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H Street Church Goes Commercial

The former St. John Church of God at 1301 H St. NE could become a restaurant, bank or retail shop. Image from Papadopoulos Properties leasing brochure.

The former St. John Church of God at 1301 H St. NE could become a restaurant, bank or retail shop. Image from Papadopoulos Properties leasing brochure.

The new owners of a former church at 1301 H St. NE are looking for tenants ranging from a restaurant or sidewalk cafe to a bank. The church sold for $2.2 million in January and Papadopoulos Properties is now marketing the property for lease for the landlord.

The former St. John Church of God offers 5,500 square feet in the building and a 2,300 square foot space for a possible courtyard dining area in addition to space at the corner of H and 13th street, NE for a patio, according to the leasing brochure from Papadopoulos.

John Gogos , who handles retail leasing for Papadopoulos Properties, said the site has room for seven parking spaces at the rear once the existing shed is demolished.

Gogos said the former church is a “very unique” property for the corridor and offers flexibility to fit the right tenant or tenants. Parking is a valuable commodity, though a restaurant tenant could choose to make that space a courtyard instead.

The space could be broken into two leases and that there has been interest from pilates/yoga studios to potentially lease the basement space.

If not a restaurant or bank, Gogos said he could see neighborhood-serving retail thrive at that location.

“I think a furniture store along H Street would do great,” said Gogos.

“Everyone needs some place to go to buy a couch,” he added, noting the many new condo and apartment tenants moving in along the corridor. 

The property has been looking for a tenant for nearly six months, a length of time for which Gogos blamed the long, harsh winter. (And who isn’t blaming winter 2014 for most headaches at this point?)

“I am hoping [interest] will pick up now that it’s in the spring,” said Gogos.

You can learn more about 1301 H St. NE here

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St. Thomas Condo Developers Meet with Community Monday

 

Conceptual massing of condo as seen from 18th Street. Image extracted from town hall meeting presentation.

Conceptual massing of condo as seen from 18th Street. Image extracted from town hall meeting presentation.

CAS Riegler, the developers of the proposed condo project at St. Thomas Church in Dupont Circle, will meet with the community Monday to discuss their ongoing plans and their designs for 1772 Church St., NW.

St. Thomas Episcopal Church chose CAS Riegler as a development partner to help fund the construction of a new church building on the site of the historic church, which was mostly destroyed by arson in 1970. The current structure does not meet the needs of the parish, lacking basic amenities like an elevator for disabled parishioners or funerals.

Under the agreement the developers will pursue a by-right development  on the church’s 15,610 square foot property on Church Street and the church would sell two lots totaling 1,700 square feet on P Street to the developer for a later project. As a matter of right the condo can be seven-stories with an maximum of 58 units.

The project has faced vocal opposition from a group of community members who recently flyered the polling location at the church on primary day earlier this month. The flyer stated, “We support the Church’s desire to rebuild, but THERE IS A BETTER WAY!”

Monday’s meeting is another outreach effort on the part of the developers to address community concerns about the project. The meeting is at 7 p.m. at the School for Ethics and Global Leadership at 1528 18th St. NW.

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The new Church building in the forefront of this conceptual massing. Image extracted from town hall meeting presentation.

The new Church building in the forefront of this conceptual massing. Image extracted from town hall meeting presentation.

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Dupont CVS Files Permit for Escalator, Medical Offices

The Dupont CVS has big plans to expand.

The Dupont CVS has big plans to expand.

The CVS at 6 Dupont Circle has plans to expand into the neighboring space that include adding an escalator and new medical offices.

The permit application states:

“CVS Retail Pharmacy interior fit-out alteration and expansion to include new accessory use medical offices. Additional work to include partial roof repair, equipment, interior stairs and the installation of an escalator. Upgrade mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems per installations and relocations.”

The spokesperson for CVS was not able to provide additional information at this time, but said more details would be made available in the next few months.

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Brookland Pint Eyes ‘July-ish’ Opening

Brookland sign at Monroe Street Market. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC.

Brookland sign at Monroe Street Market. Photo by flickr user Mr.TinDC.

