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Massachusetts Avenue NW Near I-395 to Close This Weekend

Massachusetts Avenue NW (Photo via Google Maps)Massachusetts Avenue NW near I-395 will be off limits to car drivers for several hours this weekend due to construction work on the Capitol Crossing development.

Numerous partial and full street closures are scheduled for Massachusetts Avenue and H Street NW between 2nd and 4th streets for the duration of August, including this weekend, according to the D.C. Department of Transportation. The construction will bring:

  • Full street closures on Massachusetts Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Full street closures on Massachusetts Avenue between 2nd and 4th streets, and H Street between Massachusetts Avenue and 4th Street, on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7 p.m. to midnight.
  • Occasional weekday single and double-lane closures on Massachusetts Avenue and H Street from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Any other closures in the area this month will be announced as they occur, DDOT spokeswoman Michelle Phipps-Evans said.

DDOT and Property Group Partners are working on the installation of a high-voltage electric line, as part of the Capitol Crossing development over I-395.

The development’s first building at 200 Massachusetts Ave. is expected to be finished in 2017. Construction on Capitol Crossing’s four other buildings is slated to conclude in 2019.

Photo via Google Maps


Barracks Row Frame Shop to Relocate to Former Playseum Space on 8th Street SE

545 8th St. SE (Photo via Google Maps)A custom frame shop will move across the street from its current location on Barracks Row into the former home of the Be With Me Playseum this fall, a neighborhood group announced yesterday.

Frame of Mine is expected to relocate from 522 8th St. SE to 545 8th St. SE in October, according to Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the street’s revitalization. Playseum left the space after it closed down in May.

The 33-year-old frame shop will remain at its current location until the move is complete.

Another business also is expected to join Frame of Mine at 545 8th St. But a tenant hasn’t been announced yet.

“The idea of leaving 8th Street would have been heartbreaking,” Frame of Mine owner Cissy Webb said in a statement. “It is wonderful to discover a building owner who is not interested in a restaurant tenant — someone who wants to maintain the spirit of the old retail tradition on 8th Street.”

Frame of Mine is one of several businesses that are planning to leave or already have left Barracks Row storefronts this year.

In addition to the Playseum, the businesses include Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel, Homebody and Las Placitas Restaurant.

Homebody, which is in the process of relocating to 7th Street SE, is losing its space to a spinoff of Rose’s Luxury. Las Placitas, which is moving down to 8th and M streets SE later this year, is giving up its space to its neighbor, Matchbox, which is expanding.

A new tenant for Capitol Hill Sporting Goods & Apparel’s space hasn’t been announced yet. But Rodney Smith, the store’s owner, said he is set to shut his shop down before the year’s end.

Photo via Google Maps

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Men Rob Woman at Gunpoint in Northeast Capitol Hill

Unit block of 19th Street NE (Photo via Google Maps)Two men robbed a woman at gunpoint near Eastern High and Eliot-Hine Middle schools yesterday.

The robbery happened about noon Thursday between the unit and 200 blocks of 19th Street NE, police said. The area is just east of Eastern High School and Eliot-Hine and about a block west from RFK Stadium.

The thieves approached the woman from behind when she was walking in the area, according to authorities. One of the thieves pointed a gun at her before one of the men snatched something from her hand. At least one of the robbers also searched through her pockets.

The men then told her to walk away, and they fled in the opposite direction.

At least one of the men was 6 feet tall and wore a ski mask, police said.

Photo via Google Maps


Morning Rundown

Capitol Hill

A Look Back at Ibiza in NoMa — More than 30 lawsuits have been filed over defunct NoMa club Ibiza. The Washington City Paper details the fallout of one the suits between owner Steve Han and his former investors. [Washington City Paper]

Mile Markers Going Up on Metropolitan Branch Trail — The Metropolitan Branch Trail is getting new mile markers ever tenth mile between L and Franklin streets in Northeast. The signs come in response to a July 13 robbery, when a woman was unable to give a 911 operator a precise location. [WAMU]

Cranes Arrive Near Waterfront Metro Station — Construction appears ready to start at 1001 4th Street SW, where Forest City will build an apartment building. Most of the construction is expected to wrap up by November 2016. [SWTLQTC]


Car Slams into U.S. Capitol Barricade

Car crash at U.S. Capitol

(Updated at 12:10 p.m.) — A car crashed into a barricade outside the U.S. Capitol this morning.

The crash happened near New Jersey and Independence avenues SE, the D.C. Fire and EMS Department tweeted about 8:45 a.m.

Antonio Pierorazio, the driver of the car, was taken into police custody, according to a U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman. The man was the only person in the vehicle.

Police have completed their investigation of the crash, but haven’t said yet what they’ve learned about it.

When a Hill Now reporter arrived on the scene, several police officers were around a red Nissan Altima that was stopped by a barricade that controls access to a U.S. Capitol building parking lot. The car had Florida license plates.


Man Shot in Second Shooting in Southwest This Week

1200 block of Delaware Avenue SW (Photo via Google Maps)A man was shot in Southwest today about two blocks from a fatal shooting earlier this week.

The shooting today happened on the 1200 block of Delaware Avenue SW about 12:30 a.m., police said. The King Greenleaf Recreation Center and the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District headquarters are about a block from the area and the 1300 block of 1st Street SW, where a man was fatally shot Monday.

Police found the victim today suffering from multiple gunshot wounds, according to authorities. He then was brought to a hospital for treatment.

Authorities haven’t released a description of the shooter.

Photo via Google Maps


Councilman Allen, MPD Commander to Meet With Hill East Residents Tomorrow

Charles Allen (Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen)Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 and Commander Jeff Brown of the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District will take questions from locals in Hill East tomorrow morning.

