The neighborhood has changed and 14th Street NW, from Thomas Circle north to Florida Avenue and beyond, is probably the best example. On one block after another for the past decade, we have seen the transformation of the 14th Street corridor.
A note to potential commenters itching to comment on “change” and “gentrification” — these are observations and you are free to make your own interpretations as to their desirability. You can always consider what the Don Draper character on “Mad Men” says: “Change is neither good nor bad. It simply is. It can be greeted with terror or joy, a tantrum that says ‘I want it the way it was,’ or a dance that says, ‘Look, something new!’ ” Or not.
Newcomers of the past three to five years are to be forgiven if they don’t remember when residential buildings at 14th and N, 14th and Q and on the 1500 block of 14th Street (east side) did not exist. The same applies to the north side of the 1400 block of P Street NW (and Church Street just to the north) where large residential buildings face Whole Foods, which opened in the fall of 2000.
We “old-timers” still consider these to be “new” buildings.
The Retail Catch-Up
More than a decade ago, older businesses began closing shop to make way for new businesses that catered to the multitudes of new arrivals in Logan Circle — and more than few of those businesses are now gone (Garden District and go mama go! are two examples). However, Cafe Saint-Ex, Pulp and Home Rule are still going strong.
Shuttered store fronts on 14th Street opened as art galleries, restaurants, posh drinking establishments and upscale home decor stores. It’s been said that it takes a decade for retail to catch up with residential changes in gentrifying neighborhoods. If that is the case, then around 2000 the catch-up began. And, yes, it is hard to over-estimate the importance of Whole Foods as an anchor store for the 14th and P Streets shopping and residential corridor.
Residential Construction Boom
The boom in residential building construction continues on the 14th Street corridor. New residents, including young families have brought a different vibe to the sidewalks. Done or nearing completion are District, The Aston and Northern Exchange — the first on 14th between S and Swann, and the later two at 14th and R.
Coming in the next year are the massive Louis complex at 14th and U Streets and 1919 14th Street at Wallach Place. All will bring more residents — and more businesses to the first floors of the buildings.
The remainder of 2013 as well as 2014 will see even more residential-retail and business buildings on the 14th Street corridor:
- The Jefferson 14W is finishing up at the northeast corner of 14th and W Streets, including a large YMCA.
- The former site of Latino Auto Sales at the southeast corner of 14th and Florida will become condos by the end of 2013.
- The Central Union Mission will be moving out this year, from the southeast corner of 14th and R. UrbanTurf reports that construction will begin June.
- Filling in a gap on 14th Street, Furioso Development will bring an office building, which will be leased by Whitman-Walker Health.
- An empty warehouse at 1728 14th Street will become a commercial business building.
- Elevation Media reports that a 48-unit, seven story building will break ground in the last quarter of 2013 on the Zipcar lot at the northeast corner of 14th and Corcoran.
- Abdo has plans for the corner of 14th & Rhode Island.
I have undoubtedly missed some changes and some projects here. But the main point is that the 14th Street corridor is far from done. Expect to see something more in 2014 and beyond — there are still plenty of empty lots and one-story build-ins just itching for something new.
DC Water is still working on the “small diameter priority water mains” project on Corcoran Street NW. An area around 15th and Corcoran Streets NW was without water Monday from around 9 am to 4 pm. A crew opened a large trench at the intersection early this morning, but had temporarily paved it over by evening.
Parts of the 1300 and 1400 blocks of Corcoran have been dug up for the project. It’s a familiar exercise for residents as these blocks were among the ones that got a major refurbishing in the fall of 2009–streets, tree boxes and brick sidewalks.
For more information, see the July 21 post, “Deja Vu: Corcoran Street Torn Up – Again – for Water Project.”
1500-block of Corcoran Street NW, 9:30 a.m.: This photo shows a break in and theft from an auto in progress. Our neighbor on the block looked out his window, saw what was happening and called the police. According to our witness (who has talked to the police), the guy pulled up on his bike, which he then parked on the sidewalk (in the bottom of the photo). He apparently saw something on the back seat of the car, then smashed the right back window and then popped the trunk. According to the witness, the guy did not seem to have a care in the world… didn’t seem to be worried about being seen or caught.
