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Houses on G Street SE

Group Opposed to Hine Project Development Files Freedom of Information Act Request for ANC Documents — The Hine Coalition, a group of Capitol Hill residents opposed to the Hine Project development next to Eastern Market, have filed a Freedom of Information Act Request for documents related to ANC 6B’s consideration of the project. [Capitol Hill Corner]

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

Pedestrian Killed in Car Accident on Maine Avenue SW on Friday — A person driving a car struck a pedestrian just before 8:30 p.m. Friday on Maine Avenue SW. The pedestrian died shortly after arriving at the hospital. [WUSA]

Meet the Neighbors: Hill East’s Spider Lady and Her Famous Halloween House — Lara Walker, 48, is the self-proclaimed “Mama Spider” behind the Capitol Hill spider house at the intersection of 13th Street and South Carolina Avenue SE. Almost every Halloween, the elaborate decorations seem to weave their way out of the brick home. [Hill Now]

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Yards Park in Navy Yard

Councilman Allen Asks Metro to Reconsider Skipping Stadium-Armory Station — Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 joined Councilwoman Yvette Alexander of Ward 7 in asking Metro interim General Manager Jack Requa to reverse his decision to suspend Orange and Silver line service to the Stadium-Armory station during rush hour. [Washington Post]

H Street Corridor Residential Project Gets Redesign Ahead of Zoning Commission Hearing  — Developers have revised their designs for a planned apartment building at 315 H St. NE across from the Giant on the H Street corridor. [Urban Turf]

Where to Get Free Ice Cream Today With a Side of Children’s Art — Stanton-EastBanc and Clark Construction are scheduled to dish out complimentary scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream today from 5 to 6:30 p.m. near the Hine redevelopment project at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. [Hill Now]

Bluejacket in Navy Yard Prepares for Fall, Winter Beers — Navy Yard brewery Bluejacket is working with local farmers to get apples, pears, cranberries and brown cherries for cold-weather beers. [Roll Call]

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Ben & Jerry's ice cream (Photo via Flickr/Qfamily)

Capitol Hill residents and visitors can get free ice cream — with a side of children’s art — near Eastern Market tomorrow.

Stanton-EastBanc and Clark Construction are scheduled to dish out complimentary scoops of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream from 5 to 6:30 p.m. near the Hine redevelopment project at 7th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE. The companies, which are working on the redevelopment, are celebrating new artwork students from 27 area schools made for a construction fence.

The artwork will be on display for the next 20 months.

The transformation of the former Hine Junior High School property at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE is expected to bring residential, retail and office space by the end of 2017. A Trader Joe’s is slated to be among the complex’s tenants.

Photo via Flickr/Qfamily

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U.S. Capitol Visitors Center sign

U.S. Capitol Workers Hope Pope’s Visit Will Help Push for Higher Wages — A group of federal contract workers, including 60 U.S. Capitol workers, are hoping that Pope Francis’ message of economic equality will help their push for higher wages. [Roll Call]

H Street Corridor Eatery Celebrates 10 Years With Party on Saturday — The Argonaut restaurant on H Street NE is celebrating 10 years in business with a party Saturday afternoon that will include live music, free giveaways and the unveiling of a new house beer. [Frozen Tropics]

Student Artwork at Hine School Construction to Be Unveiled Tuesday — Art made by students from 27 Capitol Hill schools will be displayed along the outer fence of the Hine School development near Eastern Market starting Tuesday. [The Hill is Home]

Public Meeting Planned for Virginia Avenue SE Streetscape Restoration — The District Department of Transportation will join ANC 6B and 6D members to host a public meeting for feedback on how Virginia Avenue SE will be restored after the Virginia Avenue Tunnel project is completed. [Hill Rag]

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Gangplank Marina in Southwest

Police Identify Man Fatally Shot in Union Station — Police said the man who was fatally shot by a security guard in Union Station after allegedly stabbing a woman and threatening the guard was 57-year-old William Thomas Wilson Jr. of Southeast D.C. [Washington Post]

Eastern Market Vendors Aren’t Worried About Competition From Newly-Announced Trader Joe’s — Vendors at Eastern Market told the Washington City Paper that they aren’t concerned about losing business to the Trader Joe’s slated to open at the Hine School development in 2017. [Washington City Paper]

Panel on Capitol Hill Race Relations Cites Gentrification as Cause of Tension, Misunderstanding — A panel on race relations in Ward 6, which included Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6, cited clashes between long-time community residents and new arrivals as a contributing factor in racial tension in the area. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Developers Present Competing Proposals for District-Owned Land Near Waterfront Metro Station — Three developers presented plans and renderings for residential and retail buildings on a District-owned plot of land along 4th Street SW near the Waterfront Metro station. Public comment on the proposals is being accepted through Oct. 9. [STLQTC]

