Retail Space And Shipping Container Apartments Coming To Lot Next To Menomale

shipping-container-development
Container ship development rendering courtesy of Hinds Development and Travis Price Architects via Urban Turf

A lot of readers may already know about this development, but since  the story broke while we were on our “blogging break”, we thought it would be worth posting for those who who were unaware. A lot of neighbors have asked me over the last year about what is going on with the vacant medical building and parking lot at 1201 Franklin St NE (next to Menomale) that closed a while back. For a while there were rumors that it would be yet another a 7-11 (please no) and although we were able to find an approved permit to gut the interior of the building, we didn’t know what would happen there until this story at Urban Turf. According to the article, the planned development will be retail space along 12th Street NE with 4 two-bedroom apartments made out of shipping containers behind it. From the article:

The shipping container homes will have loft living rooms, private balconies and will be passively solar heated. The planned completion date is next year.

Generally speaking, I am a fan of shaking things up, so many new residential developments are boxy condos or uniform looking rowhouses. But, it’s really hard to tell from the renderings if these will be cool and refined or something we consider an eyesore in 10 years. What do you think? We will keep an eye out and let you know when we learn anything new.

Menomale Closed Tuesday -Thursday Next Week For Renovations

We thought Menomale regulars would like the heads up that they will be closing up shop – just for a few days – to spruce up the place. We spoke with Ettore Rusciano, Menomale’s owner and he said that the reno will mostly be cosmetic things like fresh paint, new lighting, and some minor repairs to the pizza oven. We look forward to checking out the updates and enjoying the best pizza in DC when they reopen. The post below is from Menomale’s Facebook page.

Gin Rummy (Formerly Little Ricky’s Location) Filed To Renew Liquor License

Brookland Opening NE Washington DCPopular neighborhood restaurant Little Ricky’s closed in July 2014. Since then, what will replace it has been the subject of rumor, but no hard information that we are aware of.  Back in May, we learned that the ABC Board cancelled the liquor license for the location because the license holder (Gin Rummy LLC) did not seek to renew it. Now we recently learned that Gin Rummy applied to renew the liquor licence, and has a hearing set for January 2nd. It would be great to see another unique dining concept there, we really enjoyed Little Ricky’s. We will let you know when we hear anything new. Gin Rummy/Little Ricky’s is/was located at 3522 12th Street NE.

Drink And Draw Events at LATELA – Figure Drawing Sessions

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

Ever been interested in attending an event where you express your artistic side and drink your favorite adult beverage at the same time?  Here is an event for you then:

Grab your art supplies and join DC Drink & Draw and LATELA for three open life drawing sessions this Fall! Use your favorite media to work from the model during a mix of short and longer poses.

All events are BYOB. We’ll have cups and ice on hand for for sharing and keeping things cool.

The remaining sessions in the series are Thursday, November 17th 7:00 – 9:30 PM (coincides with Third Thursday on the Arts Walk) and Tuesday, December 6th 7:00-9:30 PM. Sessions are $17 with pre-registration, which you can do here. Latela Art Gallery is located on the Arts Walk (716 Monroe Street NE) at Studio #27

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Events Saturday- Fall Cleanup, Beer And Membership

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007When I first moved to Brookland I started attending Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) meetings. Soon, I found myself taking an active role as treasurer and helping out with the website. Though I am no longer an officer, I still try to keep up with the BNCA’s activities and attend meetings when I can. I have found my membership to be rewarding for multiple reasons – I have met a lot of  great neighbors, gotten involved in community events and stayed abreast of neighborhood developments, not bad for $10 a year! It’s membership drive time for the BNCA so we thought we would pass along this message from BNCA President, Dan Schramm about events coming up this Saturday:

Brookland Friends and Neighbors –

BNCA invites you to join us on Saturday, November 12. When I say “Join Us,” I actually mean that in three (3) ways:

1st: Come join our cleanup event at Ft. Bunker Hill Park with the National Park Service, from 11:30 to 1:30 on Saturday, November 12 (details below)

2nd: Afterwards, come join our tour of Right Proper Brewery, one of Brookland’s newest and most innovative businesses. The tour starts at 2 pm, right after the clean up (more details below).

3rd: Come join – or renew – as a member of BNCA for 2017. This is the start of our First Annual Fall Membership Drive. Here’s the deal: If you become a member any time on or before our meeting at Right Proper on Saturday the 12th, BNCA will cover your first beer! Joining or renewing your membership just got a lot easier: Use our online form on the new website http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/, or do it in person at Right Proper. Annual membership is just $10 ($11 online), so you can see this is a great deal for you.

Remember: BNCA is here for YOU on any and all issues facing Brookland. Your membership gives us strength!

Details:

11:30 AM: Clean Up at Ft. Bunker Hill. The BNCA, in partnership with the National Park Service, will be sponsoring a cleanup event at Fort Bunker Hill Park from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 12. Fort Bunker Hill Park is managed by the National Park Service, and BNCA has formed a partnership with them to provide local and long-term stewardship of the park.