Brookland Pint, a new restaurant and bar by the team behind popular Meridian Pint in Columbia Heights, hopes to open in “July-ish” at its location in the Monroe Street Market development, according to restaurateur John Andrade.

Much like his other restaurants Meridian Pint and Smoke and Barrel (in Adams Morgan), Andrade said his new venture will offer a menu featuring craft beer and American food.  They will be open for lunch and dinner daily and will offer brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.

“We are a very community-centric, family-minded restaurant group,” said Andrade, adding he hopes to bring that same environment to Brookland.

The Brookland location– 716 Monroe Street, NE–will have seating for 118 inside and 48 outside. Brookland Pint will occupy 4,200 square feet  in the center of Brookland Works, at the end of the Arts Walk in the new development by The Bozzuto Group.

The owners already received approval for a liquor license from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Andrade said the opening depends on construction timelines.

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El Camino Sails Through ANC

El Camino will soon join this block of Rhode Island Ave. NW in Bloomingdale. Photo by carfreedc on flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/carfreedc/

El Camino will soon join this block of Rhode Island Ave. NW in Bloomingdale. Photo by carfreedc on flickr.

El Camino, a new Latin restaurant and bar coming to 108 Rhode Island Avenue, NW in Bloomingdale, got  support for its liquor license application from the  Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC 5E) at a meeting Tuesday.

Owners Tony Lucca and Phil Rodriguez are also the brains behind Sticky Rice on H Street, NE.

The new restaurant will have capacity for 49 people inside–43 seats at tables and 6 spots at a bar– and plans a sidewalk seating area with room for 12.

The menu will include Mexican, Latin, and American food and they will offer entertainment to include DJs and small live bands of four or fewer members, according to their liquor license application.

The new restaurant will be open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.

El Camino will be the latest arrival on the block, located next to Grassroots Gourmet bakery and just a few doors down from Boundary Stone.

The Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration hearing date is June 25 at 1:30 p.m. at 2000 14th St., N.W., 400 South.

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Pub and the People Closes in on Liquor License

 

The Pub and The People will be located at 1648 North Capitol St. NW in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Image courtesy of The Pub and The People.

The Pub and The People will be located at 1648 North Capitol St. NW in the Bloomingdale neighborhood. Image courtesy of The Pub and The People.

The Pub and The People, a new bar and restaurant proposed for North Capitol and R streets NW in Bloomingdale, is a step closer to securing its liquor license and patio seating approval after the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5E (ANC) meeting Tuesday.

The new restaurant is seeking a total occupancy of 224, including a request for as many as 125 seats outside. Inside the restaurant will have 70 seats initially and will later expand to 99 seats once the basement area is finished and up to code for occupancy.

The team behind the new venture are already part of D.C.’s emerging food scene. Jeremy Gifford, a partner at The Pub and The People, also owns of DC Reynolds on Georgia Avenue and the Chef Dan Dalcin is currently the sous chef at BlackSalt.

Commissioner Teri Janine Quinn said the  ANC has been negotiating a settlement agreement to define the allowable hours and the expectations of the new bar, but it was not finalized due to ongoing discussions between the owners and a resident who shares a wall with the new institution.

“We’re basically done”said Quinn, who added that the agreement was all but signed as of Tuesday.

The ANC moved to send the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA) both the settlement agreement and a protest notice.

Quinn explained should ABRA accept the terms of the settlement agreement, the license would be approved and The Pub and The People could move forward with its plans. However, if the board changes the agreement in a substantial way that results in either the owners or the ANC rejecting the new agreement terms, the protest notice will allow the ANC to be a part of any future hearing on the matter.

Pending a liquor license and necessary permits, the owners hope to open by October 1. The Pub and the People will be located at 1648 North Capitol St. NW.

Read more: The Pub and The People Seeks 125 Outdoor Patio Seats on North Capitol Street

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Pizza Parts & Service Coming to H Street

H Street will get yet another  pizza joint.

H Street will get yet another pizza joint.

Pizza Parts  & Service is the new pizza restaurant coming to 1320 H St. NE and taking over the space formerly occupied by Steak & Ice. Both concepts are by the owners of Taylor Gourmet.

