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Boltbus and Megabus move

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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ANC 6C PZ&E Committee meeting this Wednesday

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

Draft Agenda

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]

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Mandu signage

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?

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Small Metro Safety Victory

Around DCThe 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!

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Pi on Wheels

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.

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Keith Silver WaPo Op-ed on Walmart

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.

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