Apparently, the owners of the new proposed Xclusive Lounge (707 H St) have been unwilling to negotiate an agreement to mitigate their impact on their nearby residential neighbors. Every other liquor license holder on H Street has a voluntary agreement of some sort, so this is of some understandable concern to the nearby neighbors. Read the neighbors updates below and consider signing their petition.
URGENT Update and Call to Action - Xclusive Hearing scheduled for March 28!
H Street has been waiting patiently for a gourmet pizza spot for a while now and while some places have been proposed that have not panned out, H & Pizza is on track to open at 1118 H Street -- the building next door to Taylor Gourmet, which previously housed Birdand -- later this Spring.
H & Pizza's owner Steve Salis is keeping his cards close to his chest for now, but he's excited to bring quality pizza to H Street and promises gourmet ingredients and a first rate product. H & Pizza will offer three types of crusts -- regular, whole wheat and nine grain and will also provide a variety of options for vegans, lactose intolerant and is working on developing a gluten free crust as well. Salis comes to DC from New York where he was involved in the restaurant business and has chosen H Street for his first outpost. H & Pizza is something of a fast-casual pizza concept, offering customizable made to order personal gourmet pizzas, made with top quality fresh ingredients. They will not offer pizza by the slice or delivery, but will be available for dine in and will do some carry out business as well. H & Pizza is renovated the building now in hopes of a late Spring opening.
Back in November we reported that the Insight Property Group had purchased the Murry's site at the corner of 6th & H Street NE and had planned to develop the site with a mixed use building to replace the grocery store, parking lot, and a couple small retail bays that currently occupy this large parcel. With Murry's slated for redevelopment and the Autozone site sold for development last year that left the H Street Storage site next door to Murry's on the north side of the 600 block of H Street as the sole remaining large urban blemish in need of redevelopment plans on H Street. The wait is over -- Insight Property Group has a contract on the H Street Storage site as well and is expected to close on the property this year and to include it in their plans to redevelop the Murry's site.
Few details have emerged thus far about the developers' grand plans, but you can bet that Insight is thinking big having obtained two of the largest parcels on H Street. The new development will be directly across the street from another mixed use development project from another mixed use development from Jair Lynch, which is expected to break ground this summer. Rapport Companies, owned by Gary Rappaport -- who also has terrific plans to redevelop the H Street Connection site on H between 8th & 10th Streets -- is handling the leasing for the mixed use site to be. We expect Insight has grand plans for the space and plans to land premier tenants for what is likely to go from perhaps the worst block on H Street to arguably one of its best when the two new developments are complete.
***PUBLIC MEETING NOTICE***
Councilmember Tommy Wells and DDOT Will Co-Host a Public Meeting About Performance Based Parking on H Street
Councilmember Tommy Wells and representatives from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) are co-hosting a public meeting on February 16 to discuss the Performance Based Parking program that is planned for the H Street corridor in northeast Washington. The program has two main goals: 1) improve the availability of customer parking on H Street, and 2) reduce parking spillover into adjacent residential streets. The program is scheduled to start in March 2012 and will apply to H Street, NE from 3rd to 15th Streets.
At the meeting, DDOT will present a proposal for implementing performance based parking on the H Street, NE for public review and comment.
Community members are encouraged to participate in this meeting to help shape the implementation plan for this program.
The information materials that will be presented at this meeting will also be made available online at http://1.usa.gov/AEw0fv under Related Documents following the February 16 meeting.
Following this meeting, a 30-day review and comment period will be made available to community stakeholders before DDOT implements the program. To review the implementation plan and submit comments please visit http://1.usa.gov/AEw0fv after February 16.
About Performance Based Parking
Performance based parking is a curbside management strategy that DDOT first introduced as a pilot in the Ballpark District of Ward 6 in March 2008. Performance based parking works by adjusting the rates and/or the time restrictions on metered blocks while protecting the parking supply on surrounding residential and mixed used corridors through increased residential parking protections and enforcement. For additional details please visit: http://1.usa.gov/AEw0fv.
What: H Street Performance Based Parking Zone Public Meeting
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012
6:30 pm – 8 pm
Where: Sherwood Recreation Center
640 10th Street, NE
Who: Just Tap with special guests: Christylez Bacon, Lesina Martin, The
Akua Allrich Quartet, Dionte Lee as well as Ryan Johnson of STOMP.
