A reader sent me info about a one day discount program at Lunar Massage. I have limited internet access this week so I didn’t read the message until the program was sold out. But I like the cleverness of the Mars versus Lunar aspect of the ad and thought I’d share that below:
For the rest of the ad visit Groupon. Customer reviews for this new small business can be found on Yelp.
Douglas Development has posted a space for lease sign on the 3 bay garage at 624 New York Avenue NW. This property is part of Jemal’s assemblage on Square 451 for which Paul Millstein presented the development concepts for last November to the MVSNA membership.
Is this movement on the part of Douglas merely an exercise to avoid being assessed at the vacant property rate? Considering Executive Auto Detailers recently invested money to renovate the exterior of their Jemal owned property (607 K Street) on the same square, signs point to new construction being far off.
WHAT: Artomatic, an arts extravaganza featuring hundreds of local artists — visual artists, musicians, dancers, filmmakers, and many more. Nine floors of creativity!
WHEN: May 29 to July 5. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 12 noon – 1 a.m.; Sundays, 12 noon – 10 p.m.; closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
WHERE: 55 M Street SE (at Half Street) in D.C.’s Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Right above the Navy Yard Metro ballpark exit (green line), a block from Nationals Stadium.
WHY: This tradition of transforming raw space into an explosion of art started right here in D.C., and no one does it up quite like us! http://artomatic.org
The Spring 2009 edition of WalkingTownDC is this upcoming weekend.
Mount Vernon Triangle Development Tour
Saturday, May 30th, 1 – 2:30 pm
Sunday, May 31st, 1 – 2:30 pm
Meet and end at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., 801 K Street, NW (south side entrance)
Walk the up and coming Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood to learn about the new construction and the history of this forgotten neighborhood. Walk past the remaining historic buildings, discuss about market forces that lead to its decline, and current revitalization. You may also have a chance to visit a new condo, office building, or historic church. Led by Executive Director Bill McLeod and presented by the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District.
Photo from Spring ‘08 MVT tour courtesy flickr user Mr T in DC.
The Executive Auto Detailers recently gave the exterior of their building (607 K Street NW) a new look. I don’t think the light blue was the best possible choice but the overall look is cleaner and represents an improvement.
old snapshot from April 2009
new snapshots from May 26th 2009
The Executive Auto Detailers website offers lists the following prices:
Super Hand Wash & Complete Interior Cleaning
Car – $135 small | $145 regular | $150 Large
Truck – $150 small | $160 regular | $170 Large
Ultimate Hand Wash w/Wax & Complete Interior Cleaning
Car – $150 small | $160 regular | $170 Large
Truck – $170 small | $180 regular | $190 Large
2 Step Wax Treatment & Complete Interior Cleaning
Car – $175 small | $185 regular | $195 Large
Truck – $195 small | $215 regular | $225 Large
3 Step Wax Treatmemt & Complete Interior Cleaning
Car – $195 small | $205 regular | $215 Large
Truck – $215 small | $225 regular | $235 Large
Chinatown: Restoration work on the Chinatown Arch will begin on June 1 and last approximately 8 weeks. [PQLiving]
Downtown: Word from DDOT is that Fourth Street and the Chinatown Park will be included in the CBD Streetscape upgrade project. [DCDNA]
Downtown: Miles Groves outlines the steps for working with DCRA on violations of the Trash Collection Noise Abatements Act. [DCDNA blog]
NoMA: A planned “virtual” traffic circle where Florida Ave, New York Ave and 1st Street NE meet is tongue-and-cheekily being coined “Dave Thomas” circle due to the presence of a Wendy’s on the central parcel. [Washcycle]
UPDATE [5/26/2009 2:45PM]: I’ve updated the photo and included the Loopnet commercial listing for this property which describes it as “Approximately 11,000 Square Feet on 5 levels including a Full high ceiling basement. Exposed brick and open SOHO – Like loft space on every level affording great flexiblity for build out.“
A new CT (Tavern) liquor license application has been initiated for the vacant four story “Jefferson” building next to Papa Johns at 315 H Street NW.
