New Commercial Space For Lease On 12th Street

3000 12th Street NENeighbors who are familiar with the northwest corner of 12th and Hamlin Streets, NE have been noticing activity at the commercial space at 3000 12th St NE. First, the old bail bonds sign was removed from the space above Silvestre’s restaurant in August and then more recently, new windows came in. We recently learned that that the second floor of this building has been renovated and is ready to lease. From the website:

From the owner of 3126 12th Street, home to Brookland’s Finest, comes new community-serving space. This corner location at 12th and Hamlin Streets NE will set the stage for outdoor seating, large windows lining the streets, and 2nd floor and cellar space ready for new tenants. We look forward to this being the next great gathering space for Brookland.

There is also a survey on the website asking for neighbor’s input on what they would like to see go in that space. Take the survey here. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

12th And Allison Development In Nearby Michigan Park

St. Josephs Seminary
St. Joseph’s Seminary – view from Varnum Street, NE

In the last few months there has been a lot of neighborhood chatter about a proposed new development on the property of St. Joseph’s Seminary.  This land is just north of Brookland, around 12th and Webster/Allison Streets, next to Providence Hospital.  We don’t post about topics until we have something verified to refer readers to, and it looks like things are taking shape now. The developer is EYA, which also brought us the nearby Chancellor’s Row development, and they are calling this one “12th and Allison”.  From their website:

EYA is excited to share that we are partnering with the Josephites to create a new home community on a portion of the land around the St. Joseph Seminary in the beautiful Michigan Park neighborhood. We look forward to seeking community input and creating a plan that responds to this feedback and is compatible with the neighborhood.

Neighbors of St. Josephs have their own website here to share information, including a community survey:

We believe it is critical to document community concerns about EYA’s proposed development at St. Joseph’s Seminary. We have designed a comprehensive survey that is easy to answer and takes 10 minutes to complete.

The community website also has this informative presentation from EYA that provides a lot of preliminary details, including:

  • The PUD/Zoning request will be submitted this spring
  • The development will be townhomes/rowhouses
  • Construction is planned to begin fall 2017
  • Delivery of first homes fall 2018

The next community meeting about this development will be February 2, 2016 when EYA will present at the Michigan Park Citizens Association meeting at 7:00 PM, location TBD. We will let you when we hear anything notable.

Congrats Nido! One Of Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants

We have been following Nido, on Rhode Island Avenue since they opened in June. We are excited, but not surprised that they were named one of the 100 Best Restaurants in DC by Washingtonian Magazine.

If you haven’t checked out this neighborhood gem yet, maybe it is time you did. Here is a pic of the Washingtonian write up.

Nido Washingtonian best restaurants

Nido is located in Woodridge at 2214 Rhode Island Ave. NEtheir Facebook page is here, and there website is here.

Brooklad Pint Offers Up Snow Day Specials, Snowman Contest

We were glad to hear that neighborhood restaurant Brookland Pint is really embracing the coming snowstorm. From their management team:

Our snow day specials are as follows:
•10% off for every foot of recorded snow. This will apply to your entire bill.
•an additional $1 off “hot adult beverages” for every 6 inches of recorded snow.
•snowman building contest on our patio. You may use whatever props you wish. We are a family restaurant so nothing obscene and no unattended alcohol as a prop. Kids division (under 12) is judged at 4PM, adults division will be judged at 5 PM.   $150 gift card goes to each division winner!

Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe ST, NE.

Landmark Designation Meeting Re: Brookland’s Masonic Lodge Monday

Ever since Brookland Hardware closed its doors after 40 years of business, we wondered what would become of the space it occupied, which is at the heart of our neighborhood, 12th and Monroe Streets NE.  Thanks to neighbor Lavinia for passing along info about a community meeting to discuss potential Landmark Designation for the building Brookland Hardware occupied, King David Masonic Lodge #28 at 3501 12th Street NE.

The meeting will be held on Monday, January 25th at 7:00  pm at the Brooks Mansion (901 Newton Street NE). All are welcome and staff members from the DC Historic Preservation Office will attend to answer any questions.

The meeting is hosted by the Brookland Community Development Corporation and will begin a series  of conversations about Historic Preservation in Greater Brookland. See the flyer below for more details.

Brookland Historic Designation

DDOT Transportation Study Workshop Needs Your Input

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketThanks to neighbor Caroline for passing along info about a Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop hosted by DC’s Department of Transportation. The meeting will gather information from the public on needed transportation improvements. From the meeting notice:

DDOT will host a public workshop to kick off the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to provide an overview of the project, present existing conditions and data, share key issues, and gather community feedback.

DDOT is undertaking the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study to identify improvements along the east-west connections along Wards 1 and 5, address safety concerns, optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor. DDOT will work with members of the community and key stakeholders to evaluate and develop a range of physical and operational improvements.

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 2 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at nearby Trinity University’s Main Hall, O’Connor Auditorium at 125 Michigan Avenue NE.

Celebrate Valentines Day With Cheese, Chocolate And Champagne

union market dc opening 090912 1We thought readers would appreciate this Valentine’s date idea from the folks at Righteous Cheese, located at nearby Union Market. From the event page:

February is not just for lovers, it’s for Cheese Lovers! And what pairs better with cheese than elegant, bubbly wine? For our annual soirée, we’re opening up some extra-special, extra-fancy bottles of Champagne that you just can’t find by the glass anywhere else. Paired with unique, artisanal cheeses & chocolates – including handmade chocolate truffles from CoCo Sala, hand-dipped chocolate figs and more – this line-up is an extraordinary way to spend Valentine’s Day and makes a great gift. It’s a sure-fire way to warm up your February!

Spend an evening with Righteous Cheese in an intimate class discovering and savoring seasonal, artisanal cheeses. We’ll explore the world of cheese pairing by tasting 4 cheeses and 4 unique Champagnes along with a bounty of chocolate accompaniments. Fromager Carolyn Stromberg will delve into the story behind each cheese, as well as give advice about selecting, serving, pairing, and more.

Tickets are $74/person. Class requires advance ticket purchase, as seating is limited to 30 attendees.

Free SoulCycle Classes At Nearby Union Market

We spotted this interesting tidbit from the Washingtonian Twitter feed, and thought neighbors would be interested in trying these free classes from this SoulCycle, Target and Union Market partnership.

From the Washingtonian story:

The partnership is hosting a series of pop-up classes at Union Market’s Dock5 on January 22, 23, and 24th. The free classes will take place at 8 AM, 9:30 AM, 10:30 AM, and 12 PM, with two evening rides at 5 PM and 6 PM and 40 open bikes per class. The sign ups go live on Friday, January 15, at 3 PM on the SoulCycle website.

Sign up for the classes here at the event page.