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Parents at Near Northeast School Concerned About Potential Protesters at Nearby Planned Parenthood — Parents of children at Two Rivers Public Charter School in Near Northeast are concerned that a future Planned Parenthood near the school will draw unruly crowds of protesters. [Washington Post]

Near Northeast Residents Complain of Prostitution On Elementary School Property — Residents near J.O. Wilson Elementary School at 660 K St. NE complained to police that the school property is being used for illicit sex. [Capitol Hill Corner]

Student Art to Adorn Fence at Hine Development Near Eastern Market — On Tuesday, Sept. 29, the fence around the Hine School development project beside Eastern Market will be adorned with artwork from students at 26 Capitol Hill schools. [Hill Rag]

Pope’s Visit Leads to Spike in Airbnb Reservations on Capitol Hill and H Street Corridor — Listings for rooms on the popular room rental site have increased on and around Capitol Hill in anticipation of Pope Francis’ visit on Sept. 22. [Curbed]

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Hine School Redevelopment groundbreaking ceremony

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Councilman Charles Allen of Ward 6 donned hard hats today to officially break ground on a redevelopment project near Eastern Market.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the transformation of the former Hine Junior High School property at 700 Pennsylvania Ave. SE into homes, retail and office space followed more than a month of demolition work. Construction is expected to end in 2017.

“I’m actually pretty shocked by the site behind me,” Bowser said as she stood in front of where the school used to stand. “I have looked at this site . . . for my entire life one way, and now we can stand here and see its future before us.”

The $150 million development by Stanton-Eastbanc LLC will have 60,000 square feet of retail space, 180,000 square feet of office space, 327 parking spaces and 162 apartments, including 46 affordable housing units.

The development also will reopen C Street SE between 7th and 8th streets SE and provide space for the area’s weekend flea markets.

The project will create a “connective tissue” between Eastern Market and Barracks Row, Allen said.

“These are two incredibly special, unique, wonderful places in our neighborhood that we love and treasure so much and creating that connection is going to be something that is really special,” he said. “It’s something we’re going to be incredibly proud of.”

The development’s construction isn’t without controversy, however.

A group of Capitol Hill residents tried for years to reduce the height and density of the seven-story complex. But they lost a bid in the D.C. Court of Appeals to send development plans back to the D.C. Zoning Commission.

ANC 6B chairwoman Kirsten Oldenburg, who joined Bowser and Allen in the groundbreaking event, said she realizes that some locals still might think this project isn’t right for the neighborhood.

“I hope that the resulting complex, this beautiful complex . . . will help change this point of view,” she said.

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Eastern Market flea market (Photo via Facebook/The Flea Market at Eastern Market)

(Updated at 4:35 p.m.) The flea markets near Eastern Market are slated to have a new home on 7th Street SE next month, although one operator is trying to delay the move.

The dozens of vendors who sell jewelry, antiques and art on weekends in the lot of the Hine Junior High School building are scheduled to move off the property by May 16 due to the school’s redevelopment, operators of the flea markets said. The vendors will open on 7th Street SE between Pennsylvania Avenue and C Street SE, starting that weekend.

Carol Wright, who operates the Saturday market, is preparing to set up at the new location. But she has asked the District and Hine’s developer, Stanton-Eastbanc, LLC, to let her vendors delay the move by one week, until May 23.

“We just have too many logistics,” Wright said.

The move will make the flea markets smaller, according to Wright and Diverse Markets Management, which manages the Sunday market. The markets still will have many of their longtime vendors, however, Wright and DMM president Michael Berman said.

“It looks as though we’re going to have room for all of the permanent exhibitors whom our customers see regularly, though some may be in slightly smaller spaces,” Berman said in a statement.

Seventh Street SE between Pennsylvania Avenue and C Street SE will be closed to traffic during the flea markets, which will run from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Sunday.

Stanton-EastBanc will replace the closed Hine building with retail space, offices, underground parking and more than 150 residential units. A group of locals tried for years to reduce the height and density of the development. But they lost a bid in the D.C. Court of Appeals to send development plans back to the D.C. Zoning Commission.

The $150 million project is slated for completion in late 2017 or early 2018.

Photo via Facebook/The Flea Market at Eastern Market

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New Jersey Avenue under Southeast Freeway

Metro Employees Say Abuse is Part of the Job — After a station manager in the Stadium-Armory Metro station was stabbed by an irate passenger this month, Metro workers said they fear violence. Assaults on employees rose 37 percent in 2014. [WAMU]

Art on Hine Development Fences — When construction fences for the Hine School development project go up, they’ll be adorned with art by local school kids. [Hill Rag]

Wife of Hill Man Found Dead Pleads for Help — The wife of the Hill resident found stabbed to death in a Thomas Circle hotel room last month is asking the public for help identifying a woman caught on surveillance video. [NBC 4]

Ibiza Club Facing Bankruptcy — The 1st Street NE nightclub that was closed for operating illegally has filed for bankruptcy. The owners of Ibiza will be in court tomorrow and will ask for permission to reopen. [Washington Times]

Update on Nando’s on H Street NE — Nando’s is aiming to open on H Street NE by “late fall or early winter.” [PoPville]

Restaurants at The Wharf Are in the Works — The developers of The Wharf on the Southwest waterfront are in talks with restaurateurs including a Hank’s Oyster Bar chef and “Top Chef” alums Mike Isabella and Bryan Voltaggio. [Washington Business Journal]

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Eastern Market flea market (Photo via Facebook/The Flea Market at Eastern Market)

The dozens of vendors who sell jewelry, antiques and art in white tents near Eastern Market will move within months.

