With construction of City Center DC about to begin the Boltbus and Megabus companies needed to identify new pickup/drop points. Last week Lydia DePillis of the City Paper was first to report the new sites for these bus services.
New Megabus/Boltbus locations - courtesy Lydia DePillis
Boltbus will relocate to New Jersey and F Street NW which is two blocks from the Union Station metro entrance. Megabus will relocate to a fenced in parking lot on North Capitol and K Street NW, across from Gonzaga High School.
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The ANC 6C PZ&E Committee has several agenda items related to MVT on the docket on Wednesday including 450 K Street.
ANC 6C Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee
March 2, 2011, 7:00 pm
NPR – Board Room West
635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
1. 218 Morgan Street NW [BZA #18195] Application pursuant to 11 DCMR § 3103.2, for a variance from the lot occupancy requirements under section 403, and a variance from the nonconforming structure provisions under subsection 2001.3, to reconstruct a flat (two-family dwelling) with attic addition in the R-4 District at premises 218 Morgan Street, N.W. (Square 555, Lot 80). Representative: Nancy Green-Johnson (Owner); Hearing Date: 04/12/2011. [ANC 6C02]
2. 443-459 Eye Street, NW [HPA #06-064] Request for two-year extension for previously approved concept; Representative: Andi Adams, Goulston and Storrs; Hearing Date: 03/24/2011. [ANC 6C01]
3. 450 K Street NW [HPA #11-143] Concept approval sought for thirteen-story residential building on vacant lot; Representative: Paul Millstein, Douglas Development; Hearing Date: 03/24/2011. [ANC 6C01]
4. I-395 Air Rights Project; Discussion on changes to be submitted to Zoning Commission. Representative: Christy Shiker, Holland & Knight ; Hearing Date: 03/25/2011. [ANC 6C01]
The exterior of Mandu at City Vista has been evolving since we first saw the awning structure raised in mid December. In mid-January, just days prior to the soft opening, the window decals went up. Shortly thereafter in early February dark wood trim was installed along the awning and around the windows. Today with the erection of the new signage the exterior is complete.
How do you like the finished product?
The DC metro, particularly the Chinatown and Metro Center stations have been recently plagued by iPhone/smartphone robberies. In most cases, the robber or robbers spot a metro passenger who is absentmindedly using their phone. The assailants then quickly snatch the phone from the passenger’s hands and escape through a closing train door, disappearing into the crowd as the passenger is left stunned on board the train (with no technology to find out when the next train is coming).
Fourteen DC Transit Police have been working on catching the robbers, a number of which are part of a group called The Swisha Splash Boys. Recently, 24-year-old DC resident and alleged member of The Swisha Splash Boys, Terrence McNatt, was arrested and found guilty of two such robberies. To read more on The Swisha Splash Boys and how DC Transit Police were able to nab McNatt, see yesterday’s TBD article. Moral of this story is they’ve only caught one member of this group – hold your phones tight!
As reported by PQLiving last year, a new deep dish pizzeria called District of Pi is set to open at 910 F Street NW this Spring. While the import from St Louis will be unable to open by their original target date of 3.14.11 (pi day) they have arrived on the scene with a new food truck aptly named Pi on Wheels.
Earlier this month Pi on Wheels gave out free pizzas in Penn Quarter. The truck also did a test run this Saturday in Dupont Circle which I was able to sample. Their daily offerings include two meat and two vegetarian style 9 inch pizzas priced at $12. The signature Pi pizza is a deep dish with cornmeal crust and a sauce that I found sweeter than most. As is typical with the deep dish style the cheese is below the toppings and sauce.
Like any DC Food truck you can find the daily location of Pi on Wheels via Twitter (@PiTruckDC). Today the truck will be in Chinatown. As for when that brick and mortar restaurant will open? The guys in the truck told me likely in mid-May.
On the heels of the recent community meeting our ANC 6C01 single member district commissioner Keith Silver has authored an Washingtonpost op-ed about the impending arrival of Walmart to the district. The piece is entitled Hold Wal-Mart to its promises in D.C. and argues that no matter how careful Walmart has been to select “matter-of-right” development opportunities the District should not welcome the retail giant unconditionally. He alleges Walmart has a record of low wages, environmental abuse, discrimination against women and African Americans and labor violations.
Yesterday the James Beard Foundation published the list of Semi-Finalists for their 2011 Restaurant and Chef Awards. The awards are judged from on a national level and considered the most prestigious in the culinary world. Our very own Kushi Izakaya earned a spot among the Beard semi-finalists for Best New Restaurant. Congrats to Kushi!
The below memo issued from the the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association declares Subway Liquors at 5th & K has agreed to stop selling cups during a trial period in efforts to reduce public drinking on the block.
“On February 10, members of the Mount Vernon Triangle CID, Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association, and members of the impacted community met with Frank Glascon of Subway Liquor (500 K Street NW) to brainstorm on ways we could reduce public drinking along 5th Street NW.
As as result of that meeting, Frank Glascon (and Bill Crudup), owners of Subway Liquor have agreed to stop selling all cups for three months starting on February 14, 2011. This 3 month period will allow the community to determine the impact on public drinking and will be re-evaluated at the end of the period. This isn’t the first time that Subway Liquor has taken the lead on issues like this; two years ago, Subway Liquor decided to stop the sales of single beers – before the single sales moratorium went into effect in Ward 6.
Over the past several years, the community with the help of store owners like Frank and Bill, have worked to improve the 900 block of 5th Street NW. We got Fun Fair closed, sales of single cans of beer were stopped, and now we will no longer have cups sold on that block at Subway Liquor.
Please stop by Subway Liquor, say hello to Frank and Bill, and tell them how much you appreciate their actions”.
While I appreciate the willingness to now work with the community I personally can’t echo the vociferous support of Subway Liquors that the above memo does. After Subway Liquors stopped selling single sale cans they allegedly began selling individual cups filled with ice and were caught by an ABRA investigator. What screams public drinking more than individual cups of ice? This pact with the community would eliminates sales of all cups – individual or bulk.
Editor’s note: Please welcome 6th Street Watch as a new contributor to the Triangle blog.
For the month of January, a total of 32 crimes were reported in PSA 308 (Mt. Vernon Square North of New York Ave.), including five violent crimes and 27 property crimes. Property crimes include burglaries, stolen cars and thefts from cars. To put this in perspective – in comparison to January 2010, violent crime has decreased in the area by 50% and property crime has increased by 69%.
In PSA 101 (the Chinatown area south of New York Ave.), there were a total of 134 property crimes (an increase of 24% from last year) and 25 violent crimes (static from last year).
PSA 308 Map of Crime; click to enlarge
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Image Credit: Lydia DePillis
Last night I attended the first two hours of the community meeting
at St. Aloysius Church regarding the proposed Walmart
at 1st & H Streets NW. My guess is that the attendance exceeded a hundred. As I noticed a few members of the professional media in attendance including so I elected not to take notes to write a full report of my own. This morning Lydia DePillis
of the Washington City Paper is the first out the gate with a comprehensive recap entitled “How Walmart Won Ward 6
.” Elahe Izadi of TBDNeighborhoods followed a little later in the morning with “Walmart’s Ward 6 plans: The best we’re going to get?
” Check them out.
I’ll just add a little color commentary. Over a dozen people in attendance asking the same questions about Community Benefits Agreements despite Councilmember Brown saying currently the project is “by right” and not seeking any public assistance or zoning variances so the District has no opportunity for leverage. Walmart was not in attendance but the developer (The Bennett Group) was and their spokesperson was a former Washington Redskins great named Brig Owens.
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