Capitol Hill Building Permit Roundup (June 23-29)

Rowhouses on E Street NE

Hill Now’s building permit roundup is back again. Check out what your neighbors are constructing around the Capitol Hill area.

The permits the D.C. government issued from Thursday, June 23, to Wednesday, June 29, are below. Permits from our previous roundups are here.

The data also is available through this link.

This project is a work in progress. Please share your thoughts with us in the comment section or at [email protected].


French Restaurant, Bike Shop, Wine Store to Open at The Wharf in 2017

La Vie rendering, photo courtesy of The WharfA French eatery, a bike and hardware shop, a wine store and a CVS are slated to open at a development on the Southwest waterfront next year.

A representative for the development shared the news in a press release this morning.

La Vie, a French and Mediterranean restaurant “that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages,” will open along “The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas,” according to the release.

Foggy Bottom-based District Hardware and Bike is also coming to the Southwest development. The 50-year-old hardware store will open a new 6,300-square-foot shop next year, according to The Wharf. Likewise, Union Market’s Cordial Craft Wine, Beer and Spirits will occupy a 525-square-foot space in the development.

Pharmacy retailer CVS will also open a 9,000-square-foot store in the development, the press release reads.

Read the full press release below:

The following is an updated list of restaurant and retail offerings coming to The Wharf in 2017, as part of the development’s Phase I grand opening:

Social Restaurant Group’s 9,800-square-foot concept La Vie, their largest venture to-date, will feature French-Mediterranean cuisine that includes an extensive moules-frites menu, a wide selection of sweet and savory tartines and a variety of coastal-inspired beverages. Situated along The Wharf’s most expansive and stunning vistas, their space boasts a 1,100-square-foot waterfront terrace, and serves the resident pool deck above. La Vie also includes private access to a 5,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, poised to be Washington’s premier events space.

District Hardware and Bike, the nearly 50-year old family-owned hardware store, full-service bike shop and now café and water sport retailer, is expanding from its current location in Foggy Bottom. Their new 6,300-square-foot location will be designed by Natalie Park Design Studio and is the latest in a series of expansions for the store, which has been owned and run by the Conway family for three generations. To strengthen the concept, District Hardware and Bike has teamed up with local coffee roaster, Vigilante Coffee, to help design and launch the new café and coffee bar.

Cordial Craft Wine, Beer & Spirits by Eric Rohleder is expanding from its current operation in Union Market. His 525-square-foot location at The Wharf will feature a water view and products from independent importers and boutique distributors across the globe.

America’s largest pharmacy retailer CVS will occupy a 9,000-square-foot space at The Wharf.

Rendering of La Vie courtesy of The Wharf


Morning Rundown

Streetcar on H Street NE

Hill East Residents Lash Out at Cops Over Shooting — Frustrated locals last night lashed out at Police Chief Cathy Lanier over a shooting in Hill East this past weekend. [Washington Post]

Commuters Use Streetcar More Than Expected — The D.C. streetcar is getting more use than what the District Department of Transportation anticipated. [Washington City Paper]

Buzzard Point Residential Building Receives Building Permit — The Stadium District Lofts, near the forthcoming D.C. United stadium in Southwest, has received a permit for grading and sediment control measures. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C. General’s Playtime Project to Continue After Closure — The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, a nonprofit organization that helps children at D.C. General, plans to continue even after the homeless shelter’s planned closure. [DCist]


Power Outage Hits More Than 1,000 Pepco Customers Near H St. NE

Power outage in Near Northeast (Image via Pepco)About 1,500 Pepco customers in Near Northeast have lost power this morning, according to the electric company.

The outage affects an area centered around the H Street corridor, roughly bounded by C Street, 8th Street and Florida Avenue NE, as well as the train tracks north of Union Station. The electricity went out about 5 a.m.

The power is expected to return by 10 a.m.

Image via Pepco

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Longtime Lesbian Bar on Barracks Row Goes Up for ‘Sale or Lease’

Phase 1 (Photo via Flickr/notionscapital)One of the oldest LGBT bars in D.C. has hit the market.

Phase 1 (525 8th St. SE), which had catered to the District’s lesbians since 1970, shut its doors “until further notice” in February, according to a post on its Facebook page. Now, a “For Sale or Lease” banner hangs outside, local blog Capitol Hill Corner reported today.

