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DC City Council Committees & Other Ward 5 Updates


Is this end of the  Brentwood Trash Transfer Station? Click the link for the full article. – Post (Click This Link)

Ward 5 Councilman McDuffie is the Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary, Councilwoman Anita Bonds, D-At large Chair of the Committee on Housing and Community Development , –  WBJ(Click This Link)

Ward 5 Happy Hour at Costa Brava  this Thursday @ 6:00pm  – Bloomingdale – (Click This Link)

The Washington Business Journal reports that the Hecht Warehouse District is expanding.  This development is shaping up to be a Washington Gateway landmark destination.  Below are some progress photos compared to renderings of what’s to come.   Click the link for the full story. –  WBJ ( Click This Link)

Photo by Robert Looper III
Progress Photo Of Hecht Warehouse Construction
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering showing added Restaurant
Bing Maps Photo
Aerial view of the Pappas Building between Okie & Fenwick Streets – The Red brick Warehouse
Photo Credit WBJ
Okie Street Rendering of the Pappas Building
Photo by Robert Looper III
Rail Tracks behind the Pappas Building
Photo Credit WBJ
Rendering of Rail tracks behind the Pappas Building

What’s Next For The New York Ave. Site?


The Site of the former Wal-Mart Development has been one of the most difficult to develop along the New York Ave. Corridor.  The site is now owned by Douglas Development who has been known to transform some of the least sough out properties and turning them into gems.  Below are the former plans for the site which consists of a multi-family development Arbor Place  and the most recent Point at Arboretum. Click the Washington Post Link below to learn more.

Washington Post Link

Arbor Place ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)

arbor place

Point at Arboretum ( Photo Courtesy of WCP)

Walmart NY Ave


Construction Updates Along The Gateway

Construction is steadily progressing at some development sites and breaking ground at others, here’s the latest on the  Hecht Warehouse District:

Hecht Warehouse District

The Hecht District is moving full speed ahead with the structure of the 1000 Car parking Garage which appears to be nearing  substantial completion.  Updated renderings on Douglas Development’s Website suggest that a pet store  as well as other clothing retailers will join the confirmed Moms Organic Market.


Construction Update May 2014

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Construction Update July 2014


Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development)

The conversion of the existing warehouse to loft apartments is also progressing with renderings  suggesting the Planet Fitness will occupy the Okie Street Entrance.

Construction Update May 2014 Looking West on Okie Street


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Construction Update July 2014 Looking West on  Okie Street


Rendering of Final Design(Courtesy of Douglas Development) – Looking West on Okie Street

Development News Update (Catching Up)

Photo Courtesy of The Washington Post

Good-Bye Wal-Mart; Hello… Dance Party?  The planned Wal-Mart Development located between  New York Ave. and Bladensburg Road has fallen through and the parcel is now up for sale. According to the Washington Business Journal, Councilman Vincent Orange wants to turn it into a Entertainment District. Doesn’t seem sustainable at first glance however, Mr. Orange will hear from me fairly soon on this one. Vincent Orange sees Wal-Mart’s end on New York Avenue NE as an Opportunity ( WBJ)

New Apartments, Planet Fitness, & Mom’s Organic Market Planned for Hecht’s District  The Ceremonial Ground Breaking took place last week for the Hecht’s District which included the announcement of a Planet Fitness Gym.  I reached out to the Developer of the Shops at Dakota Crossing to see how this announcement impacts retail selection at the Shops and it was explained that none of the recent activity/announcements at other projects has had any effect on the Shops.  However, no details could be given on who the actual retailers are  at this time for the Shops.  Officials Dig Into a Sandbox to Launch Transformation of Hecht Building (WCP)

Lowes Update  The Washington Business Journal also announced that the Contract with Lowes has been signed and Construction is slated for this summer.  I did verify  with other Sources close to the Project and was told that this could start as early as May.  This should also include the connector road to Ft. Lincoln Drive however, if no traffic infrastructure is in place ( i.e. Electronic Signals) this is a disaster waiting to happen.  Lowe’s to join Costco at D.C.’s Shops at Dakota Crossing (WBJ)

Also… Did you know that the Days Inn on New York Ave. was being used as a homeless shelter…  City Faces a Growing Crisis in Housing Homeless Families (WCP)