The Week Ahead….Remington’s Last Stand

Remington's née Equus , 1980 - 2014

Remington’s née Equus , 1980 – 2014

The Week Ahead….Remington’s Last Stand

By Larry Janezich

Monday, April 14

Remington’s Last StandRemington’s closes today.  Expect a crowd this evening to celebrate the end of a 30/34 year run for the Capitol Hill institution.  The building (actually two adjacent buildings) was reportedly sold a year ago for $3 million to Mountain View Burleson, LLC.   Equus, the city’s original gay country-western bar which occupied half the building, took over the adjacent Gallagher’s and became Remington’s in the mid 1980’s.  Word on the street is that the building(s) will be gutted and divided.  Half will be occupied by a Sprint outlet; the new owners hope to open a food and beverage venue in the other half – the latter being uncertain.  Mountain View Burleson is a Texas LLC which lists its principle operation as Mountain View Development Company, Virginia Beach, VA.

Monday, April 14

ANC 6D meets at 7:00pm, DCRA Meeting Room, 1100 4th Street SW, 2nd Floor

Agenda items:

WMATA Presentation – Development at Navy Yard Metro

Channel Square Use Variance

Tour de Cure Race, American Diabetes Association

Monday, April 14

Quarterly RFK Community Outreach Meeting hosted by Events DC. Meeting is at 8:30pm in the RFK Stadium Media Room (South entrance, 4th Floor).

Tuesday April 15

CHRS Board of Directors meets at 6:30pm, Capitol Hill Townhomes, 750 6th Street, SE

Wednesday, April 16

ANC6a Economic Development Committee meeting has been postponed until Wednesday, April 23.

Thursday, April 17

PSA 108 meets at 7:00pm, Liberty Baptist Church, 527 Kentucky Avenue SE.

MPD Lt. JB Dykes.

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Residents Turn Out for Rat Summit – Barracks Row Restaurants, Not So Much

 

The Norwegian Rat, by James Audubon

The Norwegian Rat, by James Audubon

Bobby Corrigan, Rodentologist, Featured Speaker at Today's Rat Summit

Bobby Corrigan, Rodentologist, Featured Speaker at Today’s Rat Summit

Residents but No Restaurant Reps Attended Today's Rat Summit

Residents but No Restaurant Reps Attended Today’s Rat Summit

Residents Turn Out for Rat Summit – Barracks Row Restaurants, Not So Much

by Larry Janezich

Some 20 residents and a handful of ANC commissioners showed up for the Community Ward Six Rat Summit in Hill Center today.  The owners and managers of the source of many of the area’s rodent problems – the Barracks Row restaurants – appeared to be under represented, if present at all.  This was despite the efforts of the ANC commissioners Peisch and Oldenburg to encourage turnout among the restaurants in the 400 and 500 blocks of 8th Street, SE.

Restaurants are key players in the problem, according to Bobby Corrigan, Ph.D., of Corrigan Consulting, of Richmond, the featured speaker and one of the area’s leading experts on rodents.   He noted that one 60 pound bag of restaurant trash can supply edibles for 1,000 rats for a day.

According to Corrigan restaurant and resident trash disposal is a primary contributor to sustaining a neighborhoods rodent population.  Regarding restaurants, he said the push for enforcement by residents and resistance by business can create a weak link in the eradication chain which allows rats to take advantage.  Today’s meeting provided evidence to back up this statement.

Corrigan said that rats need food, shelter, and water.  The first two of these are the factors which can be controlled – water is widely available, and a rat can survive on the water from the morning dew on grass.

Some key rat facts listed by Corrigan include:

  • Doughnuts, bagels, and fried chicken are favorite rat foods, which they learn to like from the milk produced by a nursing mother who feeds on those items.
  • Rats live an average of 5 – 7 months of life when on the street; in a cage, they would survive longer.
  • A rat’s range can be as short as 25 feet from the nest up to 450 feet, depending on the source of food.
  • Corrigan says there are no “super rats,” and he will buy dinner for anyone bringing him a two pound rat.
  • Rats love alleys and other areas where residents regularly put out trash.
  • Rodents can enter a building through a hole the size of a dime, or through a crack the width of a Number 2 pencil.  The oily smear surrounding a rat hole in a wall is characteristic and comes from sebum secreted by the rat’s sebaceous glands.
  • Composting does not attract rats if cone correctly.
  • If you garden in an area with rats, it is difficult to keep them out.
  • Black box bait station poisoning is not particularly effective for rats regularly dining on a favorite food to which they have become accustomed.
  • Treating burrows with poison bait can be effective if monitored and followed up on by the city. Poison Tracking powder can be effective but affects pets and other mammals, and like bait takes a week or two to kill a rat.
  • Construction excavation does not necessarily produce rats – the rats have to be present.
  • “Excluder Rodent Proofing” is probably the best technology available on rodent control.