D.C. police today cordoned off the 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW thinking they had a bead on the burglar(s) terrorizing via roof and skylights the residents of Dupont Circle and adjacent neighborhoods. But he got away.
All I can say is… this guy is good. Read entire posting.
Monday was a beautiful, bright snowday in Washington… the only real snowstorm we have had all winter. So, we were curious to find out here in Borderstan how many readers went to work–or not. I have lived in Washington for 16+ years and this tends to be a stay-at-home city even when snow merely threatens.
From the MPD Second District: Robbery occurred in the 1500 block of Corcoran Street NW on Sunday, 1/4/2009, 11 pm. Citizen reports the suspect, a black male, 5’6, 150 lbs, medium complexion, snatched her purse containing cash and cellphone as she was trying to enter her residence. Suspect fled north on 15th Street NW.
Received this alert from the MPD. There was a robbery just after midnight last night (Tuesday morning, technically). The crime occured on the 1300-block of Corcoran Street NW and the suspects left the scene by car.
Police Alert-Robbery Hold Up. ROBBERY HOLD UP _0024HOURS_1323 CORCORAN ST NW_ LOF 4 BM’S ALL DARK COMPLX LS IN CHARCOAL SUV LS SB ON 13TH ST DO NOT TAKE ACTION CALL 911 W/EVENT# 002-341. Sent on: 01/06 00:52
You can sign up for DC Alerts online and receive messages by e-mail account [work, home, other], cell phone, pager, BlackBerry or wireless PDA.
December 26-The Second Police District is currently investigating a Robbery with Knife that occurred earlier this evening at 7:20 pm. The location of the incident is 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW. The suspect is described as a white male, 6’0″, 200 lbs, 25-30 years of age, wearing all dark clothing. The suspect was last seen on foot in the 1700 block of Corcoran Street NW. – Lt. Michelle E. Milam
Received this message from Office Mike Smith last week and it’s a bit disturbing:
“Just wanted to pass on that there were two attempts to steal cars in the 1500-block of Corcoran this week. Both were Chrysler Sebrings. In the first, a neighbor saw three black male juveniles in the car for a while trying to get it started, left and came back try again. This happened around 6 to 7 p.m. In both cases they pulled out the ignitions, but couldn’t get the car started.”
Remember: Remove valuables from your car, hide or remove your car hook-ups (satellite radios, GPS / navigation systems, etc.). Obviously, if you see someone in your neighbor’s car, and the situation doesn’t seem right, you should call 911.
The 14th & You blog (a local favorite of mine) has an excellent posting on the importance of personal vigilance in public. It’s just a fact of life when you live in the big city. If you observe irrational or threatening behavior, TAKE ACTION. If possible, get away from this person and call the police! Do not ignore what might be an extremely dangerous situtation. The folks at 14th & You describe a recent incident that occured around 14th and Corcoran NW:
Yesterday evening, the missus and I were walking home north along 14th St. around 9:45 PM. We had just crossed Corcoran St., when a man walking briskly down the street caught our attention and said “If I were you guys, I’d cross over the street to the other side…there’s a guy behind me who just chased me down the block.”
Many of you may have heard a great deal of commotion during the evening yesterday (September 15) around 11:30 to midnight. Of course, by commotion I mean sirens and loud truck engines. The ruckus was caused by a fire in one of the apartments at 1512 Corcoran Street NW. Fire crews responded in a very timely fashion and the fire was extinguished promptly.
Of course, with a dozen vehicles, including fire engines, DCFD SUVs and ambulances, there was plenty to see. Most of the residents of the block came out to watch what one resident referred to as “street theatre.” I’m sure it was less entertaining for the residents of the building, all of whom were evacuated during the fire and many of whom had to deal with water and smoke damage to their apartments.
Photograph: One Photograph A Day
Borderstanians: Still cannot find out why there are “No Parking” signs and orange mesh fencing around the tree boxes on 15th Street NW between P and Corcoran Streets. But, if you’re parked there — both sides of 15th are marked — be sure to move your car before 7 a.m. between Monday, August 25 and Saturday, September 6. Looks like some extended work for almost two weeks. The parking ban is in effect until 4 p.m. for those dates. Saturday (tomorrow). There may be “No Parking” signs south of P Street NW as well — don’t know!