Buzzard Point Park, photo via NPS(Updated at 4:38 p.m.) Locals will be able to help shape the future of a park in Southwest D.C. next month.

The National Park Service (NPS) plans to hold its first public meeting on the design of Buzzard Point Park at the Southwest Neighborhood Library (900 Wesley Pl. SW) on July 14 at 6:30 p.m. (Note: the meeting was originally scheduled to take place this Thursday but was moved to a new date, according to D.C. Councilmember Charles Allen.)

Members of the public will be able to share their thoughts and ideas on the future of the park, according to the NPS website. Attendees will also be able to learn about the history of the park during the meeting.

“Whether you live or work nearby, boat or paddle on the river, have an interest in local projects, or love your neighborhood national parks, stop by and share your ideas,” the meeting notice reads.

Locals who can’t make the meeting can also submit comments online or by mailing a letter to the government agency.

Photo via NPS


May 20 Power Outage (Image via Pepco)More than 950 Pepco customers in Navy Yard and Southwest were without power this morning.

The outage was first reported at about 9:10 a.m. today and affected the area below Southeast Freeway between 5th Street SE and Delaware Avenue SW and extending south into Buzzard Point.

Power was restored to the entire area this afternoon, according to a D.C. government alert sent out at 1:45 p.m.

Image via Pepco


Buzzard Point Pepco facility (Image via D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities)

D.C. officials are looking to bring some art to the area around a new Pepco facility in Buzzard Point.

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, along with the electric company, are seeking artists to design, fabricate and install public art for the forthcoming Pepco electrical substation at 1st and R streets SW.

Up to five artists chosen as semi-finalists will receive $2,000. The winner will have a budget of $250,000 for the project.

According to a notice from the arts commission, the art should:

  • Activate the Pepco Waterfront Substation plaza space with an iconic, large-scale installation.

  • Create a gateway element for the area, which will serve as a major thoroughfare with the forthcoming DC United Soccer Stadium.

  • Contribute to an inviting community space with engaging public art to promote communal activities and walkability in the neighborhood.

  • Activate a project site identified as an economic development core focus area by the DC Office of Planning.

  • Address themes of technology, power, energy, sports and/or athletics.

“Buzzard Point, located on a peninsula formed by the confluence of the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, is on the verge of transforming from a bare, industrial area into a vibrant, mixed-used neighborhood anchored by a planned DC United Soccer Stadium,” the notice says.

The application deadline is May 5.

Image via D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities


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Rain, umbrellas near the Eastern Market Metro station, March 20, 2015

Man, Son Released From Hospital After Shooting in Navy Yard — The man who was shot inside a barber shop near Barracks Row on Friday and his 2-year-old son were both released from the hospital Saturday. [Washington Post]

More Mixed-Use Development Planned for Buzzard Point — Developer MRP Realty agreed to purchase several properties on the 1800 block of Half Street SW with plans to build a residential building with ground-floor retail near the planned D.C. United soccer stadium. [Washington Business Journal]

Star & Shamrock, Bullfrog Bagels Building Set for Expansion — The owner of 1341 H St. NE, which houses Bullfrog Bagels and Star & Shamrock, is planning to expand the building into a five-story building with apartments and underground parking. [Washington Business Journal]

Ocopa Chef Yuki Nakandakari Talks H Street, Peruvian Cuisine — District Cuisine talked to Yuki Nakandakari, who took over as head chef at Ocopa Peruvian restaurant, about working on the H Street corridor and his favorite things about Peruvian cooking. [District Cuisine]


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Columbus Circle

Melting Snow, Heavy Afternoon Rain May Cause Flooding — Heavy rain expected this afternoon could combine with melting snow to create flooding today. [NBC Washington]

Buzzard Point Vision Framework Plan Calls for More Parks, Transit, Access to River — The District Office of Planning’s vision for Buzzard Point development aims to make the Anacostia River the focus of the neighborhood with open spaces and parks along the water. The plan also calls for bike routes, a Circulator line and pedestrian-focused areas. [SWTLQTC]

Former Miner Elementary Teacher Acquitted of Sex Abuse Charges After Student Testifies on His Behalf — Former Miner Elementary School teacher Leroy Ware was found not guilty of charges of sex abuse thanks in part to a testimony from a former student. [NBC Washington]

Miner Elementary Student Art Currently On Display at Hill Center — Miner Elementary students were encouraged to find their own artistic interests in works now on display at the Young Artists Gallery at Hill Center. [Hill Rag]



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Houses on G Street SE

Metro Transit Police Investigating Thursday Attack on Red Line Metro Train — Metro is investigating after a man reported that he was attacked by a group of teenagers on a Red Line Metro train Thursday afternoon. The group of teens reportedly boarded the train at the NoMa-Gallaudet University station about 4:30 p.m. and harassed several passengers. [Washington Post, Washington City Paper]

