DC Greens to Run Farm At Walker-Jones

Last week DCist reported that DC Greens will take over the operations of The Farm at Walker Jones. The site will eventually be reclaimed for development, as was always the Northwest One plan, but it is good to see the farm continue to be in position to thrive in the short term with DC Greens at the helm. The farm is located on K Street NW between New Jersey Avenue and First Street.


For more details about the history, plans for operations and potential for eventual relocation of the farm please visit the aforementioned DCist article. Eventually the new operators I presume will take control of the blog or find an alternative means to push out news.

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Shooting near Megabus Lot on Friday Night

megabusAs noted by the Prince of Petworth a shooting occurred Friday Night at 11:15pm at 1st and K Streets NW near the Megabus pickup/dropoff lot.


Last week the Washingtonian reported that Megabus is still in negotiations to move their operations to the parking deck at Union Station. Perhaps this incident will increase the sense of urgency.

Image Credit: Daquella manera

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Yale West, SeVerna make progress

Major progress is visible at both the Yale West at 437 New York Ave NW and The SeVerna on the unit block of L Street NW. The Yale West hi-rise had it’s masonry skin and windows installed late last year while the the wooden frames are presently being erected for the townhome portion of the SeVerna project.

On the marketing side the Yale West Apartments have both a placeholder website and a facebook page.

Yale West project exterior; 400 block of New York Ave NW

Severna framing, unit block of L Street NW

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Update on the SeVerna

Earlier this week DCMud published a recap on the SeVerna project that could potentially begin development this summer. The SeVerna is an affordable housing development sponsored by Golden Rule just east of the Triangle in Northwest One at 1st and L Streets NW. Much of the information on this project is sourced from The Henson Development Company website including renderings and a more substantial narrative (see below) than the one we shared in January.

Rendering of SeVerna 2-over-2 townhomes

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Ten things you may not know about DCPL

Tony Ross, the branch manager at the nearby Northwest One Library, has 10 items to share that you may not know about DC Public Libraries.

  1. Got a mobile music device? We have audiobooks you can download from our web site – about 6,000 of them, with new titles constantly being added. We were also the first library system in the country to offer iPod-compatible downloadable audiobooks.
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Golden Rule moves forward on the The SeVerna

Among the topics at tonight’s ANC 6C meeting will be an update from the Planning, Zoning, and Environment Committee on The SeVerna development to Northwest One. The matter-of-right development project from Golden Rule will construct a 60-unit apartment building at 1st & K Streets NW.

Former Golden Rule Super Market at future site of SeVerna Apartments (1st & K NW)

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Roundup from just outside the ‘hood

City Center: The new gastropub Againn, that we previously shared details on, has opened across the street from City Center at 1099 New York Ave. [Eater, Thrillist]

image of Againn interior courtesy of Eater

Northwest One: The next phase of nearby Northwest One will be 300 residential units at North Capitol and Patterson. [DCMud]

Chinatown: Nick Cho, who helped Max Brown get Chinatown Coffee off the ground, has been indicted for past tax evasion at the former Murky Coffee on Capitol Hill. [WBJ, PQLiving ]

Mayor’s Office: Cary Silverman outlines the rift between Fenty and our City Council. [The Other 35 Percent]

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Walker Jones School Ribbon Cutting

This upcoming Tuesday the office of the Deputy Mayor of Economic Development (DMPED) is holding a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Walker Jones School.

The new facility, located at New Jersey Ave and L Street NW, is the first new school built by the Fenty Administration. It will serve as the education (K-8) and recreation anchor for Northwest One, one of the District’s four New Communities projects.

While Walker Jones sits just across the street from the Mount Vernon Triangle’s official boundaries it does serve as the voting precinct for residents of several Triangle buildings including City Vista.

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Temple Courts demolition

DCMud is featuring a post today called DC Makes Way for Northwest One. The post includes quotes from Mayor Adrian Fenty on the demolition of the Temple Courts housing project and the new plans for the area dubbed Northwest One.

The following is from a WaPo article on Temple Courts:

The brown-brick buildings of Temple Courts have failed federal housing inspections for years. Rats and bedbugs have taken up residence in some apartments, and the stairwells smell of urine.

The building and its environs have been a magnet for crime. Temple Courts and Sursum Corda served as catalysts for the New Communities program, after 14-year-old Jahkema Princess Hansen was fatally shot at Sursum Corda in January 2004. Days earlier, she had witnessed a killing at Temple Courts.

Violence visited again 10 days ago, when a 10-year-old girl and two adults were shot outside Temple Courts on Memorial Day.

In its original form, New Communities included a “vital” principle known as “build first,” which was designed to keep gentrification in check by keeping poor residents in place until multi-income housing was built around them.

The intended result: economically diverse neighborhoods where ghettos once stood.

Temple Courts and Sursum Corda are located just east of the Triangle’s New Jersey Ave border.

For more press on Northwest One follow these links:

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