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440 K Street Apartments

So I dropped the ball and didn’t pick up on this earlier as I initially assumed 440 K Street was just Kettler changing the address on their upcoming 450 K Street apartments. But it’s an entirely different new project and is part of a modified plan for Mount Vernon Place. Yay for double the residential and retail development on the block.

440 K rendering by Davis Carter Scott (via MVT CID)

From the MVT CID Spring newsletter:

440 K will be the next apartment building to break ground in the Mount Vernon Triangle. With 234 apartments, 440 K will feature two rooftop terraces, a pool, private club room for social occassions, private balconies, and a fitness center. There will also be 9,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.

440 K Street will be the fourth building completed in Mount Vernon Place, the two million square foot, mixed-use development of The Wilkes Company and Quadrangle Development Corporation. Designed by Davis Carter Scott, the building is anticipated to be complete by the autumn of 2013.

I can only assume 440 K has the potential to leapfrog 450 K in timeline for groundbreaking because 450 K has all the historical preservation stuff to work through?

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Walgreens at 7th & H to go Upscale

In early January Capital Business shared the list of prospective retailers Douglas Development had lined up for their 7th and H development. At tonight’s MVSNA meeting Paul Millstein (from Douglas) confirmed that Walgreens and Yo! Sushi were on board but did not confirm Panera Bread.

Perhaps more insightful was Millstein’s explanation of how this would not be a typical Walgreens. This Walgreens will be modeled after a ‘super store’ concept launched in Chicago at State and Randolph this January. The 25,000 sqft operation will occupy three floors including a basement level and aims to be as much a health and daily living store as a pharmacy. Expect upmarket fresh and pre-packaged foods, wine, a bakery, coffee shop and services including an on-site doctor and a nail salon on the second floor.

The embedded video showcases a tour of the new Chicago store. The ETA for this new Walgreens is the Nov/Dec timeframe.

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Lux Lounge Closure

Reader Chris Chan sent us this photo of a posted closure notice on Lux Lounge (649 New York Ave NW). The notice is signed by Chief of Police Cathy Lanier and suggests reopening is contingent on an ABC hearing.

Generally closures of this nature are triggered by an incident. Anyone hear anything about an incident at Lux Lounge?

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WaPo: High-rises replace parking lots in Mount Vernon Triangle

Lori Aratani of the Washingtonpost published an article yesterday about the ongoing transformation of our Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. The piece includes a hat tip to the Triangle blog and quotes from developers, residents and local office workers.

Planters outside Busboys patio painted to spell IMAGINE

Among the quotes, City Vista resident Sam Shipley states that the neighborhood was a bit like the ‘Wild West’ when he moved here in 2009. Most would agree the neighborhood was already on the upswing by then. The Fun Fair Video fiasco was already resolved by the time I moved to the neighborhood in early 2008. However that first year did include incidents such as Ace Hardware’s windows being vandalized with gunfire and a half dozen or more prostitutes squatting in the sunken patio of the old CAAB building.

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WCP: Douglas Proposing Massive Spec Office Building for New York Avenue

According to Lydia DePillis of the Washington City Paper’s Housing Complex column, Douglas Development has submitted a proposal to the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for design approval of a massive office building on the north side of the 600 Block of New York Avenue NW.

DePillis summarized the plan as:

The proposed development, designed by Shalom Baranes and shooting for LEED Silver, is 380,000 square feet of top-of-the-line office space. Most of the 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be in the site’s old brick buildings, which will be consolidated on 7th Street (by the time they finish the project across the street, Douglas will be experts in moving buildings). In order to not build on top of them, they’re asking for permission to transfer density towards the east end of the site, which would be built up to 130 feet. One side would have wavy fins with rooftop gardens.

When visiting her posting you may browse a Scribd embedded 35 page document with more details and illustrations.

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Rumor: Landrum concepts nixed for City Vista

RYSE: No more?

I was provided a tip earlier in the week that restaurateur Michael Landrum was deemed in breach of contract by EDENS for slow build out construction at his two leased spots at City Vista. That includes Ryse on the 5th Street frontage and what was likely to be a Ray’s Hellburger location on K Street between Mandu and Vida.

Last month the City Paper’s Young & Hungry column cited issues between Landrum and his contractor:

Last month, a D.C.-based general contractor, Genops Group, LLC, filed a series of lawsuits against Landrum and his company, MLRG, Inc., in D.C. Superior Court, charging the restaurateur with unpaid bills totaling a combined $348,483, plus interest, for construction work at three locations, including Retro Ray’s and Ray’s to the Third in Arlington, as well as the restaurateur’s yet-unopened D.C. bakery called Ryse, located on 5th Street NW near Mt. Vernon Square.

The same source anticipated that salad and frozen yogurt purveyor Sweetgreen would likely be taking the 5th Street retail bay. The potential retailers for the 2300 SF on K Street are currently less clear.

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