Friday, August 29, 2014

McMillan - 08-25-2014 submittal download link (translation: see what VMP submitted to the Zoning Commission)

Date: Fri, 29 Aug 2014 19:20:36 -0400
Subject: FW: McMillan - 8/25 Submittal Download Link

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Subject: McMillan - 8/25 Submittal Download Link

Below is the download link for all files VMP submitted to the Zoning Commission on August 25th in preparation for the September 29th Hearing. The files include the following:

A. Revised Architectural Drawings

a. Reduced Height of Healthcare Facility to 115 Feet
b. Multifamily/Grocery Reconfigured Loading Facilities

B. Transportation Performance Plan

C. Community Benefits Chart and Payment Schedule

D. Community Benefits Offer and Acceptance Letters

a. D.C. Education Fund (D-1)
b. Community Foundation of the National Capital Region (D-2)
c. Workforce Development - Opportunity McMillan Implementation Plan (D-3)
d. North Capitol Main Street, Inc. (D-4)

E. Schedule of PUD Site Improvements

a. Construction Phasing Chart (E-1)
b. Building Permit and Construction Deadlines for PUD Order (E-2)
c. DMPED Commitment Letter (E-3)

F. Updated PUD Conditions

G. Commitment Letter from DMPED

Please let us know if you have any questions.


Shaw Henry
Project Manager
EYA | JAIR LYNCH Development Partners | Trammell Crow Company
843.743.8069 | | @VisionMcMillan

from DMPED: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants

North Capitol Street corridor businesses take note:

Good Afternoon,

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the submission of applications for the H Street NE and Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants beginning on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9TH, 2014. DMPED will award individual grants of up to a maximum of $85,000 for small business owners to improve their place of business. The grant application will be available on the Great Streets website at beginning on September 9thPLEASE NOTE: this is a rolling application. Submitted applications will be reviewed, and award decisions will be made, on a monthly basis commencing on Monday, September 29th, 2014.

Please visit the following links for more information:

Please feel free to share this announcement with your networks.

We look forward to receiving many robust applications from the District’s small business community.

Thank you,
Great Streets Team


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) invites the 
submission of applications for the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants. 
Funding for this program is authorized from the Economic Development Special Account 
pursuant to DC Official Code §2-1225.21 and also pursuant to the Great Streets Neighborhood Retail Priority Area Amendment Act of 2013, effective December 24, 2013 (D.C. Law 20-61; 
D.C. Official Code § 2-1217.71 et seq.). 
Grant funds purpose and availability
The purpose of the Great Streets Small Business Capital Improvement Grants is to support 
existing small businesses, attract new businesses, increase the District’s tax base, create new job opportunities for District residents, and transform emerging commercial corridors into thriving and inviting neighborhood centers. DMPED will award individual grants of up to a maximum of $85,000 each to foster growth among small businesses. Grant funds will be utilized to reimburse grantees for capital expenditures to improve their place of business or for the purchase and installation of heavy equipment that will be used onsite at the business location.

Eligible applicants

Eligible applicants for the grant are owners of small retail and service-oriented businesses. The following types of businesses are ineligible to receive this grant funding: adult entertainment establishments, liquor stores, nightclubs, bars, banks, phone stores, hotels, and home-based businesses.
Eligible applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for the 
1. Be located within a Great Streets corridor. Prospective applicants can verify their location 
eligibility by using the interactive mapping tool at
2. Be a registered business in Good Standing with the DC Department of Consumer and 
Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the DC Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR), the DC 
Department of Employment Services (DOES), and the federal Internal Revenue Service 
3. Retain site control of the business property either through fee simple ownership or an 
executed contract or lease with the property owner with a minimum unexpired term of at 
least two (2) years.
4. Provide proof of property and liability insurance (an insurance quote is permitted for new 
businesses) compliant with the requirements set forth in the grant application.
Prior to the execution of a grant agreement with the District, the grantee must enter into a First 
Source Agreement with DOES. More information about the First Source Employment Program 
can be found at

Application process
The grant application will be released on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014. The grant application 
will be available on the Great Streets website at PLEASE NOTE: this is a 
rolling application. Submitted applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis commencing on 
Monday, September 29th, 2014. DMPED reserves the right to close the application at any time.
DMPED will host multiple informational sessions on the Great Streets corridors to provide an 
overview of the grant process and to answer questions from potential applicants. Once 
confirmed, details about the informational sessions will be posted on the Great Streets website at
Please direct all inquiries to:
LaToyia Hampton, Grants Manager
Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development
1100 4th Street SW, Suite E500
Washington, DC 20024
Telephone: (202) 724-7648

See the map below of the Great Streets North Capitol Street NW/NE boundary map, lifted from here

Washington Firehouse Restaurant's Twitter account: @washfirehouse

The Washington Firehouse Restaurant at North Capitol Street NW and Quincy Place NW -- not yet open -- now has a Twitter account.