Some residents participating in today’s meeting said they were there because of rodent issues attending the restaurant group at 1st and D, SE (Tortilla Coast, Talay Thai, and Bullfeathers, and Ninella on 13th Street, SE, on Lincoln Park.  Capitol Hill Corner has posted several articles on Capitol Hill’s rat problem pointing to the restaurant group at 13th and Pennsylvania SE, http://bit.ly/RdVSfW ,  the Starbuck’s at 3rd and Pennsylvania http://bit.ly/1hZbdJN , Barracks Row  http://bit.ly/NK8lps , and Metro Center http://bit.ly/1aHa3T8.  ANC6b has enlisted city agencies to conduct a coordinated effort to address the Metro Center problem and individual commissioners are moving to address some of the other areas.

The key to rodent control is a joint effort by the community and city to make the environment unfriendly.  Restaurants must clean up and power wash alleys, clean disposal bins, and control trash disposal by keeping it inside until hauled away or disposing of it in a rodent proof trash compacter.

Things which community can do are the following.

Dispose of dog waste in residential trash bins with lids (your own, not those of other residents) or in public disposals which are impervious to access by rats.

Dispose of household trash in bins with lids – never in plastic bags.

Use landscaping which is unfriendly to rodents – bush and shrub choice (conical) are critical.

Corrigan stressed that “the rat is not forgiving of our mistakes,” and offered to answer questions which are emailed to him at: cityrats@icloud.com.

Today’s event was sponsored by CM Tommy Wells, DC DOH, and ANC6b.

 

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A “Sky Ear” Experience at The Fridge

Allegory Six.  Radio Sebastian.  Pen, acrylic paint, and acrylic medium on panel, 9X12"  $600

Allegory Six. Radio Sebastian. Pen, acrylic paint, and acrylic medium on panel, 9″ X 12″ $600

Codie (part 1) Stephanie Williams.  Wood, Fabric, Steel.  18 X 36"  $1000

Codie (part 1) Stephanie Williams. Wood, Fabric, Steel. 18 X 36″ $1000

A “Sky Ear” Experience at The Fridge

“Dance Of The Soramimi”

by Larry Janezich

Mishearing a word that sparks a creative leap to an unrelated idea is a common experience and is often the source of inspiration for poets and writers.  The Japanese name for the experience is “soramimi” – literally “empty ear” (according to Wikipedia) – or as three artists currently exhibiting at The Fridge more accurately translate it – “sky ear.”  The collaboration team of Radio Sebastian (Corwin Levi and Yumiko Blackwell) based in DC and Stephanie J. Williams of Virginia find inspiration in the experience to create visual soramimi.

Both Radio Sebastian and Williams reference childhood to explore the ways that what we see differ from what we experience.  Both use design to capture the attention.  Williams explores identity through soft sculpture sewn from cloth.  Radio Sebastian addresses the space between tranquility and anxiety in drawings and prints using mixed media.

Williams is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Art in the Foundations Department at James Madison University and has shown her work nationally and internationally.  http://www.stephaniejwilliams.com/

Levi is a law school graduate and Blackwell, currently a  librarian.  Radio Sebastian has  shown in numerous national venues.  http://www.radiosebastian.com/

Dance Of The Soramimi  - the exhibit –  opened last Saturday and runs through April 27.   This month, the Fridge’s Mini Gallery also features “The Art of Storytelling:  Carlos FOES Aguilar.”

The Fridge is open Wednesday – Saturday, noon until 7:00pm.   516 8th Street SE, Rear alley, Washington, DC   http://www.thefridgedc.com/

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The Week Ahead……The ANCs Are Busy

 

Khaliyl Nubian plays guitar weekends, 9:00am – 6:00pm at Baked and Wired in Georgetown.  http://bakedandwired.com/   Last week found him at Eastern Market, 7th and C Streets.  His card reads, “Have Guitar, Will Travel.”  I Want 2 Play 4 U.  Khaliyl999@hotmail.com

Khaliyl Nubian plays guitar weekends, 9:00am – 6:00pm at Baked and Wired in Georgetown. http://bakedandwired.com/ Last week found him at Eastern Market, 7th and C Streets. His card reads, “Have Guitar, Will Travel.” I Want 2 Play 4 U. Khaliyl999@hotmail.com

The Week Ahead……The ANCs Are Busy

Monday, April 7

CHRS Historic Preservation Committee meets at 6:30pm, at Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE.

