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by Andrew Ramonas — May 5, 2016 at 12:55 pm 6 Comments

(Updated at 6:25 a.m. Friday) A group of local officials representing Adams Morgan has refused to get behind a property developer’s proposal to construct a mixed-use building that takes away part of a plaza in the heart of the neighborhood.

In a series of votes late last night, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C backed three resolutions opposing PN Hoffman’s plan to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW.

The non-binding resolutions, to which D.C. agencies are mandated to give “great weight,” say the proposed six-story building has “significant issues” with height and scale and “significantly undermines the long-established set-back and the plaza,” among other problems.

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by Tim Regan — May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am 0

Photo via Dept of Parks and Rec(Updated at 2:49 p.m.) A recreation center and indoor pool in Adams Morgan are set to close for more than a year next week.

Marie Reed Recreation Center and Aquatic Center (2200 Champlain St. NW) is slated to close its doors for renovations next Friday, D.C.’s Department of Parks and Recreation announced. The center will stay closed until August, 2017.

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 3, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

2400 block of 17th Street NW (Photo via Google Maps)Two thieves wearing ski masks robbed a man and a woman at gunpoint in Adams Morgan over the weekend, according to a police report Borderstan obtained today.

The armed robbery happened on the 2400 block of 17th Street NW about 1 a.m. Sunday. The area is about a block west of Meridian Hill Park.

The victims were walking home when two masked men approached them, according to authorities. One of the men then snatched an iPhone from the male victim, flashed a handgun and ordered him to hand over all his belongings.

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by Andrew Ramonas — May 2, 2016 at 12:45 pm 17 Comments

SunTrust Plaza (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan for Reasonable Development)The battle over the future of a large plaza in the heart of Adams Morgan has spawned a request to stop what some locals are calling a “Bethesda-like apartment complex.”

The “Save Our Plaza in Adams Morgan” petition, which went online Saturday, calls for the SunTrust plaza at 1800 Columbia Road NW to be “improved, yet remain a central community gathering space and plaza serving the residents of Adams Morgan.” But developer PN Hoffman’s plan to create a smaller plaza with benches, chairs and cafe space doesn’t cut it, according to some residents.

“We are opposed to the current PN Hoffman plan to build a 80+ foot tall Bethesda-like apartment complex that would subsume the public plaza we use and enjoy now,” the petition says. “We support city intervention that will protect our plaza from encroachment by any proposed project at this central site in our neighborhood.”

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by Tim Regan — April 29, 2016 at 3:45 pm 0

Adams MorganLocals will be able to taste their way through Adams Morgan next Tuesday.

Nearby restaurants will throw open their doors for the annual Taste of Adams Morgan celebration, an event that invites the public to “stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods.”

22 eateries including Bourbon, El Tamarindo,  Madam’s Organ, Pop’s SeaBar and Roofers Union are set to highlight “their signature dishes or cocktails” starting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, according to an Eventbrite listing.

Tickets are $25 for four tastings or $40 for eight tastings.

by Borderstan Contributor — April 29, 2016 at 10:15 am 11 Comments

1800 Columbia Road NW revised rendering (Image via ANC 1C/PN Hoffman)

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Dear Neighbor,

PN Hoffman is excited to create a mixed-use development and thoughtfully enhance the plaza area to activate the corner at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. I’d like to share with you the key aspects of this development, explain our collaborative approach and invite you to provide us with your feedback and support.

The community benefits offered by the redevelopment plan for 1800 Columbia are numerous, and a few are highlighted below:

  • The project will include a new 58-unit condominium building with a portion of the units set aside as affordable housing; this enables homeownership in an established community where new housing supply is limited;
  • Neighborhood-serving ground floor retail; creates a dynamic and enlivened streetscape that will engage pedestrians while reconnecting the retail on both Columbia Road and 18th Street;
  • A re-envisioned plaza that will activate and reinvigorate this important corner with landscaping and seating providing opportunities for a variety of community gatherings and an aesthetically pleasing entrance to the Adams Morgan neighborhood;
  • The project will be sustainable, bringing new local jobs to the neighborhood, seeking LEED Silver level certification, and providing green roofs and rain gardens.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 28, 2016 at 1:55 pm 0

Crooked Beat Records (Photo via Facebook/Crooked Beat Records)(Updated at 2:40 p.m.) A record store that has spent more than a decade in Adams Morgan is set to shut down next month over health concerns.