It is @washfirehouse.

And now you know.

website up for ANC 5E07 candidate Bertha Holliday

Bloomingdale neighbors --
My ANC 5E07 campaign website just went live!  Check it out and let me know your concerns.  More content to be posted SOON. 

And I hope you will join and support the Bertha Holliday for ANC 5E07 Campaign

Open Houses in and around Bloomingdale on 8/31/2014

52 Quincy Pl NW #304 Offered at $399,900.
The featured property shown above, located at 52 Quincy Pl NW #304, is being listed by Fulcrum Group with Keller Williams Capital Properties.  It will be open for viewing Sunday from 1-3pm.
You can find more information in the links below.

The list of open houses scheduled for Sunday in and around Bloomingdale can be seen here.  A map of the same open houses can be found 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 david at 10 square team dot com by 10am on Friday before the open.

Labor Day news at the Bloomingdale Farmers Market

From: "Markets & More" <>
Date: August 29, 2014 at 12:48:08 AM EDT
Hi BFM Fans,
If you are in town, come to market.  We have a great cooking demo with cake specialist and personal chef Kisha Washington at 11-12:30. 

What are you cooking up for your picnics and barbecues?  I am in love with eggplants this year so they will feature prominently on my menu.  And who can resist skewers of multi colored cherry tomatoes? I also love grilled peaches and nectarines. Whatever you need, we will have it at market -- summer foods abound-- all the sweet corn and tomatoes and peaches and nectarines and plums and berries, eggplants and summer squash and peppers, okra, fingerling potatoes, watermelons, sun melons, onions, garlic, shallots. cantaloupes, cucumbers, beans of all sizes and colors, pastured pork, chicken, free range eggs, local cheeses, award winning fruit and savory pies.  AND the moderate weather means that we have lots of September crops as well: head lettuces, broccoli, chard, kale, spinach, beets, and lots of good eating apples and grapes.  Fennel and radishes. Leeks. Scallions.


*Garner :*Tomato Sale: box of 25 pounds of good seconds/$15.  Reserve at
*Garner:  Eggplant Sale;  bag of eggplants/$10 -- make eggplant caviar, fried eggplant, grilled eggplant slices, eggplant parm, ratatouille
* Number 1 Sons: Buy pickles, half price for the kraut.  They want to star at your BBQs.
* Number 1 Sons NEW: spicy pepper medley created for fried chicken or to spice up a hot dog; Potomac Reds (sweet pickles); Blond Mary pickles with more horse radish to heat up the picnic; return of the Half Sours.
*Jenna's Mixed Berry Pies-- this one is for berry lovers - they are all there in just one pie.
*Lots of buns and rolls at Panorama

*Armenian Cucumbers at Truck Patch-- lots of sausages and pork and chicken for your grills and picnics
*Freshly shelled Black Eyed peas -- slow cook them with tomatoes, scallions and dill --

 IVY BRAND: head lettuce, salad mix, kale, swiss chard, potatoes, fingerlings, garlic, winter squash (acorn, spaghetti, delicata, and maybe some butternuts), scallions, beets, tomatoes, cherry toms, summer squash, cukes, sweet peppers, and hot peppers

REID: Connor's got the peaches and the nectarines, the grapes, the plums, the blackberries, blueberries and the ever growing selection of apples-- add Tsugaru to the list of Zestar, Ginger Gold, Sansa and Mollie's delicious.  Tomatoes too.

KESWICK Creamery:
  Keswick Caprese-- tomatoes and their new mixed milk mozz/burrata - made in Heaven.   Keswick has SO many new cheese this season;  mixed milk melanges include; a camembert, a burrata/mozzarella, a Valancay, a Provence miraflores dusted with thyme, a Morbier bathed in a linen brine with ash in-between.  Plus the the oldie goodies: Lesher, Vermeer, Wallaby, Dragonsbreath, Blue Suede Moo, the Tommes, the flavored Fetas, Quark, that ricotta and my all time favorite yogurt.