“I’m not open right now — I’m taking a break,” co-owner Allen Carroll told Capitol Hill Corner. “I don’t know what I want to do. I’ve been open 46 years. I’ve got it up for sale or lease.”

This bar isn’t the only business geared toward the LGBT community to close on Capitol Hill in the past few years.

Remington’s (637-639 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), a gay bar, shut down in 2014 after operating for 30 years. The buildings that used to house Remington’s now consist of a Sprint outlet and a 7-Eleven store.

Phase 1’s closing was “truly a disappointing loss both to the local lesbian community and to Barracks Row,” executive director Martin Smith of Barracks Row Main Street told Capitol Hill Corner. “Phase 1 was one of the oldest businesses on 8th Street.”

Phase 1’s Dupont Circle outpost also closed last year.

Photo via Flickr/notionscapital


‘Midnite BBQ’ Planned Near Union Market This Weekend

Photo via Midnite BBQFood trucks will sling food late into the night during a special event near Union Market this weekend.

The “Midnite BBQ” will return for its third year at the DC Pavilion (1399 5th St. NE) this Sunday, according to its website.

Instead of hamburgers and hot dogs (which are apparently banned from the event) the barbecue’s food trucks will sling alternative fare like vegan food and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Tickets are $30 before fees. A portion of the proceeds  go toward a charity that focuses on nutritional education, as its website noted.

More info on the Midnite BBQ from its website:

America is a melting pot of cultures, but the words “BARBECUE” or “cookout ” connote imagery of an “All-American” event, w/ a menu devoid of food that truly reflects our diverse American cultural make-up. To add, most BBQs and cookouts focus on grilling pork, beef and chicken. While people across many cultures enjoy these options, there is a thriving community of health enthusiasts / religious practices with diet restrictions. The MidniteBBQ was inspired by a team member growing up in a Muslim household, having to ask, ” is there pork in this?” at every cookout, potluck and BBQ attended. We decided to flip the script, while catering to everyone…weeding out the ordinary w/ “No Burgers. No Hotdogs”, adding late night hours, a variety of options for restricted diets, and exotic options for the most discerning tastes.

Photo via Midnite BBQ


Gun-Wielding Teens Sought in Navy Yard Robbery

4th Street and Virginia Avenue SE (Photo via Google Maps)Two teenagers with revolvers robbed someone in Navy Yard last night, police said.

The armed robbery happened near 4th Street and Virginia Avenue SE about 10 p.m. Tuesday. The area is just south of the Southeast Freeway.

Authorities described the suspects as teenagers who are between 15 and 18 years old. One of them was wearing a gray shirt. The other teen had a blue hooded sweatshirt.

Police also are looking for three other people who were with the teens. But authorities didn’t release any descriptions of those individuals.

Photo via Google Maps

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Morning Rundown

Flowers near Frager's Hardware

Former Frager’s Owner Dies — Ed Copenhaver, who was a co-owner of Frager’s Hardware from 1975 to 2012, died of complications from cancer Monday. He was 73. [Hill Rag]

Shooting Reported on Benning Road — Someone was shot on the 1700 block of Benning Road NE last night. Police haven’t released any suspect information. [Frozen Tropics]

Woman Stabbed Near Nationals Park — Someone stabbed a woman near Nationals Park yesterday afternoon. [Hill Now]

Runners to Jog from H Street to Atlas Brew Works Tomorrow — Amateur athletes are set to run from H Street to a local craft brewery Thursday. [Hill Now]


Knife-Wielding Robber Strikes in NoMa

800 block of North Capitol Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)A man robbed someone at knifepoint in NoMa this morning, police said.

The armed robbery happened on the 800 block of North Capitol Street NW about 8 a.m. The area is about two blocks north of the National Postal Museum.

Authorities said they’re looking for:

B/M 5’7″ dark complexion, black shirt, camouflage shorts armed with a knife

Photo via Google Maps


Pet-Wise: Fireworks are Coming … Preparing Your Dog for July 4

Saving Grace Petcare


This sponsored column is written by Bonny King-Taylor, director of training and communication at Saving Grace Petcare. Visit www.savinggracepets.com and let us know how we can support you.

