By Mike Kohn
From Near Collapse to Luxury Condos
Remember the mansion-turned-apartments at 16th and T NW that nearly collapsed in 2008? Not only did the residents have to evacuate, but the residents of some of the adjoining buildings had to temporarily leave their homes, too. The owners then decided to demolish the building, but after a protest to protect the historic structure, the city stepped in and saved the property. Now there are three luxury condo units in the building, with two still available. Jan Evans of Washington Fine Properties reports that “Unit W is two floors with private circular driveway… and the Penthouse comes with a rooftop garden.” Unit W is listed for $1.499 million while the penthouse price tag is $1.299 million.
Whole Foods to Bring on the Booze
The Whole Foods at 14th and P Streets NW has long been selling beer and wine. But now they’re about to become the first grocer in the District to serve alcohol to patrons stopping in for a bite to eat. TBD has the full report on how the upscale mart is taking advantage of a little-known amendment that the D.C. council passed back in 2008.
Showing Some Leg on the Metro
Did you see more underwear than normal this weekend? As reported in DCist, this Sunday marked the fourth annual No Pants Metro Ride, adapted from the New York City tradition that originated back in 2002. The Capitol Improv-led fun wrapped up with an after party at Cobalt, though the lack of pants may have been a little less surprising to Dupont Circle residents.
Here’s Your Chance to Be Extra Prideful
It may be colder than the North Pole, but that won’t stop Capital Pride organizers from getting themselves ready for the hot June event, according to Metro Weekly. If you’ve got pride to share and are thinking about joining a planning committee, mark your calendar for the kick-off meeting that’s coming up on January 20.
ANC 1B Elects New Officers
Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1B met January 6 with six of the 11 commissioners new, having been elected to their first two-year terms on November 2. Juan Lopez (1B07) was elected as the new chair, defeating incumbent chair Gail Holness Anderson (1B11) by a 5-4 vote. Ahnna Smith (1B08) was selected as vice chair, Myla Moss (1B01) as secretary and Mary Streett (1B05) as treasurer. The next meeting is Thursday, February 3, at the Reeves Municipal Center, 14th and U Streets NW.