Zoning Sends Holy Redeemer Development Back To The Drawing Board

Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf
Holy Redeemer Development Rendering via Urban Turf

Back in October we wrote about an upcoming  Zoning Commission hearing of the Planned Unit Development for the proposed townhomes on the Holy Redeemer College property. We recently learned from this story in the Washington Post that the Zoning Commission was less than pleased with the design and told the developer, Madison Homes, to return with a new design. From the WaPo story:

“This is really not good,” said Commissioner Peter May at the hearing. “The architecture of it and the design of it feels cheap.”

May was also expressed concern about the 14-foot width of the townhouses. In addition to making for a narrow living experience, he said, the width would have necessitated more depth, and a larger overall footprint that May said he fears would overpower the Holy Redeemer building, which is seeking historic designation.

“I think you could get a reasonable development on this excess land, maybe with a multifamily building,” May said. “I cannot see that townhouses are the right solution. If the project does go forward as townhouses, the number has to be significantly reduced.”

Commissioner Marcia Cohen expressed ambivalence about the plan, but said that the narrow width may lead to a more affordable product.

The article says that the developer plans to return with an updated plan. We will let you know  when we hear anything new.

St. Anthony’s Thanksgiving Food Drive – Help Neighbors In Need

Bring it!
Bring it!

Contributing to St. Anthony’s food drive is a great way to help those less fortunate than you this Thanksgiving. In addition to regular distribution from their food pantry,  they will also be preparing Thanksgiving baskets for those  in need. From Michael Thomasian, Principal of St. Anthony School:

St. Anthony Catholic School is hosting its Annual Thanksgiving Canned Food Drive. The drive begins on Monday, November 16 and “ends” on Monday, November 23. You are also invited to the blessing of the food and a Thanksgiving Mass on Tuesday, November 24 at 8:15 AM in the church.

Donations can be dropped off at the school, 3400 12th Street, NE (across from the Brookland Post Office) beginning today (Monday 11/16).

Providence Uncorked Showcases Local Restaurants For A Good Cause

Earlier this month we wrote about Providence Uncorked, a great annual event that combines fund raising and awareness for Providence Hospital with food and drink.  Providence is the hospital nearest to Brookland and is a primary provider of health care to the District’s poor and vulnerable,  and anyone regardless of their ability to pay.

This year’s event took place on Tuesday, November 10 at the nearby Edgewood Arts Center. It was a great opportunity to network, meet the Providence team, and sample delicious food from restaurants like Ben’s Chili Bowl,  Lou’s City BarSmith Public TrustBrookland’s FinestBrookland PintShaw’s Tavern,  and Arepazone. Check out the photos we took below.

Providence Hospital is located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE and is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC. The Edgewood Arts Center is located at 3415 8th St NE.

Right Proper Brewery And Tasting Room To Open In December

Right ProperSince we found out that Right Proper Brewing Company was opening a brewing operation and tasting room in Brookland about a year ago, we have been tracking their progress. We were happy to see this recent story in the City Paper with sneak peek pictures and additional details. From the story:

The current equipment setup will allow Right Proper to grow from brewing 1,000 barrels a year at the brewpub to up to 15,000 barrels per year at the new brewery, with room to add more tanks to expand beyond that. Cheston predicts they’ll make 3,500 barrels in the new brewery’s first year of operation. The expansion means you’ll start seeing Right Proper’s brews at restaurants and retailers around town.

The tasting room, adorned with rich cherry wood, will have 12 draft lines and two high-tech growler fillers that can pour beer from any of the 12 lines. The bar and tables seat about 45 and are made from wood sourced from a single fallen tree from co-owner John Snedden’s back yard.

Hours will be Thursday and Friday from 5:00 to 9:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 to 9:00 pm. Right Proper will be located at 920 Girard St. NE and should open sometime in December.

Chipotle Opening Date Announced – November 28th

Back in August we learned that national fast food chain Chipotle will be coming to Monroe Street Market. The restaurant will seat 56 and will occupy the corner of Monroe at 7th Street NE. We thought readers would like to know that yesterday Monroe Street Market announced that the store will open on Saturday November 28th. Check out the Instagram post below.

Get Ready Everyone! Chipotle Opens November 28!!! #chipotle #chipotleislife #burrito #guac #MSM #monroestreet #msmliving 🌯🌯🌯

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Support Brookland Non-Profit Byte Back By Shopping At Amazon

Byte Back is Brookland’s local non-profit that addresses the growing digital divide between low-income, disadvantaged people and those with the benefit of higher education. (Check out the interview we did with them back in 2013.) You can easily support this this great organization and the work they do providing computer training, access to technology, and career services to underserved adults in DC by simply shopping at Amazon.com. Check out the tweet below.

Click here to start shopping. Byte Back is located at 815 Monroe Street NE.

Annie’s Ace Hardware Opened Yesterday

Yesterday Annie’s Ace Hardware opened, so we headed over to check it out. We were really surprised about how big the 7,400 square-foot store felt. We were also amazed at the variety of products including paint, grills, cleaning products, canning supplies, tools, parts, gardening supplies and lots more. The store will also offer services like key cutting, screen repair, glass and Plexiglas cutting, and propane exchange. We didn’t see it, but there will be a 1,000 square-foot garden center. Check out the pics below.

The store hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Annie’s Ace Hardware is located at 3405 8th Street, NE.

BNCA And National Park Service Partner To Clean Up Ft. Bunker Hill Park

Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.
Fort Bunket Hill Park. Image Courtesy of Brookland Avenue Blog.

One of our favorite neighborhood features is Fort Bunker Hill Park. When our dog was younger, we used to love to climb to the top with her.  Unfortunately, it is not very welled maintained. Often the paths are blocked by fallen trees and in the summer there is a lot of poison ivy. That’s why we were happy to hear that the The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA)  will not only be sponsoring another cleanup event, but looking for long term solutions. Fort Bunker Hill Park, a national park, is the highest point in Brookland and located within the borders of 13th, 14th, Otis and Perry Streets. From a message:

The Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association – in partnership with the National Park Service – will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 14. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA is forming a new partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

Our event will be held immediately following the November BNCA meeting at Providence Hospital earlier that morning. We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and trimming back branches and will meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 11:00 am. We will be providing trash bags and gloves, though  feel free to bring your own tools, particularly if you have pruners.  Children are welcome to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.