According to the American Humane Society, July 5 is the busiest day of the year in animal shelters.

Frantic pets can exert amazing strength and strategy to escape the noise and confusion caused by fireworks, banging pans and the other explosive parts of our Independence Day celebrations. They’re strongest impulse is to get away from what they perceive as a threat, so they’ll “Houdini” out of crates, jump fences, slip through doors and end up on the street, alone and afraid.

You can help your dog by reducing any possibility of escape:

  • Do NOT take your dog to outdoor events of any kind, not even backyard picnics.
  • Take your last evening walk before 6 p.m.
  • Limit your dog’s range by using a covered crate in a cool, dark and quiet place.
  • If a crate is not available, make a bathroom or pantry as comfortable as possible (extra blankets and pillows that you won’t mind being torn up can help).
  • Provide plenty of water and a limited amount of super high value treats in distracting devices like frozen Kongs and interactive games. (An upset stomach either from stress or gobbled food during a stressful time can lead to a mess.)
  • Instruct guests to be very careful with doors and windows and to leave a stressed dog alone.
  • Be sure your dog wears identification, even while in the house.

You might also consider using a calming product like Rescue Remedy or DAP that can help take the edge off the assault on your dog’s acute hearing.  These products are known to help with separation anxiety, crate stress and general sensory sensitivity, but should only be counted on for minor help during the extreme stress of the holiday.

Use every effort to remove any physical dangers first!

We hope you never need this information, but if the worst occurs and your pet is lost, contact the District’s 311 non-emergency number to be connected with an Animal Control officer and call the Humane Society at 202-BE-HUMANE (202-234-8626) for support.

Take a moment to get connected with an organization like Lost & Found Dogs DC  for a comprehensive plan. The better prepared you are, the less likely you will ever need their help!

In a future column, we’ll give you the best tips for helping a lost dog.

In the meanwhile, tell us in the comments what you do to keep your pets calm during loud times like the 4th, or during thunderstorms?

Finding a great pet-life balance when you are busy with work, family and social obligations can be tough. Busy people need all the help they can get and Saving Grace Petcare is here to help you navigate the urban, professional environment across the 20002 and 20003 zip codes.

We’ve learned a thing or two during our 16 years of caring for thousands of every kind of pet you can imagine. In Pet-Wise each week, we will share tips, tricks, behavioral and product recommendations, book reviews and sweet stories about life with pets in the Capitol Hill, Hill East, NoMa and Brookland neighborhoods.

The views and opinions expressed in the column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Hill Now.

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Woman Stabbed Near Nationals Park

police car3Someone stabbed a woman near Nationals Park earlier this afternoon, said D.C. Police.

The stabbing occurred on the 1300 block of Half St. SW just after 1 p.m. today, authorities said. That area is roughly one block away from Nationals Park.

The woman was conscious when officers arrived, according to D.C. Police spokeswoman Alice Kim.

Police are currently on the lookout for a person described as:

B/F, med compl, 5’3, 130 lbs, gym shorts & white t-shirt

Police said the suspect was last seen heading toward 14th and Canal streets SW.

This story will be updated when we know more.


Runners to Jog from H Street to Atlas Brew Works Thursday

Photo via Facebook : H Street RunnersAmateur athletes are set to run from H Street to a local craft brewery later this week.

The H Street Runners will host a “fun run” from the Capital Bikeshare station at 11th and H streets NE to Atlas Brew Works at 2052 West Virginia Ave. NE Thursday at 7 p.m.

The route to the brewery will span about three miles, according to the event’s organizers. “This run will include a preview of Gallaudet’s outdoor track facility, which is to open to members of the surrounding community,” a Facebook post about the event reads. “We’ll do a lap or two around the track and have a little bit of fun with it (trust me!) before continuing on to the brewery.”

Attendees must bring a legal ID along with their running shoes, organizers said.

More information from the H Street Runners Facebook page:

Join H Street Runners this Thursday night (6/30) for a special fun run to Atlas Brew Works, DC’s award winning craft brewery. Conveniently located just a short distance from H Street, NE, Atlas Brew Works just completed a beautiful NEW TAP ROOM, which is now open serving FLIGHTS AND PINTS until 10 pm on weeknights! Also, food trucks typically frequent the brewery, and so food options are likely to be available as well. And there are vending machines with snacks and sandwiches. Please note that you will absolutely need legal proof of age (100% ID check) for this event, and please don’t forget your beer and/or food truck money (cash or card).

