Category Archives: General Neighborhood Topics

Catholic University Student Beaten And Robbed

NBC 4 reports that a Catholic University student was beaten and robbed last Monday August 27th at around 11 AM on the 700 block of Lawrence Street, NE. The student was leaving her car when someone grabbed her by the neck and smashed her head against the car. He continued assaulting her as she lay injured on the ground and he took several of her personal belongings (car keys, cell phone, cash, etc.) He then fled in the direction of the CUA Metro stop.

The suspect is described as a black male, about 5’7, average build, mid 20’s. Anyone with information about this crime should contact the Metropolitan Police Department, just dial 911.

FoRIA Fall Fest Celebration Coming To Rhode Island Avenue

The Friends of Rhode Island Avenue, the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and the DC Department of Housing and Community Development are hosting their first Fall Fest celebration on Saturday, September 22nd, noon-4pm, on Rhode Island Avenue NE between South Dakota Avenue NE and 20th St NE.

The celebration will be an annual event to bring together residents and local businesses and showcase the great potential of Rhode Island Avenue NE as a great small business destination.  Several local businesses are already signed up to sponsor the party including Art Enables, Rita’s, DC Brau, and Lace.

This celebration is a short walk for Brooklanders and has a lot of significance for the neighborhood, as business development along Rhode Island Avenue NE will directly improve the retail and amenity establishments available.

(Hat tip to Rhode Island Avenue NE Insider for the story.)

 

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CM McDuffie Meets With Ward 5 Small Business Leaders In Brookland

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CM McDuffie Greets Ward 5 Business Leaders

Last night over 50 Ward 5 business owners, entrepreneurs and community leaders met at San Antonio Bar and Grill in Brookland. The meeting was organized by Coucilmember Kenyan McDuffie’s office to offer a platform for networking, mingling and idea sharing. CM McDuffie gave a short speech in which he stated that small businesses are a top priority for him. He stressed the importance of striking a balance between helping sustain old businesses while attracting new ones as well, and  helping small businesses benefit from new developments across the ward. Mc Duffie noted the need to diversify Ward 5 business offerings in order to stop dollars from flowing across DC borders to Maryland and Virginia. He also made a point to acknowledge major retail corridors such as Rhode Island Avenue and North Capitol Street as targeted areas to focus resources on. Lastly, he stated that the DC government needs to change the dynamic of disproportionately supporting big developments over small businesses. There were several guest speakers, notably, a representative from the Greater Washington Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Foundation (GWHCCF). Their Small Business Assistance Program offers small grants and funding for small business, one-on-one assistance and workshops. This meeting will likely be the first of a series of meetings for small business owners.

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Colonel Brooks’ Tavern To Be Demolished Within 30 Days

The DCmud blog reports that the stage is set for demolishing the Colonel Brooks’ Tavern within the next month, during which time the raze permit is expected to be approved by the city. The joint Horner Brothers/Menkiti Group/Esocoff and Associates project will begin construction immediately on their 901 Monroe project after demolition, and the building should be delivered in two years. It will contain over 200 residential units and the ground floor will be devoted to retail, including what the developers hope is a strong restaurant to replace the Tavern.

However you feel about Colonel Brooks’ Tavern and the new development, now would be a good time to get a last meal at the Tavern before the curtain drops.

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Real Estate Watch – Very Cool New Brookland Home Under Construction

I came across this house on Kearney near 15th today. It looks like it will be completed in the near future – I love it! Very sleek and modern looking. I just love the large windows, it looks likes to be  a very open and airy floor plan as you can see straight through to the backyard from the front porch. A sign on the property indicated that the architect is Studio Twenty Seven Architecture.We will definitely keep track of this one when it hits the market.

Woodridge Library Overhaul To Be A Game-Changer For Rhode Island Ave

Woodridge Library NE Washington DC  Last night there was a public meeting to discuss the overhaul of the Woodridge library. Representatives from Bing Thom  Architects  and Wienceck and Associates were there to discuss plans. Unfortunately, we were unable to attend the meeting, but #WoodridgeDC (on Twitter) was abuzz last night with updates, comments and pictures. Highlights included a 3rd floor roof terrace with a reading room, a cafe, a community meeting room, and a rooftop garden – wow! This is sure to be an energizing shot in the arm to the Woodridge section of RIA, much like the Shaw was to its neighborhood. We will keep on an eye on any major developments here, but if you want to keep on top of it we recommend following  The New Woodridge Library blog.

Brookland Couple Utilize Riversmart Program, Save Money On Eco-Friendly Garden

Joe wrote a very informative article a while back about the Riversmart program. We thought we would follow-up with a real-world example of the program at work. Meet Mary and Greg, a Brookland couple that really took advantage of the program,  getting a new raingarden, a rain barrel and six trees!  The photos above show their raingarden back then and now, it has really flourished. Not only does the raingarden collect, store, and absorb stormwater runoff in its soil, it is much easier to maintain than regular gardens. Just think – no mowing, pesticides, pruning, or fertilization! Raingardens also require minimal watering by their very nature, therefore cost less to maintain. Mary and Greg applied online here in March 2010. By June, a program manager came out and toured their yard with them.  The rain barrel was installed that same month and the trees and rain garden were completed in October 2010.  Greg told us that “the co-pays are modest so it’s a great deal”.  Here is the breakdown of co-payments, they really do offer significant savings:

  • Shade Trees = $50
  • Rain Barrels = $30
  • BayScaping (native plants) = $100
  • Rain Gardens = $75
  • Pervious Pavers = DDOE will pay the difference (up to $1,200) between conventional pavement (concrete) and pervious pavers.

Greg added, “the program partners, Casey Trees and Greenworks, were staffed with young, friendly, motivated employees.  Overall, we’re very happy with the experience and always encourage our friends and neighbors to investigate it.” Way to go Mary and Greg!

Brookland In Photos: CUA Artswalk Development Continued

A neighbor recently told me that the photos we posted that placed the rendering of the future Arts Walk development next to the construction in progress really helped him visualize how it will look. So, I decided to do the same thing with the other side of the development. Unfortunately, you would literally have to hover over the Metro tracks to get a photograph at the same vantage point as this rendering, but I tried to come close. What is pretty cool is that this end of the Arts Walk is super Metro accessible. Once you get to the top of the CUA side Metro escalator, you are there. One thing I didn’t notice about the rendering until today is that it depicts a transformation of the side of the bridge into a “green wall”. I wonder if that is still in the plans, and how they plan on achieving this. It would be great of it was something more creative than a cover like ivy.

 

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Since I was at it, I also thought it would be pretty cool to see a before and after of this end of the Arts Walk from the Michigan Street bridge as well. No going back now!

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