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First Tree Box on Georgia Avenue Gets Flowers

June 16, 2017

Digging into the hard, backed soil in front of Walters.

On Thursday night, June 15th, Commissioner Boese with volunteers from Georgia Avenue Thrive planted begonias in the tree box in front of Walters Sports Bar (3632 Georgia Avenue). Prior to the event, Annie’s Ace Hardware set aside the flowers which Boese provided. EatsPlace also provided lemonade for the volunteers.

I can tell you it was a lot of work. The soil was clay and compacted making digging with a shovel impossible, so a garden mattock was used.  Once enough of the hard, clay soil had been loosened up, mulch was used to help amend he soil. After that the begonias went in.

While the project is largely done, additional much will be required. Fortunately, there is already mulch available.

There were a number of lessons learned from the effort, the primary one being that the tree boxes on Georgia are composed primarily of  compacted clay with is very difficult t dig into.

(Finishing up the evening’s work.)

Help Add Some Color to Georgia Avenue with Flowers

June 13, 2017

Here’s a collaboration between Georgia Avenue Thrive and myself to begin adding some beauty to the tree boxes on Georgia Avenue. We’re going to kick it off this Thursday in front of DC Reynolds by planting begonias in the tree box in front of their business. This is a great opportunity to volunteer. Depending upon how well this goes, additional tree boxes will be considered for future plantings. See the flyer below for details.

Park Morton Development Plan for Bruce Monroe Site Draws Appeals

June 9, 2017

Four separate, but nearly identical, petitions to review the Zoning Commission’s Board Order to redevelop the Bruce Monroe site for the Park Morton project were filed with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on May 30, 2017. The petitions were filed by residents living close to the site, and ask the Court to “begin the briefing that will show how [the] final decision [of Zoning Case 16-11] is not in line with applicable DC Code, DC Zoning Regulations, the DC Comprehensive Plan, and the law to [the filer’s] concrete detriment.”

Based on some of the testimony given before the DC Council during the surplus and disposition process and before the Zoning Commission, these appeals were not unexpected. Presuming the Court of Appeals reaffirms the Park Morton effort when they review the petitions, and taking into account the current timeline for appeals before the Court, the appeals will result in either no delay in breaking ground or a delay of 1-3 months. The project and development team are continuing to work on plans with a Summer 2017 start date in mind.

(Design for the Park Morton apartment building at the Bruce Monroe site.)

Looking Glass Lounge Robbed Late Monday Afternoon

June 6, 2017

(Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue)

From the MPD Listserv, posted Monday evening on June 5th:

Today [Monday, 6/5] around 4:40PM two suspects entered the Looking Glass Lounge at 3634 Georgia Avenue, NW.  One suspect brandished a handgun and demanded money.  There were no injuries reported.

The first suspect was described as a black male, 5’7″, 160 lbs, brown eyes. black hair, medium build, medium skin tone, wearing, black sweatpants, white shoes with purple and black accents, lime green hoodie with pink Nike swoosh.

The second suspect was describes as a black male, 5’7”, early 20’s, black hoodie, blue jeans, black baseball hat, and a black mask.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is asked to call 202 727-9099.

Reliable Tavern Opens Tonight in Park View

May 5, 2017

Making new friends at Reliable Tavern.

After much anticipation, Reliable Tavern officially opens tonight. Reliable Tavern is the result of a collaboration between longtime barmen Joe Englert and Kyle Remissong as well as Langdon Hample, a local commercial real estate broker/investor — and is located just south of the Georgia Avenue Metro station at 3655 Georgia Avenue, NW. Longtime residents may recall that this is not Englert’s first enterprise in Park View,  having been involved in the old Temperance Hall (today’s Looking Glass Lounge).

Last night, I had the pleasure of checking out their months of hard work, which turned the former Capitol Locksmith into another great addition to Park View’s growing tavern community. The space features 15-foot ceilings on the first level and a well appointed basement level that includes two pools tables and a unique bar backdrop that showcases vintage 1920’s central boiler and steam pipes.

In exploring the spaces last night, I found the entire tavern to be attractive and inviting. Personally, I really like the addition to pool to the community. I also appreciated the incorporation of the old hardware cabinets into the first floor’s bar area.

As for food, it will be provided during operating hours from Chris Svetlik’s Republic Kolache. According to Reliable Tavern’s press release, “The ‘National Pastry of Texas’ will be served alongside a selection of Tex-Mex inspired bar snacks. In future months, Republic Kolache will expand its offerings to include a brunch on the weekends.”

Below are a few photos from last night:

(Above: Photos of Reliable Tavern’s main floor.)

(Below: Photos of the basement level’s bar back and one of the pool tables.)

First Friday Launches in Park View on May 5th

May 4, 2017
The lower Georgia Avenue businesses are launching First Friday tomorrow, on May 5th, from 6-8 pm. This will be a monthly recurring activity with a growing number of businesses offering specials, highlighting DC artists and musicians. Check out the First Friday Facebook page for more details and a list of participating businesses.

First Friday is organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, which is partnering with the Petworth Arts Collaborative on this with a vision for a vibrant First Friday from Upshur to Euclid in the hopefully not too distant future.

Next Community Cleanup Scheduled for May 6th

April 28, 2017

Georgia Avenue Thrive will hold its next cleanup at 10am May 6 at the corner of Georgia and Irving.

Immediately following the cleanup, volunteers will meet at Colony Club to enjoy free coffee or iced coffee (depending on the weather). It’s a neighborhood get-together, a great chance to socialize, chat with neighbors and come together as a community.

See the flyer below for details.


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