Meet up for the run at the Capital Bikeshare station located at the intersection of 11TH AND H STREETS, NE. We’ll run approximately three miles before arriving at Atlas Brew Works (which is actually only about 1.5 miles from H Street). As an added bonus (and because running straight to the brewery is too short a distance), this run will include a preview of Gallaudet’s outdoor track facility, which is to open to members of the surrounding community (H Street, Trinidad, NOMA). We’ll do a lap or two around the track and have a little bit of fun with it (trust me!) before continuing on to the brewery.

While we will not run back to H Street afterwards, we can certainly coordinate a group to walk back together (only takes about 15 minutes) or perhaps we can split Ubers. For safety rasons, folks should only head back in groups or in some form of transportation.

More information on Atlas Brew Works: www.atlasbrewworks.com

More information on H Street Runners: www.facebook.com/groups/hstreetrunners

Photo via H Street Runners


Cops Release Photo of Man Wanted in Hill East Armed Robbery

Donathan Taylor (Photo via MPD)Police have put out a photo of a man they suspect robbed someone at gunpoint in Hill East last month.

Donathan Taylor, the 19-year-old Northeast D.C. resident in the photo distributed yesterday, is wanted in an armed robbery on the 1600 block of G Street SE about 11:30 a.m. May 25, police said. Authorities also want to question him in connection with other armed robberies in the District.

Police have a D.C. Superior Court warrant for his arrest.

Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.  Additionally, information may be submitted to the TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411. The Metropolitan Police Department currently offers a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for an armed robbery committed in the District of Columbia.

Photo via MPD

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Morning Rundown

Eastern Market

DDOT Paves Hill East Alley, Irritates Local Blogger — Local blogger Larry Janezich wasn’t too keen on how a developer went about getting a dirt alley paved on the 200 block of 14th Street SE. [Capitol Hill Corner]

D.C. Group to March on Hill for ‘Rational Gun Safety’ — A group called “DC Moms & Dads for Rational Gun Safety” is set to march from Lincoln Park to the U.S. Capitol next Tuesday to push for universal background checks for firearms and to tell federal lawmakers not to interfere with the District’s gun laws. [Hill is Home]

Cops to Meet With Locals After Hill East Shooting — Police and other officials are set to meet tomorrow with locals to discuss a shooting in Hill East Sunday. [Hill Now]

D.C. Central Kitchen Seeking Volunteers to Prepare Meals for Charity — D.C. Central Kitchen and a local charity are on the hunt for volunteers willing to help “prepare a meal for our less fortunate neighbors” during Ramadan tomorrow. [Hill Now]


Hill Pet of the Week: Stormy

Metro Mutts

Stormy is the Hill Pet of the Week. She is a Papillon mix, who is available for adoption. Here’s her bio shared by Josh White, who is fostering her for the Washington Humane Society:

Stormy is a total lovebug, with her favorite activities being cuddles and belly rubs.  She has a tendency to snore and enjoys nothing more than cozying up on a warm lap after trotting around on her walk around the block.  She also likes having her hair brushed out and looks adorable after her trip to our local groomer for a nice “summer do.”  She is friendly with other small dogs and walks well on a leash, bouncing along while stopping occasionally to smell the roses.  She’d probably be fine with calm, older children.  Most importantly, Stormy is looking for a loving forever home who will give her peace, stability and kindness for the rest of her golden years.

To adopt Stormy, please contact White at [email protected].

Want your pet to be considered for Hill Pet of the Week? Email [email protected] with a 2-3 paragraph bio and at least three horizontal photos of your pet. Each week’s winner receives a gift bag of dog or cat treats from Metro Mutts, along with 100 Metro Mutts Reward Points.

Known for “What dogs and cats want. What owners need,” Metro Mutts specializes in products and services for passionate pet owners. Now offering individualized dog walking, pet sitting and cat care on H Street NE. Learn more at www.metromuttsdc.com.

Photos courtesy of Josh White


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