Posted tagged ‘Georgia Avenue corridor’

New Mural in the Works for 3124 Georgia Avenue

March 20, 2017

A new mural is being planned for this vacant wall at 3124 Georgia Avenue, NW.

A new mural is in the planning stages for the large vacant wall on the southwest corner of Georgia Avenue and Kenyon Street. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A approved a letter in support of the mural at their March 8, 2017, meeting.

Prior to the approval, Commissioner Rashida Brown had meet with the property’s owner and with Words, Beats & Life with is the organization that has selected the site for the mural. Words, Beats & Life will work closely with the ANC and the community during the mural process. The organization partners with local artists and community members to replace graffiti with art and will provide the supplies and instruction necessary to complete the project.

No design has been shared for this specific site to date.

Love March Planned for Georgia Avenue on Saturday, March 11th

March 8, 2017

On Saturday, March 11th, a group of DC community members who are interested in celebrating and promoting diversity in our neighborhoods have scheduled a Love March that will run down Georgia Avenue from Emery Recreation Center to the African American Civil War Memorial.  You can learn more about the march on the Love March Website. Below are March details from the site.

March/Rally Date
Saturday, March 11

Starting Point Location
Emery Rec. Center, starting at 10:30am

Mid-Point Rally
Bruce Monroe Park, 12:30pm

Ending Rally
U Street/African Civil War Memorial, 1:30-2:30pm

Checking Out Story District’s Bright/Bold Storefront

March 7, 2017

Story District has been located on Georgia Avenue between Walls of Books and The Midlands since last fall, yet they really didn’t have much of a street presence that I recall until recently. When walking past their office over the past few weeks, I’ve noticed that they now have a bold and inviting identity when you look at their storefront. I very much appreciate its colorfulness and inviting character.

Project at Georgia and Otis Continues to Show Progress

March 2, 2017

I checked in on the progress at 3557-3559 Georgia Avenue (southeast corner of Georgia and Otis) recently and am happy to report that the development still shows signs of progress. I last check at the beginning of January and found a pile driver on the site.  Now, much of the site has been excavated for the foundation and basement (see photos below). The project — named the “V” — received approval from the BZA in January 2013.

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Zoning Commission Votes Unanimously in Support of a New Park Morton

February 1, 2017
Revised design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.

Revised design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.

On Monday evening January 30th, the Zoning Commission voted unanimously in support of both Zoning Cases related to the redevelopment of Park Morton (cases 16-11 and 16-12 (watch video of meetings here)). The National Capitol Planning Commission (NCPC) will now have 30 days to review and comment on the Planned Unit Development package, and following the NCPC the projects will go back to the Zoning Commission for final action. This is expected to occur in early March.

The projects the Commissioners approved on January 30th incorporate some revisions and clarifications that were a result of the hearings held on December 5th and 8th. Two of the more important changes for the Bruce Monroe site were:

  • Revised architectural design motif for the townhomes to better integrate them into the existing architectural context. The revised design elements include revised materials and materials palatte that incorporate a warmer color scheme; further defined brick detailing that includes brick banding and brick soldier courses; revised window mullion design that creates windows of a vertical proportion for a more residential character; and revised window panel material to brick with banding; and,
  • Prior to the issuance of a Building Permit for the multi-family building, the Applicant shall demonstrate to the Zoning Administrator that DMPED will convey the PUD Site to Park View Community Partners pursuant to a 99 year ground lease. The ground lease will contain a provision wherein DMPED agrees that a minimum of 44,000 square feet of land area in Square 2890 identified as a public park shown on Sheet G10 of the Architectural Plans and Elevations, dated January 9, 2017, will only be used for park and recreation uses for the term of the ground lease. The Applicant shall have the right to use a portion of the park area as a temporary staging area during construction of the Project.

The changes listed above addressed the concern that the land set aside for the park will actually be improved as a park, and the concern by the Commission that the color of brick originally chosen didn’t compliment the existing neighborhood well and would be difficult to keep clean.

Below are renderings showing the new (approved) brick color for the buildings to be built at the Bruce Monroe site compared to the original proposal.

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(Renderings showing approved (above) and original (below) brick choices for the buildings designed for the Bruce Monroe site.)

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King’s Deli Open, Under New Ownership

January 31, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec Pl, NW.

As a follow up to my post last week regarding King’s Deli, I’ve since learned that it was recently sold and is now under new ownership. I had an opportunity to meet with the new owner on Sunday, and got to hear about their plans for the business.

While there is currently some irregularity with their hours of operation, they hope to spruce the place up and make it more inviting, both on the outside and within. I also asked about the recent health code violation, which I understand happened under the previous owner and has since been corrected.

I’ll provide more information as they are available.

King’s Deli and Grocery Closed Due to Health Code Violation

January 27, 2017
King's Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

King’s Deli & Grocery on the corner of Georgia and Quebec

I’ve learned that King’s Deli (located on the northeast corner of Georgia Avenue and Quebec Pl, NW) closed on January 17th due to operating without hot water, which is a health code violation.

As King’s Deli also has a liquor license, the liquor license will be put in safe keeping until the store reopens.


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