License Class: Retail Class “C” Tavern
Address: 315 H Street, NW
WARD 6 ANC 6C SMD 6C01
Notice is hereby given that this applicant has applied for a license under the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Control Act and that the objectors are entitled to be heard before the granting of such license on the hearing date at 10:00 am, 7th Floor, Suite 7200, 941 North Capitol Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002. Petition and/or request to appear before the Board must be filed on or before the petition date.
NATURE OF OPERATION
New Tavern with Middle Eastern food and pastries. Hookah Bar, DJ, occasional live bands (maximum 3 pieces), singers, dancing but no designated dance floor. Cover Charge. Occupancy Load 299.
HOURS OF OPERATION
Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 2 am
Friday through Saturday, 11 am – 3 am
HOURS OF SALES OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
Sunday through Thursday 11 am – 2 am
Friday through Saturday, 11 am – 3am
HOURS OF OPERATION FOR ENTERTAINMENT
Sunday through Thursday 6 pm – 2 am
Friday through Saturday 6 pm – 3 am
The ANC6C Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee (ABL) will be inviting this applicant to attend a June 2nd meeting (7pm) at the School Without Walls (215 G Street NE).
In today’s Washington Post Dana Hedgpeth presents an account of the grim outlook for the office market in the D.C. area. She reports that, in a slump likely to continue into next year, vacancy rates are increasing, rents are in decline and few new buildings have started construction.
As of yesterday, the vacancy rate for the District and the close-in suburbs was up to 12.5 percent from 11.1 percent at the end of the second quarter last year, according to CoStar Group, a real estate research firm. Rents were down to $33.47 a square foot from $34.55. Few new buildings have broken ground, as credit markets remain extremely tight.
“Unless they’re already in the ground, they’re not starting,” said Steven A. Levin, managing director at Spaulding & Slye. “Any development project needing a loan over $25 million requires multiple lenders, and the guarantees are onerous. The amount of money you can borrow is also reduced.”
Rendering of proposed Mt Vernon Place offices on 400 block of K Street
This does not bode well for planned office projects for K Street within the Triangle such as Mount Vernon Place, Square 483 from Steuart Investment and Douglas Development’s plans for Squares 450 & 451.
Hat tip: Twitter Feed from JDland
The Washington Times is running a citizen journalism article about construction damage at Second Baptist Church (816 3rd St NW).
The walls of the church at 816 Third St. NW in the Mount Vernon Square area are cracked, the ceiling is falling down, and the pastor, the Rev. Dr. James E. Terrell, said the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) advised him that the church is not safe for use.
“As our congregation was conducting worship services, pieces from the ceiling fell down and [it] was unpredictable and uncomfortable,” Mr. Terrell said. “It was also very dangerous. Someone could have been injured with the large pieces of plaster falling down around us.”
Eighteen months ago, when Quadrangle Development Corp. began construction work, the church was secured as required, but damage starting occurring slowly. It reached a crisis point about six weeks ago.
Quadrangle is responsible for completing the repair work for the church, and the contractors are paying for the church to rent the school for its services, Mr. Terrell said.
I’d imagine any damage was incurred during the early stages of the development (chiefly excavation) of the new condo buildings. Hard to believe any of the recent exterior work (window replacement, caulking, landscaping) would have any affect on a structure 50 feet away.
Photo credits: NCinDC, dbking
Shaw – A Vacant lot on 10th Street, NW between L and M Streets is planned to be transformed into a park [Renew Shaw and Greater Greater Washington]
Mount Vernon Square – Cary Silverman discusses the need for DCRA to crack down on illegal billboards [The Other 35 Percent and Lifein MVSNA]
Yale Lofts – District Chatter reports Yale Lofts is considering a video doorman.
Ward 6 – Councilmember Tommy Wells’ blog introduces the Residential Parking Protection Pilot Act and engages in some Q & A.