by Borderstan.com February 13, 2012 at 8:00 am 1,518 0

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Abdo Development  has withdrawn its zoning application for the last piece of vacant land on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.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completion.The Housing Complex blog (Lydia DePillis) at Washington City Paper reports that local developer Jim Abdo has withdrawn his zoning application for a planned residential building on the last piece of vacant land on the 1400 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW.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 Borderstan.com December 14, 2011 at 8:00 am 2,915 1 Comment

JBG and Georgetown Strategic Capital, 14th and U NW, development project

Demolition finally began Tuesday in preparation for the residential-retail development project at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. Originally known as the Utopia Project, it will have 267 apartments and 30,000 square-feet of retail. The historic facades on both 14th and U Streets, including the former site of El Paraiso restaurant (shown above) will be preserved. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Follow her and tell her your news on Twitter @MichLancaster or email her at [email protected].

Heritage India Somehow Keeps Liquor License

In keeping with the theme of how you assess ‘justice,’ Heritage India got to keep its liquor license, despite an extremely violent and ill-managed event that left one dead and several injured. WJLAreports that the license comes with several restrictions, however. They must give up their entertainment license, which means closing at midnight. The restaurant also must honor its name and serve food with alcohol. It will re-open on December 21. See Heritage India Melee: 1 Dead, 5 Injured Early Sunday Morning.

Driver in Fatal Hit and Run Sentenced

The driver responsible for a fatal hit and run on October 7, 2010, while under the influence, has been sentenced to three years, reports the The Washington Post. The jury didn’t come to a unanimous verdict on the voluntary manslaughter charge, which carried a longer sentence. That may still happen, as the judge opened the door to have the driver retried on that charge. According to The Post, Davidson was found guilty of negligent homicide, driving while under the influence and leaving the scene after a collision in connection with the death of Kiela M. Ryan, 24, of Howard County.”

Jewish-Style Deli Coming to Dupont Circle

For those of you trekking to Loeb’s or Star and Shamrock, here’s some good news: serious chef Barry Koslow has applied for a liquor license in Dupont Circle. Plans are for a Jewish-style deli, according to Washingtonian. Does anyone have any other news on menu ideas, location or date? I am now starving for corned beef on rye and would like the deets, ASAP. Koslow was formerly at Mendocino Grille and Tallula.

Saturday: DC Dreidel Championships at Historic Synagogue

The DC Dreidel Championship will be held at the Sixth and I Historic Synagogue this Saturday, December 17, at 8 pm. Admission is free if you RSVP, which gets you a chance to compete, hear live music and two of the most glorious words I’ve seen in an event invite: latke bar.

by Borderstan.com August 1, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,483 0

Gaia, Irvine Contemporary, Luis Gomez Photos, Logan Circle

Gaia’s new wall mural was completed early Sunday morning: “Pierre L’Enfant and 14th Street Rooster/Phoenix.” It is in the alley behind Irvine Contemporary, which is on 14th Street NW. You can enter the alley on the 1400 block of P Street NW just east of Logan Hardware. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words

You’ve probably heard plenty about the Utopia project over the past few months. The Washington Business Journal does have some more news, but more importantly, they bring us a rendering of what the project will potentially look like upon completion. It’s the most updated one I’ve seen, so if you have any more, please share them with readers in the comments!


by Borderstan.com July 25, 2011 at 8:00 am 1,607 1 Comment

It isn’t going to get any better this week. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Mike Kohn. Got some news for Mike? Drop him an email or find him on Twitter @mike_kohn.

Good Riddance

Some of the biggest news this weekend came from outside the District, but it’s still worth reporting in case you  missed it. In less than 60 short days, Don’t Ask Don’t Tell will officially be repealed, according to MetroWeekly. President Obama signed repeal legislation back in December 2010, and has certified that the military is ready for DADT to end. The legislation now will go into the “congressional review” period. On September 20, 2011, it’s OK to be out and proud in the military. Get your party heads and Pride posters ready.


by Borderstan.com January 21, 2011 at 5:00 am 1,451 0

14th Street NW Logan Circle Washington Blade Luis Gomez Photos

The Washington Blade has a new sign above the door at its location on the 1700 block of 14th Street NW. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Michelle Lancaster. Got news for Michelle? Send her an email.

Why is it that the short weeks always feel the longest? But you’ve made it to the end, so take a break and catch up!

Do Not Miss – Saturday Night Sips

Our own Alejandra brings news of Saturday Night Sips at her blog, a delicious fundraiser for Martha’s Table and DC Central Kitchen. $100 gets you food from local stars, quality cocktails and the warm feeling of having done something good for others.

Utopia Project at 14th and U On Track; ChiDogos May Be Gone This Fall

DCMud reports that the Utopia project at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW is on track with demolition of selected buildings to begin this fall — just opened ChiDogo on 14th Street being in one of them. According to DCMud, “… also on the chopping block is the United Supreme Council building, the Domino’s location, Taco Bell and Kentucky Fried Chicken. The buildings which house Ace Check Cashing, McDonald’s and El Paraiso are historic and will remain intact.” The development will house 220 rental units and 20,000 square feet of retail space.


by Borderstan.com November 14, 2008 at 8:00 pm 1,714 0

This is from DCmud, which bills itself as the “Urban Real Estate Digest of Washington, DC.” This post, “A Scaled Back Utopia on U Street,” is from Monday, November 10. The project would level a huge portion of the northwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW. This area is actually part of Dupont Circle ANC/2B in District 09. From DCmud:

Robert Moore of Georgetown Strategic Capital LLC (GSC) and Eric Colbert & Associates have gotten the go-ahead from two of the District’s governing bodies – the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) and the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) – to move forward with their mixed-use Utopia development at the southwest corner of 14th and U Streets NW.

Artist rendering of the Utopia project at 14th and U Streets NW. (Image from DCmud.)

Utopia has been in the approval queue for more than a year, but only now able to move through the approval process after obliging several variance requests. As such, the building will no longer feature a rooftop pool, and will top out at 90 feet, instead of the proposed 100. The building’s design was also tweaked to allow for varying levels of density throughout the parcel, which occupies two adjoining historic sites at 1912-1944 14th Street NW and 1400-1418 U Street NW.

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