Tuesday, April 8

ANC6B meets at 7:00pm, Hill Center.

Among the items on the agenda:

Presentation on 11th Street Bridge Park Project: Scott Kratz, Director

Presenttion on The Homeless Children’s Playtime Project: Joel Schwarz, Development Manager

Vacant Building at 531 8th Street SE, concept/storefront alterations/rooftop addition

Tandoor Grill 419 8th Street SE, second story addition

Letter to Office of Planning regarding Barney Circle/Southeast Boulevard Planning Scope of Work

Wednesday, April 9

ANC 6B Hill East Task Force Meeting at 6:30pm at St. Coletta’s, the first of two community meetings this month (the second, on April 30) to determine community priorities for the development of the Eastern Branch Building.  The now vacant building at 261 17th Street, SE, was formerly the Boys and Girls Club.  The city owns the building and is prepared to lease it to a developer.  A special task for chaired by Chuck Burger recommended uses for the building related to community needs, including daycare, aging and senior services, wellness and fitness and recreation.

Wednesday, April 9

ANC 6C meets at 7:00pm at the Heritage Foundation, 214 Massachusetts Avenue, NE.  Among items on the agenda:

Update on the Insight Properties Group Apollo Project – the planned high-end mixed-use community that would include approximately 321 residential units and 23,000 square feet of retail space in the 600 block of H Street, NE.

Presentation on a new establishment at 400 H Street, NE, the site of the former TruOrleans, shut down by DC Department of Revenue last year for failure to pay taxes.

Thursday, April 10

ANC6A meets at 7:00pm, Miner Elementary School, 601 15th Street, NE.

Among items on the agenda:

Community Presentation: Commander Dierdre Porter, MPD Fifth (5th) District

Conditional support of a bike rack in public space outside of Chupacabra, 822 H Street, NE

Conditional withdrawal of opposition to sidewalk café application by Nomad Hookah Bar, 1200 H Street, NE

Request that the Zoning Administrator investigate density and parking issues surrounding a proposed 18 unit condo project at 1511 A Street, NE.  (The height and mass of the project has neighbors livid over what they see as a violation of the spirit of what the Zoning Regulations intend and the developer and real estate broker taking advantage of an anomaly in the regulations which would give the developer the right to proceed  as a matter of right.)

Request that the Office of Planning upzone the remainder of the block containing the above project to R-4, with the exception of those properties on the south side of the block that front on East Capitol Street.

Thursday, April 10

CHRS Zoning Committee meets at 7:30pm, at Kirby House, 420 10th Street, SE

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Eastern Market Pottery – Photo Essay

The Entrance to Eastern Market Pottery is Down the Stairs at the 7th and C Streets Corner of Eastern Market

The Entrance to Eastern Market Pottery is Down the Stairs at the 7th and C Streets Corner of Eastern Market

Enter

Enter

Eastern Market Pottery's 1100 Square Foot Studio and Display Space

Eastern Market Pottery’s 1100 Square Foot Studio and Display Space

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

For Sale

One of the Studio's Two Electric Kilns

One of the Studio’s Two Electric Kilns

Instructor Lynn Murphy at the Potter's Wheel Last Sunday

Instructor Lynn Murphy at the Potter’s Wheel Last Sunday

Eastern Market Pottery – Photo Essay

by Larry Janezich

Eastern Market Pottery has been a fixture of Eastern Market since 1968.  After the April 2007 fire, the studio was relocated from the tower at the rear of the market to market’s south end lower level, entrance at 7th and C Streets.

In addition to selling pottery inside the studio, Eastern Market Pottery offers classes in pottery making four nights a week and on Thursday mornings.  Classes are taught by skilled potters and instruction is individualized to meet the needs of students at all skill levels.

Eastern Market Pottery was established in 1968 by Harold Guilland in Eastern Market to help cover living expenses while he finished writing Early American Folk Pottery, published in 1971.  Current owner Chuck Brome purchased the business in 1974 after working as an instructor and studio manager.

The staff includes owner, Chuck Brome; studio manager and instructor, Susan Jacobs, and instructors Ellen Jaffe, Audrey Jones, and Lynn Murphy.

For more information see here:  http://www.easternmarketpottery.com/ or call (202)544-6669.

