Saturday, April 25, 2015

DC Zoning Commission * corrected * order on McMillan zoning case 13-14

Thanks to DC resident Helder Gil for rummaging through the DC Register and tweeting about what is there of interest.

I have no idea what was corrected in this corrected order from the DC Zoning Commission.

Perhaps someone can advise.

BZA grants approval of 72 Seaton Pl NW's zoning special exception for lot occupancy, minimum court width and nonconforming structures, to allow a full third story

Thanks to Helder Gil for tweeting about this Bloomingdale zoning summary order.

BZA Order on 3rd floor popup at 72 Seaton Place NW:
9:11 AM - 25 Apr 2015

Here is the meat of the summary order for 72 Seaton Place NW:

Michael Ford: Wake & Bacon comedy + brunch show at Bloomingdale's Washington Firehouse Restaurant on Saturday afternoons

Who has attended this new event in the neighborhood ?

Sounds like fun!

Wake & Bacon comedy + brunch show

Warm up for your weekend and brunch in style!

Every Saturday, brunchers from Bloomingdale and beyond gather for a unique opportunity to unwind with booze, bacon, and belly laughs at Wake & Bacon, the District's premier brunch + comedy show. Performers from the District's rich and vibrant comedy scene join with national headliners to lavish levity on you and your friends. Wash down our punchlines with some bottomless mimosas as you gear up for your Saturday night!

Brunch service (including those mimosas) begins at 2pm on the beautiful second floor of the Washington Firehouse Restaurant (1626 North Capitol St., NW). At 3pm, host Michael Manning Ford kicks off the show, introducing the stars of today and tomorrow who are here to help you laugh off those Friday night pints.

Local comedy group LYGO (Laugh Your Grits Off) started Wake & Bacon in 2012, and it remains the area's only daytime comedy + brunch show. Wake & Bacon does not have a cover charge and is supported entirely by audience donations. You can make a free RSVP for an upcoming Wake & Bacon show here:

Harmony Public Charter School in Eckington today, Saturday, 04-25-2015: canvassing, garden & ice cream social !

See this message from Harmony Public Charter School, 62 T Street NE:

Harmony DC Public Charter School

Canvass, Garden & Ice Cream Social Days

Help us spread the word to our community about Harmony DC. In the morning from 10 AM - noon, we will meet at the school, divide into groups, and place door hangers on surrounding houses, inviting our neighbors to an ice cream social later in the day. In the afternoon from 1 PM - 3 PM, we will clean up the west side of our building to lay the groundwork for a school garden. An ice cream social for parents, volunteers and neighbors follows at 3 PM. 
LOCATION: 62 T Street, NE

Here is the link to sign up.

stop by the Cafe Los Suenos community book swap -- Sunday, 04-26-2015

From Carlos and Elizabeth:


this Thursday, 04-30-2015: McMillan on the HPRB agenda

Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 15:55:24 -0400
Subject: [HistoricWashington] HPRB Agenda and Consent Calendar April 23 and 30 2015
The Agenda along with staff reports for this two-day hearing are currently posted on the HPO website at:
Please Note: Staff reports for two April 30 hearings will be posted to the website no later than Monday, April 20. They are:                        
Historic Landmark - Spring Valley Shopping Center, 4820 Massachusetts Avenue NW, HPA 15-252, concept/new construction of two-story retail and office building
U Street Historic District - 1481 Florida Avenue NW, HPA 15-244, revised concept/side addition
April 23 and 30, 2015
The Historic Preservation Review Board will meet to consider the following item on April 23 and 30, 2015.  The meetings will begin at 9:00 am at 441 4th Street NW in Room 220 South. Applicants and those interested in testifying should arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the assigned time for the case.
A.            Plan of the City of Washington (L’Enfant Plan; L’Enfant-McMillan Plan) Proposed closing of 1st Street SW from R to T streets; R Street SW from Half to First Street; and S Street west of Half to Second Street; and portions of Potomac Avenue,  S.O. 13-14605
B.            First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1780 Columbia Road NW, HPA 15-290 (formerly 1770 Euclid), subdivision
C.            527 6th Street SE, HPA 15-282, concept/rear addition and deck
D.            631 South Carolina Ave SE, HPA 15-305, concept/rear addition
E.            432 New Jersey Ave SE, HPA 13-263, concept renewal/addition
F.            3610 Macomb Street NW, HPA 15-302, addition and front porch alterations
G.           1758 Church Street NW, HPA 15-247, third-story addition
      H.  1223 4th Street NW, HPA 15-296, permit/replace two front windows with triple-ganged windows
1.     9:00 – 9:45        Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1700 New York Avenue/500 17th Street/1701 E Street NW, Case 13-01, amendment to designate portions of the interior [Board deliberation and decision only; no additional testimony will be taken]
2.    9:45 – 11:30    West Heating Plant, 1051-1055 29th Street NW, Case 14-04
3.    11:30 – 12:00  7 Grant Circle NW, Case 15-08