Date: March 11, 2012
Place: Atlas Performing Arts Center; 1333 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tickets: $15; $10 Student/Senior
DDOT & Tommy Wells will host a meeting on H Street Performance Parking on Thursday, at 6:30 pm at the Sherwood Recreation Center (640 10th St NE). We're not fully up to speed on the latest here, but this generally involves variable pricing at metered spaces along H Street, expanded residential parking protection along the side streets, and some efforts to recapture the funds generated through the parking meters for use in the local community.
Casbah applied for a liqour license to open at the corner of 12th & H. This is the Indian/Pakistania restaurant with a large side patio in the space that previously housed Naby's Island.
Kids Basic Yoga, 6-week Course with
Jaedra at H Street
Sunday, 1:30 – 2:30pm
February 26th – April 1st
classes: $60, $10 walk-in only
Our youth yoga mission is
to have fun in a safe environment while learning about kindness and physical as
well as mental health by working together on basic yoga poses, songs, and
relaxation in a non-competitive atmosphere. Classes include meditation and
breathing exercises in addition to child friendly movements and poses.
The regular practice of
vinyasas, standing postures, and seated exercises “will accelerate the
development skills such as small controlled movements, whole-body coordination
and control, and balance (NC School of Yoga).” Additionally, breathing
exercises as well as sustained postures help develop patience and increase
focus which lead to a calm sense of being and possibly even a better night’s
As with all bodies, asana and pranayama help prevent illness to even
our youngest students. Movement and healthy breathing help provide fresh blood
and move lymph through the entire body assisting your immune system to ward any
lingering unwanted bacteria or viruses. Yoga asanas are particularly beneficial
for growing bodies. As children’s bones are hardening and broadening and
tendons, ligaments, and cartilage are settling into place children may
experience discomfort. Gentle stretching will help with pain while
strength-building postures will help with proper alignment and placement as the
body parts settles into a permanent place.
*If your child is younger or older than this age range, and they would
like to participate, please contact Hannah at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Boundary Road is a neighborhood American Bistro whose Chef Brad Walker has cooked at great restaurants including, Central, Proof, Cashion's and Fiola, while his partner and their GM Karlos Leopald's background includes popular Columbia Heights beer tavern Meridian Pint. They've done a terrific job renovating 414 H Street, which you can get a taste of from these Washingtonian photos from a couple weeks back. Boundary Road is going to be one of the most attractive spaces on H Street and their menus and Chef Brad's background suggest they'll be offering delicious food and drink to match.
Plan on checking them out soon and follow them on facebook and twitter for more info in the meantime.
Eater has a nice piece on Smith Commons (1245 H St), which recently celebrated their first anniversary. It's been a really good first year for them, though we're sorry to see their GM Sheldon Robinson go earlier this month. Congrats to Jerome and Miles on a great first year and best wishes to Sheldon in New York!
The Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center (4pm
The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents Rivers
and Memories- the art of E. J. Montgomery and Lilian Thomas Burwell.Timed to coincide with Black History Month,
this visually engaging exhibition plays on a careful balance between fluid and
static motion.Also on display at the
center are the works of ceramicist Susan O’Brien, an Associate Professor at the
University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire.
Brentwood Arts Exchange at the
Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD
Conner Contemporary Art (6pm to 8pm)
Contemporary starts off 2012 with Bodies
and Soul by Patrcia Cronin.Inspired by 19th century American
neo-classical sculpture, Cronin has created large bronze tombs to protest the
Federal Government’s stance on gay marriage.Cronin’s words explain it best “if I can’t have it in life, I’m
going to have it in death.”
Conner Contemporary Art is located at 1358 Florida Avenue NE
G Fine Art (6pm to 8pm)
G Fine Art presents Ian
Devil, a Shadow, the Notice of a Small Falling Leaf.In this exhibition, three years in the
making, Whitmore grapples with iconoclast Andreas Karlstadt’s anguish of
believing paradoxically that religious iconography is blasphemous and should be
destroyed while simultaneously fearing divine retribution for their destruction.
G Fine Art is located at 1350 Florida Avenue NE.
Open Studio dc (6-9pm)
Open Studio dc will present recent
prints by Carolyn Hartmann and Pepa Leon.Hartmann created Open Studio dc as a place both to showcase work and as
a local center for printmaking and instruction.For more information about the Open Studio dc including the exhibition
and a class schedule, click
Open Studio DC is located at
1348 Florida Avenue NE
Tilted Torch Sweet
Things at the Red Palace (Performance Starts at 10pm)