I-395 Air Rights now called Capitol Crossing

According to Michael Neibauer of the Washington Business Journal, the I-395 air rights development from Property Group Partners (PGP) will be called Capitol Crossing going forward. The name “Center Place” used when the group presented details at the November 2010 ANC meeting apparently did not stick.

Mass Ave elevation of Capitol Crossing (from April 2011)

I think most residents care more about when the project will break ground rather than what name it will be marketed under. PGP suggests the target for commencing construction of the platform is Q2 2013.

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Hodges building relocated

Demolition for the construction of the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) new headquarters building (rendering) is well underway. Several buildings have been razed completely and two buildings have been relocated. Next up will likely be rear demolition and coupled with facade preservation (and off-site storage) of selected historic properties on the site.

I have a picture I snapped yesterday of the Hodges building at it’s relocated site. But the Citypaper’s Lydia DePillis posting features the move in-progress photos from Saturday which is more fascinating. I’ve elected to share the best photo of the photos Shaw Main Streets provided her below.

Hodges Sandwich Shop being wheeled across NY Ave (Alexander M Padro)

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Upgrades to K Street set to begin

Dr Gridlock is reporting that the streetscape improvement project for K Street will begin within a month. This project will encompass new paving, sidewalks, streetlights, and plantings similar to the improvements implemented by DDOT to 4th Street in 2010. The Capital Bikeshare station at 5th & K will continue to be accessible even if it maybe moved slightly once or twice during the 15 months of construction. No streetcar tracks will be laid as part of this project.

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BicycleSPACE hosts BikeSnobNYC

News of an upcoming event at BicycleSPACE:

Rub wheels with internet royalty.  Give cycling’s most notorious blogger a piece of your mind.  BikeSnobNYC begins his nationwide book tour at BicycleSPACE.

Join us for an evening social ride through the heart of DC with special guest, Eben Weiss.   Let’s see if we can make him bristle and earn his “seal of disapproval”.  Are you smug enough?

This party on wheels should not be missed–it promises to be at least 20% more laterally stiff and vertically compliant than anything else you can do on a Wednesday night.  Participants who can garner the most disapproval will win prizes.  Come dressed up as any of the types of cyclist that Bike Snob loves to skewer.  Tridork, Retro-Grouch, Fred, Lone-Wolf?  Extra points for a Mario Cippolini skin suit.

Be sure to find us at our new location on 7th Street by the Convention Center– Mount Vernon Square’s shoulder hair?!  Lend a disembodied hand to your friends and pass on the info.

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Downtown DC Playground Group meeting tonight

Wednesday, March 14th, the Downtown DC Kids (website | facebook) playground group will meet at Calvary Baptist Church at 6 pm. The agenda includes updates, organizational planning for creating a new friends group and planning of their second pop-up play event on Saturday, April 21st at an outdoor location. Downtown DC Kids need lots of volunteers to help make the event a huge success, which they hope will draw a lot of attention from our public officials.

Children are welcome to play in the gym while during the meeting.

WHAT: Downtown DC Playground Group Meeting

WHEN: Wednesday, March 14th, 2012 at 6 pm

WHERE: Calvary Baptist Church, Shallenberger Hall/Gym

Playing Ground

For more information on the organizations playgrounds initiative read the op-ed that Downtown DC Kids founders Caroline Armijo and Danielle Pierce contributed to Greater Greater Washington yesterday.

Image Credit: Playground image is from flickr user xcode

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District Taco to Open at 13th and F NW

Last week, I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon at the Arlington location of District Taco. One of the first things I noticed, after the fun and welcoming environment, was the menu. Not only were the options enticing, but they were also extremely reasonable.

I was shocked when owners Osiris and Marc said they did not plan on raising prices for their upcoming DC location (1309 F St. NW, Opening mid-April). Where else in this area can you find a meal—breakfast, lunch or dinner—for under $10?

Osiris, originally from Yuta, Mexico, used to make homemade meals for his neighbor, Marc. The food was delicious, and over a few cervezas, they came up with the idea of District Taco. Their idea was to serve quality food at realistic prices. And it works.

Tacos are only $2.25 each. Burritos and Quesadillas are $7 each. All include unlimited toppings: pico de gallo, shredded cheese, fresh jalepenos, black beans, pinto beans, garlic-lime rice, sour cream, tomato, lettuce, cilantro, raw onion (white or red), grilled veggies, etc.

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