Michigan Liquor Reopens After Renovations

Back April in we wrote about Michigan Liquors closing for a renovation. We are pleased to write that they reopened Friday August 25th. We stopped by and spoke with store owner Neale Goodman and took the following pictures. The renovation was a complete overhaul of the store and its layout. Now the store is bright, well organized and stocked and has been modernized in crisp white and black tones. (You need flash to see the pictures.If you can’t see them, click here.)

Neale wanted us to convey that  they are “so proud to open the store in the wonderful Brookland neighborhood” and be a part of the community. He explained that a parent company bought the store and building more than a year ago and brought him on board because of his 40 plus years in all facets of the liquor sales business.
Neale clearly loves the business he is in. He spoke passionately about making people happy, which he plans to achieve via his 3 principles 1) “bend over backwards” customer service 2) great selection and 3) reasonable prices.

We also spoke with Justin, the General Manager of the store. He explained that while the store carries everything from wine, beer, hard liquor, cordials, mixers and ice, his focus will be providing curated experiences for customers interested in wines. However, they were clear to point out that the store is very approachable and that they are definitely not “wine snobs”.

Currently the store is interested in hearing what Brooklanders would like them to order and stock. They have already begun taking orders from neighbors and  adding more inventory. They are also working on getting a lottery licence and are seeking permission from ABRA to host wines tastings on Saturdays. They are also working on getting their website and social media accounts up and running. Store hours will be 9:00 am – 9:00 pm Monday through Saturday and 12:00 – 6:00 pm Sundays. Michigan Liquors is located at 3934 12TH Street NE.

Development Update: Possible Progress On Longstanding 12th Street Eyesore

Our tweet from January 2015 about the neglect of this property

Long time readers know that we have been writing about the eyesore at 3018 12th Street NE for about 4 years. Now it appears something may be happening with it again. We recently noticed an “Emergency No Parking” sign in front of the former barbershop. The placard indicates no parking is allowed from August – February for a “roll off debris container”, and a few days later a dumpster appeared in the spot. We hope this means that someone will start taking action on this monstrosity. Readers may remember that the last time we wrote about this property in December 2016, it was for sale for $750,000. For those wanting a re-cap, here is a rundown of the building’s history:

  • It was a barbershop for many years

    Recently placed no parking sign
  • In 2013 it was purchased and demolition/build out would occur in spurts. Also, a stop work order was issued at one point
  • In 2015 the owners obtained a permit to convert it to an office building
  • In 2016 DCRA issued another stop work order for a number of violations, not the least of which was that the buildout violated the zoning floor area ratio
  • At around the same time as the second stop work order, it was listed for sale for $750,000. This listing described it as an “investors dream” and “perfect for condo conversion”

We will keep our eyes open for anything new to report. This is what it has looked like for about a year and a half now:

What the development looks like now

Commercial Property At 18th And Rhode Island On The Market for $1.5 Million

We thought neighbors would be interested in knowing that this transmission repair shop on Rhode Island Avenue is on the market for $1,499,000. From the real estate listing:

Explosive Rhode Island Ave NE opportunity ! MU4 site with great potential at a fantastic price. Looking for quick settlement with qualified purchaser in mind, Please call for showings if necessary, as is sale, tenant will stay until shovel in ground for income purposes. $ 4,685.00 per month includes water bill . Potential of Sixteen thousand plus sq ft of buildable structure, Prime Location.

We will let you know when we learn of anything new at the property.

Raze Permits Requested At Flip-It Restaurant And Studio202DC Locations On RIA

Flip-It II with Sale Sign in December 2016

The building located 1544 Rhode Island Ave, NE has gone through a few incarnations over the years, lastly as Flip-It, a beloved, affordable family restaurant. Back in December, we wrote that the 14,097 square feet of property that the restaurant sits on was for sale, based on signs that appeared on the property. We recently noticed a few weeks ago that the ‘Land Sale’ sign was taken down. Now we have learned that according to DC’s Raze Permit Report – August 18, 2017, a raze permit has been filed for the property.

