Developer Maedwell Companies plans to break ground on a mixed-use project called the Denizen in DC’s Bloomingdale neighborhood during the second quarter of 2017. The developer’s president, Syga Thomas, tells Washingtonian exclusively that he’s in talks with potential cooking school and grocery tenants for the ground floor of the building at 1634 North Capitol St., NW. Thomas describes the grocery component as “a garden market” with fresh produce, prepared foods, and a large wine selection, similar to the Foragers Market chain in New York. He likens the culinary school to another New York business, Haven’s Kitchen. He says he envisions it hosting cooking classes for local school kids during the day, and private dinners and classes for adults in the evenings.