Saturday, December 30, 2006

smoke no more

bar smokers,
you have two nights left.

Post article here

seaton and 1st.

i JUST noticed work being done inside the building on the nw corner of first and seaton. a perfect glass?

note rehab work.. but build out work, .. so it seemed anyway.

commerical buildings for sale in the area.

500 florida avenue- 340,000 MLS#: DC6267275
from the MLS....

200 rhode island avenue ( the tina market) - 500,000 MLS#: DC6213385
PRICE REDUCED!!! Investor / Developer special. This is a convenience store currently, with R-4 (!)Zoning. Res-Row Dwl,Cnv, Apt. Large double corner lot. Located in key thoroughfare at the intersection of Rhode Island Ave and 2nd Street NW.Seller will deliver property vacant if desired. Sellers will consider ALL offers!!


1426 north capitol 389,000 MLS#: DC6113548
this one has a great description "Great location near Capitol Hill and new Florida Ave Metro Station. Building is a shell and needs everything but in a great area with lots of potential. Six units next to each other are under contract in 1300 block, a sign of development and improvement on the way. Near new Federal building going up by Metro and much more developments. Buy this and go for rest of the block before it is too late!"

52 Quincy Place ( the madison building ) 975,000 MLS#: DC6255583
Over 4000 sf of totally renovated, air conditioned, retail, office space off of Florida Ave. NW. Building is located on Florida & Quincy Pl. Rent is estimated at $30 sf. CAP rate over 10%. One of a kind Investment. The compound includes two huge retail spaces and a live in suite apartment, occupying the entire first floor of the building including the court yard.



615 Florida Avenue
900,000 MLS#: DC6226325
Commercial property- two unit building great for offices, shop, retail, restaurant. Total rooms 6 and 4 bathrooms. Zoned c2a which means this building can be used for residential or commercial purposes. Parking is available at the back. Hardwood floors, open floor plan, beautifully renovated. Seller accepts or rejects any or all offers.

1410 North Capitol 530,000 MLS#: DC6117155
This is a GREAT opportunity for development in the heart of the city. There are plans available for development of the potenials efficiency and one bedroom units upstairs. Downstairs could be a commercial venture. Building has new roof and new fence.



and still on the market
1631 north capitol 800,000 MLS#: DC5502363 which i've mentioned before

neighborhood real estate group in post

Sonya Abney, founder of neighborhood realtors firm Cosmopolitan Properties spotlighted in post
article here

yellow line extension

the yellow line extension has finally happened.
loke HERE


While i never metro north of u street, and rarely ever go to Columbia Heights, this seems like an awesome improvement to the system and will aid in bolstering the soon to explode neighborhood. Now, i have waxed poetic in my admiration for whats happenging on H NE,and while i am betting i will always like h street more, Columbia Heights is going to be super hot. Super hot in a nationally accepted hot kind of way. the new Dance Institutes building is hot. the amount of chain establishments many will find hot. the new ( gigantic in proportion)buildings/ condos. the new (ish) giant is great and one of the best designed grocery stores in the city... second to the whole foods on p street... and dean & deluca.... The tivoli is hot. its going to be its own city. and now you can take one train form there to national airport.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Grocery Store From Amélie

now here's a urban grocery store!

"Wave of the future"

1. I absolutely LOVE the expression "wave of the future".

2. I believe in lightrail, monorail, efficient mass transit, community minded mass transit, and fluid interconnected inner city neighborhoods.

3. I value Pedestrian life greater than i value a city system dedicated to cars. I believe that it benefits the body and mind, as well as fostering retail, arts, and local economies.

3. I love trolleys.

here is a quote from an article about lightrail on h street NE.

"Light rail is the wave of the future if you care about the environment," Washington's delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, said. Ms. Norton, 69, said she expects fellow Democrats, who take control of Congress in January, to boost funding for such projects across America."

full article here

here is a link to more information about the future of trolleys in dc.
though, as seems typical in this city, the page hasnt been updated in a long time and what started as a big bang with momentum has not been transparent since. the last listed publication was 2005. what IS happening?

"Wave of the future"

1. I absolutely LOVE the expression "wave of the future".

2. I believe in lightrail, monorail, efficient mass transit, community minded mass transit, and fluid interconnected inner city neighborhoods.