12:00 – 1:00       LUNCH BREAK
4.    1:00 – 2:00     Emory United Methodist Church, 6100 (and 6104 and 6120) Georgia Avenue NW, Case 15-06

5.    2:00 – 3:30     Emory United Methodist Church, 6100 Georgia Avenue NW, HPA 15-307, raze and HPA 15-319, concept/partial demolition and new construction [pending landmark]
                3:30 – 3:45           BREAK
6.    3:45 – 5:00     Capitol Hill Historic District amendment/expansion, Case 15-01

I.             1481 Florida Avenue, NW, HPA 15-244, revised concept/side addition
7.  9:00 – 10:00     Stevens School, 1050 21st Street NW, HPA 15-219, concept/renovation, new construction
8.  10:00 – 11:15   McMillan Sand Filtration Site, 2501 1st Street NW, HPA 15-090, revised concept/mixed use, multiple-dwelling building with ground-level retail on north service corridor
9.   11:15 – 12:00   2532 I Street NW, HPA 15-293, concept/three-story rear addition and roof deck
12:00 – 1:00       LUNCH BREAK
10.   1:00 – 2:00     Spring Valley Shopping Center, 4866 Massachusetts Avenue NW, HPA 15-283,concept/one-story front addition and renovation of front exterior space
11.    2:00 – 3:15    Spring Valley Shopping Center, 4820 Massachusetts Avenue NW, HPA 15-252, concept/new construction of two-story retail and office building

                3:15 – 3:30           BREAK
12.   3:30 – 4:15     1504 Swann Street NW, HPA 15-128, rear addition and roof deck
13.   4:15 – 5:00      810 O Street, NW, HPA 15-248, concept/new construction of 9 story apartment building
Bruce Yarnall
Operations and Grants Manager
DC Historic Preservation Office/Office of Planning
1100 4th Street SW  Suite E650
Washington, DC 20024
T – (202) 442-8835
F -  (202) 442-7638


Open Houses scheduled in and around Bloomingdale for 04/26/2015

The property shown above is 136 Randolph Pl NW offered at $729,900. and open 1-4pm Sunday

The featured property shown above, located at 136 Randolph Pl NW and will be open Sunday from 1pm to 4pm.  The listing is represented by Ruth Sullivan with Long and Foster Real Estate, Inc.  You can find more information in the link below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  The same info can be seen in a map format here.

*Agents, to have your open houses included in this weekly post, please have them tagged in MRIS by 10am on Friday.  If you don't see your open house in the links, feel free to add in the comments.  Also, if you would like your open to be featured with a picture for this post, please e-mail suzanne at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Washingtonian: open house this Sunday at 122 Bryant St NW

Click on the link to read the entire Washingtonian article: 

Note that 122 Bryant Street NW, is located in Bloomingdale.  

The 3 Best Open Houses This Weekend: April 25-26

A rowhouse in LeDroit Park, a sleek studio in Logan Circle, and a clean, contemporary place in Petworth.

By Michelle Thomas | April 24, 2015

package theft witnessed this afternoon at 1st & Seaton Pl NW

From:  Resident on the 100 block of S Street NW
Subject: Just witnessed package theft on 1st& Seaton NW
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 16:02:19 -0400
Hi Scott,
I just witnessed a package theft on 1st & Seaton Pl NW. 
Three young black males, two on bikes and one on foot, two had coats (one black and blue, the other one all black, both with hoods) and one just a sweater, all about the same height. I saw them screening porches on S ST and Seaton Pl and then running off with a package under the coat on Seaton towards 2nd ST when they saw me. 
I called the police right away. 
In case someone sees this group, you know what they are looking for.

hmmm .. 2026 North Capitol St NW before the BZA -- area variance application -- hearing on Tuesday, 06-16-2015

Some interesting reading below:


DC Water 1st Street Tunnel update re: noise-restoration-DDOT and Saturday work

Subject: FST Community Update Re Noise-Restoration-DDOT and Saturday Work
Date: Fri, 24 Apr 2015 19:29:38 +0000

Greetings First Street Tunnel Stakeholder,
We are contacting you to alert you of several activities related to and adjacent to the First Street Tunnel (FST) Project:
Noise:   Residents adjacent to the Adams Street & Flagler Place NW have contacted DC Water to inform us of excessive noise on the Adams and Flagler site.  DC Water and the contractor, Skanska Jay Dee (SKJD), determined that the vacuum truck in operation at the site did exceed the permitted noise levels.  To resolve this matter, SKJD has replaced the vacuum truck and installed additional sound walls. These changes are being monitored. 
Saturday Work:  SKJD will be working on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at the First & V Street and Thomas and First Street CSAs.

