Archive for April, 2013

D.C.’s Fish Now Slightly Less Gross

Good news for the District's fishermen, and better news for its fish: Tumor rates among fish in the city's waterways have dropped substantially.
According to a survey just released by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 42 percent of female brown bullhead catfish in the Anacostia River and 14 percent of males had liver tumors during [...]

Post Publisher Looking for “Cheap” New HQ in D.C. or Virginia

Speaking at a Bisnow real estate conference this morning, Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth dropped a few hints about what she's looking for in a new headquarters as the Post considers a move from its 63-year-old home at 15th and L streets NW.
"Now that the printing presses are not in the building, we don't have [...]

Morning Links

The D.C. Council special election map looks, well, like past election maps. [GGW]
Three Smithsonian museums feel the pain of sequestration. [Arts Desk]
What to expect from the new secretary of transporation. [Atlantic Cities]
Walk the future M Street bike lane on Monday. [WABA]
D.C. cabs get a racy new design. [City Desk]
It's hard out there in Cleveland Park. [...]

City Short-Lists Five Teams for Walter Reed Development

If you were trying to set up a Tale of Two Cities narrative in Vince Gray's "One-City" District, you could do worse than Hill East and Walter Reed.
At Hill East, it's been the worst of times. After several abortive efforts to develop the 67-acre site on the Anacostia River, the city received only one response [...]

Morning Links

Sorry to all who got your hopes up: The Boston bombings won't boost D.C.'s economy. [Post]
Douglas Development enters the fray on H Street NE. [WBJ]
A climbing wall at the Uline Arena? [UrbanTurf]
Criticism of the Eisenhower memorial implies its Grant counterpart is a failure. Which it isn't. [DCist]
What to expect (eventually) from the H Street streetcar. [...]

Renderings of the Lone Proposal for Hill East

For a host of reasons, the city's call for developer proposals for the riverfront site known alternatively as Hill East and Reservation 13 got only one response, from Donatelli Development and Blue Skye Development. On Wednesday, that team presented its proposal to neighbors who are frustrated by the slow progress on Hill East but grateful [...]

Slideshow: Franklin School Presents Challenges for Would-Be Developers

After years of neglect, two failed attempts to develop it, and a stint as a homeless shelter, the Franklin School is ready for development. At least that's what city officials are hoping. Earlier this month, the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development issued a request for qualifications for the 1869 building [...]

Slideshow: A Look Inside D.C.’s First Walmart

The District's first Walmart development is ahead of schedule. The complex at First and H streets NW—the most "urban" of the six Walmart stores coming to town—was initially scheduled to finish in February 2014; now, Walmart plans to start fitting out its interior space in May and is shooting for a Nov. 1 opening, says [...]

Morning Links

D.C. issues call for developers for Mount Vernon Triangle site. [WBJ]
$100 million later, Woodson High School is still falling apart. [WJLA]
Low-rise, high-density? A formula for sunshine and ugliness. [Atlantic Cities]
An argument in favor of preserving the West Heating Plant. [GGW]
Scenes from the D.C. Council's DHCD oversight hearing. [CNHED]
A "discotheque meets après-ski chalet" is coming to [...]

Feds on L Street Warehouse: A Market Sounds Nice, But Money Sounds Better

A group of Capitol Riverfront residents has been pushing to turn a vacant warehouse at 49 L Street SE into a community amenity called the Half Street Market. But if a congressional hearing there this morning was any indication, they may be facing an uphill battle.
Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.), who chairs the congressional subpanel on government [...]