by November 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm 3,761 3 Comments

"Borderstan""14th Street NW"

AYT Auto Service at 1630 14th Street NW is leaving at the end of 2011. The company has five other locations. The company’s Institute is also leaving, likely for Northeast DC. Next door to the south is Miss Pixie’s Furnishings and Whatnot. (Luis Gomez Photos)

The general manager for AYT’s six auto repair shops confirmed Friday that the company will close its location at 1630 14th Street NW on December 31. In addition, the AYT Training Institute, which trains mechanics and technicians, will move to a new location, according to Jim Harris, who managers the company’s six shops.

“We are still looking for a new location. The institute should be moving to Northeast DC, but that is not locked in,” said Harris. He said the company had tired to find a new space in the general vicinity in Northwest DC to replace the Auto Service Center closing on 14th Street, but was unsuccessful.

Adjacent to the AYT location is the future site of The Aston, a 31-unit condo building that will have first-floor retail; the lot at the southwest corner of 14th and R Streets was once a parking lot for both AYT and Zipcar.

What’s in store for the two-story building that also encompasses Miss Pixie’s Furnishings & Whatnot? Pixie Windsor said in August that she was searching for a new lease after her current one runs out at the end of March 2012. and The space above Windsor’s store was formerly home to Mid City Caffe, wwhich closed in October. Mimilah Modern Vintage opened last weekend in the former Caffe space “for a few months.”

Will the building be renovated? Could the current owners add additional floors to it, or would a tear-down be another scenario?

AYT’s closing is part of a trend on the 14th Street corridor that has accelerated this year as general retail and service stores depart — often with restaurants and upscale furnishing stores replacing them.

by May 18, 2011 at 8:30 am 2,149 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street (mostly).

From Michelle Lancaster. Tell me what I missed on Twitter @MichLancaster.

Driver in Fatal Accident Sentenced

What happens when you get drunk, drive your car and hit a pedestrian? Well, in this case, you get a three-year sentence. Chamica Adams’ blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit when she hit and killed Julia Bachleitner, an exchange student at Hopkins. Her sentencing was Tuesday, and DCist has a good recap with links. In the ‘consider me offended’ category, the judge told the parents to forgive the driver in order to move on with life, reports NBC Washington.

More Condos on 14th Street, This Time at T Street

I wonder if anyone concerned about more people, cars and noise in their neighborhood protest new condo developments. At 14th and T, a new condo with 126 units is slated for development, reports Washington City Paper. There is a note about retail on the bottom, so expect more discussion about what should and should not go there. Nothing against shoes, but no one needs more comfy shoes. Or fro yo. Or Subway (just this writer’s opinion). Credit also goes to 14th & U for this post, which made me laugh.



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