Southwest Residents Raise Concerns About Buzzard Point Development — As development brings more people to Buzzard Point, residents want to make sure that the area is prepared with transit options and public spaces. [Hill Rag]

Monthly Capitol Hill Area ANC Meeting Roundup — Hill Rag takes a look at what happened last month with Capitol Hill area ANCs, including 6A6B6C and 6D. [Hill Rag]


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H Street NE

District Government Tells Archibald Walk Resident to Move Treehouse Out of Public Space — The District Department of Transportation’s Public Space Committee ruled against the owners of a treehouse that extends into the residential alley at Archibald Walk, ordering them to move the controversial treehouse off public space. [Capitol Hill Corner]

ANC Commissioner Starts Petition Asking Department of Justice to Start Compiling Prosecution Data — ANC 6B Commissioner Denise Krepp, who held a bake sale to pay for data from the Department of Justice about prosecution rates in the Capitol Hill area, received a letter from DOJ saying they do not collect the data she requested. In response, Krepp has created an online petition to ask the federal agency to start tracking the prosecution rate for crimes in the District. [The Hill is Home]

Former Clarendon Restaurant EatBar to Open on Barracks Row — The Neighborhood Restaurant Group, the team behind Red Apron, Churchkey and Bluejacket, are planning to open a new restaurant on Barracks Row called EatBar, reviving a popular Clarendon restaurant that closed in late 2014. [Barred In DC]

Future of Buzzard Point Marina Depends on Lawsuit to Be Heard in February — Boat owners at Buzzard Point marina were told by the National Park Service, who own the land, that they had to leave by the end of December. However, a lawsuit that will be heard in February has kept the marina open for now. [Hill Rag]


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Ted's Bulletin supervisor Born Lancaster shovels snow outside the Barracks Row restaurant.

Light Snow Causes Traffic Nightmares, Chaos — Many people spent hours stuck in traffic last night after about 1 1/2 inches of snow fell in D.C., and some say local government agencies seemed unprepared. [Washington Post]

Metro Shifts Bus Service to ‘Light Snow’ Plan — Metrobus is operating on its “light snow” plan today, with all buses running and some planned detours. [WMATA]

Matchbox Begins Expansion on Barracks Row — Barracks Row eatery Matchbox has posted a liquor license placard announcing plans to expand into the former Las Placitas location next door, adding 45 dining seat, 14 bar seats and six patio seats. [PoPville]

More Details on D.C. United Buzzard Point Stadium Plans — D.C. United submitted more detailed plans for its new stadium on Buzzard Point, noting that the stadium will have a “contemporary-industrial” design and 233 bike parking spaces. [SWTLQTC]


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Anacostia Riverwalk Trail

New York City Pizza Chain Two Boots Planning H Street Corridor Location — Two Boots, a cajun pizza chain in New York City is planning to open its first D.C. location in May at 1025 H St. NE. [Washington Business Journal]

ANC Approves of Mixed-Use Development Near Potomac Avenue Metro Station — Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6B voted to support a new development at 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE that will have 19,000 square feet of retail space and 174 residential units. [Capitol Hill Corner]

D.C. United Release Renderings of Buzzard Point Stadium — D.C. United released three new renderings of its new stadium planned for Buzzard Point. [Washingtonian]

Uni Bistro on H Street NE Introduces New Menu — Uni Bistro at 403 H St. NE introduced a new menu that includes beer and wine. The eatery formerly known as Batter Bowl Bakery is also developing a cocktail menu. [District Cuisine]

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Helicopter over Navy Yard

Vendetta Bocce Bar to Become Brewpub Later This Year — The owners of Vendetta Bocce Bar and Italian restaurant at 12 12 H St. NE have partnered with the owner of Granville Moore’s and the founder of the Maison Dixon Hot Chicken pop-up to turn the eatery into a brewpub later this year. [Washington City Paper]

Another Residential Project Planned for Buzzard Point — Developers have submitted plans for the Stadium District Lofts at 1542 1st St. SW in Buzzard Point, an 8-unit infill development near the site of the future D.C. United Stadium. [Urban Turf]

Designers Behind Maketto Install Pop-Up Installation on Florida Avenue — Design firm septcarrés, who designed  Maketto on H Street NE and plan to open a furniture showroom and store on Capitol Hill this year, built a pop-up art installation at 1231 Florida Ave. NE. [Washingtonian]

Concessions Provider to Hold Job Fairs at Nationals Park — Levy Restaurants, a concession provider at Nationals Park, is holding multiple job fairs at Nationals Park this month to prepare for the coming season. [JDLand]


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Eastern Market Metro station

Man Sentenced to Prison for Break-Ins at Two Northeast Homes — Tavon Barber, a 20-year-old D.C. resident was sentenced to 40 years in prison in connection with two burglaries committed nearly two years ago. The first burglary happened in NoMa on the 1100 block of 6th Street NE. [Washington Post]

