Monday, June 15, 2015

Saint Ex facade suffers damage

Saint Ex suffers facade damage and crews are currently trying to repair the fallen brick section. Sidewalk cafe customers must now enter from the T Street side of the building through the newly created doorway. Repairs should be completed in a few weeks. We believe that the chunk of bricks fell out because of the heavy traffic on 14th Street passing over broken pavement due to recent work by the utilities. Soon after the hole in the building was reported the city repaved the intersection of 14th and T and now there is less shaking goin' on. We look forward to a restored facade at one of our most popular eating and drinking establishments!

Mayor Bowser's First State of the District Address at Lincoln Theatre

Just a reminder that we are a few days away from Mayor Bowser’s first State of the District Address. Here are some things to keep in mind as you prepare for the March 31st event. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. The program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Registration does not guarantee entry. Overflow seating will be available at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center. No large bags or outside food in the venue. No signs or campaign material will be allowed inside the venue. Street parking is limited. Off-street parking will be available at the Frank D. Reeves Municipal Center located at 2000 14th St., NW on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please consider using U Street-Cardozo Metro station to attend the event. For special accommodations (translation services, wheelchair accessibility, etc.), contact Danielle Douglas atDanielle.douglas@dc.gov.

Streetsweeping begins March 16 due to snow

Due to the recent snowfall, the Dept. of Public Works has delayed the start of street sweeping until Monday , March 16. Fines are $45.00 for those who do not move their vehicles so please plan ahead!

What happened to these 2 establishments? New Town and Art Soiree

I have received several inquiries about New Town Kitchen and Lounge and Art Soiree. The former was located at 1336 U Street and went out of business when the owner did not pay rent and was evicted. Neighbors had been complaining about the late night noise and amplified music that was disturbing them. ABRA had cited the establishment several times for noise violations. The latter was a proposed business that was to be located on the second and third floors of the space above Floors on !4th next to Room and Board. The deal fell apart when the partnership didn't make the necessary improvements to the space in a timely fashion...so that space is now for lease.

Our McD's Is Now McChic!

The final touches have been made to the renovation and makeover of our local McDonald's at the corner of 14th and U. The new facade treatment updates the exterior (along with a new coat of paint to match the Louis) and the interior has been reconfigured. We welcome the changes and continue to enjoy the option of having choices for fast food in our neighborhood that has been overtaken by more expensive eating establishments. We miss KFC, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, and Yum's which were pushed out of our neighborhood due to the high rents that redevelopment projects brought to our corner of the world..

ESTRADA Named Outstanding Citizen Activist

At its annual Holiday luncheon held last month, the Federation of Citizens Associations named Ramon Estrada as the Outstanding Citizen Activist for 2014. They cited his role in cleaning up the crime in the 14th and U neighborhood back in the 1980's when the area was known for drug dealing and was considered "dangerous and unsafe." They also recognized his 10 years as an ANC Commissioner representing SMD 2B09 promoting the redevelopment of the neighborhood. He also served on the Alcohol Omnibus Bill Task Force helping to reform ABRA regulations. He is currenlty serving his second term as President of the Dupont Circle Citizens Association. The Dupont Current newspaper acknowledged his work and contributions and praised his efforts to transform his community into a "model neighborhood."

Council Votes Approvess Stadium Deal without Reeves Center

On Tuesday, Dec. 2, the Council voted to remove the Reeves Center from the soccer stadium deal. Advocates of the removal of the municipal building were pleased with the decision. A second vote on the revised bill will take place on Dec. 16, the last legislative session of the year. Still to be determined is how the stadium deal would actually be financed. I understand that the Council members are working with the Mayor's office to work out the financial details of the new proposed funding plan for the stadium. The Council will vote on those plans at their Dec. 16 legislative session.