Archive for March, 2014

Morning Links

Three developers bid on Navy Yard site; none is interested in Fort Totten. [WBJ]
The mayoral candidates' views on a new D.C. football stadium. [GGW]
Dupont outlobbies Shaw for a Circulator route. [SALM]
Vince Gray signs bill to scrap property taxes for some seniors. [UrbanTurf]
With Lamont Video closing, D.C.'s down to just three video stores. [Arts Desk]
If the [...]

Takoma Metro Development Set for Approval, Despite Cross-Border Opposition

Nearly every new development project that's taller than most of the surrounding neighborhood raises a few hackles among locals. Less common is one that arouses opposition across state lanes.
Tomorrow, the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority board will vote on plans for an apartment building at the Takoma Metro station. The plans are the latest in [...]

Despite Threats, City Complies With Court Order on Homeless Shelter

When a judge ordered the city yesterday to stop sheltering homeless families in recreation centers, District lawyers said they likely would not be able to comply with that order due to the lack of available private rooms in which to place the families. Now it appears their threat was just that.
According to the D.C. attorney [...]

Slideshow: A Tour of the Future Petworth Safeway Building

The first thing Marc Dubick points out to me when I meet him to tour the construction site that will soon become the Petworth Safeway building is the parking. Eighty-six spaces for shoppers, he tells me, and 135 for residents of the apartments above. It's an odd introduction. The new development is replacing an old Safeway [...]

Morning Links

The future 11th Street Bridge, designed by you. [Architect]
Vince Gray floats St. Elizabeths hospital to replace United Medical Center. [Post]
Housing in D.C. is more expensive than in all but one state, but not in the top 10 for metro areas. [NLIHC]
Just studying Vincent Orange's superdome proposal would cost $2 million. [DCist]
Bloomingdale tries to get neighbors to [...]

Judge Orders D.C. to Stop Sheltering Homeless Families at Rec Centers

The city must cease sheltering homeless families at recreation centers and move them to apartment-style shelter or private rooms, a judge ruled today.
Facing overflowing shelters this frigid winter, the District—obligated by law to provide shelter to homeless families when temperatures with windchill drop below freezing—has turned to the rec centers for shelter on cold nights. [...]

Morning Links

Anita Bonds wants to ban new bike lanes on narrow residential streets for the time being. [City Desk]
For rent: Armed Forces Retirement Home heating plant. [Post]
D.C. area's No. 2 in new apartments in 2014, behind Dallas. [UrbanTurf]
A profile of the museum coming to the old Franklin School. [NYT]
To no one's surprise, Trader Joe's is cheaper [...]

District Lawyers: If Judge Bans Use of Rec Centers as Shelter, City Can’t Comply

The District will have no adequate place to shelter homeless families if a judge orders it to stop the controversial use of recreation centers as severe-weather shelters, city lawyers argued in court today.
Appearing before D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert D. Okun for the second consecutive day, the District's attorneys continued to argue against the assertion by a [...]

The Coast Guard-Driven Neighborhood Revival That Wasn’t

Last summer, city and federal officials cut the ribbon on the new Coast Guard headquarters on the St. Elizabeths West Campus, between Anacostia and Congress Heights. The city, which is undertaking a companion mixed-use development on the St. Elizabeths East Campus across Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, hoped that the infusion of 3,700 Coast [...]

Morning Links

Poll shows dead heat in mayor's race. [LL]
Feds reject D.C.'s bid for $30 million to rehab Kenilworth Courts and Parkside Addition. [Post]
What the hunt for a D.C. charter school says about inequality. [Atlantic Cities]
D.C.'s 12 richest neighborhoods. [Curbed]
Jon Huntsman moves from Kalorama to Fred Thompson's McLean house. [WBJ]
Washington Monument set to reopen in May. [AP]
Today on the [...]