3. I value Pedestrian life greater than i value a city system dedicated to cars. I believe that it benefits the body and mind, as well as fostering retail, arts, and local economies.

3. I love trolleys.

here is a quote from an article about lightrail on h street NE.

"Light rail is the wave of the future if you care about the environment," Washington's delegate to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, said. Ms. Norton, 69, said she expects fellow Democrats, who take control of Congress in January, to boost funding for such projects across America."

full article here

here is a link to more information about the future of trolleys in dc.
though, as seems typical in this city, the page hasnt been updated in a long time and what started as a big bang with momentum has not been transparent since. the last listed publication was 2005. what IS happening?

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

homeless shelter in penn quarter

i spend a lot of time in penn quarter/chinatown/ gallery place/ whatever the hell you call it. I have good friends that live there/ used to work there/ love kanlayas/ and more recently chinatown garden/ jaleo is there/ portrait gallery/ you get the idea.

also i read gallery place living. im intrigued by the post and the comments about a new homeless shelter/ services place that may be happening there.
read this

Seems the church at 10th and g sold their air rights to PN hoffman do they can finance an upgrade.


very interesting really.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

B and J seafood

Our local restaurant B and J seafood was mentioned on DCist.
here

Monday, December 25, 2006

north capitol arts- "swampoodle arts" anyone?

I've included a post about north capitol in my christmas wish list for a better art scene in DC HERE

Saturday, December 23, 2006

Welcoming back the Sun

I hope you have put the short days behind and look forward to the promise of longer, brighter days.
Merry Christmas to you all, and best wishes for any of the holidays you might be celebrating. May you complete the year with happiness, fulfillment and hope.



Peace.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

but on the greener side

did you know there was a green roof organization in shaw? i didn't until today.

look here

more new town.

the post has an article about it.

"
When asked whether he planned to be involved with the project as a private citizen, he said: "I don't have any idea. I will be offering my legal, tax and accounting services for everybody." Orange is a lawyer and certified public accountant.
"



corruption at its best.

the article has a photo.. you know.... to show the desolate blighted area devoid of activity.

here

also:
New Town will consist of 570,000 square feet of wholesale distribution space, 185,000 square feet of retail space and 141,000 square feet of restaurant and merchandising space. The project will also include a YMCA building with a fitness center, day care center, swimming pool, indoor basketball courts, a bowling alley, movie theaters and an ice-skating rink.

The project may also include a health clinic and a library, D.C. officials say.


uh... bowling?

Monday, December 18, 2006

big bear...

i noticed that the building is all primed now, and the windows are in, and the steel covering the windows has been removed.
i hear there may be a coffee shop there in the future.....

Saturday, December 16, 2006

goings on in NoMa

Major projects in NoMa expected to start construction next year in time for 2009 delivery:

Constitution Square (100 M Street NE):
Stonebridge Associates will develop 600 residential units with a 55,000-square-foot supermarket on the 1st floor and a 350,000-square-foot office building. Harris Teeter is expected to take some retail space.

Capitol Plaza (1200 1st Street NE):
Stephen A. Goldberg is close to completing a 291,000-square-foot office building. Archstone-Smith will build 500 residential units next year.

Eckington Hotel (201 Florida Avenue NE):
A partnership of Trammel Crow, CSG Urban Partners and others will start on a 11-story building with a 30,000 square feet of retail and 196 hotel rooms.

First Place (52 and 60 L Street NE):
Tishman Speyer will build a 350,000-square-foot office building. Camden Properties is expected to develop the neighboring 350,000-square-foot residential component.

Washington Gateway (Intersection of New York and Florida Avenues NE):
MRP Realty is expected to start on portions of its 800,000-square-foot mixed-use project.

101 K Street NE:
J Street Development wants to start on a 90,000-square-foot office condominium.

sidamo coffee shop on h ne


IMG_4235
Originally uploaded by inked78.
here is the inside of a new coffee shop on h ne. i'll defintely check it out.
i'm still very found of h street and how much creative energy is happening there. I have been comparing h street to my hopes of north capitol and bloomingdale since i started this blog.

