Around Town: Nearby News of Note

Posted September 2, 2016 by Kent
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Park View signProfile of Pablo Sierra & Walls of BooksWalls of Books opened in Park View at the beginning of 2016.  Located at 3325 Georgia Avenue, it features more than 40,000 used books and it is the first retail business Pablo Sierra has ever owned. Petworth News checks in with Walls of Books and chats with Sierra on how he has created a book store with a focus on community.  (Petworth News).

Brazen Early Morning Robbery in Columbia Heights on Tuesday – Despite recent efforts to address crime in northern Columbia Heights, a man was met with gunfire when he chased after a robber who pistol-whipped him on the 1300 block of Meridian Place, NW, on Tuesday morning about 1:15 a.m. (Borderstan).

Youth Arrested for Multiple Crimes in Area – On Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 18-year-old Christian Mendoza of Northwest, DC, was arrested. He is charged with two counts of Robbery, Assault with Intent to Kill, and two counts of Assault with a Dangerous Weapon for cases that occurred on 16th Street, Columbia Road, and Sherman Avenue. Suspect claims to be member of MS-13 (MPD 3D listserv, Washington Post) [updated]

Bill’s Seafood Kitchen/Fish in the Neighborhood Expands Outdoor Seating – Longtime Park View eatery Fish in the Neighborhood has been slowly building out an outdoor area for customers to enjoy Bill’s great food. PoPville noticed. (Popville).

Last Crosstown Transportation Study Scheduled for September 13th

Posted September 1, 2016 by Kent
Categories: DDOT, Streets and Trees, traffic

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From DDOT:

Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study
Public Meeting #4
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Open House from 6:00pm to 8:00pm

Presentation at 6:30pm

Columbia Heights Education Center

(3101 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20017)

The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will host the 4th and final public meeting for the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study on Tuesday, September 13, 2016.  The purpose of this meeting is to present the final recommended concept that enhances multimodal connectivity, mobility, and safety in the area and gain community feedback.

As a reminder, DDOT is concluding the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to identify improvements along the east-west connections in Wards 1 and 5, address safety concerns, optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor. DDOT will present to the members of the community and key stakeholders the range of physical and operational improvements. The Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study is a key project in the 2-Year Action Plan for moveDC, the District of Columbia’s multimodal long-range transportation plan.

For more information about the study, please visit the study website at or contact DDOT Project Manager, Katherine Youngbluth, AICP at katherine.youngbluth (at) dc (dot) gov or (202) 645-8625.

Study Area

For more information or to provide feedback, please go to: 


Wells Fargo ATM Finally Open at Georgia Avenue Metro

Posted August 31, 2016 by Kent
Categories: Random Observations

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IMG_1406[1](Wells Fargo ATM at the Park Place building on Georgia Avenue)

Its been a long time coming, but the Wells Fargo ATM above the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station (west side) appears to finally be operational. Back in 2011 I noted just how underserved the community was with banking services — especially compared to other areas around Metro stations such as U Street or Columbia Heights. While it isn’t a full banking facility, just having the ATM is a significant service improvement for the area.

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
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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.

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