Black Krim, Stripped German, Brandywine, Cherokee Purple plus many more. Market red tomatoes are bountiful. Cherry Tomatoes in a rainbow of colors. Arugula, Mesclun, Spinach, Kale, Dino Kale, Swiss Chard, Beets, Green Peppers, and Eggplant. Green & Yellow Zucchini, Crookneck Squash, Pattypan Squash. Armenian Cucumbers, Garden Cucumbers, and small pickling cucumbers.  Lots of Fresh Basil. Cantaloupes and Watermelons. Beautiful cilantro

Truck Patch Meats:  Bacon, Bacon, and more bacon thin and thick cut! Sage sausage, maple sausage, Hot Italian, Sweet Italian, kielbasa , bratwurst, ground pork, bone in pork chops, boneless and bone in butt. Hammocks , fat back, pork liver, ham steaks, and pig feet. Whole  free range chickens, boneless chicken breast, chicken thighs, chicken drumsticks, and chicken wings.

GARNER: Bernard tomato fields are thriving, “ordinary reds’, romas, beefsteak, “early girls and heirlooms-- and cherry toms. Baby Limas (American edamame) are great quick boiled and seasoned with olive oil and salt and lemon.  Black eyed peas cook up quickly when they are so fresh and make a good salad with grilled anything. Japanese, white, Italian and Thai eggplant; Squash: Patty pan. Yellow. Zucchini, Ishtar, that pale green Lebanese variety,eight ball, golden zucchini. Sweet Corn, okra, potatoes, peppers sweet and hot, green and yellow and Roma beans. Melons: sun, cantaloupes and seedless  watermelons in red and yellow. Swiss chard and arugula.  Mint, dill and parsley.
PANORAMA: Lots of rolls and buns. French bread baked by French bakers – baguettes, croissants, palmiers, Danish, scones, Breton specialties. Whole wheat, rye, pumpernickel, rustiques, country, sour dough – boules and sandwich breads too.
 NUMBER 1 SONS: A huge selection of DC’s best traditional New York pickles, Korean kimchi and a variety of krauts from Central American curtidos to classic German sauerkrauts.  Fermented and fabulous.  But this week they have lots of NEW:

*New: Potomac Reds. sweet pickles! We're trying out a new recipe. We have chunks of red bell peppers mixed in with our apple cider vinegar brine. Pickles, onions and peppers can all go on a sandwich. Or simply eat over the sink, straight outta the jar!

*New: We will have a spicy pepper medley. Name TBD. We got a great variety of peppers from Potomac Vegetable Farms and chopped them up. This is great for eating with fried chicken or putting on a hot dog. I've attached some of the pepper signs with all the cool varieties.

*Reign of the yellow cucumbers (from Bigg Riggs) continue. Blonde Mary pickles will be at market this weekend. We've added even more fresh horseradish. These are still a very balanced pickle, a bit spicy. Hints of Old Bay flavors and Bloody Mary :)

*We will have very fresh Half Sours -- not all of our Sunday markets got them last week bc our cucumber/pickle supply hasn't kept up with summer demand.

WHISKED: Labor day weekend is a great time for pie. Barbecues, picnics, parties, even happy hours - I think pie is the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer. They have one of their most summery pies on the menu this week - the mixed berry pie is full of blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. Peach Crumble Pie, Blueberry Pie, Kale and Feta Quiche and Ratatouille Quiche.

See you Sunday, rain or shine.

Robin, Teds, Rachel

Thursday, August 28, 2014

missed tonight's DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Forum meeting? See this crop of tweets from the meeting

See this assortment of tweets from Bloomingdame from this evening's DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Forum meeting:

First St NW will close at V - week of Sept 15 thru Nov 2014.

Construction is now active at all 4 sites. If you see a problem, say something. 1 (844) 378-4636

. asks neighbors to respect construction zone fencing for their own protection. There will be deep trenches soon.

. As other reports approved, they will be uploaded monthly. Data to be discussed at future Forum mtg

. to post weekly reports on noise and vibration- March, April, May up soon.