Hopefully soon the big bear will open in bloomingdale. and the firehouse... and The Scenic Artisans Creative Arts and Design Center ( if i find an investor) ( anyone?). and, of course, trader joe's.
and oh.. my brother-in- law's 24 hour menaeesh place. zaatar ou zait?


photo taken by inked78. click on it to see more of her photos of the h street area.

sidamo coffee on h street ne


IMG_4235
Originally uploaded by inked78.
here is the inside of a new coffee shop on h ne. i'll defintely check it out.
i'm still very found of h street and how much creative energy is happening there. I have been comparing h street to my hopes of north capitol and bloomingdale since i started this blog.

Hopefully soon the big bear will open in bloomingdale. and the firehouse... and The Scenic Artisans Creative Arts and Design Center ( if i find an investor) ( anyone?). and, of course, trader joe's.
and oh.. my brother-in- law's 24 hour menaeesh place. zaatar ou zait?


photo taken by inked78. click on it to see more of her photos of the h street area.

New Town vision of the florida avenue markets. wow.

this picture was swiped from richard laymans flickr stream. click on it to see more of the proposed redevelopment.

What do you think of the designs?
what do you think will really happen?

Do you support the use of eminent domain to make this project happen?

Monday, December 11, 2006

neighborhoody things

1. i know im late in getting this news out, but windows cafe was twice robbed recently, and during a third attempted robbery a thief was caught.

2. Please check out NanBon a catering service by a bloomingdale resident Aisha Bond:
http://www.nanbon.com/
... maybe a storefront in the hood someday? the cake love empire seems to be doing well.....

3. no word back from heller's.

4. personally i think that MLK library should be turned into the national center for the visual arts a la the yerba buena in san francisco. ( i know its not in the hood... but it's a damn good idea)
http://www.ybca.org/


5 it seems that all people that care about dc and the people that live here oppose the new town development. jus sayin.


6. Whats happening with the old Junque Store, anyway?



7. U.S. MARINE CORPS www.toysfortots.org

TOYS FOR TOTS
COMMUNITY DROP-OFF CENTER

COSMOPOLITAN PROPERTIES Real Estate Brokerage
414 Florida Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 387-0777
(Located at the corner of Florida and Rhode Island Avenues, NW)

8. Effective 12/01/2006, it is against the law to pass a metro bus stopped at the bus-stop near a corner and to make a right turn. You must wait behind the bus until it moves, if you need to make a right turn. MPD will issue warning tickets for one month, after that the ticket will cost $100.

9. Street sweeper parking restrictions are now lifted. please help keep your curb clean, as the city wont be cleaning our streets for the next few months.

10 Eckingtonians have been planting tulips along north capitol again this year.

1. Crispus Attucks Park has receivable a large grant to help with projects going on there.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

random stuff.

1. last night there was a truck. tent ( and radio station dj) set up at giant accepting non perishables for the capitol area food bank.
it is my understanding that city funding has not met up with the needs of food services to the poor. please help.

2. The new town. why in hell is this happening? the capitol city market is thriving bustling and hoppin. even the flea market has picked up tremendously. please mr orange, just be the lame duck u oughta be and go fishing. your shortsightedness with the brightwood project disqualifies you from being a part of urban development.

3. Might XM merge with Sirius? is that good for eckington?

4. I that there is a major developemt happening to the north of us at Riggs and South Dakota. the tiger market area, if you know it. its a LOT of land.

5. A wine bar , "the perfect glass" at first and seaton?

6. Is hellers still going to open a place in the green ember?

7. Stu mentioned that the proposed farmers market is moving along. he does need help though.

8. Proposed DC Comprehensive Plan Specifically “recognizes Soldiers' Home and McMillan Reservoir as important open space serving the north central part of the city”

9. please leave your front stoop light on.

10 december's slammed busy for me so i prolly cant make your christmas parties. sorry.

11 chevy chas wants to be a historic district. InShaw calls for just calling the whole city historic and be done with it already.

12 DCPD made a big arrest of a sexual predator in the hood recently. i hadnt really followed the news but it sounds like the police did a bang up job.

what else has been happening?

Sunday, December 03, 2006