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10 Apartments Will Replace Park's Hardware Site

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Tear-down and constriction has recently enveloped the property at 920 H Street NE, the former site of Park's Hardware. The store closed four years ago and the property has remained vacant since.
The new project will result in a 10 unit apartment building named Ashton Park. The units range from a 471 sq ft studio to a 1,220 sq ft 2BR. There will be 3,600 sq ft of retail on the ground and basement levels; apparently being designing to snag a top restaurant or bar.
The owners also seem to be catering to a transient audience of renters, offering what they describe as "hotel-like" amenities, providing some fully furnished units, and offering leases as short as two-months in length. They even call the studio a "hotel suite." Interesting concept.
Delivery unknown, but I'm guessing early 2020.



Pop-up Hotel Among New H Street Retail

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The Big Idea: Why Hotel, Kitchen Cray, Chase Bank, and CorePower Yoga area coming to H Street NE.
The Lucille and 501 H, two new-ish residential buildings, are getting their first retail tenants.
The Lucille is a 9-unit condominium building located at 1301 H Street NE. Vinyl signage just went up on the first floor signaling the arrival of Kitchen Cray, a Maryland-based restaurant and catering outfit. It's known for being run by chef JR Robinson of Hell's Kitchen fame. The website describes the menu as "prepared ... for every taste." Main courses include chicken & waffles, catfish & grits, and lobster mac. A few blocks west is 501H, a 28-unit apartment building located at, well, 501 H Street NE. Douglas Development recently released the list of retail tenants for the space: CorePower Yoga, Why Hotel, and Chase Bank. CorePower Yoga is the only business of the three that has signage up at the moment.
Why Hotel is described as a "pop-up" hotel. They leas…

Utility Work on Flats at Atlas II Site

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Dirt is being moved at the site of Flats at Atlas Phase II in Carver Langston; at least for utility works. 
The original Flats at Atlas building opened in 2012 with 257 units and 3,450 square feet of retail. The new building, Phase II, is located at 1676 Maryland Ave NE, just east of the current site. There is an empty lot there at the moment. A joint venture with Kettler & Westbrook Partners acquired the current building and the adjacent lot for $95,000,000 almost exactly three years ago.
Phase II is expected to add another 325 units and be 5 stories tall, with no new retail. This second building has always been planned to accompany the original building, so many of the amenities like on-site parking deck were built to accommodate the total number of apartments. They will also share the circular drive area on Maryland Ave. 
I have yet to see renderings or a site plan for Phase II, but there was an ANC meeting about two years ago outlining the outer rim landscape architecture cha…

A Langston for Langston, But Not That One

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Carver Langston has a new mural! The narrative features an abstract sort of geometric nature theme, switches to a sunglasses-decked woman representing Northeast DC, transitions to a male historical figure, then to a montage of pencils, an image of hands on a typewriter, then finally returning to the geometric nature theme to cap it all off. It's lovely, bold, colorful, and we deserve more murals like this in Carver Langston. But there's just one thing about this one...

As you may know, on paper, Carver Langston is really two neighborhoods. Carver is the triangular shaped part of the neighborhood north of Maryland Ave NE, going up to the Arboretum. Langston is the part of the neighborhood south of Maryland, going down to Benning Road.
Carver's namesake is a person most of us learned about in elementary school, George Washington Carver. Carver was one of America's top intellectuals and inventors of the early 20th century.
Langston takes its name from the Langston Terrac…

New Bikeshare Station for Maryland Ave

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Carver Langston now has a second Capital Bikeshare station. A new station opened yesterday at the corner of 17th Street and Maryland Avenue Northeast. This is the second station for Carver, with the first being a highly trafficked 14 dock station at Starburst Plaza. The new station has 19 docks and is closer to the residential center of the neighborhood. It's adjacent to Aldi Food Market and near Hechinger Mall (Safeway, Ross, Modell's, Payless, etc). Thank you Capital Bikeshare!

Pop-Up Shop on H Street & Ugly Sweater Party!

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If you live in Atlas, Trinidad, or Carver Langston, you won't need to go far for holiday shopping. This amazing pop-up shop just opened at 417 H Street NE. This is a v cute space on the second floor above Sidamo Coffee. 
The Pop-Up Collaborative features about 20 women and minority owned brands. Products range from candles, to kid & adult clothes, shoes, body & skin care, jewelry, artwork, , handbags, and a whole bunch more. Please support this place!
The pop-up is open Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 7pm, every week until December 24th. 
In addition, one of the vendors (and the organizer of the pop-up) --Shea Yeleen-- is hosting an ugly sweater party this Saturday at 7pm in the space. I've been waiting to debut a sweater (really a sweatshirt) I got last year, so.... yeah. It may make an appearance. 
Support this pop-up! 








Metro is Moving (its Headquarters)

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The Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority is moving. The iconic(?) Jackson Graham Building in Judiciary Square has been the Metro HQ since 1974. However, the agency has been looking to move into a space that better fits its future: the consolidation of office spaces. They decided to sell the Judiciary Square building, a process that should begin early next year.
The new HQ will be in a currently empty, c.1965 office building at 300 7th St SW in L'Enfant Plaza. This is across the street from a Metro rail entrance, near several Metro bus lines, and across the train tracks from a VRE station. The building was previously the longtime home of the USDA. It will eventually become the work home for 1,300 WMATA employees & contractors when renovations are completed, likely sometime in late 2020 or early 2021.
The Jackson Graham Building is in a **prime** spot. It takes up a whole block and is in a nexus location that can credibly claim Chinatown, Gallery Place, and Judiciary Squar…