Frozen Tropics first reported the new pizza joint would replace Charles Taylor Steak and Ice, which closed in December and never reopened. Both Steak and Ice’s Twitter and Facebook accounts have been deactivated.

Frozen Tropics cites an unnamed source in reporting the news of the new venture, but District Source has confirmed the name “Pizza Parts & Service” through an online restaurant inspection report.

Pizza Parts & Service, operated by Steak Ice1310 H, LLC,  passed its pre-operational restaurant inspection April 7.

District Source tried the phone number associated with the new business, but there was no answer and no way to leave a message. We will provide an update when more information is made available.

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Office to Hotel Conversion Advances on K Street

An office building at 1522 K St. NW will soon become a 164-room hotel as Atlanta-based Songy HighRoads LLC advances its plan to adapt the existing 11-story office building to meet the changing needs of the D.C. commercial real estate market.

The developers applied for a building permit to alter and repair the 91,000-square-foot building at 1522 K St. NW first in December on 2013 and recently updated that request April 7. The scope of work includes:

“Interior and exterior alterations and repair for a conversion of a existing 11 story office building to a 164 room hotel with food service, a café, and bars, a new entrance canopy, and to include mechanical, plumbing, elevator and electrical work.”

Several changes proposed for the building, including the roof structure and addition, will require Board of Zoning Adjustment approval, according to notes from the zoning review associated with the permit.

The new hotel is proposed as limited-service, meaning rooms should be less expensive than other nearby full-service hotels, like the neighboring St. Regis.

Songy HighRoads LLC purchased the property for $23.5 million in July 2013 from Detroit-based MayfieldGentry Realty Advisors, which sold the property at a loss of nearly $7 million.

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RFK Study Team Selection Expected in the Next Month

DC United RFKThe future of large portions of the RFK stadium and surrounding grounds will get a new sense of direction when Events DC selects the winning response to  its recent Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI). At a public meeting Monday, Eric Moses, managing director of Events DC’s Sports and Entertainment Division, said he anticipates selecting the winning team in the next month.

Events DC, the trade name for the Washington Convention and Sports Authority, manages  the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and its surrounding grounds, the non‐military portions of the D.C. Armory, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, the Carnegie Library. The organization is charged with attracting sporting events and conferences, among other events to those various properties.

The RFEI tasked teams with studying the possible redevelopment of/uses for the RFK campus and the selected team could later be charged with executing those development plans.  Teams were asked to provide both long-term and short-term plans for the site that include options for the site with or without the demolition of the existing RFK stadium.

Responses to the RFEI–issued in November–were due in early January; seven teams responded.

“All of the seven respondents understood how important it was for us to ensure that we have community input” said Moses at the public meeting.

 

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32-Unit Logan Circle Condo Gets Nod from ANC 2F

The empty lot at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave. NW in Logan Circle.

The empty lot at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave. NW in Logan Circle.

The design for a new, 32-unit condo at 1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave. NW received support from the Logan Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission last week for its compatibility with historic preservation requirements. The project will go before the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) at an upcoming meeting.

The developer is Madison Investments working with designs by PGN Architects on the 90-foot building proposed to proceed with a matter of right development, meaning the design will not require zoning relief.

In 2012, developer Jim Abdo withdrew his plans for a 70-or-so-unit building in the same location. Abdo had cleared the lot previously in preparation for development and the lot has sat vacant between two residential buildings ever since.

“There’s kind of a hole there,” said Commissioner Walt Cain about the vacant lot where the condo is proposed to be built.

Cain called the design “satisfactory” and the full ANC approved the positive recommendation of the Community Development Committee. The item will be on either the April 24 or May 1 HPRB agenda and District Source will have more information before that time.

Read more: 32-Unit Condo Planned for Rhode Island Avenue in Logan Circle

1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave. NW rendering. Image excerpted from PGN Architects' presentation as posted on ANC 2F website.

1427-1429 Rhode Island Ave. NW rendering. Image excerpted from PGN Architects’ presentation as posted on ANC 2F website.

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