Wednesday, December 27, 2017

revisiting: Maedwell Companies "The Denizen" project for the 1600 block of North Capitol Street NW in between Old Engine 12 and Pub and the People

Regurgitating more old stuff here...

Recall the Monday, 12/12/2016, Washingtonian article on Maedwell Companies’ grand plans for 1634 North Capitol Street NW – located in between Pub and the People and Old Engine 12? 

The project was called The Denizen.


The raze permit for 1634 North Capitol Street NW was never issued.

That has been no action or news on this project for a year now.

Note that Maedwell Companies now has an office at 1644 North Capitol Street NW.

Here is the history on this Denizen project from prior blog posts [this is all old information]:

[  1  ] Washingtonian: Co-working space, and possibly a market and cooking school coming to Bloomingdale

This message is also posted at the Bloomingdale Neighborhood blog:

Co-working Space, and Possibly a Market and Cooking School Coming to Bloomingdale

By Marisa M. Kashino on December 12, 2016


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.
On the other side of a pedestrian walkway/courtyard area, Thomas plans to build a 4,000-square-foot co-working space, which Maedwell Companies will operate. He says it will likely include one-, two-, and three-person offices, rather than the open, communal working areas typical of other co-working concepts.

Upstairs, three floors of apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms, all with ten-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. Residents will have access to a shared rooftop terrace. Thomas says he expects pre-leasing to start in fall 2017. Pricing has not been finalized.
The Denizen will be located between Old Engine 12, the historic firehouse converted into a restaurant in 2014, and the Pub and the People restaurant and bar, open since spring 2015. As Bloomingdale’s restaurant scene around 1st St., NW and Rhode Island Ave., NW thrives, Thomas says he anticipates North Capitol Street will continue to evolve into a destination, too.

Shortly thereafter, a permit to raze 1634 North Capitol Street NW was filed.

From: []
Sent: Monday, January 9, 2017 4:03 PM
Subject: [HistoricWashington]
Raze applications filed at DCRA - December 1, 2016 - January 5, 2017

Greetings: This report is also posted on our website at  . See Attachments: Raze Permit Report – January 9, 2017
The following raze applications were filed at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) between December 1, 2016 and January 5, 2017:
ANC               Address                                      

5E             1634 North Capitol Street NW  (two, one story brick commercial buildings)         

Anything since then?

The developer still does not have a raze permit.  No raze application has been approved.

There are no plans for something new. 

The application for 1644 North Capitol Street NW is now for a cooking school.  Not sure if the street-level bagel place is still part of the plan. 

See this snip of DCRA permits:

Note that the application for the cooking school at 1644 North Capitol Street NW was submitted after the raze application for 1634 North Capitol Street NW was filed.

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