Archive for March, 2014

City Seeks Developer for Housing, Office, Retail, and “Innovation” at St. Elizabeths

The city is seeking a master developer to kick off the planned conversion of the former St. Elizabeths mental hospital near Congress Heights into a mixed-use community with housing, offices, shops, and a tech center.
The mayor's office released a request for proposals today for a developer to spearhead the first phase of the redevelopment project. [...]

Morning Links

One of the few supermarkets east of the Anacostia River is closing. [CHOTR]
Kickstarter projects in the D.C. region have raised $14 million since 2009. [Post]
Parents at Wilson feeders object to school boundary changes. [GGE]
Five teams short-listed to redevelop Housing Authority headquarters. [WBJ]
The owner of several Capitol Hill restaurants files for bankruptcy. [WSJ]
Where's D.C.'s tech hub? [...]

D.C. United Uses Polls to Nudge City on Stadium Deal

Among the many revealing results of the Washington City Paper/Kojo Nnamdi Show poll published this week was an item gauging the support for the planned D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point. Forty-four percent of respondents said they supported the city's plan, which is to fund the infrastructure and land swaps needed to build the stadium [...]

Morning Links

Tales of housing, development, and schools from all eight wards. [WAMU]
Watch D.C. and D.C.-area home prices diverge. [OPinions]
Home prices jump in Logan and Dupont. [WBJ]
Get ready for the school-boundary melee. [GGE]
147 luxury apartments are coming to Capitol Hill next year. [ElevationDC]
Fundrise raises $100,000 in two hours for 7th Street NW property. [UrbanTurf]
Berlin tries what D.C. [...]

WaPo’s News Quiz, Wizards’ Video Displays, and Other Local Tech Projects Needing Assistance

The Washington Post is about to launch a news quiz, but needs help creating a program that will write the questions and answers without human assistance. The Wizards, Mystics, and Capitals are trying to find a way to render their videos so they can put them up on the display screens outside the Verizon Center instantaneously. [...]

Relisha Rudd Case Highlights Entrenched Life for Families at Troubled D.C. General

The Washington Post has a powerful story out today with many new details on the disappearance of eight-year-old Relisha Rudd, who's believed to have been kidnapped by a janitor at the D.C. General shelter, where she and her mother were staying. There were clearly plenty of failures here: on the part of the girl's mother, who lied [...]

Morning Links

Everything you need to know about D.C. politics before the mayoral primary. [WCP]
Last-minute Ward 8 announcements (read: hospital and Whole Foods) are a "political booty call." [CHOTR]
Social media feedback on Height Act changes was positive but couldn't be used by NCPC. [GGW]
U Street ANC votes against lowering parking minimums in zoning update. [SALM]
Metro Memorial Park [...]

Happiness Is the Truth

Gloria Davis sat in a packed tent on the Southwest Waterfront last week to mark the official beginning of at least six years of jackhammering, cranes, and fenced-off sidewalks in her neighborhood. She was thrilled at the prospect.
“I think it’ll be great for the neighborhood,” said Davis, who’s lived near the waterfront her entire life. (“Just [...]

Coucilmembers Urge Gray to Continue Sheltering Homeless Families As Temperatures Rise

Four members of the D.C. Council are pressing Mayor Vince Gray to continue to provide shelter to all of the city's homeless families currently in shelter, rather than turning them out when the weather gets warmer.
The District is required by law to provide shelter to all homeless families in need when the temperature drops below freezing [...]

Will a Hospital and a Whole Foods Market Boost St. Elizabeths?

Mayor Vince Gray's press conference this morning on the St. Elizabeths campus brought news of two new projects coming to the site: a hospital and a monthly Whole Foods market. The hospital will replace the troubled, city-owned United Medical Center on Southern Avenue, while the market will offer the high-end grocery chain's fresh products in a [...]