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Former Coast Guard Headquarters in Southwest for Sale — Real estate brokerage DTZ is looking for buyers for the Coast Guard’s former headquarters at Buzzard Point, near the future location of a D.C. United soccer stadium. [Washington Business Journal]

Cyclist Gets Ticket After Collision Near Capitol — D.C. resident Emily Estus tells Roll Call about how she received a speeding ticket in April when she collided with a car near the U.S. Capitol while riding her bicycle. [Roll Call]

DDOT Kicks Off ‘Vision Zero’ Initiative on H Street NE — About 10 District Department of Transportation staffers surveyed people on the H Street corridor yesterday about what it’s like for locals to move around D.C. The outreach is part of DDOT’s “Vision Zero” initiative, which is intended to make transportation in the District safer. [Washington City Paper]


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Turnover — Ward 6 City Councilman Charles Allen told WAMU that the District would acquire the land necessary to build the future DC United stadium in Southwest, even if that means  the city uses eminent domain.  [WAMU]

Welcome Back — Van Ness Elementary in Navy Yard is hosting a “showcase” community meeting tonight at 200 I Street SE. This year will mark the first year the school is operational since 2006. [JD Land]

MPD Liaison — Larry Janezich explains the ANC6B outreach committee’s effort to engage with D.C. police on crime in the Hill East area. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Principal controversy — Payne Elementary School parents are demanding the reinstatement of their principal, who wasn’t reappointed for the 2015-2016 school year. [Hill Now]


With a declaration of “Vamos United,” Mayor Muriel today officially announced that the D.C. United soccer team will construct a new home in Southwest.

Speaking at a news conference at the Wilson Building, Bowser invited members of her economic development team, the Council and D.C. United to the podium to mark the end of negotiations between the city and the team. Bowser’s office will deliver a package with the final, agreed-upon deal to the Council today.

“I am pleased that not only will they stay in D.C., but that they are going to be in a state-of-the-art, world-class stadium in the District of Columbia,” Bowser said. “This deal has been in the works for many years. [Councilman] Jack [Evans of Ward 2] told me he’s heard three mayors say this stadium was going to happen.”

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson said he and his colleagues will likely approve the package before their July 15 recess.

“We’re very supportive of this project, as is obvious by the fact that the Council approved legislation for this project in December,” Mendelson told Hill Now after the news conference. “There’s no reason it should take any more time than is minimally necessary to go forward with this project.”

The Council first approved the stadium and allocated $150 million of taxpayer funds toward the project in December.

Yesterday, Bowser announced that final agreements concerning the upcoming stadium had been finalized. She said the contract clarifies the stadium’s size and construction timeline, establishes methods of community engagement and provides financial protections for District residents.

The deal also includes an agreement that ensures the soccer team will remain in the stadium long after the facility’s construction.

Contractors will build the $300 million D.C. United soccer stadium at Buzzard Point, which is just southwest of  Nationals Park. The stadium’s construction is expected to take 15 months, finishing in time for D.C. United’s March 2018 season opener.

The mayor said development around the stadium will bring approximately 440 construction jobs and 750 full-time jobs to the area.

Tom Hunt, chief operating officer for D.C. United, said the agreement is a significant step forward for D.C. United and the District.

“It’s the construction trucks that people are excited to see at Buzzard Point,” Hunt said. “But our fans are excited to see the moving trucks coming in. We’re very excited to move forward.”

The agreement also ended any speculation the team may relocate to Virginia.

“Let it be clear that D.C. is the sports capital and that we are the home of D.C. United,” Bowser said.


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Hill East Housing — A new development, along 13th and E Streets SE just south of the Watkins Recreation Center and the nearby Safeway, will include 45 residences, with a mix of townhouses and apartments.  [District Source]

Soccer Returns — D.C. United and the District of Columbia have reached a deal to keep the club in the city. The new site will be at Buzzard Point, just over a half a mile southwest of Nationals Park. [WTOP]

Lost Capitol Hill — A look into the century-long D.C. tradition of protecting a local fish population, and that tradition’s Navy Yard roots. [The Hill is Home]

Water HQ — D.C. Water plans to build a new headquarters atop of the O Street SE pumping station just east of Nationals Park. [JDLand]

High Flyers — Capital Pride opened with its first ever trapeze performance thanks to the new Sweet Spot Aerial Productions at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE. [DCist]


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U.S. Capitol (Photo via Twitter/U.S. Capitol)

