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Archive for June, 2016

The Bridge a Traffic Jam Built: Arlington Memorial Bridge

To view images full size & high resolution, left click on each By Matthew B. Gilmore* It was Armistice Day 1921. The holiday celebrating the end of the World War that had ended just three years previous. This year’s celebration would be special — a new monument would be dedicated, the Tomb of the Unknown […]

Prepared for by Kevin McDuffie & Staff of Coldwell Banker Dupont/Logan ~ Reporting Period: May 2016

The area covered by these listings is bounded by Rock Creek on the west, Upshur Street on the north, North Capitol Street on the east, and Massachusetts Avenue/M Street on the south.   SINGLE FAMILY HOUSES [60] [condo & co-op listings follow] 4128 Arkansas Ave. $699,000 110 Bates St. $635,000 1458 Belmont St. $1,495,000 1460 […]

DC Appeals Court Orders City Council to Produce Records Related to Development of McMillan Park Site

In a decision handed down on June 9th, the DC Court of Appeals ordered the Council to open its records related to the development of this historic site already underway. The Court rejected the Council’s arguement that the records were protected from disclosure by the District’s speech or debate statute.

Restaurant Review ~ Ottoman Taverna / 425 I St., NW

Turkish Delights! A newcomer to the Mt. Vernon area is a swanky, gilded Turkish eatery with a genuinely Turkish chef (from Turkey!). And its catchy name: Ottoman Taverna. History buffs will know that the Ottoman Empire became one of the most forceful and powerful states in the world. Although that empire, after 600 years of […]

Turmoil Continues Over McMillan Park Site Development; Friends Group Contests Validity of Zoning Commission’s Green Light for PUD, Files Appeal with DC Appeals Court

Accompanying images can be viewed in the June 2016 issue pdf By William G. Schulz* Despite final approval last month from the city’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB), opponents of the redevelopment of the McMillan Reservoir site, an historic landmark, have filed suit in the DC Court of Appeals in hopes of striking down the […]

Columbia Heights Transitions from Rural to Urban Reflecting DC’ Growth

Accompanying images can be viewed in the June 2016 issue pdf By Larry Ray* The 1920’s marked the transition of Columbia Heights from rural to urban with the advent of several important buildings, including Hines Funeral Home solidifying the corner of 14the and Harvard Streets, now occupied by the Greater Washington Urban League; the Riggs-Tompkins […]

A Fond Farewell to Our Friend La Fourchette

Once compared to “a Parisian café of old,” La Fourchette is run by its original owners, Jacqueline and Pierre Chauvet; he’s the chef, she runs the front. This French couple maintains their kitchen vigilance, even in the face of an onslaught of tonier, costlier eateries around town. Perhaps that’s why they remain while so many […]

CONT. ~ Columbia Heights Transitions from Rural to Urban

under the incredible leadership of Leon Hubbard became what it is today, Hubbard Place. It is managed by Somerset and the tenant president is Ms. Smead. In 2009, owners effectuated a full exterior renovation. It is a landmark building and is [listed] on the National Register [of Historic Places].” Riggs-Tompkins Building, now PNC/Kelsey Apartment Building […]

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Brief Filed by Friends of McMillan Park Contesting Zoning Commision Approval of Planned Unit Developmement

BRIEF FOR PETITIONER FRIENDS OF MCMILLAN PARK INTRODUCTION This consolidated case[1]  includes three timely petitions for review filed by Petitioner Friends of McMillan Park (“FOMP”) challenging three final agency decisions approving the intensive development of the historic McMillan Sand Filtration Site (“McMillan Site”), a designated historic landmark located on a 25-acre site in Ward 5 […]