DC Council Approves Fifth and Eye Development

As one of their last acts of 2014, the DC Council approved a number of initiatives including the construction of a mixed use development by Peebles Corporation. Peebles along with MacFarlane Partners and the Walker Group will be constructing the Standard International Hotel along with 60 condos and retail The two nearby National Park Service parks are slated for improvements as part of this deal.

The Washington Business Journal has a great summary of the Council decision here.

Peebles hotel rendering as of 12/19/2013; WDC Architects

Peebles hotel rendering as of 12/19/2013; WDC Architects

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Holiday Tipping in Condos and Apartments

555 Mass Condo LobbyAlthough some condominium buildings and apartments take up collections from residents and give guidance for tipping building staff, most do not. So the annual question of what to give the people who work in your building as a tip for the holidays has come up again. With 24 hour concierge desks, cleaning staffs and other services, it can be a challenge to come up with an amount that seems fair without breaking the bank.

There are many different approaches to tipping building staff but one guideline that I’ve seen used regularly and seems fair  is to tip a total amount equal to one month of condo dues or 10 percent of one month’s rent.

Most tipping guides have concierge staff receiving $25-$75 each, housekeeping receiving $20-$30 each and resident manager receiving $75-$150.

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Dear Washington Sports Club …

UPDATE:  The signs were removed by the Downtown DC BID’s SAM team. the Downtown DC BID contacted Washington Sports Club and the signage has not been seen since.

Please stop. It has been particularly egregious at the Chinatown Park at 6th and Massachusetts NW. These signs have been appearing in large numbers for over a week. Please call the SAM team of the DC BID to pick them up at 202-624-1550.

Signs on Mass. Ave NW at 6th

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Ray’s Publicizes Dispute with Landlord

Rays Hellburger ” Dear Neighbors, We have been unable to complete and open our restaurant for the past year + after we discovered… illegal, unpermitted construction and .. code violations by the landlord… We continue to fight in court to maintain your safety by all means available.”

The proposed restaurant, Ray’s in the City, which has been eagerly awaited in the Triangle. The owner, Michael Landrum, maintained in an Eater article that the restaurant is ready to open once the issues are resolved.

Edens, the landlord, has stated that it disagrees with Landrum’s statements.

Residents and workers in the area simply look forward to having a great burger one day.

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Santa Visiting 5th and K St. NW on December 11

Santa will be checking lists twice tomorrow, December 11th, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the plaza at 5th and K Streets NW.

Get your picture with Santa and then take advantage of the free hot cocoa bar, holiday cookies, and fresh popcorn courtesy 5th Street Ace Hardware. Alba Osteria will be providing treats for the dogs.

After photos with Santa, warm up at Le Pain Quotidien at 433 Mass Ave with hot beverages, free Belgian chocolate, and more holiday treats from 6:30 – 8:00 PM.  The MVT CID will be supporting Central Union Mission, DC’s Operation Christmas Miracle by collecting unwrapped new gifts and gift cards at the Santa Celebration.

Santa Celebration, 12/11/14

MVT CID Santa Celebration, 12/11/14

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BicycleSpace Returns to the Triangle- Welcome Home!

BicycleSpace

Original Eye St. NW Location

Our favorite local bike shop, BicycleSpace, is returning to its original neighborhood. The Washington Business Journal announced that it has leased over 4000 square feet at the Lyric 440K. Read the details here.

Originally located on Eye Street NW between 4th and 5th Streets, BicycleSpace reestablished itself at its current location on 7th Street NW after moving in advance of development that has never taken place at its original location.

We expect BicycleSpace to come back to the Triangle stronger than ever as it has established itself as a voice for multi-modal transportation in the District and is the host to numerous unique weekly rides.

 

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