Showing posts from September, 2017

115 Units + Retail Coming to 315 H Street NE

MRP Realty is working to bring 115 new living units to 315 H Street NE. This 8 storey, 90,000 square foot structure is across the street from Giant grocery and only a few blocks downhill from Union Station. An eastbound DC Streetcar station (currently out of service) is located on the same block. Capital Bikeshare is less than a block away as well. 
There will be ~6,000 square feet of retail on the ground floor, which MRP expects to attract, at least, one restaurant tenant. The residential units will be a mix of studio, JR 1BR, 1BR, and 2BR. Eight per cent of the residential gross floor area is dedicated to inclusionary units. In this case that will equate to 12 affordable units including 4 studios (337 sq ft!), 3 junior one bedroom units, 3 one bedroom units, and 2 two bedroom units. The  affordable units are dedicated to households with an annual income of 80%, 60%, and 50% of the area median income and will exist as long as the building stands. There will be one level of undergrou…

Better Midday Service on H Street, Benning Road

Just a few months ago I applauded Metro's decision to extend service hours of the X2 bus to 24/7 by adding overnight service. We may be in line for weekday midday service upgrades as well. Under a new proposal for the X2 route, WMATA would: reduce weekday midday bus frequency from every 8 minutes to every 10-12 minutessend all downtown bound buses all the way to Lafayette Park (eliminating Gallery Place as a terminal) OK, so how is reducing service on the X2 helpful? Well, that reduction would make room for the new X9 midday service. The X9 bus currently operates limited stop service between Capital Heights and Metro Center. It operates during rush hours only. The new proposal would add X9 midday service at 20 minute intervals. Buses would still run existing intervals during morning and evening rush. 
If approved, all adjustments would take place in June 2018.

Other proposed DC Metrobus changes include: extending the 50s buses to the new Wharf development in SWalternate routing of …

H Street Festival is Saturday

The best District street festival is happening this Saturday, September 16. 
H Street Festival, which organizers say is now attracting 150,000 people yearly, is back; once again running about 10 blocks long in our little slice of Northeast. Last year was so packed at the end of the day, but comfortable. The weather was A+ and it looks like we'll have a repeat for 2017.
WHEN: 12 PM to 7 PM WHERE: H Street NE, 4th St to 14th St WHAT: Artists creating art, fashion shows featuring local designers, music stages with dope sounds, patio eating, patio drinking, local politicians (probably), street food, vendors of all types, seeing doggos, seeing friends, seeing more puppers, walking in the street with no cars, dogs
See you there!

Dockless Bikeshare Trial Coming to DC

This fall and winter, we will have a new way to experience bike sharing in the District.

With 440 stations, Capital Bikeshare is the third largest system in the United States, behind New York (600) and Chicago (580). For comparisons' sake, New York's Citi Bike has 10,000 bikes, Chicago's Divvy has 5,800 bikes, and DC's Capital Bikeshare has 3,700. Measuring by number of stations may be a thing of the past, however. WTOP and others are reporting that the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will institute a pilot program this fall featuring dockless (station-less) bike sharing. The program will start September 20 (!) and run through April 2018.
These systems allow riders to find bicycles near their location, unlock the bike, ride it, and with some restrictions, lock and leave the bike in any public space within the service area.
I recently visited Seattle where the city works with multiple providers, including Spin and LimeBike, each dockless bike systems. A us…