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Longtime 12th Street Eyesore Development On The Market

We tweeted about the neglect at this property almost 2 years ago.

The development project at 3018 12th St. NE (between Hamlin and Irving Streets) has been dragging on for years. It used to be a barbershop for many years, then it was purchased about 3 years ago and the build out began. Since that time, the development has been issued stop work orders and the site has gone idle and been an eyesore for months at a time.

The last time we wrote about it, in December 2015, we cited this article in the Washington Business Journal that stated the development may finally be moving forward since it had been permitted to be an office building. After that, construction moved forward in fits and spurts. This fall, neighbors advised us that they contacted DCRA because of suspected violations with the development. We contacted DCRA in mid November to see if there was any news and they informed us that an inspector would be out shortly. Soon thereafter, the property was listed for sale for $750,000 as a residential property with the following description:

What the development looks like now

BUILD TO SUIT! Bring your imagination! Currently zoned as a C1. Building sold w/ plans & permits. Perfect for 3 large high-end Condos. Minutes to Catholic University. Perfect for Condo Conversion. Just a block from major shopping/entertainment district! Extremely high footage. Investors Dream.

Shortly after hitting the market, on December 9th, a fresh new stop work order was issued by DCRA, citing the following violations:

  • Work performed without a building permit (expired permit)
  • Failure to obtain required inspections
  • Zoning floor area ratio violation
We aren’t construction experts, but this foundation does not look good.

It is hard to believe that this development can simply be purchased and move forward without major modifications and re-work, as you can see from the pictures, and given the stop work order.  We will keep an eye on this property and let you know when we learn anything significant.

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

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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.

12th & Allison Townhouse Development Update And Open House Tonight

EYA developers will unveil their latest updates to the proposed 12th & Allison NE townhouse development a community open house tonight. Readers may remember that this is the proposed development on the grounds surrounding the St. Joseph’s Seminary that we wrote about here and here.

According to a recent community announcement,  the number of proposed homes was reduced from 150 to 82,  3 acres of publicly accessible open space will  remain, historic preservation will be sought of the St. Joseph’s Seminary building, and  community amenities will include a Capital Bikeshare station, park areas with climbable art and sculpture for kids, and public art.

The meeting will be tonight, Tuesday July 12 from 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Seminary (1200 Varnum Street NE). Check out the flyer below for more info. If you can’t make it tonight, EYA will be giving presentations at upcoming Michigan Park Citizens Association, North Michigan Park Civic Association, Queens Chapel Civic Association, Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association, and ANC 5A meetings. You can also sign up to receive updates about this project here.  We will let you know when we hear of other significant updates.

12th and Allison Development

REI Hosts ‘100 Days Of Outdoor Recess’ Ahead Of NoMa Flagship Store Opening

Take the MBT right to the REI store

Many ourdoorsy Brooklanders are eagerly awaiting the opening of the NoMa REI store at First and L Streets NE.  The store, which will occupy the location of the former Uline Arena, is hosting a series of events to get folks excited about the outdoors – like campfires, outdoor movies, and classes related to hiking, backpacking and kayaking.  Check out the 100 Days Of Outdoor Recess REI website here for more details. Some activities are free and some have a fee. Check out the Uline development project here.

(Hat tip to Hill Rag.)

Howard University School Of Divinity Development Moves Forward

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HUSD building

The roughly 20 acres of grounds surrounding the Howard University School of Divinity (HUSD), located at 1400 Shepherd Street, NE have been rumored to be developed for years. Now several recent community meetings have shed some light on the planned development and the process moving forward. As for the HUSD building itself, it closed last summer and needs renovations estimated at over more than  $20 million.

Howard University has partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to engage community stakeholders about the development which has already included interviews with community stakeholders and residents. As part of their outreach, the community is invited to take this survey to give feedback on what they would like.  Thanks to the commenter below who let us know that the community survey is now closed.

The property is located in the 5B-02 Single Member District of ANC 5B of which Commissioner Ursula Higgins is the single member district commissioner. If you would like to get on her email list about the development sign up at 5b02@anc.dc.gov.

We will let you know when we here anything new.

Brookland’s Stone Straw Building On The Market For $6.5 Million

Back in July we wrote about the possible sale of the Stone Straw building. At the time, we knew that WMATA was planning on moving the Metro Transit Police functions that happen there to another location and sell the building to a developer at some point. We recently read that the building is now for sale and WMATA is seeking bids for the property starting at $6.5 Million. More details from this story at the Washington Business Journal:

The overall Brookland property consists of two parcels totaling 28,000 square feet, improved with the historic, 68,700-square-foot Stone Straw, a two-story annex and surface parking. The building was constructed in the early 1930s for the Stone Straw Co.