Studio202DC – 1522 Rhode Island Ave NE

Also, a raze permit has been filed for 1522 Rhode Island Avenue, NE,  on the other side of the apartment building next to Flip It. That property  is home to Studio202DC, a media company, which hosts BLIS.FM, an online streaming radio station. We will let you know when we learn anything new about these properties.

Interested In Scouting? Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join BBQ Saturday

For over 60 years, Boy Scout Troop 98 and Cub Scout Pack 98 has been teaching Brookland boys all about scouting. This Saturday, they are inviting the neighborhood to join them in some BBQ Fun and Gear up with the Northern Virginia Scout Shop. From a community message:

You are Invited to Pack & Troop 98’s Welcome Back and Join Scouting BBQ – SAT., AUG. 26

Our first BIG event of the new scouting year is here, and you’re invited to join Cub Scout Pack 98 & Boy Scout Troop 98 and over 61 years of scouting adventures here in Brookland for our Welcome Back & Join Scouting BBQ, Saturday, August 26, from 12 noon to 3 pm at St. Anthony of Padua Church and School at 3400 12th Streets, NE, Washington, DC!

Interested in learning more about Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts? Come on by and meet with leaders and scouts from Cub Scout Pack 98 (for boys 7-10 years old / grades 1 – 5) or Boy Scout Troop 98 (for boys 11-17 years old).

Pack 98 is also one of the only Cub Scout Packs in D.C. offering the Lion Cub Scout pilot program for boys 5-6 years old or Kindergarten!

The Northern Virginia Scout Shop will have a mobile Trading Post setup at our BBQ and scout uniforms and gear will be available for purchase! Please use the Scout Shop for convenience.

We’ll have a big grill cooking — food and beverages will be available — so everyone can enjoy a snack (or even bring your own grillables!), catch up with others on your summer adventures, register & pay your scouting fees for the year, and even stock up on scouting gear!
Every scout that registers will get a ticket for food or drink!

If you would like to invite someone else to join in the fun, please forward this email!
Can’t make it? No worries, there’s no registration deadlines or boundaries in scouting!
Just join us at any Pack 98 or Troop 98 meeting at the St. Anthony of Padua Church and School’s cafeteria, 3400 12th Street, NE, Washington, DC.

– Cub Scout Pack 98’s Weekly Den meetings begin Thursday, August 31, 7:00 – 8:00 pm
– Boy Scout Troop 98’s Weekly Troop meetings begin Monday, August 28, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

A Rundown Of DC Beer Week Events In The Brookland Area

Chocolate City Beer Obama Story
hey….ya never know!

DC Beer Week just got underway! From the website:

This eight day festival celebrates the Capital region’s craft beer community! Throughout the week, local breweries, restaurants, bars & community partners will bring you the area’s best craft beer tastings, educational seminars, and events possible!

Here is a rundown of ways to participate berrhere in our neighborhood:

  • Wednesday, August 23rd: Brookland’s Finest. From the event pageBrookland’s Finest Collaborative Menu with Denizens Brewing Co and Republic Restoratives Distillery is taking place on Wed. August 23rd starting at 5pm!  You don’t want to miss this amazing three course tasting menu paired with beer cocktails!  $35/person
  • Thursday, August 24th: Commonwealth Brewing Tap Takeover at Brookland Pint. From the event page:  Expect a bevy of taps from Virginia Beach-based Commonwealth Brewing including flagships and special releases!
  • Saturday, August 26th: Brookland Pint. From the event page: Join 3 Stars Brewing Company and Brookland Pint for The Brookland Crab Fest! If you have been in the DMV long enough, you know that summer is never truly here until you have crushed some crabs! We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!
  • Sunday August 27th: Right Proper Brewing Co. From the event page: Come by Right Proper’s Brookland Tasting Room & Production House for a day filled with music and beer! Browse through records from Songbyrd Café and others with your favorite Right Proper beer in hand. Tie dye your own Right Proper t-shirt while DJ Tim Lake spins some tunes from his own record collection. EAT 170 and Stella’s PopKern will also be on hand dishing up some tasty treats. The fun runs from 11am-5pm, so stop by anytime! No ticket necessary.