Tree pruning starts after Labor Day in 1st & V Sts-north Working with , will prune. Watch 4 No Parking

a few announcements from Grassroots Gourmet

Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:07:21 -0400
Subject: A few Announcements

With Labor Day Weekend upon us, we have a few updates to share with the neighborhood. 

We're sorry to see the Summer go! Grassroots Gourmet will resume regular hours on Wednesday, September 3rd.

Wednesday - Friday: 8am -7ppm
Saturday: 9am - 5pm
Sunday: 10am - 4pm

And to celebrate the Back to School season, Grassroots Gourmet & Liz, the Singing Lizard are excited to announce a local, Back-to-School Concert! Liz DeRoche is The Singing Lizard and she will perform at Grassroots Gourmet on Thursday, September 4th at 10:30am! Liz has been playing music all her life. Her vast musical experience includes scoring soundtracks for films, playing drums and keyboard in several bands and personalizing albums for children of all ages. Liz believes music is the key to true joy and is thrilled to be able to share her music with you and your little ones! Kids of all ages are welcome to join us at the bakery (104 Rhode Island Ave NW) on Thursday morning. Free admission, tips appreciated.

Jamilyah & Sara
Grassroots Gourmet, LLC
104 Rhode Island Ave NW

Twitter: @GrssRtsGourmet

"VMP submits revised building designs"

Click on the link to read the * entire * Vision McMillan Partners blog post from today:

VMP Submits Revised Building Designs

In preparation for our upcoming hearing on September 29th and in response to questions raised at our last hearing, VMP provided additional information to the Zoning Commission on Monday. During the last hearing, the Commission requested additional information on, or restudy of, the height of the Healthcare Facility; the loading facilities for the multifamily/grocery store; proposed traffic mitigation measures; and additional information on the timing and scope of public benefits and amenities.

DC Water traffic advisory: Heavy construction for 1st Street Tunnel Project is underway -- commuters/through traffic travelers are advised to seek alternative routes

Subject: RE: Traffic Advisory: Heavy Construction for First Street Tunnel Project is Underway- Commuters/Through Traffic Travelers are Advised to Seek Alternative Routes 
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:28:38 +0000

DC Water Contact:
Emanuel D. Briggs
Manager, Community Outreach
(202) 787-2003

August 28, 2014

Traffic Advisory
Heavy Construction for First Street Tunnel Project is Underway- Commuters/Through Traffic Travelers are Advised to Seek Alternative Routes
(Washington, DC) – DC Water is performing construction activities in four surface locations in the Bloomingdale neighborhood as part of its First Street Tunnel Project.

This important local flood control and environmental project will be under construction until March 2016, and traffic impacts will be 24 hours, 7 days per week for the duration of the project.

Surface Locations and Related Traffic Impacts
Adams Street NW, from First Street NW through the intersection with Flagler Place NW
  • Construction is in progress. This portion of Adams Street will be closed to through traffic beginning the week of Monday, August 25, 2014 until February 2016. Adams Street will be open to local traffic only from First Street and 2nd Street.

V Street NW, through the intersection with First Street NW
  • Construction is in progress. Beginning the week of Monday, September 15, 2014 until November 2014, First Street will be closed to through traffic at the intersection with V Street to allow for the construction of a diversion chamber in the center of the roadway. This portion of First Street will be open to local traffic only from U Street and W Street. An extended closure at this location may be required, and public notification will be provided.

Thomas Street NW at First Street NW
  • Construction is in progress.  Beginning the week of Monday, August 25, 2014 until September 2015, the 100 Block of Thomas Street and adjacent privately owned parking lot will be closed to through traffic to allow for the construction of a temporary pump station and associated structures. Thomas Street will be open to local traffic only from 2nd Street.
First Street NW, between Channing Street NW and Michigan Avenue NW
  • Construction at the main mining shaft site is underway.  Work will continue at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site until March 2016. First Street will remain closed to northbound/southbound traffic through November 2014. It is advised that North Capitol Street be used as an alternative route for travel on First Street.

