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Thursday, January 15, 2015

SMD 5E10 Meeting TONIGHT and Newsletter

Hi Neighbors!  I wanted to send a reminder about tonight's SMD meeting at the Shaed School building from 7-8:30 p.m.  I look forward to see everyone there as there is lots to discuss- Edgewood Recreation Center and Field renovations, retail, zoning, neighborhood watch and more!

I also hope that everyone has had a chance to read their SMD 5E10 newsletter that was delivered yesterday and the day before that.  Many thanks to Mary, Michael, Silas, Jessica, Tom, Sarah, Monique and Adeline for helping to distribute them!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Development Update

Just a glance around Edgewood and you can see all the ongoing construction with developments completing and new neighbors and businesses moving into the neighborhood. I feel like a broken record trying to get these developments to acknowledge that they are in Edgewood! So below are the updates of the developments ongoing in the Edgewood neighborhood for your reading pleasure.

Chancellor's Row (3015 4th Street NE) - 10-acre residential development on St. Paul's campus which began construction Fall 2010. They sold out last year and only ones on the market are being sold by owners. They added a ZipCar and a Capital Bikeshare Station to this location. The remodeling of the triangle park at 4th, Franklin and Lincoln NE has been completed from the community benefits of this project.

Monroe Street Market (7th Street and Michigan Ave NE) - mixed use development that includes approximately 720 housing units, 45 townhouses, and a public square with a college main street with 83,000 square feet of street-level retail, 15,000 square feet of artists' studio space and 850 below-grade parking spaces. They started demolition on the CUA buildings in 2010 and broke ground on November 9, 2011. Right now they are getting close to completion with their 3 buildings renting and the Arts Walk is full.  They have retail open- &Pizza, Potbelly, Brookland Pint, , Halsa, Barnes &Noble, Busboys and Poets and more is coming.  Filter Coffeehouse and The Bike Rack are scheduled to open soon. They will start construction of the townhome section of the project soon. They have a future phase that is still to be planned and developed and they will neither confirm nor deny that it could hold a Whole Foods in the future when it is developed.

Pizza Mart Development (4th Street and Adams Street NE) - last year the building that housed the Pizza Mart was demolished and they have started construction on a new building that will include 17 condominiums.

H Street Development Corporation (2321 4th Street NE) - this development broke ground on December 10, 2014 and will be affordable housing apartments with ground floor retail.  There will be 116 apartments and a little over 5000 SF of retail space with a completion date of May 2016.  The building will also include a fitness center, community room, and 32 off-street parking spaces.  The rental ranges from $1038 for a studio to $1638 for a 3 bedroom.  There will be some units at lower rates as subsidized by DCHA.
The pedestrian bridge from the Metropolitan Branch Trail to the Rhode Island Avenue metro station which opened for use on December 31, 2014. The bridge still has some finishing touches to be completed but already looks great and is a long-awaited addition to our neighborhood.

Trinity Washington University is adding a new Trinity Academic Center building and they broke ground in May 2014 and is expected to be completed by Summer 2016. 

Mess Hall (703 Edgewood Street NE) is a culinary incubator that opened in the Fall of 2014.

Holy Redeemer College (3112 7th Street NE) has a plans for adding 41 townhouses to the property and this is currently in the planning stages.

Dew Drop Inn (2801 8th Street NE) plans to open restaurant in Spring/Summer 2015.

Developments Surrounding Edgewood

Rhode Island Row (919 Rhode Island Ave NE) - This project is completed but still filling up the remaining empty retail slots. They have posted the rents and they range from $1740 for a 1 bed/bath to $3465 for a 3 bed/bath. The following retailers are open: CVS, Chipotle, Sprint, T-Mobile, DC Dept. of Motor Vehicles, Carolina Kitchen, TK Burger, D’Arte Nail Spa Salon, Jersey Mike's, Bergami's Pizza, Phenix Salon and Suites and Sala Thai. I am hoping that they will fill the last remaining spots soon!!

901 Monroe Street NE - This project was approved by the zoning commission across the street in Brookland and looks promising. The plans are after demolishing the current buildings to build 212 Apartments, 16 units at below market rents, and 13,000 sq. ft. of neighborhood-serving retail including a restaurant. Groundbreaking occurred the end of 2012, but there have not been many updates since then. It was supposed to be done by Fall of 2013, so seems to be a bit behind schedule.

Washington Gateway (Intersection of New York Ave and Florida Ave NE) - This project which has been recently revived and modified to include more residential instead of a hotel will connect NoMa with the Eckington neighborhood. The groundbreaking happened the end of 2013 for Phase One which is a building with 400 residential units and 5,200 sq. ft. of retail and is well on its way to being completed with a restaurant taking the retail space.  The next two phases of this project will be office buildings. This project will also connect to the Met Branch Trail which will be great.  There is currently a temporary connection to the trail and an unofficial dog park.