DDOT Work in Bloomingdale Court NW: The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will begin work in Bloomingdale Court on about April 27, 2015 (Weather Permitting). This work will include installing new brick around three sides of the homes fronting the west alley of First Street on Bloomingdale Court.  DC Water has coordinated with DDOT and their contractor, Capital Paving of DC. 
In 2016, DC Water’s Contractor is scheduled to restore the west alley of First Street NW.  Restoration will begin when the freeze trench pipes and communication conduit under the west alley are no longer required.   Note: The re-bricking of the west alley from Bryant Street down to Thomas Street NW along with the restoration of all areas disturbed by construction of the tunnel project are scheduled for the winter of 2015 through the spring of 2016.
Restoration:  Bryant Street NW from 2nd Street to 4th Street, adjacent to DC Water’s Bryant Street Pump Station, is now open to vehicular traffic. The roadway, sidewalks and grass areas have been restored.  
As always, if you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Tom Lindberg or Vickey Wilcher at 202.787.4738 or 202.787.4717, respectively.
Thank you for your participation and support of the FST project and we look forward to our continued work together.
Tom Lindberg, DCCR First Street Tunnel - Public Outreach DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20032 t (202) 787-4738 f (202) 787-4478 | Email: | FST web page:
Vickey M. Wilcher | Public Outreach Officer DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water
| (202) 787-4717

ABRA notice for DCity Smokehouse's application for a new license for 1700 2nd Street NW

See the notice from ABRA on DCity Smokehouse's new license application for 1700 2nd Street NW:


I see DCity Smokehouse ABRA notice Did the ANC vote to support this on Tuesday?


McMillan -- one of two Historical Society of WDC's exhibits on DC's development boom

Click on the link to read the entire DCist article:


At Two New Exhibits, Differing Takes On D.C.'s Development Boom

By DCist Contributor Arielle Milkman
It seems like few stones in D.C. have been left unturned by developers, who envision incredible progress for the city. Plans for condo conversions, mixed-use developments and mega-projects are announced almost daily.
Two new exhibits are inviting viewers to question that rapid development for themselves, albeit from very different angles.
The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has a juried show that features the most endangered parts of D.C.’s built environment at the Carnegie Library, while just down the road, District Architecture Center’s exhibit on five massive urban development projects celebrates change on an enormous scale.
Go see these shows. They contain a lot of information about big changes—and perhaps more importantly—big money and specific interests informing this city’s development.
The Historical Society of Washington’s For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. is a quick, rich collection of community work documenting the D.C.’s most endangered spots.
And there are a number of images that depict the McMillan Reservoir Sand Filtration Site, a defunct water purification project that’s slated for redevelopment after years of controversy.
Elaine Wilson’s starkly minimal drawings of the sand towers particularly stand out in an exhibit that’s heavy on digital images.

Eckington: package thief & home intruder arrested

From the Eckington list at Google Groups:

Package Thief and Home Intruder Arrested -- b/w 2/3rd and R/Seaton
brandon : Apr 23 05:47AM -0700 

Good morning,
Yesterday, at my home near the corner of 3rd and R St NE, I witnessed a 
~30-year old, thin, 5'9'' black male run up my porch shortly after my mail 
was delivered and take my mail. I ran out of the house and chased him 
down, confronted him, and started yelling bloody murder at the guy. He 
somehow had already ditched my mail in the block it took me to chase him 
down (never recovered).
He started running away from me after our confrontation, and I returned 
home to jump in my car. I found him checking out other homes along the 
north side of Seaton, and he apparently walked through an unlocked door 
into a guy's home (who was home, and was the ultimate reason why the perp 
was arrested (he also tried breaking/walking into the same home the night 
before, was arrested for it, and released)), and was chased away. Anyhow, 
apparently the thief's family lives on the corner of 2nd and Seaton and 
does not allow him in the house because he's a bit unstable. So, he stakes 
out that entire neighborhood and bothers just about everyone while 
committing crime. If you know who I'm talking about because he's always 
sitting on his family home's porch, he looks like Bubbles from The Wire 
(big and unkempt afro, thin, etc.).
Anyhow, I tailed him until the cops met up with him at the tiny liquor 
store, McKinley Market (that I never knew existed having lived in Eckington 
for 3 years now) on the corner of T and 4th, and they took him in after 
speaking with the home owner on Seaton.
As the cop is making the report, a female walking her dog after work 
stopped by and told us how that same guy follows her and other 
females around in the morning and after work, making creepy gestures and 
what not.
I do not imagine this will be the last time we see him in our neighborhood 
considering his family is here and refuses to take responsibility over 
him. I just ask that you all be aware of this guy because I'm sure he'll 
be back on the streets shortly.
Mix this in w/ last night's armed robbery on 2nd and Randolph and the 
spring/summer is already looking bad. I suggest we all watch out for each 
other's safety, property, and peace of mind.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Wiebenson & Dorman Architects at 410 Florida Avenue NW has been named Washington CityPaper's Best Architect for the 3rd year in a row

From: Wiebenson & Dorman Architects PC <>
Date: April 23, 2015 at 1:25:29 PM EDT
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