Archive for July, 2013

Tenant Race

Life is about to get pretty plush at 1841 Columbia Road NW.
The 114-unit, 83-year-old apartment building formerly known as the Alcazar is currently in the process of a $7 million makeover. It’ll soon have a rooftop terrace and a separate green roof. The antiquated heating system will be replaced, and the apartments will have central [...]

Developers Chosen for Barry Farm

The D.C. Housing Authority selected a team today to redevelop Barry Farm, the public housing complex near Anacostia that's set to become a mixed-income community. The chosen team consists of nonprofit developer Preservation of Affordable Housing and Baltimore-based A&R Development, Jonathan O'Connell reports.
The developers have their work cut out for them. A community meeting last month [...]

City Announces Not-So-Short List of Developers for Franklin School

Four developers have been invited to submit proposals to redevelop the Franklin School, a gorgeous but crumbling building with a prime downtown address on Franklin Square.
Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor Hoskins just released the short list of developers for the project, and it's exactly as long as the previous list, consisting of the [...]

Exorbitant House of the Week, BET Edition

There are perks to being in charge of a major TV network. For one, you can afford a gorgeous house. And should you choose to sell that gorgeous house, you can bank, oh, somewhere around $4.7 million.
Take 2801 Rock Creek Drive NW, tucked behind the Omni Shoreham Hotel alongside Rock Creek Park. Until last week, [...]

JBG Questions City’s Reasoning on Florida Avenue Parcel

There will be no Harris Teeter on Florida Avenue NW just north of the U Street corridor. There will be no extension of W Street to connect the street grid. And, for now, there's not much clarity as to why.
Yesterday, the city announced its decision to award the rights to develop a city-owned parcel at [...]

Morning Links

Live at 15th and P NW for $25/month, plus the cost of a time machine. [Ghosts of DC]
Assessing the new WMATA union contract. [GGW]
New Frederick Douglass Bridge looks to be the best biking bridge in D.C. [WashCycle]
No surprise: Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park getting more expensive. [UrbanTurf]
Mary Cheh: Why is the Wilson pool so terrible? [LL]
Watch [...]

MRP-Ellis Team Wins Right to Develop 965 Florida Avenue

The District has chosen a partnership of MRP Realty and Ellis Development Group to develop a valuable city-owned parcel at 965 Florida Ave. NW. The winning proposal features a 370,000-square-foot building with residential units atop a large ground-floor market at the site just north of the U Street corridor.
The Washington Business Journal first reported the city's decision. Ellis President [...]

D.C.’s Best and Worst Schools by Math and Reading Proficiency

So D.C.'s schools are improving: In the past year, D.C. Public Schools and public charter school students averaged a 3.9 percent increase in math proficiency and a 4.1 percent increase in reading proficiency, according to the 2013 District of Columbia Comprehensive Assessment System. Those are the biggest gains in the system since 2008.
“Our approach, with great educators [...]

Morning Links

After decades of struggle, legal weed is finally here. [Post]
The consequences of sprawl [NYT]

Green paint splatterer arrested. [City Desk]
Sure, D.C. should grow. But where? [GGW]
Seventeen solar townhomes in the works for 17th Street NE. [UrbanTurf]
Apparently the Farragut North-West and Gallery Place-Metro Center pedestrian tunnels will be done by 2005. [PlanItMetro]
Senate to House: We'll see your [...]

The New Coast Guard Headquarters Has Arrived. But Will It Help Ward 8?

This afternoon, a group of local and federal VIPs—from Mayor Vince Gray and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.)—gathered at the St. Elizabeths West Campus to cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters.
The campus is set to house 3,700 Coast Guard employees, who will move in over the [...]