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SYMHM: TGIF July 8 Edition

by Borderstan.com — July 8, 2011 at 8:00 am 0

14th & U Streets NW, Borderstan, Utopia Development, Luis Gomez Photos

Businesses in the single-level modern building on the 1900 block of 14th Street NW have closed in advance of demolition for the Utopia Project on the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets. The development will house 220 rental units and 20,000 square feet of retail space. The buildings that are home to Ace Check Cashing, McDonald’s and El Paraiso are historic and will remain. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Talk to me on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Historic U Street Post Office Back on Market

1438 U Street is in need of a new owner, as Rock Creek Group placed the property back on the market. The Washington Business Journal has the skinny on why they decided to relist the property. Plans had been floated for retail, office and even condos in the historic structure, formerly Station 9.

Council Meeting on Police, LGBT Gets Heated

Metro Weekly has an article that captures the full range of emotions aired at the third City Council hearing on hate crimes oversight. Tempers flared as Kristopher Baumann, chair of the Metropolitan Police Department’s union, the Fraternal Order of Police, blamed MPD management and the Council for the lack of action. With hate crimes against the LGBT community doubling in the last year, it’s no wonder that the issue and possible solutions to the problem are a cause for concern.

Apex Closes Doors

Workers at Apex found out Tuesday that the club had celebrating its last night on Saturday. The abrupt closing of doors, reported by the Washington Blade, surprised employees and patrons alike. The club had been for sale, but the closing of the deal by an anonymous buyer still happened quickly. The soft weeping you hear is from longtime Dupont Circle residents who patronized the club since its time as Badlands in the ’80’s and endured far too many insipid bachelorette parties in their time there.

Shiny Pretty Metro Cars?

Metro released renderings of the newest designs for cars today, and they are …sparkly. It’s not a bad thing, I like bling as much as your average commuter. See the pics at DCist. But wait, there’s more! Check out that sleek interior. Sparkly, clean, new – I’m in.

New York Behemoth Italian Eater, Eataly, To Open in D.C.

DCist also took a close look at Eataly, the New York based food and beverage emporium focused on (you guessed it), Italy. The owners broke the news that new locations were slated to open in D.C. and LA. Now, the question is where the massive emporium — 40,000 square feet in NYC — will open its doors in D.C. So Borderstanis, do we have room for it in our ‘hood? Do we even want a giant Italian market?

Hang Out with Borderstan This Weekend!

Meet up with Alejandra at the Farmers Market at 14th and U Streets on Saturday while grabbing some baked goods from Whisked. Then add to your summer spare tire at Local 16’s Pig Roast with me, Matty and Luis on Sunday. Tickets are still available for porky yumminess at $15. It’s a squeal of a deal!

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