Monday, December 31, 2018

Bloomingdale year-in-review 2018

What happened in Bloomingdale this year in 2018?

See the list below.

General items

Bloomingdale Community Day and Yard Sale at Crispus Attucks Park, #BloomieNights movie nights at Crispus Attucks Park, North Capitol Main Street's Art All Night and Chili Challenge events.

New construction projects in Bloomingdale this year: 79-81 U Street NW, 131-139 W Street NW (Beale House) and the two hopbacks at 14 and 20 Channing Street NW.

Spark opened this year and then closed again.

Discussions & meetings this year on decking over North Capitol Street.

No traffic calming was installed by DDOT in Bloomingdale this year.  ZZzzzzz.

El Camino closed; B&J Carryout closed; 1st Street Haircut opened; new owners at Sylvan Café

Creative Grounds received a green light to proceed with its build-out plans. 

Not much going on at: former New Reservoir Market, former World Missions Extension Center church, former Field to City space.

Chronological items

A fence was erected around the small triangular federal parkspace at North Capitol & Florida Avenue NW (Jan 2018).

Dr. Bertha Holliday filed an appeal with the DC Court of Appeals of the DC Zoning Commission's Final Order 13-14B approving the proposed Parcel 4 building at the McMillan development site. This building consists of a ground floor grocery, senior affordable apartments, and market-rate housing.  The appeal is for housing discrimination because of the senior housing segregated apartment’s separate entrance, that is, a “poor door.”  (Jan 2018).

Crispus Attucks Park constructed a new retaining wall (Feb 2018).

DC Council approved the disposal of Bloomingdale’s two Hofgard properties at 160 Adams Street NW and 36 Channing St NW, although DC still owns them.  Howard University bid on these two properties at auction and won the bid, but HU does not yet own them.  (March 2018).  Related: 160 Adams Street NW to be developed as a "co-living environment"  (Nov 2018).

1st Street Barber opened (March 2018).

20001 zip code categorized as 2nd most gentrified zip code (March 2018).

Crisp Kitchen and Bar under new ownership (April 2018).

DC Council passed a ceremonial resolution recognizing the 70th anniversary of Hurd v. Hodge SCOTUS case (May 2018).

1600 North Capitol Street NW granted a one-year PUD extension (June 2018).

DCity Smokehouse’s Bloomingdale Appreciation Day block party on 2nd Street NW (July 2018).

There was a second block party on 2nd Street NW organized by Bloomingdale resident Marvin Rich (August 2018).

The Eritrean Church building at 150 S Street NW was razed (August 2018).

The Bloomingdale Historic District became effective on Sept. 9, 2018.

Block party on the 100 block of U Street NW (Oct 2018).

1634 North Capitol Street NW announced its revised development project (Oct 2018).

Two new Bloomingdale ANC5E commissioners were elected: Karla Lewis replacing Katherine McClelland and Robert Brannum replacing Horacio Sierra (Nov 2018).

Grand jury indicts Bloomingdale resident Jeffrey Clark on federal firearms charges -- "DC judge orders suspected DC white nationalist held until trial on firearm charges" (Nov 2018).

Jam Doung Jamaican Style Restaurant applies for a zoning USE variance to permit the conversion of an existing non-conforming non-residential use to a restaurant at 1724 North Capitol St NW (Nov 2018).

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