Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Nasty Women’s Brunch At Nido To Benefit Girls Inc. DC This Sunday

There will be a brunch for a good cause this Sunday at Nido from 10:30 AM – 2:30 PM. From the Nido Facebook event page:

Join us for food and drinks to raise money for Girls Inc. DC, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering young women to be healthy, educated, and independent.

ALL NASTY WOMEN AND BAD HOMBRES WELCOME.

You can make your reservation here. Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Steel Plate To Donate Proceeds To ACLU and Planned Parenthood During Inauguration Weekend

Brooklanders who want to eat local and do some good this weekend might want to stop by Steel Plate. From their Facebook page:

Dear friends!

Inauguration weekend is upon us. With that, and in solidarity with our fellow citizens, we are proud to announce that Steel Plate will equally distribute half of all the weekend proceeds to both the ACLU and Planned Parenthood. On both Friday and Saturday nights, we will have a representative from PP join us, and you can donate directly as well. #thesedoorsstayopen

Additionally, several DJs will join us on Saturday night to cheer us up…

Unfortunately, we will not open for brunch on Saturday (we can’t be in two places at once!).

Steel Plate is located at 3523 12th Street, NE.

Inauguration Week Specials At Brookland’s Finest – For A Great Cause

We thought neighbors would like to know about these specials going on at Brookland’s Finest. From an email:

During inauguration week, Brookland’s Finest will tap a keg from women-owned brewery Denizens Brewing Company, donating proceeds from the beer to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. The bar will also serve $10 White Russians and $10 Orange Russians (fresh squeezed orange juice, simple syrup, vanilla-infused Civic vodka and cream), with proceeds also going to the Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.

The New G9 Bus Line Brings Much Needed Transportation Option Along Rhode Island Ave

We thought readers would be happy to hear about the addition of  a badly needed additional transportation option starting in March. The new express  bus line, the G9, will run from Mt. Rainer to 14th Street NW along Rhode Island Avenue.

A map of the coming G9  by WMATA via Greater Greater Washington

According to this story in Greater Greater Washington:

The G9 will run every 15 minutes and only during rush hours (from 6 am to 9 am and 3 pm to 7 pm, Monday through Friday).

Metro points out that service will run both directions during those hours, unlike some other routes that only run one direction during peak hours. The agency is in the process of developing printable timetables and maps.

Here is a tweet from Ward 5 Councilmember McDuffie who was instrumental in making the bus line a reality.

Upcoming Casey Trees Classes – Planting, Pruning And More

Trees stored on Casey Trees 12th Street Tree Lot

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that you can’t participate in community events that support the restoration of the District’s urban forest.  Brookland based Casey Trees offers ways to stay engaged for those interested in preserving and expanding DC’s tree canopy. We thought readers might be interested in the classes below, that are offered either at their Brookland headquarters or in greater DC locations. Go to  their event page here or follow the links below for more info and to register for the events:

Casey Trees is located at 3030 12th St NE.

BNCA Hosts Discussion – Comprehensive Plan’s Effects On Brookland

In November we wrote about the DC Office of Planning’s update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development. The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will host a meeting to discuss the update and potential effects it will have on Brookland. This is an important opportunity for Brookland residents to raise concerns about the current state of planning in our community, and to influence the city’s planning decisions going forward.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday January 17, at 7PM at Brooks Mansion (DCTV), 901 Newton St NE. See more at the BNCA Facebook page.

Michigan Liquors For Sale, Zoned For Mix Use Development

Back in October, we saw chatter on the Brookland Listserv that Michigan Liquor had closed. We stopped by a few times to see what is up, but it just looked closed, with all the bottles still on display. Then in early January we heard that all the inventory was gone and then we learned that the property is on the market. According to this website the asking price is $1,200,000. The property is zoned MU-3, which according the DC Zoning website means:

  • Permit low-density mixed-use development; and

  • Provide convenient retail and personal service establishments for the day-to-day needs of a local neighborhood, as well as residential and limited community facilities with a minimum impact upon surrounding residential development.

Michigan Liquors is located at 3934 12TH Street NE.

Huacatay Peruvian Chicken Restaurant Grand Opening This Sunday

Back in December we wrote about the soft opening of Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken in nearby Edgewood. We were happy to hear so many positive comments back from readers in the weeks following. This Sunday there will be a Grand Opening for the restaurant from 11 AM – 9 PM From their Facebook event page:

Yum Yum Yum!

Huacatay Charbroiled Chicken Restaurant, welcomes our neighbors; and friendly community to it’s Grand Opening.
We’ll be having a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremory @ 1:00pm. Come join us for free drinks, fun festivities, & of course our yummy
food-tasting!

(P.S)
We will be giving away discount coupons through out the day!!!
Woooohooooo

Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE.

Large New Development Planned For 12th Street Business Strip

We have been hearing rumors that a sizable chunk of 12th Street’s retail strip on the 3500 block (between Monroe and Newton) would be developed for a long while now, but there wasn’t much to back that up. When we saw the ANC 5B02 meeting flyer below about potential development plans we did some digging around and found that a company called MILLER has plans for the western side of the block. From their website:

Located in the heart of Brookland, 3500 12th Street Northeast is a 12,350 square foot retail center. The property consists of eight retail bays with excellent street presence on 12th street. The property was acquired in 2014 based on its proximity to the Brookland – CUA Metro Station, the strength of the Brookland neighborhood, and the in-place tenant mix.

From a community notice announcing the meeting about the development:

Please join ANC5B02 Thursday, January 19, 2017 for a meeting with MILLER. MILLER is the development company that owns the properties on the 3500 block of 12th Street, NE, WDC 20017. Mr. Rob Miller will share his development design and answer any questions regarding the upcoming development that will occur on that corridor.

As a side note, MILLER is the same company in the process of  building the large self-storage facility across from Dew Drop Inn on 8th Street NE. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Update – Zoning Application Submitted

We have been writing about the proposed Ward 5 homeless shelter since last summer. (The proposed location is the former MPD Building at 1700 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.) Now we are getting a better idea of what is proposed for the location.

So, while we are not opposed to the homeless shelter at all, this concept seems out of proportion with everything around it, and not exactly cohesive with the historic MPD building it is attached to. According to this article in Curbed DC:

In the Department of General Services’ application to the Board of Zoning Adjustment, the plans are for an addition to the existing building that will house an “emergency family shelter” with 46 residential units. While the vacant building is not landmarked, the developer hopes to treat it like it is by maintaining it and incorporating it into the design.

The article also includes additional renderings and info. You can see the Zoning request here.  The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) public hearing will be March 1 at which time the design team will officially present the project and seek approval for the zoning changes requested. The design team will also present at the ANC 5B03 meeting on Tuesday, January 17th and to the full ANC 5B Commission on Wednesday, January 25th. We will let you know when we hear anything new.