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Photos From Inside “Barrel” – Owners Plans Stealth Opening for Capitol Hill Whiskey Bar

Barrel is at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

Barrel is at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE

"Brown Water"

“Brown Water”

Beers and Cider

Beers and Cider

Part of Barrel's 60 Foot Polished Concrete Bar

Part of Barrel’s 60 Foot Polished Concrete Bar

Part of the Dining Room Looking toward the Front of Barrel

Part of the Dining Room Looking toward the Front of Barrel

Electric Lights Point the Way to the Elixer Bar on the Lower Lever

Electric Lights Point the Way to the Elixer Bar on the Lower Lever

The Elixer Bar

The Elixer Bar

"The Dispensary"

“The Dispensary”

Photos From Inside “Barrel” – Owners Plans Stealth Opening for Capitol Hill Whiskey Bar

by Larry Janezich

Matt Weiss, co-owner of Barrel is playing it cagey with respect to exactly when Barrel will open, but he said, “you can print we expect to open next week.”  Pressed, he allowed that if all goes well at a soft opening for family and friends Thursday night, it might open tomorrow, Friday.  Weiss prefers to announce the opening on Twitter and social media, rather than in the blogosphere.

The bar and restaurant will feature more than 100 whiskies and a menu of South Carolina country cooking, heavy on the pork and fried chicken, light on vegetables.  No salads or desserts will be offered.  In addition to aged bourbon whiskies, Barrel will serve a creative line of cocktails, wine, and craft beers.

Weiss is proud of the main dining area’s 25 seat 60 foot concrete bar.  A “BAR” sign and arrow made of  lights at the rear of the restaurant points the way to the low-ceilinged underground “Elixir Bar” and “The Dispensary” – the latter being the liquor storage area behind locked sliding glass doors.  The lower room has a short bar and tables and is suitable for private events.

Formerly the 18th Amendment, the bar, owned by Mike Menard and Mike Schuster (partners in Star and Shamrock, Trusty’s and the future Compass Rose coming to 14th Street) brought in  Weiss as a new partner to open Barrel.  Menard and Schuster are also partners in The Pour House at 319 Pennsylvania Avenue, slated to close after an 11 year run, on April 30.  Weiss, also owns Union Pub and 201 Bar.

Barrel, at 613 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, will open at 4:00pm daily for dinner.  For the bar and kitchen menus, go here: http://barreldc.com/

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ANC6B Considers Major Residential/Retail Project on M Street, SE

 

View to the East of Phase 1, 1333 M Street

View to the East of Phase 1, 1333 M Street

Cohen Companies Rep Leila Batties Briefs ANC6B on Phase 1 of the Proposed M Street Project

Cohen Companies Rep Leila Batties Briefs ANC6B on Phase 1 of the Proposed M Street Project

"We regard this as the beginning of the discussion with the ANC."

“We regard this as the beginning of the discussion with the ANC.”

ANC6B Considers Major Residential/Retail Project on M Street, SE

Ten Story 673 Residential Unit To Front On Anacostia River

by Larry Janezich

Last night, ANC6B’s Planning and Zoning Committee heard a presentation from representatives of Cohen Companies, the developers of a proposed three building ten story mixed use project at 1333 M Street, SE.

Because of its scale and importance to the neighborhood, ANC Commissioner Francis Campbell’s Planning and Zoning Committee has authorized the creation of a subcommittee chaired by ANC6b06 Commissioner Nichole Opkins, to oversee the Planned Unit Development (PUD) process before the DC Zoning Commission.  The subcommittee has not been formed yet, but according to Campbell, will comprise both commissioners, residents and other community stakeholders – much as the subcommittee that considered the PUD for the Hine project.

When first proposed in 2010, the project was envisioned as office, hotel, retail and commercial, but the glut of office space in DC resulted in conversion of the project to mostly residential with some ground floor retail

The project will be built in four phases, resulting in three buildings – it will appear to be four structures, but two of them will be connected.   Cohen Companies explained the first phase – a ten story 218 residential unit building – last night.

When finished, the project will include 673 units – including affordable housing units, seven retail spaces totaling about 10,000 square feet, and 214 below grade parking spaces.

The project has not been without controversy; the National Capital Planning Commission expressed concern over the required closure of streets which existed as part of the L’Enfant Plan but which were currently unused.  The City Council eventually agreed to the closing of the streets in 2010.

Cohen Companies says that the project will provide $7.9 million in revenues to the city.  The company hopes for an initial hearing before the Zoning Commission (ZC) in June or July of this year.  The company will bring three requests before the ZC – rezoning for the entire property, preliminary approval of the project including use of property and density, and approval of Phase 1.  ANC6B will represent the community at each stage of the process.

Cohen Companies is one of the major players among District developers, and was named in the NPR/WAMU Series “Deals for Developers” in May of last year (see here: http://apps.npr.org/deals-for-developers-wamu/).  In that series, NPR/WAMU stated that Cohen Companies had received at $8,800,000 subsidy in the form of an LDA on this project, and had contributed $62,250 to District politicians over the past ten years.

 

 

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