Archive for July, 2014

Why Is St. Elizabeths Such a Snoozer?

The results are in: Five teams are officially interested in developing a key portion of the city-owned St. Elizabeths East Campus near the Congress Heights Metro. A couple of the firms have extensive experience east of the Anacostia River, but what's conspicuous is the lack of heavy-hitter development firms in the mix. Where are the likes [...]

Update: That May Not Be Sewage on Kennedy Street NW, After All

Update: D.C. officials said this morning that tests late last week showed the discharge is not sewage. See bottom of post for full update. The original post is below, though it's been updated throughout to clarify with the test results:
Residents of the area around Kennedy Street NW have been pushing hard recently to revitalize the [...]

Watch Metro’s 38 Years of Growth in This Interactive Timeline Map

Tomorrow, for the first time since 1991, a new Metro line will open. In a sense, the start of passenger service on the first phase of the Silver Line isn't quite as momentous as the advent of the Green Line 23 years ago, since the former largely duplicates the Orange and Blue lines and the [...]

Morning Links

After overhaul, tax lien sale brings in much less revenue. [WBJ]
Administration pushes developer to include nonresidential uses at Reeves Center replacement. [Post]
Now that Donald Trump's here, D.C. has finally arrived. [MarketWatch]
Logan Circle Station, and other Metro routes that never materialized. [GGW]
"Tiny houses" leader critiques Office of Planning's alley-camping proposal. [Boneyard Studios]
Photo: Eckington in a very different [...]

Five Developers, But Few Heavy Hitters, Submit Proposals for St. Elizabeths Project

Five development teams have submitted proposals to kick off the reinvention of the former mental hospital at St. Elizabeths near Congress Heights, Interim Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Jeff Miller announced today.
There was some question as to the level of developer interest in the mega-project, which city officials hope will transform a neglected section [...]

D.C. Housing: Not As Good an Investment As It May Seem

How often, in the past year or two, have you heard Washingtonians wish aloud that they'd bought a house back when they were cheap, around 2008 or 2009—or that they'd had the means to buy one? With the median single-family home in D.C. selling for $573,000 in April according to the Office of the Chief Financial [...]

Morning Links

Watch D.C.'s bike lanes proliferate, starting on the Hill and extending to Northwest. [GGW]
Union Market developers spread their tentacles with new purchase. [WBJ]
D.C. is a food co-op desert. [OPinions]
Streetcars have arrived on H Street, for good. Still no opening date. [DCist]
Developer buys historic black church in Georgetown for residential conversion. [WJLA]
Here's what the city has [...]

Uppers and Downers

Denis Suski gestures at his backyard, at the ample greenery and the picnic table and the two yellow hand-shaped chairs that match his house’s yellow back walls. “This is my concern,” he says, “is losing things like this.”
All around him, things like that are being lost, at least to the sun’s rays. Throughout his neighborhood [...]

Donald Trump’s Luxury Hotel Officially Breaks Ground

Heaped with praise from city and federal officials, Donald Trump officially broke ground this morning on his $200 million project to convert the Old Post Office building on Pennsylvania Avenue NW into a luxury hotel.
"I promise you, this will be a great not only hotel, but economic development project," Trump proclaimed at the ceremony.
"Today, we're shovel-ready," [...]

Morning Links

Should the city block multi-unit conversions when neighbors support them? [GGW]
Blagden Alley development hits a snag in historic preservation review. [UrbanTurf]
Howard University interim president is now Howard University president. [DCist]
This is what Anacostia revitalization looks like. [CHOTR]
Park View church-to-residential conversion, held up by historic status, gets zoning OK. [UrbanTurf]
The bicycle lobby strikes. [Streetsblog]
Today on the market: Deanwood [...]