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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.”
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.
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 pmTuesday 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.
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.
Yesterday we learned from this City Paper article that Metro is soliciting bids for two small parcels of land it owns on 9th Street NE, along the Metro tracks.
One parcel, just over 21,000 square feet, is north of the INLE Development at 9th and Lawrence which is a commercial office building that is nearly complete (we wrote about it here.). The other parcel, which is over 16,000 square feet, is south of the townhome development at 9th and Kearny NE, that we wrote about here in March. Both parcels are currently grassy areas. Development proposals are due to Metro by June 19. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
Last March we wrote about an affordable senior housing building called The Girard Street Senior Residences, planned for an empty lot at the corner of 16th and Girard. We recently learned from this posting at Elevation Media DC that construction will start soon and that the 4 story, 25 unit building will be completed about a year from now. According to the story:
The building will have mostly one-bedroom units, a demonstration kitchen for cooking classes, an exercise/yoga studio, walking trails in a garden and a few parking spots. District agencies will determine rents, eligibility and tenant selection.
In December we wrote about a development coming soon on top of nearby Union Market. Although it is not in Brookland, we thought readers would be interested in knowing that the development we wrote about is really only the beginning of a development frenzy about to take place around Union Market.
According to this article in the Washingtonian, there is going to be a boom of eight new housing, retail and green space developments in the next five years, which will include:
The Edison residences at 340 Florida Ave NE will be the first residential development in the Union Market area and will have ground-floor retail. The 187 rental units will resemble lofts and feature wide, nine-paneled windows.
Another residential development on Fourth Street, NE, may have up to 500 apartments, and will incorporate an existing 1950s warehouse.
The expansion of Union Market at 1309 Fifth St. NE which will top Union Market with the Angelika Film Center and four floors of office or residential space.
The Highline, an 315 rental unit development at 320 Florida Avenue will replace the Burger King near the Metro tracks and expects to break ground by July 2016.
Another apartment building, Elevation is replacing a vacant lot. The developer, Level 2, is hoping to get the city of DC to convert property next to development into a park with a pedestrian walkway that leads to Union Market.
A three-block pedestrian promenade, called the NoMa Meander is planned that will include green areas and water features,.
Underground parks featuring artwork beneath four underpasses created by Metro and Amtrak tracks should begin by the end of 2015.
Many readers are sure to know of Annie’s Ace Hardware in Petworth. This locally owned and operated store is popular because they go above and beyond – from knowledgeable employees who help advise customers, to excellent customer service and hosting events that give back to the community.
We are excited to learn that we are getting our own Annie’s Ace Hardware this fall. The store will be located about a half block south of the Arts Walk at 3405 8th Sreet NE, above the Menkiti Group Headquarters. When we wrote about the Menkiti Headquarters in 2013, we snapped this photo of the space where Annie’s is going. The store will be 7,400 square feet, plus a 1,000 square foot garden center adjacent to the store. Annie’s will be open 7 days a week and will offer typical hardware store supplies, and nice extras like Weber grills and canning supplies.
Check out the press release from Annie’s and the Menkiti Group below for more details and this video about her store in Petworth. We will let you more details as we get them. Welcome to the neighborhood Annie!
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