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Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.

Catholic U Offers Puerto Rican College Students A Tuition-Free Spring Semester

Puerto Rican Flag flying in front of a Brookland home

From an article in The Tower, CUA’s student newspaper:

The Catholic University of America will waive tuition and other student fees to welcome up to 40 students currently enrolled in degree programs in colleges and universities in Puerto Rico to support them in the wake of damage done by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Students are now eligible to apply to be enrolled in the spring semester.

We think that is just awesome, way to go CUA!

Basilica’s 28th Annual Christmas Concert For Charity Will Benefit Hurricane Relief

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will be having it’s annual Christmas concert for Charity on Friday night December 1st at 7:30 PM in the Great Upper Church. The concert, a longstanding neighborhood tradition in its 28th year, will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Catholic U’s Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Chorus and Symphony Orchestra. The concert is free, but donations are requested for charity. This year the concert will benefit Catholic Charities USA Hurricane Relief and will feature a new composition, “Hush” from CUA doctoral student Valencio Jackson, who hails from St. Croix,U.S. Virgin Islands.  Sounds like a fantastic concert!  Check out more information here. The Basilica is located at Michigan Ave and Harewood Rd. NE.

9 Months Of Lane Closures Begin Today On Monroe Street Bridge As Part Of Bridge Construction

Monroe Street Bridge Rendering Courtesy of DDOT

We have been writing about the reconstruction of the Monroe Street Bridge for a while now. We thought readers would like a heads up to expect at least 9 months of slow-going as the project picks up steam. From the project’s website:

…the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will shift the traffic pattern on the Monroe Street NE Bridge between 7th Street NE and 10th Street NE beginning on or about Friday, November 17, 2017; weather permitting.

Westbound lanes will be closed and traffic will be shifted to the eastbound lanes with a single lane in each direction. The sidewalk on the north side of the bridge will be closed. All pedestrian traffic will be directed to the south side. Bicyclists will use the full lane to travel through the construction zone, sharing with motorists during this phase.

This phase of work is expected to last approximately 9 months,..

First Look: Potential Retail Space Concept At 12th And Franklin

We recently posted that the shipping container condo development originally planned for 1201 Franklin Street NE is probably not happening.Now, we have a better idea of what might be coming to the corner of 12th and Franklin via these renderings from the agent managing the property for Rosenthal Associates. Looks like the parking spaces remain, it will remain one floor, and the building will have lots of front facing windows. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

12th Street Gallery – Art Pop Up And Holiday Open House Party Featuring Local Artists

We thought neighbors would like to know about a pop-up art Gallery at 3510 12th Street NE (next to Smith Public Trust). The space is owned by Miller Development who has allowed the temporary gallery since the space was empty. The gallery will close on December 31st. From an email:

The 12th Street Gallery features 9 local artists, Enoch Chan, Marsha Stein, Tim Kime, Peter Lewis, Ryan and Taty Martinez, Carla Perlo, Daniel Perez and Eddie Johnson.

We will have an open house holiday party on Thursday night November 30 from 6-9 and everyone is welcome to join us for an evening of art, music by DJ Glowstick, dancing, food and friends.

Check out the flyer below for more info – sounds like a cool event!

Shipping Container Condo Project At 12th And Franklin Appears To Be Scrapped

About a year ago, we wrote about a planned development that included retail and condos made of shipping containers. Since then, there has been no activity at the location, 1201 Franklin Street NE (next to Menomale). We noticed that recently a sign that says “Space for Lease” went up, so we are guessing that plans for the development are not happening as of now. We will let you know when we learn anything new.

Howard Divinity School Development Moves Forward And ANC Meeting To Discuss It

Rumblings about development at Howard University’s 23 acre School of Divinity property have gone on for years.  The last time we wrote about it,  in June 2016, the University was engaging community stakeholders about the potential development. We recently learned through this article in the Washington Business Journal that the University has selected a developer to oversee the project. From the article:

D.C.-based FLGA LLC Real Estate Group and Orlando-based ZOM Living will immediately begin their due diligence and master planning activities for Howard’s East Campus, the university announced. The property, at 1400 Shepherd St. NE, is largely vacant land with three existing structures, two of which are historic and will be retained. The divinity school operated there until 2015.

On Wednesday November 15 there will be an ANC5B Meeting from  6:30 – 8:30 pm at John Burroughs Elementary (1800 Block of Newton Street NE). Howard University guests will discuss latest steps in development of Howard Divinity Campus.

The Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD) is located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Primrose, Brookland’s New French Wine Bar, Could Open As Early As Next Week

We have been keeping an eye on the progress at Primrose, a French wine bar coming to Brookland. We took these photos recently and were delighted to hear that they are likely opening very soon.  From the Washington Post’s food critic Tom Sietsema’s weekly chat session:

…Restaurant veteran Sebastian Zutant and his wife, architect Lauren Winter, are adding something special to the dining scene with a 50-seat, wine-themed bistro called Primrose, expected to open the week before Thanksgiving (knock on wood) at 3000 12th St. NE.

Zutant, a partner in the popular All-Purpose Pizzeria in Shaw and Red Hen in Bloomingdale, plans to highlight natural wines from France, part of the new restaurant’s Gallic focus. “The French do everything better than anyone else: pinot blanc, cheese, fashion,” says Zutant. Primrose will focus on classic French comfort food — steak frites, coq au vin — prepared by chef Eric Schlemmer, previously with Sovereign in Georgetown…

Masala Story Indian Restaurant Looks To Open Soon In Place Of Indigo

The exterior of Indigo Chapter 2 was painted in early June

Many neighbors have been eagerly anticipating the second location of popular Indian restaurant Indigo, set to open at the corner of 12th and Kearny by now. Unfortunately, things don’t always go according to plan as we learned from this article in Eater DC. The good news is that family members of the Indigo team are still working to open a new Indian restaurant at the 3301 12th Street NE location.  The new restaurant will be called Masala Story and from their Twitter feed and Facebook postings, it sounds like they are working hard to finally open up soon. We will let you know when we hear anything new.