From Tom Hay. Questions for Tom? Send him an email at Tom[AT]borderstan.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Tomonswann.
The long anticipated development at 14th and S Streets NW is nearing completion and the developer expects it to be ready for occupancy this fall. The residential-commercial project, named The District, includes a historic building that was the former home of the Whitman Walker Clinic. The project is the largest residential building to become available on the stretch of 14th Street between U Street and Thomas Circle.
A sign over the construction entrance in the alley between Swann and S Streets indicates the project is 65 days away from the first tenant move-in. James Nozar of JBG Companies, the developer of the project along with Grosvenor, confirmed that the sign is accurate. Nozar told Borderstan, “Floors would be ready at a rate of one floor per week, so the total building will be complete on Dec 3rd.” They expect to start taking rental reservations in early October when pricing will be released.
At the time of the 2010 groundbreaking the project was conceived as a high-end condominium project. About a year later the developers of the project changed course and announced that the building would be marketed as a boutique apartment building. The seven story building will have 125 apartments with ground floor retail.
Two restaurants have already announced plans for the prime location. Ted’s Bulletin is going to occupy the space at the corner of 14th and Swann Streets and an Asian concept restaurant by Mark Kuller — who conceived Estadio down the street at 14th and Church Streets — will take the space at the corner of 14th and S Streets. The same owners of Ted’s Bulletin will be opening another location of famed pizza/ pasta/wine bar Matchbox at the northwest corner of 14th and T Streets NW.
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Following on the heels of recent press releases of new restaurants and bars in the neighborhood comes the inevitable protest hearings on the granting of a liquor license by DC’s Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA).
One battle, over a planned bar near 8th and T streets NW, has made it to the evening news. WJLA reported on neighborhood opposition to entrepreneur David Batista’s effort to open All Souls in a now abandoned storefront at 725 T Street NW.
Neighbors interviewed in the report cited the proposed tavern’s proximity to Cleveland Elementary School across the street as the cause for concern. The report indicates that Batista has agreed not to serve alcohol during school hours, but the protesters are not satisfied.
Batista is represented by Andrew Kline who guided Jamie Leeds through the effort to expand Hank’s Oyster Bar in 2010. The ABRA hearing before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for All Souls is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at 4 pm. ABRA offices are located in the Reeves Center at 14th and U Streets NW.
Protest Over Kuller’s New Asian Themed Place at The District
Speaking of 14th Street… the liquor license application for Mark Kuller’s Southeast Asian themed restaurant at 14th and S Streets is being challenged by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B, subject to a voluntary agreement (VA) to address parking and hours of alcohol service on their outdoor patio. The vote to protest the application occurred at the ANC2B March meeting. Kuller’s latest venture is a few blocks north of his popular Estadio restaurant, and will be part of the large JBG apartment building currently under construction. The restaurant will be located in the portion of the project that includes the preserved facade of the former Whitman Walker Clinic building. The setback along the S Street facade will allow for outdoor cafe seating for 40 people.
It will be interesting to see if the restaurant’s location causes any reaction among S Street residents regarding hours — the 1400 block is entirely residential with row houses. There was pushback last year when a restaurant wanted to open on the 1400 block of T Street in the old Post Office Building.
Residents and community associations frequently protest license applications in the hopes of securing VAs with operators. The VA typically addresses concerns over hours of operation, trash and noise.