Mayor Has Plan to Close D.C. General — Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a plan to shutter the D.C. General homeless shelter by 2018. The District would lease and build smaller homeless shelters for residents of the dilapidated facility, according to the draft plan. [Washington Post]
Condo, Apartment Buildings Coming to Trapeze School Site — A condo building with about 140 units and an apartment building with about 190 rentals are slated to come to the space currently occupied by the Trapeze School at 4th and Tingey streets SE. Both of the buildings will have ground-level retail. The school will move this fall. Construction on the buildings is expected to start near the end of the year or in early 2016. [JDLand]
Capitol Hill Bar Takes on National Chain in ‘Great Burger Battle’ — Washingtonian put Five Guys and Tune Inn burgers up against each other in its “Great Burger Battle,” which it calls its “March Madness for food lovers.” Five Guys won the contest, with 64 percent of respondents voting for the burger chain. [Washingtonian]
Hill Now reported yesterday on a recently formed community group for locals without kids, and we got a huge response.
Like the large and oft-discussed Moms on the Hill (MOTH) group, Childfree Living on the Hill (CLOTH) is meant to bring together neighbors who might not connect otherwise, resident Lori Ward said. She started a Facebook page for the group and is coordinating a real-life get-together soon.
Commenters on our Facebook page told us these groups are an “only in D.C.” phenomenon and that they want a Dog Owners on the Hill (DOOTH) group.
Does the Hill need more community groups? Which ones? And what’s living on the Hill all about anyway?
In 2004, Hill resident Jessica Woodburn had a newborn baby and was looking for support. She read on the online parents’ forum Moms on the Hill about a group that was forming for the parents of infants, called Eaters and Sleepers.
Within no time, Woodburn and her son Miles were part of a group of dozens of parents who met at each other’s houses on the Hill to share meals and talk about their experiences.
“It was fantastic to be around all these other people who were in the exact same boat,” the yoga instructor and French teacher said. “It was like a support group.”
Now, a decade later, the “Eaters and Sleepers” are 10-year-olds. Woodburn and fellow group member Nelle Fonseca are organizing a 10-year reunion, set to be held Sunday afternoon in Stanton Park.
Participants are asked to bring bikes, scooters, skates, balls and picnic supplies to the get-together scheduled for 12 to 4 p.m.
Woodburn said she expects to see old friends reconnect after their families moved or their kids were enrolled at separate schools. She said she’s thankful for the community she and other parents formed 10 years ago.
“This area is so rich in families and resources and schools,” she said. “We’re forever seeing people we met at some place or another.”