Here are few  pictures we took of the historic building this summer.

The Stone Straw building is located at 900 Franklin St. NE along the Franklin Street Bridge near 10th street NE, beside the Metro tracks. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

 

Stone Straw Building Brings More Potential Development Along Metro Tracks

Yesterday we learned that Brookland’s Stone Straw building will likely be sold for development purposes. The building is currently owned by Metro, which uses it to house records and for Metro Transit Police functions. It is located along the Franklin Street Bridge near 10th street NE, beside the Metro tracks.

What you may not know is that the Stone Straw building is the site of the development of the paper drinking straw, as well other wound paper products by the Stone Paper Tube Company. Check out the plaque in the photo set above that dates the building  to the early 1930’s.

According to this story in the Washington Business Journal:

The transit agency plans to relocate its…functions currently housed in the 68,700-square-foot Stone Straw building at 900 Franklin St. NE in Brookland…it will also enable it to “dispose of Stone Straw, a long-sought goal, and save substantial capital funds for its repair.” The report describes Stone Straw as a “long-sought development site.”

We will let you know when we learn anything new.

370 Unit Apartment Building Planned For Brookland

Looks like the stretch of commercially zoned land along the Metro tracks near Rhode Island Ave will be seeing a lot of development soon. As we wrote about December, the Channing Place development will bring two six-story condo buildings that will replace vacant warehouses along the tracks. Now we have learned through ANC 5B04 Commissioner Barrios that  a ten story apartment building with 370 units is planned for 9th and Evarts. Here are details from his newsletter and a Tweet:

Important June 8th Community Meeting, 901 Evarts/Reed Street development presentation: The June Single Member District meeting will have a presentation from Adams Investment Company, which plans to re-develop a large parcel of land at and near Evarts and Reed streets. The plan is for a 370 unit apartment building. The development plots are zoned as C-2-C and the project will be by matter-of-right (which means that construction will fit the definition of the zoning, no zoning change is needed, and therefore the developer has the right to build it without approval from the Zoning Commission, ANC, etc.). The developer’s representative will discuss the plans at the meeting. Please join us to find out more. Meeting is Monday June 8th, Noyes Education Campus auditorium, 2725 10th St NE (enter on Franklin St side), 7 PM.

June ANC 5B meeting: the next ANC meeting is Wednesday June 24th, 6:30 pm, location TBD. Please check anc5b.org or my web page for updated location information.

Brookland’s New Bakery, The Bakers’ Lounge Opens Saturday!

Back in March we posted about a new bakery coming to 12th Street NE in Brookland called the Bakers’ Lounge, and interviewed Catherine Cotay, the baker’s owner/director. Then, in April, we got a sneak peek of the tasty treats to come. We are now happy to announce that the bakery is finally opening Saturday. Here is the tweet that tipped us off:


We caught up with Catherine again to ask about the opening. Here’s what she had to say:

 I will be open on Saturday for people to buy baked goods and put in orders for events etc. The space is still transforming and we are expecting our funiture in a few weeks. This Saturday we will open from 12:00 – 8:00 pm.

Going forward we plan on opening from 11:00 am till 8 pm Tuesday to Thursday and till 11 pm on Fridays and Saturday. On Sundays we will be open from 11:00 till 7:00 pm . These might change depending on the demand for late night desserts. This weekend we will have a mixture of baked goods. This Monday being a holiday we will be open from 11 am for people to buy baked goods.

Let’s support this new local business and be sure to let Catherine know what you would like, she is open to responding to neighbors request.  The Bakers’ Lounge is located at 2701 12th Street NE (12th and Evarts). Keep in touch with the Bakers’ Lounge on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Development Update: Brooks Row Condos By Lock 7 Development

Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.
Rendering Courtesy of Lock 7 Development.

It’s been a while since our last update on the condominium development project by Lock 7 Development, at 12th and Franklin Streets, NE. We recently learned that the project now has a name – Brooks Row. The 22 condos will be made up of 11 rowhouses with 2 units each. Some will have 2 bedrooms and some will have 3. You can see the floor plans here as well as additional information about the units. The project is scheduled to completed by winter 2016. We will let you know when we learn anything new.