Morning Rundown

Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen at the Capitol Hill Classic (Photo via Twitter/ Charles Allen)

Neighbors Raise Concerns About Homeless Shelter Planned in Southwest — Documents obtained by the Washington Post raise questions about Mayor Muriel Bowser’s plan to build a homeless shelter next to the Blind Whino event space. [Washington Post]

Man Accused of Killing American University Alumnus on Metro Train in NoMa Offered Plea Bargain — Jasper Spires, the 19-year-old man who is charged with killing American University alumnus Kevin Sutherland in July 2015 was offered a 30-year sentence in exchange for a guilty plea. [FOX 5]

How a Man With a History of Crime Slipped Through the Cracks of the D.C. Justice System — Antwon Durrell Pitt, a man accused of raping a woman in her Hill East home in October, had an extensive criminal record and violated the terms of his release from prison, but the District justice system failed to prevent him from striking again. [Washington Post]

Plans for Summer Camp Themed Bar Near Union Market Cancelled — Sloppy Joes, sugary cereals and booze will no longer come together after plans for a summer camp-themed bar near Union Market were cancelled by the property owner. [Washington City Paper]

Peruvian Restaurant in NoMa Reopened After Closing Due to Vermin Infestation — Chicken Rico Peruvian restaurant in NoMa reopened on Thursday after briefly closing after a District food safety and hygiene inspector reported a significant pest problem. [Hill Now]

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L St. and New Jersey Ave. NWThough the District is moving forward with plans to build its new Ward 6 transitional housing facility next to the site of the Blind Whino art space at 700 Delaware Ave. SW, that wasn’t the only site it considered.

According to information released by Mayor Bowser’s office yesterday, the city also considered building its new shelter at the intersection of L St. and New Jersey Ave. NW.

The city says the site was not chosen because it wasn’t large enough for a new shelter.

“We were looking for roughly 30,000 square feet per site, preferably close to public transportation and other services and amenities, and sites that are economically feasible – and able to be developed within a 24-30 month timeline,” Bowser’s office said in a press release. “Once we had exhausted that inventory, we looked for properties to purchase or lease. . . . In total, we reviewed 28 responses from all eight wards.”

Click here to view a map of every location the city considered, courtesy of the Washington City Paper.

Photo via Google Street View

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Mayor-Bowser-at-presser-Feb-9Mayor Muriel Bowser this morning announced plans to close the homeless shelter at D.C. General by 2018 and replace it with smaller neighborhood shelters in all eight Wards.

Closing the shelter inside the former D.C. General hospital at 1900 Massachusetts Ave. SE was a goal of Bowser and her predecessor Vincent Gray. This morning, Bowser announced the locations of smaller shelters that will replace D.C. General.

In a press conference before the District Council earlier today, Bowser said that D.C. General is “too big, too old and too far removed from the services that get families back on their feet.”

The last of the smaller shelters are set to complete construction by September 2018, at which point families still in D.C. General will be relocated and the aging shelter will be closed.

In Ward 6, a new shelter will be established at the site of the Blind Whino art space at 700 Delaware Ave. SW. The shelter is slated to house up to 50 families at a time and will include a playground and recreation space, computer lab and ongoing support services for families.

The District Department of General Services plans to build a new, seven-story building beside the existing Blind Whino building. Construction is set to begin next February and is expected to be completed in May 2018. According to architect’s renderings, the colorful church building that currently houses Blind Whino will remain an art space with the shelter next to it.

Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen supported the Mayor’s plan at the District Council meeting this morning, calling on Ward 6 residents to support the plan as well.

The other planned shelters will be located in the following locations:

  • 2105-2107 10th St. NW (Ward 1)
  • 810 5th St. NW (Ward 2)
  • 2619 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Ward 3)
  • 5505 Fifth St. NW (Ward 4)
  • 2266 25th Place NE (Ward 5)
  • 5004 D St. SE (Ward 7)
  • 6th Street and Chesapeake streets SE (Ward 8)
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Morning Rundown

Capitol Hill and Barrack's Row street signs

Many of Summer’s Simple Assaults Won’t Lead to Arrests, Hill East ANC Commissioner Says — ANC 6B commissioner Denise Krepp penned an op-ed, saying too many assaults in the District go unprosecuted. [The Hill]

Capitol Hill Eatery to Serve Limited-Edition Rachel Ray-Inspired Burger — Good Stuff Eatery at 303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE will serve a burger with double peppers and onion to commemorate celebrity chef Rachel Ray’s 10th anniversary of food publishing. [Roll Call]

Capitol Hill Church to Receive New Spires — Christ Church at 620 G St. SE will replace the deteriorating spires on its roof, restoring the church to the way it looked in 1891. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Korean Artist Holds First U.S. Show in Southwest — South Korean artist Kim Jung Gi will hold his first stateside exhibition at Blind Whino at 700 Delaware Ave. SW. The exhibit will open on Oct. 3 and include a site-specific mural. [Southwester]

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Blind Whino (Photo via Facebook/BlindWhino)

A skateboard-themed carnival to raise money for D.C.-based charities is set to roll into Southwest this weekend.

Feed It Forward DC and Cuba Skate are teaming up to presentSkate It Forward,” which will take place at Blind Whino (700 Delaware Ave. SW) from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Cuba Skate provides skateboarding equipment and opportunities to young Cubans, while Feed it Forward DC helps bring food to people in need.

The family-friendly event will include live music and appearances from members of D.C. band SOJA and the Washington Redskins, in addition to skateboarding. Skate It Forward also will have a moon bounce and face painting for children, and a bar for adults.

There is no entry fee. But Feed It Forward DC and Cuba Skate will accept donations to help Feed It Forward’s “Backpack Drive” in August and bring new skate parks and equipment to Cuba.

“We love what Feed It Forward DC is doing and are always motivated and inspired by like-minded change makers,” said Miles Jackson, Cuba Skate’s founder and executive director. “Family and friends should come out for a good time and for an awesome opportunity to give back locally and abroad.”

Photo via Facebook/BlindWhino

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