Archive for April, 2013

Developers Present Hill East Proposal to Frustrated Neighbors

After years of frustration, residents of eastern Capitol Hill finally have a proposal for development at the troubled site on the Anacostia River known as Hill East. But they're more interested in talking about their frustration.
Only one development team responded to the city's recent request for expressions of interest for Hill East—a partnership of Donatelli [...]

Morning Links

D.C.-area historic sites play Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. [WBJ]
So far, the Commission of Fine Arts likes what it sees in the Trump hotel. [Post]
Graffiti artists sought to paint neighborhood murals. [Hill Rag]
Bike like a robot. [WashCycle]
Contractors say sequestration not so bad after all. [Post]
And commuters love it. [WTOP]
Stuck in traffic? Blame online maps. [...]

Pity on the Hill

By the time this column hits newsstands, the residents of eastern Capitol Hill will have glimpsed a possible future of the area near RFK Stadium known as Hill East. But as the paper went to press, my crystal ball had revealed few details: In advance of a Wednesday evening presentation to the community, developer Chris [...]

And Now We Present: The Florida Avenue NW of the Future

That empty lot you see there? It might soon look like this:

Or perhaps like this:

In February, two developers submitted proposals to the city for 965 Florida Ave. NW—a vacant parcel obtained by the city in exchange for the land on Georgia Avenue that Howard University is now developing into the Howard Town Center. One came [...]

Morning Links

We have a winner. [Loose Lips]
Many of the country's best schools are in the D.C. region. Just not in D.C. itself. [WTOP]
Adams Morgan condo project, animated. [UrbanTurf]
Benning Ridge house fire leads cops to more than 600 marijuana plants. [WJLA]
French Market is a lesson in sidewalk widening. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
One Metro rider finds fare postings confusing, calls [...]

Work Resumes on Troubled Capitol Hill Oasis

A year ago, it was an "expensive eyesore," a luxury housing project gone awry. Now, the Capitol Hill Oasis complex appears to be headed toward completion.
Back in 2005, in the midst of the housing boom, developer Gloria Herndon began work on a row of 10 townhouses and 16 condos at 12th Street NE near Florida [...]

Morning Links

Vote today! My editors recommend Elissa Silverman and "Yes" on Amendment 8. [WCP]
Where the candidates stand on housing. [UrbanTurf]
And where they stand on bike lanes and development. [GGW]
Former mayor pitches current mayor on infrastructure bank. [WBJ]
The American dream tilts toward renting. That's a good thing. [Atlantic Cities]
Optimism, but not much news, on a D.C. United [...]

New Bike Lanes Coming to Petworth

Today in news that matters little to most (except maybe on philosophical grounds) but lots to a few lucky bike-commuting denizens of Petworth: Illinois Avenue NW is getting bike lanes. According to the District Department of Transportation's Monica Hernandez, there'll be new bike lanes on Illinois between Randolph Street and Grant Circle and shared lanes [...]

Douglas Development Adds to Its Chinatown Dominance

Let's name it Douglastown already and get it over with. Douglas Development—which owns much of F Street NW, the new Walgreens building directly adjacent to the Chinatown arch, and several other properties in and around Chinatown—has just increased its arsenal in the decreasingly Chinese neighborhood with an announcement this morning that it purchased 700 5th [...]

Morning Links

An intellectual exercise in reimagining the Hoover Building [Post]
Fundrise is the No. 1 real estate crowdfunding venture. [Forbes]
Renters can expect a temporary reprieve from rising costs. [Post]
The state of the D.C.-area housing market, in questionable rap form. [HuffPostDC]
Inside an auction for a LeDroit Park rowhouse [UrbanTurf]
CityMarket at O update: Leasing office set to open in [...]