I have been watching the very slow renovation for the past few months of this former Wendy’s Restaurant from years ago and alas they have posted the sign for what’s to come, Dolphin’s Fish & Chicken. Naturally, the use of the words Dolphin and Chicken in the same sentence intrigued me ( the play on words that is, I don’t eat Dolphin FYI). Either way, after a little research I was not able to find a website, in fact, the only mentions were on yelp, one in Englewood Chicago that recently closed, another in Michigan. So I’m guessing this place should easy on the wallet and hopefullyoffer some healthy choices. All in all, it is still a welcomed addition to that corner of Bladensburg Road. I reached out to the Michigan restaurant and the employee there wasn’t sure about the DC Restaurant, I will see if I can reach the owner for more details!
It appears that the 42 new Townhomes known as the Fort Lincoln Drive Banneker site is now being marketed as ‘Cityscape at Dakota Crossing’ and promises sweeping city views according to The Concordia Group’s website. I don’t mind the name, however, it does bring to question the neighborhood naming structure and if we are in fact becoming two separate neighborhoods. Often times when describing the neighborhood to friends and colleagues the name Fort Lincoln often results in blank stares. They all know exactly where Dakota Crossing is or more specifically the Townhomes at Costco. Dakota Crossing, Fort Lincoln’s newest retail and residential community, consist of The Dakota Crossing Town Homes (209 homes), The Villages at Dakota Crossing Townhomes and Condos( 334 homes) The Shops at Dakota Crossing (430,000SF Retail), the soon to be Cityscape at Dakota Crossing Town Homes ( 42 Homes), and potentially 300 new Apartments and 50 new Condos that could bear the Dakota Crossing Suffix. This could result in over 1,000 new residents which would account for about half of the population of Fort Lincoln. Fort Lincoln New Town which consists primarily of senior rental towers, Washington Overlook Apartments @Fort Lincoln and condos which typically carry the Fort Lincoln Suffix. Typically the homes and residents are older in the ‘New Town’ section of Fort Lincoln however, their relevance are just as important to the fabric of the neighborhood. However, at the current rate and scale of new developments carrying the Dakota Crossing Suffix I believe that overtime Dakota Crossing will become the prominent name when referencing the entire neighborhood. Just my opinion, what do you think?
DC Bicycle Master Plan – There has been a lot of interest surrounding bike lane connections from Fort Lincoln to Downtown DC and the Anacostia Riverwalk Trail. I have made connections to DDOT and your ideas are needed to help get the plan and funding moving. More details are forthcoming in the following week regarding the next steps to making this happen.