Allen and Brown are coming together from 8 to 9:30 a.m. to chat with residents as part of the councilman’s monthly community office hours at Curbside Cafe. Residents are free to raise any issues they may have about Hill East and other Ward 6 neighborhoods.

The eatery at 257 15th St. SE is on the same block where a boy was shot earlier this month. Brown’s district includes the area, as well as most of the Capitol Hill area.

RSVPs can be made online, but walk-ins are welcome.

Photo via Facebook/Charles Allen


Bowser to Celebrate Her Birthday With H Street Corridor Fundraiser

Mayor Muriel Bowser (Photo via Facebook/Muriel Bowser)

Mayor Muriel Bowser will celebrate her birthday with supporters on the H Street corridor tonight.

Maketto at 1351 H St. NE will host a party for Bowser, who is using the occasion to raise money for her constituent service fund. The event is free, but a check donation between $25 and $500 is encouraged.

The party will run from 6 to 8 p.m.

Maketto is “one of the coolest places in the city to hold an event” for the the mayor, who is turning 43 years old Aug. 2, Bowser spokeswoman LaToya Foster said.

“H Street is on the rise,” she said. “It’s flourishing.”

Photo via Facebook/Muriel Bowser

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Report: Latin American Eatery on Barracks Row to Move to New 8th Street SE Location

Las Placitas Restaurant

Las Placitas Restaurant on Barracks Row will head a few blocks south of its current location later this year to make room for an expansion of the neighboring Matchbox restaurant, a local news blog reported last night.

The Mexican-Salvadorian eatery at 517 8th St. SE will move to a building at 8th and M streets SE at some point this year, according to Capitol Hill Corner. The space across from the Washington Navy Yard and the “Blue Castle” building was formerly a Quiznos.

Las Placitas will lose its lease at its current location this fall, Capitol Hill Corner reported in May. The owner of the space has permitted Matchbox to expand its restaurant into the space when Las Placitas leaves.

A representative of the Latin American restaurant didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.


Fire Breaks Out at School Playground Near H Street Corridor

Miner Elementary School playground fire

A fire took hold at a playground near the H Street corridor last night, damaging the area, but causing no injuries, according to authorities.

Firefighters responded to a report of a fire at Miner Elementary School’s playground about 7 p.m., D.C. Fire and EMS Department spokesman Timothy Wilson said. The school is at 601 15th St. NE.

Police described the blaze as a “small brush fire” that caused “minor property damage.”

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The playground was surrounded by caution tape and smelled like burnt plastic this morning. Within the taped-off area, a yellow slide and a staircase had noticeable damage.

The slide was missing its bottom half, which the fire appears to have melted away. The staircase had scorch marks.


Morning Rundown

Union Station

Man Killed in Southwest Identified Cousin as Shooter Before Death, Police Say — Jerome Diggs said after he was shot this week that his cousin, Gary Nathaniel Proctor, was the shooter, according to police. “Yes, Little Gary shot me,” Diggs said, according to a police affidavit. “I didn’t call the police. I don’t think I’m going to make it. I just want to let somebody know who shot me.” [Washington Post]

The Benning Road NE Stench — Liquid that spewed from a garbage truck is suspected of causing a foul smell near Benning Road and 17th Street NE yesterday. [NBC Washington]

Ice Cream Jubilee in Navy Yard Honored — Time Out ranked Ice Cream Jubilee in Navy Yard as the 10th best ice cream in the nation. The site complimented the shop’s view of the Anacostia River and nontraditional flavors, such as caramel popcorn. [Time Out NY]

Deathcab for Cutie Concert on H Street NE? — Googling “events in D.C.” reveals a concert date by indie rock band Death Cab for Cutie today at Khepra’s Raw Food Juice Bar on the H Street corridor. The posting seems to be an error or joke because the band currently is touring in Australia. [Frozen Tropics]


Metro Bus Crashes into Light Pole in NoMa

Bus crash on North Capitol Street (Photo via Twitter/Rhett Mitter)

A Metro bus slammed into a light pole in NoMa this morning, but didn’t injure anyone, a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority representative said.

The crash happened about 8:45 a.m. at North Capitol and M streets, WMATA spokeswoman Morgan Dye said.

The bus wasn’t carrying any passengers at the time of collision, she said. The driver was bringing the bus back to a garage.

The cause of the crash wasn’t immediately clear.

Photo via Twitter/Rhett Mitter


Lesbian Separatist Group’s Capitol Hill Headquarters Nominated for Historic Landmark Status

217 11th St Se (Photo via Google Maps)A house used as the main base for a 1970s feminist movement on Capitol Hill has been nominated for historic landmark status.

Local author Robert Pohl, property owners and the D.C. Preservation League nominated the house near Eastern Market to the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board earlier this month. Nomination papers say an eclectic, 10-room residence at 219 11th St. SE housed 12 members of the Furies Collective, a 1970s lesbian separatist group.

The group of lesbians taught automotive repair, self defense and home restoration classes in an effort to empower women. The Furies Collective also published a national tabloid newspaper called, “The Furies,” and a magazine called, “Motive,” from the home’s basement in 1971.

The operation barely lasted more than a year after the group disbanded in 1972.

“Over the course of the collective’s and the newspaper’s lives, the twelve women explored and sought to resolve a multitude of issues and examined their personal experiences in the lines of their newspaper,” the nomination reads.

1153 F ST NE (Photo via Google Maps)At 1114 F St. NE, the Lexington Apartments building this month also was nominated for historic landmark status. Nomination documents argue that the four-story complex showcases a Classical Revival style that influenced the development of an “ethnically, socially, and economically diverse neighborhood in the Northeast quadrant.”

The Historic Preservation Review Board has yet to schedule hearings for either property.

Photos via Google Maps


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