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Bozzuto to move forward on 460 NY Ave

Lydia DePillis of the City Paper reports that Bozzuto aims to move forward on 460 New York Ave NW as a 63 unit condo building. In early January of this year we discussed the preservation merit of this building.

L Street frontage of 460 New York Ave NW

The bricked up windows make many think the structure is hideous. But if you can imagine warehouse style windows and a few restored decorative elements the building could be relatively handsome. In fact the Bozzuto black & white rendering confirms as much…

Hat Tip: Jay; Nicholas

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Caldo coming to 300 Mass

The answer to our recent question about what retail was coming to 300 Mass is a new Italian restaurant. Chef Alfio Celia will open a restaurant called Caldo. A menu on the restaurant’s website includes antipasto, minestra and classic Italian entrees.

Image from www.caldodc.com

Google suggests the Italian-to-English translation of the word ‘Caldo’ is ‘Hot’.

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Fun Fair Event this Saturday

The Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District (MVTCID) is organizing a new festival! This is the second year for this event (Mount Vernon Square Picnic was two years ago). It will be a family festival with fun activities for children and adults alike, including a performance stage, art vendors, craft vendors, nonprofits, and kids area with moon bounce, ball crawl, spin art, face painting, etc. The stage will host a jazz band, rock band, gospel band, and djs to entertain you throughout the day.

The festival will take place at in the parking lot at 400 K Street, NW on Saturday, October 1, 2011 from 12:00-5:00 p.m. Sponsors include: Altman Parking, 425 Mass, Quadrangle, The Wilkes Company, Gables, and MarcParc

The MVTCID needs a few more volunteers to help bands set up, sell tickets, help with face painting, and work the spin art table. If you would like to volunteer, please email info(at)mountvernontriangle.org.

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Retail for Mass Court?

Apparently CBRE has signed one or more tenants for Mass Court (300 Massachusetts Ave NW) along 4th Street as their commercial real estate listing says they only have the 1300SF corner bay remaining.  A year ago when we first noticed their commercial availability it included four bays and 4370SF.

Does anyone know what tenant has signed to take space? I’ve heard rumors of a 7-Eleven, an Italian restaurant, and a daycare.

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Deputy Mayor to address ANC6C on 5th & I Development this Thursday

Three years ago the Office of the Deputy Mayor of Planning & Economic Development (DMPED) awarded the RFP for 5th & I to Donohoe/Holland. The winning bid from Donohoe/Holland included an international boutique hotel, art gallery, jazz club, cafe, bike shop and a residential component. Also of note was the expressed intent from the team to pursue assemblage along 5th Street to expand the project north to K Street.

Rendering of 2008 proposal for the Arts at 5th and I

Timing of the award was less than ideal given the economic climate in late 2008 and throughout 2009. The project was in limbo. At points we heard news that Donohoe was interested in potentially beginning construction of the jazz club in advance of the rest of the project and/or breaking the entire project down into two phases.

Recently residential construction all around the district is ramping back up but this project has remained stalled. The developer visited the Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association (MVSNA) in June  and suggested the project needs to be downsized to move forward. Financing such a complex project remains difficult but a reduction in scope could help them clear that hurdle. It sounded as though the scope of assemblage would be reduced and the project would perhaps focus strictly on hotel and retail and remove the residential component. But this discussion was light on specifics – we were promised more explanation when the discussion went to the ANC.

Victor Hoskins

This Thursday Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins will address ANC6C at their full commission meeting (agenda) on the status of the project.

ANC6C Full Commission Meeting
September 15, 2011, 7 pm
Heritage Foundation
214 Massachusetts Avenue N.E.

Hoskins is a 2011 appointee of Mayor Vince Gray and may elect to blow this up and start with a new RFP. Or he may concede that the scope of the project should be reduced. It remains to be seen.

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