Archive for June, 2012

Summary Judgment: Bellevue Is D.C.’s Best New Library Yet

A few months ago, we took a look at Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper's latest architectural showpiece—the Bellevue/Washington Highlands/William O. Lockridge Library, depending on whom you ask—while it was under construction. It's finally finished, and I swung by over the weekend to see how it felt.
Now, the David Adjaye-designed building isn't much to look at, from [...]

This Week: Last For a While

My last week in vaguely real estate-related events, in which posting may be light, since I'm scrambling to finish some print things! For last-minute additions:
6:00 p.m. – Emergency community meeting on the proposed car barn at Spingarn High. Phelps High School, 704 26th Street NE, Media room.
6:30 p.m. – ANC 1B Design Review committee [...]

Morning Links

Anacostia riverwalk gets federal dough. [GGW]
Rhode Island Row is officially open. [RIAInsider]
The waiting list—homelessness, NoMa parks—lose out. [Post]
Complications at the Yards. [JDLand]
Shuttered playbill will come back to life. [PoP]
Did the feds skip over the homeless while offloading buildings? [Post]
What it means that 32.4 percent of D.C.-area homeowners are underwater. [Post]
Polluters complain that green guidelines will [...]

UHOP Looks to Consolidate Hold on 7th Street Block

Last month, the city held a pre-bid conference for people interested in Parcel 42, the key chunk of land at 7th and Rhode Island Avenue NW that's now on its second trip through the public disposition process. There was a good showing of local small developers: Redbrick, Neighborhood Development Company, Altus Realty Partners, The Community [...]

Morning Links

An AIDS pop-up. [PoP]
ANC deprives the people of margarita pitchers. [PoP]
Jeff Thompson's house for sale. [Post]
Verizon sign fight continues. [WashTimes]
Foundry lofts lease out. [Curbed]
Where the jobs are this month. [Examiner]
The saga of the FBI Terrorist Screening Center's noisy air conditioner. [Post]
District bails out over-budget green project in Nats Stadium. [WBJ]
Agreed, more housing is the best [...]

East-of-the-River Seafood Icons Almost Sold

What is it with fried fish and development opportunities? Two shuttered seafood spots—the Shrimp Boat at the Benning Road Metro station, and Morgan's Family Fish Fry on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue—have been up for sale for months now. Broker Ali Javad tells me that both have found buyers, although the deals haven't yet been [...]

A More Crystal City: What Kind of Architecture Comes Next?

Until recently, as I wrote in this week's issue, Crystal City has been a very monochromatic place: The color brown, the material concrete. Finally, with the departure of the Defense Department, there's enough vacancy that some buildings can be taken out of service entirely, and either recycled or rebuilt from the ground up. That leaves [...]

Morning Links

D.C.'s coming out of the architecture doghouse. [Archpaper]
Never mind that whole casino at National Harbor idea. [Post]
A "furniture solutions consulting agency" needs 20,000 square feet? [CityBizList]
The saga of All Souls. [Left4Ledroit]
Dress casual! Just do it! [GGW]
Gray's new pick for housing chief would've had a hard time staying on in Philly. [Examiner]
The 12 houses of Ledroit [...]

Crystal Pity

This year’s Artomatic—the irregularly-scheduled, low-barrier orgy of creativity that’s taken over several empty buildings since its inception in 2000—feels vaguely post-apocalyptic. Wandering through the cubes and hallways of a recently vacated office block in Crystal City is disorienting; one can sense the presence of the Defense Department workers who once filled them. Life-size marshmallow Peeps, [...]

City Planning Summer Stuff at St. Elizabeths to “Give It a Geographical Location in Peoples’ Heads”

In the long term, St. Elizabeths East Campus is supposed be a new neighborhood full of companies, residents, and educational users. In the medium term, it's getting a collection of restaurants that'll serve the hungry Coast Guard workers who'll be moving in across the street.
In the short term—as in, this summer—the Deputy Mayor for Planning [...]