Back in March we first wrote about the Perry Row development at 1022-1322 Perry Street, NE, getting started near the Metro station. According to the development’s website, they will deliver 6 town homes soon and are now offering hard hat tours daily. That was quick! According to this story at Elevation Media DC:
Each townhome is either a three or four-bedroom unit, plus a den, with three finished levels in each unit. The units also offer garage parking, rear decks and yards, as well as “smart home” features like smartphone-controllable thermostats and keyless entry…
Back in March we wrote about how longtime Brookland business M&S Barber Services re-located because of impending development. It looks like that development, 2900 12th Street NE, is moving forward as a three story, nine unit, residential-only apartment building. We recently noted that construction fencing went up around the property, a dumpster arrived, and internal demolition permits were posted in the window (see pictures below).
Regarding 2900 12th St NE: I called DCRA. They do have a permit to do some basic demolition… My understanding is that they cannot do much more at the moment because they have not passed their Zoning Review with the Office of the Zoning Administrator at DCRA, based on the information available on DCRA online and on the conversation I had with DCRA.
Barrios reached out to the developer and posted this sideshow of the developer’s plans for the apartment building at the corner of 12th and Girard. It looks like 2 more floors will be added to the existing building, each unit will have one parking space in back, and at least some units will have private roof top decks. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
Back in April we wrote about (Up)Rising Festival 2015, a cool new arts festival coming to Woodridge, right around the corner from Brookland on Rhode Island Ave, NE. The festival is primarily brough to you by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transformed a vacant commercial space on Rhode Island Ave NE into an artist studio and artistic exhibition space. The FREE festival will run from Sunday, May 24, – Monday, May 25, 2015 at 1:00 AM, and will include curated visual and performing arts programming along the 1600-2400 blocks of Rhode Island Ave NE. Some of the venues will be vacant spaces, some will be businesses. You can check our more details at the event page here and be sure to check out this cool video about the festival.
Back in March we posted about a new bakery coming to 12th Street NE in Brookland called the Bakers’ Lounge, and interviewed Catherine Cotay, the baker’s owner/director. Then, in April, we got a sneak peek of the tasty treats to come. We are now happy to announce that the bakery is finally opening Saturday. Here is the tweet that tipped us off:
We caught up with Catherine again to ask about the opening. Here’s what she had to say:
I will be open on Saturday for people to buy baked goods and put in orders for events etc. The space is still transforming and we are expecting our funiture in a few weeks. This Saturday we will open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.
Going forward we plan on opening from 11:00 am till 8 pmTuesday to Thursday and till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturday. On Sundays we will be open from 11:00 till 7:00 pm . These might change depending on the demand for late night desserts. This weekend we will have a mixture of baked goods. This Monday being a holiday we will be open from 11 am for people to buy baked goods.
Let’s support this new local business and be sure to let Catherine know what you would like, she is open to responding to neighbors request. The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.
It’s been a while since our last update on the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. We recently learned that the project now has a name – Brooks Row. The 22 condos will be made up of 11 rowhouses with 2 units each. Some will have 2 bedrooms and some will have 3. You can see the floor plans here as well as additional information about the units. The project is scheduled to completed by winter 2016. We will let you know when we learn anything new.
Back in October we posted an update on the next phase of the Monroe Street Market development, which includes 45 townhomes, known as Gallery Towns. The homes, which should be completed by the end of the year, will be located along Lawrence, Kearny, and 7th Streets, NE. On the diagram to the right, they are represented as “Block A2″. We recently learned more about the development via this article from the Washington Post. According to the story, the homes will start at $700,000 and
The units have brick fronts and rooftop terraces with optional two-sided fireplaces. Inside, they have hardwood flooring in the main living area, LED recessed lighting, contemporary style trim around the windows and doors and Energy Star certification. Each kitchen has 42-inch maple cabinets, quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances.
Sounds fancy. We will post updates as we learn anything new.
Readers may remember our interview last summer with Jamila Minniks, Brooklander, and owner of Potomac Pastry. We recently caught up with her again and she tells us:
we have grown so much that we are outgrowing even Union Kitchen! We are in the initial stages of finding space, and will be moving to a more individualized kitchen space in the new Union Kitchen space to accommodate our growth!
That’s not surprising. Anyone who has purchased her baked goods, sold through a number of wholesalers, at Zeke’s on Rhode Island or at the Brookland Tuesday farmers market, knows that her high quality pastries are delicious!
Now Jamila is reaching out to the community and supporters though her Kiva Zip website. (Kiva Zip is a non profit organization that enables 0% interest loans to entrepreneurs.) With the loan she will be able to buy the equipment she needs to grow, including a 60-qt stand mixer and a double stack convection oven. Her goal is to earn enough money to open a brick and mortar store and she says:
it would help us bring our little pastry shop to Brookland a little faster!
If you are interested in helping this neighborhood entrepreneur grow, consider lending to her goal here, loan amounts start as low as $5.
You can place orders for her pastries and desserts via phone, email or through her website. Keep up with Potomac Pastry though Facebook, Twitter, and their website.
Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists. The submission deadline is Friday May 29th for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Studio show in July. Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its “Off Rhode Studio” shows.
Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events. Go Ward 5!
Yesterday we learned from this City Paper article that Metro is soliciting bids for two small parcels of land it owns on 9th Street NE, along the Metro tracks.
One parcel, just over 21,000 square feet, is north of the INLE Development at 9th and Lawrence which is a commercial office building that is nearly complete (we wrote about it here.). The other parcel, which is over 16,000 square feet, is south of the townhome development at 9th and Kearny NE, that we wrote about here in March. Both parcels are currently grassy areas. Development proposals are due to Metro by June 19. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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