This Saturday January 20th there will be a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Edgewood Recreation Center at 1:30 pm. You can RSVP for the event here.
Potential features of the center include a rooftop urban farm, new multi-purpose athletic field, new outdoor athletic courts, and new playground spaces. There will also be some ecological features such as erosion control management and urban forest renewal. The project should be completed in spring 2019 and is located at 3rd Street NE & Evarts Street, NE.
We have been following the potential development of a hotel/conference center at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street NE for a few years now. We recently learned from this article in Bisnow that the development could finally be moving forward in the next 12 to 14 months. The first phase would deliver a Residence Inn/Courtyard Marriott 260-room hotel with 5,000 square feet of meeting space and a restaurant. Approvals for the conference center have expired and appear to be scrapped.
The second phase of the development would be a 600,000 square foot mixed use project with ground-floor retail topped by residential units. Additionally, there may be additional phases with residential, hotel or office space.
Interestingly, according to the Bisnow article:
Instead of going forward with the PUD plan, the team decided to file a map amendment to rezone the property to MU-5-B, which allows for commercial and multifamily uses and building heights up to 75 feet. The team then plans to build by-right under that new zoning, avoiding the PUD process all together. McAdam said it chose to do this in part to avoid the appeals that have delayed more than a dozen approved PUDs throughought the District, but the primary reason was to allow more flexibility for the project’s future phases.
This is similar to the 13 acre development next to the Rhode Island Metro that decided to change plans and go with by-right zoning, as we posted back in June. As always, we will keep an eye on things and let you know when we learn anything new.
Popular neighborhood watering hole The Dew Drop Inn will be celebrating their second anniversary this Sunday June 25th, staring at 3:00 pm. My how times flies! The party will include a pig roast and a DJ. From the event page:
Come celebrate the Dew Drop Inn’s 2nd Year! We’ll be kicking off the day with a pig roast starting at 3pm. DJ the Question will be spinning and of course we’ll have happy hour all night
Join us in saying thank you to all the fantastic customers and staff as we explode into our next year!!!
Do drop in!
The Dew Drop Inn is located at 2801 8th Street NE.
Tonight ANC5E will vote on whether to support, oppose or provide no input to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA), which will meet on May 31 to decide whether to approve the special zoning exception requested by the St. Paul’s College development. The ANC Commissioner for the SMD where the proposed development is, ANC5E01 Commissioner Garnett, recently posted this summary of the history, concerns and next steps for the development. From his blog post:
Like many members of the community, I continue to have concerns about the process by which this site was divided and the parcels considered at different times by different bodies. In 2008, the Zoning Commission reviewed case ZC 07-027, which was brought by the Paulist Fathers and their partners EYA. This case only covered the land that became Chancellor’s Row and enabled 237 homes to be built.
Since then, the Paulist Fathers have vacated their building and Washington Leadership Academy and Lee Montessori Public Charter Schools have signed long-term leases to serve 800 students.
The ANC is now asked to consider only the remaining green space, which is the 5.5 acres sited along 4th St NE. The development team of Boundary Companies, Elm Street Development, and the Paulist Fathers is proposing 62 homes and a new 20,000 square foot religious building for the fathers.
It seems to me that a holistic review would not have permitted 300 homes, 2 charter schools in 100,000 square foot building, and a new 20,000 square foot religious building to be built on this site in the way that is currently proposed, especially when compared to the Josephite Site in Brookland or the Redemptorist site in Edgewood. However, the ANC is not the body to make a judgement on the legal process the Paulist Fathers chose to follow.
For more information, you can check out this recent presentation and additional information and documents associated with this zoning request are here.
Back in December we wrote about the soft opening of Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken in nearby Edgewood. We were happy to hear so many positive comments back from readers in the weeks following. This Sunday there will be a Grand Opening for the restaurant from 11 AM – 9 PM From their Facebook event page:
Huacatay Charbroiled Chicken Restaurant, welcomes our neighbors; and friendly community to it’s Grand Opening.
We’ll be having a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremory @ 1:00pm. Come join us for free drinks, fun festivities, & of course our yummy
We will be giving away discount coupons through out the day!!!
Back in May we wrote about Huacatay, a Peruvian style restaurant specializing in charcoal broiled chicken coming to 4th Street NE in nearby Edgewood. We are happy to write that the restaurant opened Friday and is definitely worth a visit, especially for those Brooklanders missing the yummy chicken we used to enjoy from Silvestre’s. We stopped by, tried a few dishes, spoke with the owners recently and took the photos below (you need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)
The restaurant is currently in its ‘soft opening’ phase, meaning that they quietly opened and are testing things out before going full steam ahead. Because of this, the menu is currently limited to broiled chicken and a number of sides, although in the near future they will expand offerings to items like grilled steak, and other Peruvian dishes. We ordered the charbroiled chicken with sides and the chicken sandwich special. Everything was fresh and tasty and a great value for the price. For example, a 1/4 chicken with 2 sides is $8.25 – not bad! Also, the staff was super friendly and the space was really warm and inviting, with exposed brick, and nice rustic touches like the baskets turned into overhead lighting. Huacatay is located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot). It is open from 11:00 am – 9:00 pm on Sunday -Thursday and from 11:00 am- 10:00 pm Friday and Saturday. Check out their Facebook page here.
If you are like us, you already miss Silvestre’s yummy roasted chicken. That’s why we were excited to hear that a new Peruvian restaurant featuring roasted chicken will be opening soon in nearby Edgewood. The restaurant, Huacatay, is named after a Peruvian type of black mint that is often used in sauces. We don’t know much more about the restaurant, but we will let you know when we learn anything new. Huacatay will be located at 2314 4th Street NE (across from the entrance to the Forman Mill’s parking lot).
We learned from this story in the Washington Business Journal that a long delayed development project is likely moving forward in the coming years. The development will construct a hotel and conference center to support the area’s universities (Trinity, Catholic U) and other institutions, and will be at the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Irving Street Northeast. The hotel will have 168 Residence Inn rooms and 168 Courtyard by Marriott rooms. The project has already been approved, but now the development team has brought forward changes to the original plan and has requested an extension to file building permit applications until July 31, 2016. The DC Zoning Commission will conduct a public hearing on the project on Sept. 24. We will let you know when we hear anything new.
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