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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.

Real Estate Watch – Final Phase Launched at Chancellor’s Row

Development Brookland NE Washington DC
Rendering Courtesy of EYA Chancellor’s Row

It seems like they just broke ground yesterday, but today it was announced that the final phase at EYA’s Chancellor’s Row is set to begin. This phase consists of 64 townhouse units, located near 5th and 6th Streets just off Franklin Street NE. With this addition,  the 10-acre development of 237 homes will be complete. These units will be three or four bedroom homes, some with traditional brick and others with stone facades, and will include the final 12 Affordable Dwelling Unit (ADU) homes. According to the EYA blog, 65% of the homes at Chancellor’s Row have been sold and over 120 households have moved in. If you are interested in the construction of this development be sure to check out our series of posts following a new homeowner at Chancellor’s Row as his home is being built.

Brookland In Photos – Awesome Van Edition

 Brookland Artspace Lofts Brookland NE Washington DC

Anyone who passes by the Brookland Artspace Lofts on a regular basis has spotted this very cool van. The name “Quest Skinner” appears in various places on the van, so I googled it and found out that Quest Skinner is a (surprise!) really accomplished DC artist. I am so glad the Lofts came to our neck of the woods, it really has enriched the presence of the arts here.

Our Favorite Brookland Houses – Tropical Bungalow Edition

Bunglalow Front Porch Brookand NE Washington DC

The amount of color all around this classic Brookland bungalow just makes me smile and brings thoughts of the Caribbean or Latin America. The couple who lives here have cultivated a garden that is varied and gorgeous – fig trees, vegetables, and the beautiful dogwood in front. There is a lovely shed in the back (and we all know how I am a sucker for those). The hammock on the front porch is the finishing touch  to this tropical oasis in the middle of Brookland!

New Restaurant, Le Table DC, Is Coming To Rhode Island Avenue In January

 The Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider has an informative post on a new restaurant coming to Rhode Island Avenue, right around the corner in Woodridge. The restaurant, Le Table DC, is slated for a soft opening in January 2013, and will offer limited seating and only be open three days a week – at first. The restaurant has an interesting concept. Currently, it operates kind of like a catering company, serving eight course tasting menus to groups of 12 people in private homes for a set price. They plan on bringing that same concept to the restaurant, which will be located at 2212 Rhode Island Ave NE. After checking out the Le Table DC website, it looks like it will be intimate dining, small plates and pretty pricey. This tidbit from the Insider post will be of special interest to Brooklanders:

Can’t wait to try his food? Well, if his planned January 2013 soft opening doesn’t happen, Oliver is trying to plan a popup restaurant for one or two days in January at Silvestre Cafe in Brookland (12th Street).

We wish Le Table DC the best of luck, it is great to see an entrepreneur setting up shop on the avenue.

Brookland’s Historic Round House Hits The Market With Informative Website

Historic Home NE Washington DCThere has been much speculation and anticipation surrounding one of Brookland’s iconic structures – the beloved Round House. We covered the renovation of this gem here. Now word comes that the house is staged and ready for its open house this Sunday, October 21st from 1 – 4 pm. The house now has its own website where you can check out great photos and learn about the history and renovation of the house. Kudos to realtors Jake Abbott and Shemaya Klar for putting together such an informative, impressive website!

Ward 5 Playgrounds To Benefit From City-Wide Renovation Project

Noyes “Playground” As It Is Today

On October 12th, Mayor Gray’s Office issued a press release announcing the largest playground improvement project in DC history. This is from the press release:

As part of his Playground Improvement Project, Mayor Gray tasked DPR with identifying the playgrounds across the city most in need of renovations. Initially this project was to be a multi-year endeavor as the District worked to improve all of the playgrounds in DPR’s inventory. However, Mayor Gray prioritized this initiative and worked with his budget team to identify additional end-of-year capital funds to both add additional playgrounds to the project and accelerate the pace of renovations. As a result, a total of 32 playgrounds will now be renovated in Fiscal Year 2013.

These are the parks that are slated for improvement in Ward 5:
• Harry Thomas Sr. Playground, 1743 Lincoln Road NE
• Turkey Thicket Playground, 1100 Michigan Avenue NW
• Brentwood Playground, 2311 14th Street NE

The press release also notes that the overhaul to Brookland’s Noyes Playground (2725 10th Street NE) is already past the design phase. Speaking of which, it would be great to know how that project is coming along. Last I heard, months ago, proposals had been submitted in response to the RFP, but there has been no activity. If my memory serves me, the over-haul should have been completed by now.