Ward 5 Homeless Shelter Design Meeting Wednesday

1700 Rhode Island Ave NE,the site of the future Ward 5 homeless shelter.

We first started tracking developments regarding the future Ward 5 homeless shelter in February 2016. The last time we wrote about it, in April, the cities request for a zoning change  at the location (1700 Rhode Island Avenue) was approved. Now that things are moving forward, the community is invited to a design meeting. From a community announcement:

Ward 5 Short-Term Family Housing Community Design Meeting Number 2
When: Wednesday August 23rd, 2017 7PM-8:30PM
Where: Brookland Middle School; 1150 Michigan Avenue, NE
Purpose: Share input on the building exterior design and landscaping, and learn how to stay involved as the project moves forward.

For more information, check out this link.

Brookland Crab Fest Returns To Brookland Pint Saturday Featuring 3 Stars Brewing Co.

Brookland Pint is bringing Brookland Crab Fest back on Saturday August 26 from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM. The fresh crabs will be steamed in front of guests on the patio and prepared with Old Bay and served with roasted potatoes, corn on the cob and chips . From the event page:

We will be opening our patio for an amazing event with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crabs! $55 affords you all the crabs you can eat in a 3-hour window, and a 3 Stars beer!

The seating will be available in two time slots for 3-hour increments. Reserve your seat here. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Construction Complete At Fox Loves Taco – Hiring And Opening Soon

One of the most eagerly anticipated new eateries in the area is Fox Loves Taco. We recently learned from the Tweet below that the construction at their Arts Walk location is complete, and we also learned that they are now hiring. From the Fox Loves Taco employment ad:

Like breakfast? Like tacos? We have a tiny kitchen, but we will be making everything from scratch daily: tortillas, salsas, slaws, and more. We will be open 7 days a week, 7 AM to 7 PM, with 6 tacos on our menu and a rotating seasonal special. Come to work early, leave early!

We are a new young business, so creativity and problem solving are huge pluses. Professional cooking experienced is preferred, but a strong passion for great food and learning is required. You must work will with others,

We are steps away from the Brookland stop on the red line. We are run by the same folks that operate Little Red Fox.

To apply, please submit a resume with two sentences about why you love tacos.

We will let you know when we get word of an opening date. Fox Loves Taco will be located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

Providence Hospital Plans To Develop Its Campus Into A ‘Health Village’ And Has Stopped Some Services

Emergency entrance at Providence Hospital

Providence Hospital is the hospital nearest to Brookland, located at 12th and Varnum Streets, NE. In 2014 the hospital completed a modernized emergency room. Recently we learned from an article in The Washington Business Journal that the hospital is looking for a development partner to create a “health village”  on their 30-acre campus. From the article:

Retail, housing and recreation space may soon replace Providence Health System’s Northeast D.C. hospital…Providence wants to provide services that can impact the overall health of the community outside of “traditional health care.” That means affordable housing, retail, education and other social services could all be part of the new plan to replace the traditional hospital building.

Providence Hospital is the longest continuously operating hospital in Washington DC, was chartered by President Lincoln in 1861, and has been in its current location for 57 years. It will be interesting to see if and how this legacy will be reflected in their plans.

We also learned through another Washington Business Journal article that the hospital has already started cutting back services. From the article:

Providence Health System plans to close two service lines — inpatient behavioral health services and maternal infant health services — within the next few weeks, costing at least 89 people their jobs.

While there are few details on the development available yet, we will definitely keep our eyes on this potential development.