public access to the grounds at some future date, but currently are focused on the development of their 80 acres at North Capital and Irving Street and restoring the financial health of the institution.

(The Soldiers’ Homes Scott Building in the ca. 1860s)

More Housing Coming to Georgia Avenue at Irving Street, NW

Posted August 1, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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(The northeast corner of Georgia and Irving, NW)

According to permits issued on April 19, 2018, the property at the 3101 Georgia Avenue has been razed so that a new 8-unit multifamily building can be constructed on the site. The building will be just shy of 50 ft., which is the maximum by-right height allowed in the MU-4 zone. Other aspects of the project can be found in DCRA’s March 14, 2018 Determination Letter (read here).

Below is a rendering of the new building, and the full plan set is available here.

(Rending of new building designed for 3101 Georgia Ave., NW)

Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant Coming to 3630 Georgia Avenue

Posted July 31, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Restaurants

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ABRA has posted notice that Tsehay Ethiopian Restaurant has applied for a liquor license at 3630 Georgia Avenue. The new restaurant will serve Ethiopian food. The application is also for use of a Summer Garden with 20 seats in addition to 42 seats inside and a total occupancy load of 62. The applicant is also requesting full hours of operation as well as an Entertainment Endorsement to provide live entertainment inside the premises and for the summer garden (read ABRA otice here).


16th Street, NW, Bus Lanes Project Public Meeting Tonight in Mt. Pleasant

Posted July 30, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Bus service, DDOT

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DDOT is hosing a public meeting tonight (Monday, July 30) from 6-8pm at the Mt. Pleasant Library (3160 16th Street NW) where they’ll have staff present to answer any questions as they move into the detailed design and then construction phases of the project their 16th Street Bus Lane Project.
You can find their narrated online presentation where they share their final roadway design layout for the 16th Street NW corridor, the final bus stop consolidation list, and the project schedule below or at https://www.16thstreetnwbus.com/public-engagement/

Roll-Off Day is Tomorrow (7/28): Opportunity to Get Rid of Bulk Items

Posted July 27, 2018 by Kent
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It is not uncommon for our community to repeated see illegal dumping, especially around the first of the month as people move. Its especially all too common to see mattresses leaning up against litter cans in the neighborhood.

So I’m excited to share that tomorrow, in an effort to deter illegal dumping, the Mayor’s Office of the Clean City, Mayor’s Office of Community Relations and Services, and Department of Public Works are hosing a Roll-Off Day in Columbia Heights on Saturday, July 28th, from 1pm-4pm in front of the 14th and Girard Street Park.

You can bring your bulk trash and other debris to 14th & Girard Streets NW on Saturday, July 28, for FREE disposal! While no hazardous materials or electronics will be accepted you can take those to the Fort Totten Transfer Station for disposal.

If you live in the neighborhood and need assistance moving items, you can call 202-442-8150 to RSVP for volunteer help.

Several Area Streets to be Repaved in 2018

Posted July 26, 2018 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Restoration repair and maintenance, Streets and Trees, Transportation

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While we are over halfway through 2018 and haven’t seen any significant street improvements in the neighborhood, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have several that are still planned for calendar 2018. These include Quebec Place from Park Place to Georgia, Newton Place from Park Place to Warder, and Columbia Road from Warder to Georgia AND from 13th Street to 16th Street. You can see these areas on the map below as well as review the status of all current DDOT alley and street paving projects at the DDOT Paving Plan Web site.

I’m particularly please by the inclusion of Columbia Road in the 2018 plan, as ANC1A supported other community efforts by unanimously passing a resolution asking for Columbia Road to be repaved in September 2017. The resolution was introduced by Commissioner Boese and co-sponsored by Commissioners Wade, Brown, and Rybarczyk.

All of the streets in the 2018 plan are still expected to be completed this calendar year. However, weather like the rain we’ve been having recently and any unexpected delays on other streets can put DDOT’s teams behind schedule. A good indicator for those living on the streets listed above about pending work will be the advanced posting of No Parking signs for the construction, which will give neighbors a heads up that the construction will begin soon.

(Streets shown in red are scheduled to be repaved in 2018, though work has not yet begun)

3110-3112 Georgia Avenue Finally Taking Shape

Posted July 24, 2018 by Kent
Categories: Development, Housing

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The new development at 3110-3112 Georgia Avenue has been slow going, but it finally appears to be taking shape I first noted it in August 2016 and saw demolition on the site in October 2017.

According to the building permits, the new building will be 4 stories plus a penthouse and a cellar with 16 apartments and a ground floor of commercial space. Below is the current state of the building. It is located just a few doors down from Colony Club.

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