Now that the redevelopment of Hine Junior High School has the green light from the city, talks are ramping up to relocate Eastern Market’s weekend flea markets to make way for the work. The vendors who usually operate just north of the school will move onto 7th Street SE, representatives for the flea market, developer and community groups said.

Seventh Street SE will be closed to traffic from Pennsylvania Avenue SE to C Street SE on weekends starting in April or May, Stanton Development Corporation vice president Alex Golding said.

“The market dates aren’t definite because we don’t know how long hazmat [work] will take,” Golding said about initial work set to start at 8th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue SE in mid-February.

Permits for the relocation that’s years in the making have been approved, according to Barry Margeson, market manager for the D.C. Office of Property Management. The exact layout of the market will likely change during different phases of construction.

The manager of the flea market held on Sundays said 7th Street won’t provide room for all 100 of the 10-by-10-foot market booths.

“There’s no way to accommodate all my vendors,” Michael Berman, executive director of The Flea Market at Eastern Market, said. “We’re working now on how many spaces can be accommodated.”

Jerry Sroufe, co-chair of Eastern Market Metro Community Association, echoed concerns about a shortage of space for vendors.

ANC 6B 02 Commissioner Diane Hoskins, who represents the Eastern Market area, said she was hopeful that locals and developers could work to support the viability of the markets. Being more visible from the Eastern Market Metro station could even give the markets a boost, she said.

Hoskins, a C Street SE resident, said she appreciated the developers’ regular communication with local groups, including their agreement to attend weekly meetings.

“I’m encouraged by the fact that the developers have committed to sitting down on a regular basis,” she said.

The manager of the flea market held on Saturdays, Carol Wright, did not respond to an inquiry.

An update about the Hine Project will be provided at the ANC 6B meeting set to be held Feb. 10 at the Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE).

Stanton and its partners, collectively known as Stanton-EastBanc, will replace the closed school with seven stories of retail space, offices, underground parking and more than 150 residential units, some of which will be affordable and designated for seniors. After a long fight by a group of locals to reduce the height and density of the buildings, the D.C. Court of Appeals rejected a request to send development plans back to the D.C. Zoning Commission. The $150 million project is slated to be finished in late 2017 or early 2018.

Shoppers at the flea markets can expect to find a familiar set of vendors on 7th Street, Berman said.

“It won’t be the same layout, but we hope to accommodate as many of our longterm vendors in our temporary space,” he said.

Photo via Facebook/The Flea Market at Eastern Market

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(Updated at 10:20 a.m. Saturday) The construction of more homes, stores and office space near Eastern Market can now advance.

The D.C. Court of Appeals rejected a request to send development plans for the Hine Junior High School site back to the D.C. Zoning Commission, court documents show.

The long-awaited decision clears the way for the transformation of the property across from the Eastern Market Metro station. The $150 million development by Stanton-Eastbanc, LLC was approved by the Zoning Commission in Oct. 2012. The companies will build a seven-story complex with retail space, offices, underground parking and more than 150 residential units, some of which will be affordable and designated for seniors.

The D.C. Court of Appeals previously ruled in favor of the developers in August, dismissing objections to the project’s height and mass.

“Although the record contains many objections to the project’s size, it is also replete with evidence upon which the Zoning Commission based its conclusion to the contrary,” that ruling said.

Stanton Development Corporation principal partner Ken Golding said the developers are pleased to begin the project they first pitched in 2009.

Remediation of the building will start in mid-February and last a few months, Golding said. Then, the raze will begin and take two to three months. Construction will last a total of two-and-a-half years, with a completion date of late 2017 or early 2018.

Marci Hilt, one of the Hill residents behind the legal action, said she and other members of the Eastern Market Metro Community Association were disappointed by the court decision.

“We were hoping they would send it back to Zoning and do something about the height and density,” she said. Many neighbors fought the developer for years over the size of the complex.

EMMCA will now work to ensure Stanton-Eastbanc is transparent with the community as the project advances, Hilt said.

“I don’t think there’s anyone on Capitol Hill who didn’t want the development built,” she said. “It was just the mass of it.”

“We’re excited to begin finally. It’s at least five years in the making,” Golding said.

Photos via HineSchool.com

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