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2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook Off a Great Success

February 12, 2019

The 2nd annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili was a great success, with five different delicious chilis for people to choose from. Competition was stiff. The competition was organized by Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges, and DSLBD.

As you can see from Commissioner Michael Wray’s tweet, the place was packed and we had a great panel of judges.

It was an honor to be among the judges and taste some great chili from The Looking Glass Lounge, DC Reynolds, The Midlands, Call Your Mother Deli, Timber Pizza Company, & NuVegan Café. Every chili was wonderful and it was a hard choice.

Much congratulations to all the contestants for highlighting the talent we have right here in the neighborhood, and to Midlands for getting the best overall award from the Judges & to DC Reynolds for winning the Peoples’ Choice award.

Reliable Tavern was packed and I’m already looking forward to next year.

(Three of the five chilis that tantalized the taste buds.)

Call Your Mother Applies for Alcohol License

February 11, 2019

(Call Your Mother at Georgia Avenue and Lamont Street, NW)

The very popular Call Your Mother has applied for a license to serve alcohol between the hours of 8 am and 11 pm daily. The ABRA placard went up on Friday, February 8th, and a copy is below. This seems like a natural progression for the eatery and could result in longer operating hours in the future. Call Your Mother is currently open from 8 am to 2 pm daily.

2nd Annual Lower Georgia Ave Chili Cook-Off is This Sunday at Reliable Tavern

February 7, 2019

The 2nd Annual Lower Georgia Avenue Chili Cook-Off will be at Reliable Tavern this Sunday from 2-4 pm. Come out, meet your neighbors, and enjoy FREE chili tasting from some of Lower Georgia Ave’s favorite restaurants’ chefs! These tasty dishes aren’t on the menu as each entry is prepared just for this one-time event! I’ve been informed that this is a family-friendly event and all ages are welcome.

Reliable Tavern will be hosting this event in their basement (stairway entry). Featured restaurants are DC ReynoldsThe MidlandsNuVegan CaféThe Looking Glass Lounge, and a mash-up with Timber Pizza Company & Call Your Mother Deli.

This event is organized with the support of Georgia Avenue Thrive, District Bridges’ Lower Georgia Ave Main Street, and the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development.

Sneak Peek at Sonny’s Pizza

February 6, 2019

During this past weekend’s Georgia Avenue walk with District Bridges, we were lucky enough to catch up with Max Zuckerman at Sonny’s Pizza. Max gave us a quick tour and I can honestly say is looks amazing. Sonnys is weeks away from opening so be on the look out for another food option in the neighborhood soon.

Below are a few photos I took to provide a hint of what to expect … however I’ll also say that I’m not sharing photos of the entire space to be prepared to be pleasantly surprised during your first visit.

(ANC1A Commissioners Michael Wray (1A09) and Rashida Brown (1A10) with Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges) outside of Sonny’s.)

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Left to right, Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Rashida Brown (1A10), Max Zuckerman (Sonny’s), Kent Boese (1A08).

Arcade Sunshine Transformation from Dry Cleaning Plant to 225 New Apartments is Amazing

February 5, 2019

Entrance to the new apartments at 713 Lamont Street, NW

It has been interesting to watch the transformation of converting the Alsco/Linen’s of the Week building into 225 new units of housing right off of Georgia Avenue. The community first learned about the proposal in 2014. Today, the property has progressed to the point where both the 713 and 733 Lamont Street buildings are now leasing. In visiting the Arcade Sunshine Web site, you can see both the floor plans for 713 Lamont as well as the floor plans for 733 Lamont.

While the conversion of the historic laundry plant is nearly complete, the owners still plan to construct a few more housing structures on the parking lot to the west, and they also own the land behind the building that connects to Morton Street.

From beginning to end, once ANC1A and the developer was able to agree upon saving the historic facades of the 713 Lamont building, this has been a class act with an exciting outcome. This is adaptive reuse at its best. It includes significant underground parking, adds 225 new apartments to the neighborhood on a property that has never supported housing in its long history, and has done so in a way that incorporates historic structures and facades to create a new outcome that is both exciting and enhancing the architectural fabric of the surrounding community. I’m a big fan of this project.

Below are a few more photos of the (nearly) completed project.

District Bridges & ANC1A Commissioners Walk Georgia Avenue to Share Ideas on Supporting Small Businesses, Addressing Local Challenges

February 4, 2019

One of the more important aspects of the Park View and Pleasant Plains neighborhoods is the growing business community along Georgia Avenue. It is a place where new businesses have been opening along side long-time establishments creating a vibrancy that is as diverse as the community it serves. But alongside that growth, we continue to have vacant storefronts and lots as well as rising rents that have negative impacts along the corridor.

To foster a better understanding of the needs, challenges, and opportunities that exist on Georgia Avenue, ANC1A Commissioners Kent Boese (1A08), Michael Wray (1A09), and Rashida Brown (1A10) met up with District Bridges/Lower Georgia Avenue Main Streets very own Jennifer Kuiper. The group met up at Amen Coffee & Juice (3661 Georgia Avenue) and walked south to Columbia Road. Along the way, we discussed issues about specific areas and chatted with community members and business owners.

Here are a few photos from that outing.

From left to right: Jennifer Kuiper (District Bridges), Messeret Mesiake (Amen Coffee), Michael Wray (1A09), Rashida Brown (1A10), and Kent Boese (1A08).

The walk included catching up with former ANC1A Commissioner Bobby Holmes.

A highlight of the walk was stopping in at Sonnys Pizza to get a sneak peek.

Holiday Lighting Event Scheduled for Park View/Petworth This Friday on Georgia Avenue

December 4, 2018

Last Friday, District Bridges hosted their annual tree lighting at the Columbia Heights plaza. This year, as part of their effort with the Georgia Avenue Main Street, they will be hosting an event on Georgia Avenue (see flyer to the right).

This Friday, December 7th, a holiday lighting event is schedule for Georgia Avenue. The event will begin at 6:30 pm and is at the corner of Rock Creek Church Rd and New Hampshire Avenue, outside the old Sweet Mango.

Last night I caught up briefly with District Bridges’ Jennifer Kuiper who was with volunteers from Howard University wrapping up a day decorating the building in advance of Friday. The photos below give an idea of what to expect.

Jennifer Kuiper going over logistics with a Howard University volunteer.

The old Sweet Mango decked out for the holidays.


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