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Summer Updates!

A lot has happened this summer! Here's some of what I took notice of in July and August. Follow TheX2BusDC on Twitter for real time neighborhood observations and photos.
Carver is a bit safer for pedestrians. DDOT has made quite a few upgrades to 19th St NE in Carver this summer. Earlier this year, they added ADA accessible curb ramps to each intersection from Benning Road to M Street. And just in the last few weeks, they've added new pedestrian-crossing stripes as well as a new road surface to the block of 19th between I Street and Maryland Ave. 
Damaged Streetcar station reopens The eastbound 3rd Street NE DC Streetcar station sat closed for nearly 15 months. A Megabus destroyed it in an April 2017 collision and the station remained closed during the construction of an adjacent apartment building. It finally reopened on August 7th, 2018.
New music venue, same pies Dangerously Delicious Pies added a second floor to their shop, in the form of a new bar and music venue. The Pie S…
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31 Unit Art Deco Building Coming to 21st & Benning

S2 Development is building an art deco(-ish) styled residential building at 21st and Benning Road NE. 633 21st Street NE is expected to have 31 units and is planned to deliver by late next year. Construction appears eminent. 
The site is currently in the process of being cleared to prepare for the construction. Million Man Tires was the previous occupant of this site --then addressed as 2101 Benning Rd NE-- and they appear to have moved to 3401 Benning Rd NE.
The project (unsure if there is a clever name awaiting) is currently planned as for sale condominiums. It would be 5 stories tall on the Benning Road side, although it is unclear to me if the developers won a variance to include a significantly set back penthouse level. The 31 total units would range from 0BR efficiencies to 2 BRs. The rendering reminds me a little bit of the Majestic in Mount Pleasant or Highland Park in Columbia Heights. I will update this story as the building progresses.
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Tire Shop to Make Way For 31…

Big Bus Changes: X2, X9, Circulator

This Sunday, June 24th will bring significant service changes for Metrobus and Circulator.
Close to home here in Carver, the X2 and X9 buses are making midday adjustments, and for the better. From WMATA:
X2 Benning Road-H Street: All weekday midday trips will operate between Minnesota Avenue Metrorail Station and Lafayette Square. To improve reliability, the time between weekday midday buses will increase from 10 minutes to 12 minutes.

X9 Benning Road-H Street Limited: New weekday midday limited-stop Route X9 MetroExtra service will operate every 15 minutes between the Metro Center and Minnesota Avenue Metrorail stations.
What it means: Since the X9 previously ran as a rush hour only bus, we're getting more trips downtown during the midday and lunchtime hours. This is awesome. The X9 does make several clustered stops from 19th St NE to 14th St NE, but as a limited stop bus, I generally find it much, much faster than the X2 for trips between Carver Langston and downtown DC. 
The sli…

Photo Udpate: New Residential Buildings on H Street NE

Several multifamily residential buildings are being constructed on H Street NE and are in various stages of completion. Here's a mini-update on the build-out status of four of the more prominent projects.
The Coda on H is a 112 unit apartment building located at 315 H Street NE. There are studios, 1BRs, and 2BRs. Sample rent: a 536 sq foot 1 BR on the 5th floor, facing H Street, is currently online for $2,122/month. The current range for available units is $1,800 to $4,345. The ground floor still needs work, but they are currently accepting leases. This building is walking distance to Union Station and also has an eastbound DC Streetcar stop at the front door. 7,000 square feet of ground floor retail is planned.
Avec on H (and no, I'm not a fan of any of these names) is currently the largest residential building under construction on H St NE at 420 units. It spans two city blocks from 8th to 10th Streets. Just based on the eye test, it appears that they are a little over half…

What's Happening at 7th and H NE

One of the many ongoing active build sites along H Street NE is happening on one of the most heavily redeveloped blocks. The 600 block of H Street NE is already home to two large apartment buildings, the Apollo (430 units) and Anthology (307 units). The simply titled 7|H building looks to bring 23 more units to the block, likely in the form of condominiums. 
Rock Creek Property Group has set in on the build out, which is basically a tear down of all but a symbolic facade of the previous two level structures that made up the corner. The new building will be six stories tall and include retail totaling 14,000+ sq ft on the lower, first, and second levels. Just based on the eye test I'd guess the building will deliver late, late 2018 or early 2019. The 23 units in 7|H units would bring the total number of housing units on this one block to 760. Not every block can be this dense, but we should try to bring more, larger, and affordable units to the corridor. The city needs diverse hous…