by February 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,603 0

"Borderstan""Abdo Development"

Abdo Development  has withdrawn its zoning application for the last piece of vacant land on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. (Luis Gomez Photos).

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

There is never a lack of development news on 14th Street NW. In the past week, we’ve learned that one project is not moving forward and another announced their timeline for completion.The Housing Complex blog (Lydia DePillis) at Washington City Paper reports that local developer Jim Abdo has withdrawn his zoning application for a planned residential building on the last piece of vacant land on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. The lot is just around the corner from Abdo’s office on 14th Street NW.

Abdo Development announced plans to construct a 70-unit residential building on vacant land at 1427 Rhode Island Avenue NW back in August. Development of the plot would have completed the transformation of the block that began a decade ago. The 1400 block of Rhode Island NW is now a very desirable stretch in the neighborhood — long-time Borderstanis remember when that was definitely not the case.

Meanwhile, a few blocks north on the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets, developer JGB released a timeline for the construction of a mixed-use project. Work will get underway this month, and is expected to be completed December 2013. The development will include 268 luxury apartments and 40,000 square feet of ground floor retail.

New construction aside, the historic facades of businesses , and the businesses themselves — DC Noodles, Stem, Coppi’s and Utopia Bar & Grill — are to remain.

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by August 3, 2011 at 10:43 am 2,054 1 Comment

JGB Cos., 14th Street NW, District Condos, Luis Gomez Photos, Borderstan

The construction tower and crane went up Saturday at the District Condos project on 14th Street between S and Swann Streets. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann

Anyone out on 14th Street NW this past weekend surely noticed the massive construction equipment lined up between S and T Streets in front of JBG Cos.’ 125-unit District Condos project. Lining the streets for 12 hours, the equipment was used to erect the construction tower and crane for that project. (Excavation was temporarily halted in May due to some problems with soil conditions.) In an email to nearby neighbors of the construction, James Nozar, development manager for JBG, reported that excavation work on the site is complete, and that the project is on track for completion by late summer or early fall 2012.


by May 25, 2011 at 11:43 am 2,189 0

District Condos, 14th Street, Borderstan, Luis Gomez Photos

The west side of 14th Street NW between S and Swann will become 125 condos with ground-floor retail. Digging at the site has been temporarily halted due to underground fumes affecting the residential building in the background at right. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.

Just two months after the groundbreaking of the District Condos project at 14th and S Streets NW in Logan Circle, developer JBG/Grosvenor has ceased site excavation work along the western edge of the project.

The action was in response to an incident on May 8 in which fumes penetrated the two ground floor units of a neighboring residential condominium in the 1400 block of Swann Street NW. The project is on the west side of the block that runs from S Street north to Swann Street.

In a May 21 email to neighbors of the project, James Nozar, Development Manager for JBG Companies, said:


by May 2, 2011 at 6:30 am 1,427 0

Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, U Street NW, Borderstan

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

From Matty Rhoades

Ever Wonder About the Wonder Bread Building?

If you’ve walked by the vacant former Wonder Bread factory building at 641 S Street NW in Shaw, you’d have to wonder, “When will that get renovated and resold… as condos or something?” Greater Greater Washington gives you the history of the building as well as a look at the DC Preservation League, which recently held its 40th Anniversary gala at the site.

More on the Verizon Building Project

14th & You has more details on the recently announced PN Hoffman project for the Verizon building at the northwest corner of 14th and R Streets NW: “The biggest piece of news is that PN Hoffman acquired only the smaller south building for their project, not the larger building to the north.” Give it a read for all the details.


by April 29, 2011 at 6:32 am 2,235 0

Robert Wone, Swann Street NW, Borderstan

Recognize this Swann Street house? It can be yours for $1.599 million.

I’m back from Italy… hope I didn’t miss too much. Tell me about it @MichLancaster.

Another Infamous House for Sale

While Bob Woodward’s source was named Deep Throat, that was about as tawdry as it got for Woodward and his apartment (up for sale and in Wednesday’s SYMHM). Not so for the house where Robert Wone was murdered, which is up for sale again (not by the owner at the time of Wone’s murder). The list price is $1.599 million and we’ heard there’s an open house this Sunday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm. has more info on the house.

If you are a new resident not yet familiar with the tangled story, check out the comprehensive site Who Murdered Robert Wone, which is run by four editors who also live in the Borderstan area. Wone was murdered in the house at 1509 Swann Street NW on August 2, 2006. To date no one has been charged in his murder.


by April 28, 2011 at 9:51 am 1,947 0

Borderstan, View 14, 14th Street NW

View 14 at 14th Street and Florida Avenue NW. (Photo courtesy of Level 2 Development)

From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? send him an email. You can follow him on Twitter @TomOnSwann.

After a three-year lull, condo and apartment development along 14th Street — from Logan Circle to the blocks north of U Street — has blossomed at a frantic pace. (See list of related stories at bottom.)

Work is well underway at several sites and many and others are slated for groundbreaking soon. Most properties will be considered mixed-use, usually in the form of ground floor retail and residential units above.

Proof of the return of the market on 14th Street is a mixed-use project by Level 2 Development, a local real estate developer specializing in high-end residential and retail projects. It has announced two tenants for the retail spaces at the View 14 complex at 2303 14th Street NW. The building is on the northeast corner of 14th and Florida Avenue.

YWCA National Capital Area (Young Women’s Christian Association) and Beta Academy will occupy the spaces after build-out is complete. YWCA agreed to a 15-year lease and hopes to open in January 2012. Beta Academy will have a 10-year lease and has a target opening of third quarter 2011.



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