McMillan Sand Filtration (North Capitol Street, Michigan Ave, 1 Street NW) - This huge 25 acre site has been the focus of many meetings and plans over the years and I'll put its timeline as I'll believe it when I see it. The site is now being used to storm excess storm water to help reduce flooding in the area. There are many sites and posts about this development as everyone seems to have an opinion as to what should happen with this piece of land. They have recently had meetings with the zoning board and historic preservation and there have been more meetings so I am sticking to my last update that I will believe it when I see it.  That said there have been a number of approvals by the council and different boards so it may be moving forward.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Zoning Update and Popups

While we do not have the same number of popups in Edgewood that many other neighborhoods in DC have that does not mean it will always be that way.  Please see the following hearing information for the Zoning Commission and their new rules.  Please feel free to testify yourself if you feel strongly.  Please let me know your thoughts as well.  ANC 5E has not currently taken a stance on this issue.

Here is a website all about the zoning in DC:

Here is the link to the items being changed:

Here is the calendar of the hearings:

Power Outage NE DC

Just received the message below from Pepco:

Good morning ANC Commissioners, 

We are currently experiencing an outage in the vicinity of the 100 block of V St., NE affecting approximately 700 customers.  Our crews are on site now, and we have an estimated time of restoration of 1pm.  I will continue to update you with any additional information.



Marc K. Battle, Esq. | Vice President 

Potomac Electric Power Company | Government Affairs & Public Policy 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

SMD Meeting for 5E10 January 15th at 7:00 p.m.

Please join me for our first 5E10 Single Member District meeting at the community space in the Shaed School building.  Please enter at the Inspired Teaching main entrance.

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5E

Single Member District 5E10

Meeting Agenda

January 15, 2015

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Commissioner Sally Hobaugh

I.     Introduction
II.     ANC 5E January 20, 2015 Meeting Agenda
III.     Contact Information/Updates
IV.     Neighborhood Watch
V.     Adjournment

Phenix Salon Suites at Rhode Island Row

See the press release below about the new Phenix Salon Suites at Rhode Island Row.


Date: December 19, 2014

What: Rhode Island Row, a mixed-use development in Northeast DC, has announced Phenix Salon Suites is now open. Phenix brings a first-of-its-kind concept to Washington, DC, which features more than 35 independent business environments (salon suites), featuring hair stylists, professional makeup services, estheticians and more. Each suite is controlled by the salon professional, providing the local community with a diverse offering of dozens of services within one environment. 

Phenix is located between next to TKO Burger at Rhode Island Row, and is easily accessible via the red line at the Rhode Island Avenue metro station. 

Where:             Rhode Island Row, 2300 Washington Place NE, Washington, DC 20018

Hours:             Hours are determined by individual stylists.


About Rhode Island Row:

Rhode Island Row is a mixed-use, transit-oriented development featuring 274 residential apartment units and 70,000 feet of ground-level retail space. Located at the Red Line’s Rhode Island Avenue-Brentwood Metrorail station in northeast Washington, DC, Rhode Island Row is home to national retail tenants such as CVS, Chipotle and Jersey Mike’s as well as local merchants Bergami’s Pizza, Carolina Kitchen, and Sala Thai. The apartments at Rhode Island Row offer spacious one, two, and three bedroom floor plans with granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, and full-size washers and dryers. Community amenities include a fitness center, resort-style outdoor pool, garage parking, bicycle storage, and a 7,000 square-foot green roof deck. Rhode Island Row is proudly managed by Bozzuto Management Company. For more information, please visit

H Street CDC Groundbreaking at 2321 4th Street, NE

Community and business leaders will join to celebrate the Rhode Island NE five-story, mixed-use development
Washington, DC (December 10, 2014) – H Street Community Development Corporation, in partnership with E&G Group, will host a groundbreaking ceremony to announce the development of 2321 4th Street, NE. The ceremony will be held at the development on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. and will celebrate the construction of much needed affordable housing in the District.
2321 4th Street, NE will include a five-story, transit oriented, mixed-use development with 116 affordable rental apartments and 5,000 sf. of retail space.
“In the District there continues to be a growing demand for smart, attractive affordable housing for residents looking to raise their families in thriving neighborhoods,” said Kenneth Brewer, Sr. executive director, H Street Community Development Corporation. “We believe 2321 4th Street, NE responds to this demand and will create a number of construction and retail jobs that will continue to help the District’s economy grow.
Construction began on the project in November 2014, and is slated for completion by May 2016. The apartment units are being built in walking distance to the Rhode Island Avenue Metro station, and amenities include a fitness center, community room, ground floor retail, and off-street parking spaces. The development has been designed to meet the needs of the Rhode Island Avenue neighborhood’s moderate-income family and business owners in search of retail space in an economically revitalized community.
2321 4th Street, NE is financed with the help of the DC Housing Finance Agency, the District Department of Housing and Community Development and Capital One. The project is designed by Bonstra I Haresign Architects, with construction by Harkins Builders, Inc.
About H Street Community Development Corporation
H Street Community Development Corporation is a private, nonprofit organization, established in 1984 by residents, business owners, financial institutions, and government, to restore the riot-torn H Street corridor and residential neighborhood by developing vacant land and attracting new business. As the development vehicle, the Community Development Corporation is a nonprofit corporation blending the energies of community activists with the financial resources of government and private lenders.