Hill East Residents Express Concerns Over Proposed Substance Abuse Recovery Center — About 40 Hill East residents  et with the District Department of Behavioral Services and the leaders of Andromeda Transcultural Health Services to voice their concerns over a planned recovery center at the intersection of 15th Street SE and South Carolina Avenue SE. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Watchdog Group Questions Pepco Deal for D.C. United Stadium Naming Rights — The Chesapeake Climate Action Network and watchdog group Public Citizen released a research paper arguing that Pepco’s $25 million deal for naming rights near the future D.C. United stadium on Buzzard Point is unprecendented and possibly connected to the Pepco-Exelon merger. [WAMU]

36-Unit Residential Building Planned for Hill East — Developer Pecar Properties is planning to raze three rowhomes and a church on the 1300 block of K Street SE to build a 36-unit residential building that will finish in late 2017. [Capitol Hill Corner]


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Yards Park in Navy Yard

Navy Yard Set to Become District’s Most Densely Populated Neighborhood — With 14 new buildings under development and 17 more planned, Navy Yard is set to become D.C.’s most densely populated neighborhood. [Washington Post]

First Mixed-Use Project Proposed for Buzzard Point — A development company has purchased a waterfront parcel of land between V, First and Half streets SW in Buzzard Point with plans for 90-107 condos and retail, the first mixed-use building planned for the area. [Washington Business Journal]

Southeast Boulevard Between Barney Circle and 11th Street Bridge Could Take 10 Years, $190 Million — The District Department of Transportation told ANC6B’s transportation committee that plans to build a road in Capitol Hill between Barney Circle and the 11th Street Bridge could take up to 10 years to build and cost up to $190 million. The plans also include underground parking for tour buses. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Buchanan School Project Takes Shape in Hill East — Developers Federal Capital Partners and Insight Property Group are planning to convert the Buchanan School at 1325 D St. SE into Buchanan Park, a community with 41 rowhomes and 41 condos. [Washington Business Journal]

Capitol Hill Wig Store Going Out of Business — Kay Wigs, which has operated out of a basement at 325 Pennsylvania Ave. SE for 14 years, will close for good at the end of the month. The store is currently holding a going out of business sale. [The Hill is Home]

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Warm Weather and Rain Leads to Melted Ice at Canal Park — The Canal Park Ice Rink had to close for part of the weekend after days of warm weather and rain melted the ice. [WTOP]

Multiple Residential Projects Set to Transform Area Around 13th and E Streets SE  — The area around 13th and E streets SE is transforming from industrial to residential with multiple proposed apartment projects in the works. [Washington Business Journal]

D.C.’s Last Scrap Yard to Close on Buzzard Point to Make Way for Soccer Stadium — Super Salvage, the last remaining scrap yard in the District, is closing the Buzzard Point location it has occupied for more than 60 years to make way for the new D.C. United stadium. [Washington Post]


MPD Police CarsThree cars were damaged by gunfire on Sunday afternoon in Southwest near Nationals Park.

Police responded to calls of gunshots on the 100 block of O Street SW Sunday afternoon.m On the scene, police discovered shell casings and the three vehicles that were hit. No people were injured in the shooting and police do not have a suspect description.

Empower DC, a community organizing group focused on low-income District residents postponed an environmental justice tour planned for Buzzard Point due to safety concerns after the shooting.

On Saturday night, four men stole a woman’s car at gunpoint as she was parking near the Stadium-Armory Metro station about midnight.

The woman reported that four black men in dark clothing approached her car, flashed a handgun and ordered her out, according to an email from Metropolitan Police First District Captain Antonio Charland. The suspects fled the scene in her car, a red Chevrolet Cruze with Virginia registration.


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H Street Streetcar

Top District Transportation Official Cautious About Streetcar Predictions — District Department of Transportation Director Leif Dormsjo said in an interview with WAMU that he can’t guarantee that the streetcar will carry passengers by the end of the year. [WAMU]

Councilman Allen, Business Leaders Meet Again to Discuss Safety Problems Near Eastern Market Metro — Representatives from local businesses, ANC6B and the Metropolitan Police Department met with Ward 6 Councilman Charles Allen on Monday for a second meeting to address crime and safety concerns near the Eastern Market Metro Station. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Pepco Seeks to Rename Street on Buzzard Point ‘Pepco Place’ — The District government and Pepco agreec to a sponsorship arrangement in which Pepco will pay $25 million in exchange for renaming Half Street SW between Potomac Avenue and V Street “Pepco Place.” Much of the money will be used to cover the city’s expected eminent domain payment for the last remaining land on the future D.C. United stadium plot. [Washington Business Journal]

Friends of Rosedale Library to Hold ‘Reverse Book Sale’ Book Drive — Friends of the Rosedale Library will celebrate their third birthday on Saturday with a book and donation drive to benefit the library at 1701 Gales St. NE. [Frozen Tropics]


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