Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream To Open on Barracks Row – Plus News from the Past Week

526 8th Street on Barracks Row will be the site of Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream To Open on Barracks Row – Plus News from the Past Week

by Larry Janezich

According to sources, the nationally acclaimed gourmet ice cream retailer Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream will set up shop on Barrack Row, at 526 8th Street.  The opening date is uncertain, but an announcement may come next week.

Featuring 35 artisan flavors, dairy from grass-pastured cows, and whole – as opposed to synthetic -flavorings, the product has won plaudits from customers in 13 cities across the country, including Austin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC.  Locally, Jeni’s has outlets at 1925 14th Street, NW, and in Bethesda and Old Town, Alexandria.  For more information, see here:

The shop is the first retail tenant of a property being developed by Chris Martin of Martin-Diamond Properties, who in June of 2018, unveiled a concept/plan for the development of the last empty lot on Barracks Row – the Shakespeare parking lot.   Martin also owns the former Phase 1 tavern at 525 8th Street which currently being built out for a sushi restaurant.

In other news from the past week:

Update on the Renovation of Southeast Library

According to sources, the project is on track and will not suffer from anticipated budget cuts resulting from the decline in revenues associated with the COVID-19 health crisis.  DC Public Library will likely host a virtual community meeting in the near future.

Once the Mayor begins lifting the stay at home order, services at Southeast Library will resume, but likely be limited to check out of materials – with social distancing and masks precautions in effect –  but will not include sitting down and occupying space in the library.  Library programming is currently limited to virtual programming and will remain so for the foreseeable future.  There will be no book sales before the library is fully open. You can use your library card – or get a new card instantly –  here: – which will give you access to an astonishing amount of information in the Virtual Library, including full text of newspapers and magazines, music, language courses, etc.

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Eyes Community Benefits from 1333 M Street Development

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Chair Corey Holman anticipates a virtual community meeting in the near future where the developer will introduce the 900 residential unit project on the Anacostia and take questions from neighbors.  Holman is planning to appoint an ad hoc subcommittee to negotiate benefits and amenities beyond the affordable housing the developers plan to include in the building.  He expects to have three meetings over the summer and making a recommendation to the full ANC by its September meeting.

ANC6B Planning and Zoning Continues to Press City on Comprehensive Plan

The Planning and Zoning Committee seems a little miffed at the casual dismissal of many of the ANC’s recommendations for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan submitted to the Office of Planning earlier this year.  The Committee will push back on several issues it feels strongly about:  Reservation 13 (institutional use by large employers), the 15th Street Corridor, the balance between historic preservation and affordable housing, and greening and energy efficiency in the Historic District. The Comp Plan is before the City Council and Chair Mendelson says he intends to move slowly and finalize it early next year.

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