Other Important Information
  • Temporary traffic signs will be set up throughout the area to alert motorists to the traffic changes.
  • Some traffic delays within the vicinity of the work zones should be anticipated.
  • Sidewalk detours have been implemented to assist pedestrians.
  • Noise, vibration and dust levels are all closely monitored and will continue for the duration of the project.
Project Details
The First Street Tunnel Project extends along First Street NW, beginning at the McMillan Sand Filtration Site below ground, and heading southbound to Rhode Island Avenue NW. The First Street Tunnel was accelerated as part of the Mayor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park to relieve street and basement flooding in these neighborhoods. DC Water has hired the Design-Build firm of Skanska-Jay-Dee to construct the tunnel and associated structures.
About DC Water
The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water), is an industry leading multi-jurisdictional regional utility that provides drinking water, wastewater collection and treatment to 600,000 residential, commercial and governmental customers in the District of Columbia, 17.8 million annual visitors and also collects and treats wastewater for 1.6 million customers in Montgomery and Prince George's counties in Maryland and Fairfax and Loudoun counties in Virginia.

DC Water’s service area covers approximately 725 square miles and the company operates the world’s largest advanced wastewater treatment plant with a capacity of 370 million gallons per day and a peak capacity of 1.076 billion gallons per day. 

Please visit for more information on the First Street Tunnel Project.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Vision McMillan Partners: EYA to offer nine townhomes at 50%AMI, 13 at 80% AMI; Jair Lynch to offer 85 affordable rentals to seniors at 50%/60% AMI + more apts at 80% AMI in Phase 2

See these two tweets from Vision McMillan Partners:
From our ZC submissions: At request of ANC 5E, will be offering 9 townhomes at 50% AMI, 13 at 80% AMI
2:52 PM - 27 Aug 2014 
Also, offering 85 affordable rentals 2 seniors @ 50/60% AMI & more apts at 80% AMI in future construction phase 2
2:53 PM - 27 Aug 2014

DC Water: "Fence going up at site of future pumping station First & Thomas NW -- Sidewalk closed & no parking by Windows"

See this tweet with pics:

Fence going up at site of future pumping station First &Thomas Sidewalk closed & no parking by Windows
8:22 PM - 27 Aug 2014 

Note that this fence does not have barbed wire along the top, as the prior fence had.

Bloomingdale resident and Long & Foster realtor Angela Jones: Use plants to your advantage

Subject: Use Plants to Your Advantage
Date: Thu, 28 Aug 2014 00:31:33 +0000
Did you know that plants not only boost curb appeal, but they can also keep pests in check? Below are few species that naturally repel pest while attracting beneficial insects, like butterflies and ladybugs. Forward this information on to family and friends to help them keep pests at bay.

Angela Jones, Associate Broker
Long and Foster

Oh, by the way®... if you know of someone who would appreciate the level of service I provide, please call me with their name and business number. I'll be happy to follow up and take great care of them. 

Thrillist: Bloomingdale ranks #9 for food and drink

Click on the link to read the * entire * Thrillist post.

Bloomingdale made #9 in this Thrillist power ranking.


9. Bloomingdale

This small section of the city is inching up there when it comes to great eating. The Red Hen is certainly the star -- the rustic restaurant reeled in the accolades this year, and for good reason (like rigatoni). Then there’re hidden gems like Big Bear CafĂ© with a sweet patio swallowed by vines, Boundary Stone for laid-back eats and whiskey, Rustik for a solid brunch, and newcomer KoChix -- a Korean wing hut that will make you forget Bonchon exists. 

DC Water 1st Street Tunnel Forum meeting -- Thursday, 08-28-2014

From: Janice Jessup <>
Date: August 20, 2014 at 2:34:32 PM EDT
For the next FST Forum Meeting (#7)  is scheduled for:
Thursday, August 28, 2014
St. George’s Episcopal Church
160 U Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Time: 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Topics Include:
·       Construction updates for all four Construction Staging Areas (CSAs):
o   Adams Street and Flagler Place NW (ongoing)
o   1st and V Streets NW (on-going)
o   1st and Thomas Streets NW (begins Thursday, August 21)
o   Main Mining Shaft Site/McMillan and the alley way construction west of First Street

Please find attached the Tunnel Forum meeting minutes from the June (27th) and July (31st) meetings, for your use and file.  [These meeting minutes are posted at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog here.].
In the interim, if you have questions or concerns about the FST Project please call the 24/7 Hotline at 1(844)FST-INFO or 1(844)378-4636.
DCCR Public Outreach Team DC Clean Rivers Project | DC Water 5000 Overlook Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20032 | t (202) 787-4723 f (202) 787-4476 FST HOTLINE 1 (844) 378-4636