We’ll focus primarily on cleaning up trash and debris, and we’ll provide all volunteers with work gloves and trash bags. Meet at the corner of 14th and Otis St. NE at 9:00 am. Children are encouraged to participate. For any high school students seeking school credit, please bring the forms from your school.

If you have any questions, please contact our Member At-Large, Ian MacFarlane, at ijmacfarlane@verizon.net mailto:ijmacfarlane@verizon.net or 571-334-6326.

2:00 PM: Right Proper Brewery Tour. Right Proper is an awesome little DC brewery that recently opened its production house (and tasting room!) right here in Brookland. We thought it would be a fun idea to use our November Saturday meeting to take a tour of this new establishment, and socialize a bit while enjoying their fine products 🙂 Here is their website http://www.rightproperbrewing.com/, and their address is:
920 Girard Street NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 526-5904

Hope to see you at the cleanup next Saturday, and that you’ll stay around for the tour afterwards. Don’t forget to join or renew membership http://brooklandcivic.org/join-bnca/to get that free beer! It should be a lovely day.
Dan Schramm

President, BNCA

Get Involved In Comprehensive Plan Update – Help Shape The Area’s Future

The DC Office of Planning is engaging the public on an update to the city’s Comprehensive Plan, which is a 20-year framework that guides future growth and development. As the flyer below indicates, the meeting for our area will be on November 14 at Luke C. Moore High School (1001 Monroe St NE). 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. For example, the zoning decisions that lead to the approval of 901 Monroe/Ravenna happen when projects get compared to what is in the comprehensive plan–so it’s important to get involved with the update to help craft the vision for the city and neighborhood. Check out more information on the Comprehensive Plan amendment process here.

Comprehensive Plan Update Flyer

Starbucks At Monroe Street Market Opens Friday, Will Serve Beer And Wine

Location of future Starbucks at Monroe Street Market
Location of future Starbucks at Monroe Street Market

Back in July we posted that a stand alone Starbucks would be taking up a retail space at Monroe Street Market. In early September, ABRA granted the store their liquor liquor license, which states that the location “offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats.” We follow the development team doing the build out of the Starbucks and recently learned through the tweet below that the store will open this coming Friday November 11th. It will be interesting to see how this plays out, since there was such a split in the neighborhood over whether another coffee venue in the development made sense. I suspect it will be successful, people love their Starbucks.

Bluebird Sky Yoga Studio Opens In Brookland Next Week

Bluebird Sky Yoga
Bluebird Sky Yoga

Back in April we learned Brookand would be getting a full time permanent yoga studio called Bluebird Sky Yoga at 3101 12th Street NE (12th and Irving). We are happy to report that they will be opening this weekend. From an email:

BLUEBIRD SKY YOGA OPENS MONDAY!
Brookland’s newest yoga studio is celebrating opening tonight, with the full class schedule starting MONDAY. Sign up for classes early to reserve your space.
If you’re looking to get back into yoga, try our Yoga Fundamentals or Alignment-based Flow classes.
Searching for a faster-paced class? Check out Rocket or Vinyasa.
Wanting to quiet the mind? Try our Restorative class.
Interested in working more directly with a teacher? Test out our Mysore Ashtanga program.
If you’re up for an adventure, try our Primal Yoga class, only offered in DC at Bluebird Sky Yoga, and taught by less than 20 certified teachers around the world.
With over 30 classes on the calendar at opening, we hope you will find classes and teachers you love.

Classes start Monday November 7th and you can sign up for classes now here. Welcome to the neighborhood, Bluebird Sky!

 

Serendipity Coffeehouse Could Be Replaced By A BBQ/Fried Chicken Restaurant

Another incarnation awaits
Another incarnation awaits

Those of us who have lived in Brookland for a number of years have seen a revolving door of businesses of steadily increasing levels of quality at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St). From a bar called Nate’s Comfort Zone, to take-out barbecue joint “Bobby’s Q”, until about 7 years ago when long-time Brookland resident Jesse Brown took the place over and created a bar/lounge called Optimism, which he most recently reinvented in March 2015 as Serendipity jazz coffee house.  Then, in early September, a Go Fund Me page was set up seeking $65,000 with the warning that “Serendipity may have to close its doors. Permanently. (And soon!)” The coffeehouse abruptly closed soon thereafter and by mid September the “For Rent” sign in the picture above went up and the windows were covered over.

Yesterday we learned from this article in the Washington Business Journal that the location may be close to yet another incarnation – as a barbecue and fried chicken restaurant from an all-star cast of Brookland restaurateurs including Tony Tomelden and John “Solly” Solomon (Brookland’s Finest) and Diton Pashaj (Steel Plate) along with Sloppy Mama’s BBQ. Readers may be familiar with Sloppy Mama’s from their frequent collaborations with Brookland’s Finest. According to the story:

Tomelden, who also owns The Pug on H Street NE, was characteristically pessimistic about the odds of the deal going through, given how many spaces he’s looked at during the past 10 years.

Well, we will keep our fingers crossed for them and will let you know when we learn anything new.