Crooked Beat Records at 2116 18th St. NW is slated to close May 29 due to “serious respiratory problems” owner Bill Daly developed while working in the shop, according to a post published today on the store’s Facebook page.

The “old” building, which Crooked Beat has occupied since 2004, has “too many problems” that “have been constant, aggravating and very stressful” during the past year, the announcement says.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 28, 2016 at 11:15 am 0

Homicide reward flyer (Image via MPD)

Detectives still are working to make an arrest in a fatal shooting in Adams Morgan earlier this month, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said last night.

Speaking at a Ward 1 community meeting on safety, Lanier said she can’t say much about the investigation into the April 17 assault that killed 35-year-old Jayvon Marshman of Southeast D.C. and injured another man, as police continue to work to close the case.

“It’s still a very active case,” Lanier said.

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by Tim Regan — April 24, 2016 at 9:40 am 0

Police carA man stabbed another man in Adams Morgan early this morning, according to D.C. Police.

Authorities said the crime occurred on the 2400 block of 18th Street NW at about 3 a.m. this morning.

The man who was stabbed was taken to a local hospital for treatment, authorities said. Police did not say whether his wounds were life threatening.

One man was arrested after the crime occurred. Authorities have did not provide that man’s name.

This story will be updated as more details are known.

by Andrew Ramonas — April 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm 9 Comments

Adams Morgan community leaders last night moved one step closer to officially registering their opposition to a property developer’s proposal to revamp a large plaza in the heart of the neighborhood.

At a heated meeting filled with cheers and even some singing, an Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C committee backed a recommendation to formally notify D.C. officials of its resistance to PN Hoffman’s plans to build on the SunTrust plaza and the rest of 1800 Columbia Road NW.

The panel’s non-binding guidance argues that the D.C. government-backed “Adams Morgan Vision Framework” doesn’t support the developer’s plan for the plaza as part of a new mixed-use development. The framework calls for the privately owned plaza to serve as a “functional community gathering space” to host events, according to the committee’s recommendation.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 20, 2016 at 11:30 am 1 Comment

El Tamarindo is serving its Mexican and Salvadoran food in Adams Morgan once again after it shut down for about a month to renovate.

The restaurant at 1785 Florida Ave. NW opened last week for the first time since work to update the eatery began March 14, owner Jose Reyes told Borderstan yesterday.

After more than 34 years in business, El Tamarindo needed a new interior for its customers, he said.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 19, 2016 at 2:40 pm 0

Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series performance (Photo via Facebook/Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series)

The opportunity to pick up a Hula-Hoop and “shake your groove thang” to the beat of live music is coming back to an Adams Morgan plaza next month, according to a community organization.

The Adams Morgan Partnership Business Improvement District’s Adams Morgan Summer Concert Series is scheduled to kick off at the BB&T Bank plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW on Saturday, May 7. The free, family-friendly music performances, which run from 5-7 p.m., also are set for most Saturdays in May and June, weather permitting.

During the shows, bottles of bubbles and a dozen Hula-Hoops are slated to be available for children, as well as adults.

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by Andrew Ramonas — April 17, 2016 at 12:20 pm 1 Comment

Police car lightA 35-year-old man was killed and another man was injured in a shooting in Adams Morgan early this morning, according to authorities.

The double shooting happened on the 2500 block of 17th Street NW about 3:15 a.m. The block is about two blocks west of Meridian Hill Park.

Police responding to a report of gunshots in the area found Jayvon Marshman of Southeast D.C. dead on the scene. Cops also located a second man with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. He was brought to a local hospital for treatment.

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