Buy Me Zucchini and Crackerjacks — The Washington Nationals are adding a unique twist to ballpark concessions — fresh vegetables from a new rooftop garden at the stadium. In a new pilot program, 180 plants have been added to grow tomatoes, herbs, zucchini and squash. [WTOP]

False Alarm — “U.S. Capitol Police shut down a Capitol Hill intersection while they investigated an unattended backpack that they eventually found contained ‘food and stuff,’ a police spokeswoman said.” [Washington Post]

The Week Ahead — A roundup of upcoming ANC meetings in the area, with agenda items including a DC Streetcar update, a Belga Café summer rooftop garden and a new restaurant liquor license for &Pizza on Barracks Row. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Mass overdose — At least seven people in the District’s largest homeless shelter overdosed on synthetic marijuana on Friday, according to the D.C. Fire Department.  Community for Creative Nonviolence shelter is located on the 400 block of 2nd Street NW. [Washington Post]

Mendelson Downplays Possible D.C. United Departure — Speaking on WAMU’s The Politics Hour Friday, D.C. City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson shrugged off the possibility of Virginia luring the soccer team from D.C. [WAMU]

 Photo via Twitter/U.S. Capitol


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Closer to Eastern Market expansion — The demolition of Hine Junior High School began late yesterday morning, as development in the neighborhood continues. [Capitol Hill Corner]

D.C. United? Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is making a last-minute push to lure the District’s soccer team away from the city. [Washington Post]

Potomac Gardens Playground — Kids have a new play area at the public housing complex located at 1225 G Street SE thanks to the organizing efforts of local residents. [Capitol Community News]

Train Station Props — Travel and Leisure Magazine has named the Shake Shack in Union Station one of the country’s “coolest train station restaurants.” [Travel and Leisure]

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announces D.C. United labor agreement on March 10, 2015.

The D.C. United stadium at Buzzard Point will create hundreds of “good-paying” jobs for locals, helping ensure the $300 million facility will benefit the community, Mayor Muriel Bowser said today.

The Major League Soccer franchise will need 800 full-time and part-time workers to construct and staff the Southwest stadium, Bowser said.

At a news conference this morning, Bowser praised a labor agreement D.C. United struck with UNITE HERE Local 25, the union that represents hotel and food service workers in the District. The deal announced today lets hospitality workers at the stadium join the union and create contracts with the team. In return, the union agreed not to strike or picket at the stadium.

“We’ve come a long way,” Bowser said. “When this project is done right, we know it can be a game changer for the District of Columbia.”

The D.C. Council signed off in December on the construction of the stadium, which will hold 20,000 to 25,000 spectators. Financed by the District and the soccer team, the facility is slated to open in 2017.

Asking for “middle-class wages and benefits,” Local 25 sent mailers in December that said “Don’t let D.C. United kick working people around.”

John Boardman, the union’s executive secretary and treasurer, thanked D.C. United for helping bring what he called “good wages” and “family-sustaining benefits.” Specific information on wages and the share of full-time and part-time jobs was not immediately available.

“Today is the culmination of what happens when good, thoughtful, comprehensive economic development occurs,” Boardman said.

Tom Hunt, the franchise’s chief operating officer, said he was excited about the jobs his team will create.

“We are deeply committed to the District of Columbia’s larger union community,” he said. “We are very appreciative of their tireless support in helping bring a soccer stadium to this great city.”


Stadium rendering (Photo via DC United Soccer)

As D.C. Council prepares to vote tomorrow (Tuesday) on the D.C. United stadium deal, locals will discuss the broader future of Buzzard Point.

The Southwest Neighborhood Assembly will host a panel tomorrow night on development on the southern end of Southwest D.C.

“This is one of the only areas in D.C. with a significant industrial building stock, and the community has a lot to consider,” said David Garber, the former Navy Yard ANC commissioner who will moderate the event.

The panel will be made up of ANC 6D commissioner Rhonda Hamilton, founder of Dupont Underground Julian Hunt, director of the Anacostia Watershed Society Jim Foster and historian Hayden Wetzel. The talk will take place in the Police Station at 101 M Street SW at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Garber said he will begin the evening by making a 10-minute presentation on the concept of adaptive reuse. Buildings discussed will include the U-Haul location at 1501 South Capitol St. SW, the art deco Pepco substation and other industrial structures.

Photo via DC United Soccer


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