Friday, July 18, 2014

Shaw to Host DC's first BRGR Bash

Fan's of BRGR Bash in Arlington will be able to experience the same concept - DC Style as
Shaw hosts the event this Saturday from 12-6PM on Florida Ave, NW. 

From the Event's Website


An insanely fun outdoor event with five hours of live music, lawn games, a craft beer garden by DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and New Belgium, and a friendly BRGR Battle between ten of the best grill masters in the DMV.

It all goes down on Saturday, July 19th from 12 pm - 6 pm at 945 Florida Avenue in Shaw, NW.

As a ticket holder, you get to try FIVE or ALL TEN “not-so-mini burgers” from the competing restaurants and vote for your favorite burger of the day — all while sampling great, craft beer and enjoying live tunes in the sunshine. At the end of the day, a winner for "Best BRGR of the Day" will be crowned. This restaurant takes home an EPIC trophy, a custom website at bestburgerindc.com, neighborhood pride, and burger bragging rights for a year. 

Pretty sweet, right?   Yeah, we think so too!

IMPORTANT STUFF ABOUT THE BASH.

The doors open at 12 pm. Music will begin at that time and continue until 6pm. The BRGR Battle will run from 12:45 pm to 5 pm (plenty of time to sample all the “not-so-mini” delights). Following the competition, votes will be counted and a winner will be announced at 5:45 pm. 

There are 3 types of event tickets* (detailed info on the right), which are processed and issued through Eventbrite via email and mobile app. The morning of the Bash, you will receive an email with a map of the festival grounds and detailed information on what to bring and where to check in. If you plan on enjoying delicious, local craft beer, please remember to bring valid ID. 

*Please note that there are a limited number of tickets and once they sell out, we can issue no more. Take advantage of the discounted prices below and secure your spot! Tickets are transferable but not refundable.

- See more at: http://dcbrgrbash.com/index.html#event

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Growing Trend - Owners Renting Out Portion of Their Home

An article in The Washington Post this week explores a growing trend in the DC area…Homeowners renting out a portion of their home or basement to a renter to off-set some of their mortgage payment. There are of course, regulations and implications for doing so as Andrew Turczyn discussed with The Post: 

The laws that govern renting part of your property vary, so research what applies in your area. The rules are pretty strict in D.C., Turczyn says, where guidelines dictate what spaces can and cannot be rented, including the minimum height of the ceilings and how many exits the space must have.
D.C. requires landlords to have a business license, too. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs issues a two-year license for about $190. DCRA also has to inspect the unit, and the application for that can be completed online.
“They’ve made the process a lot easier,” Turczyn says.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

New SW Condos Near Construction Start

Rendering courtesy of SK&I
Our friends at The Little Quadrant That Could have an update on the new PN Hoffman Condominium being built at 6th and Maine Ave in Southwest. 

From the blog: 


About a month after a raze permit was filed for St. Augustine's Church at 6th Street and Maine Avenue,  a press release states that PN Hoffman will get their permits sometime late this month to begin construction on a new, 108-unit mixed income condo building and a new St. Augustine's Church. According to the press release, the name of the condo building will be 600 Water Street. If that address sounds familiar, it is the current address for Spirit Cruises and Cantina Marina. Most of Water Street as it exists today will be removed to make way for The Wharf, but a portion of the street that runs by the site of the proposed condo building will remain. A 20-month construction timetable means that the condo will be completed around the first quarter of 2016. The condo building will be adjacent to the 3.5 acre Waterfront Park that will also be built during phase one of The Wharf and is expected to be completed in early 2017. Sales of the condo units are expected to begin in the second quarter of 2015.


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10th Street Flats to Clarendon

10th Street Flats is a proposed 150,000 square foot mixed-use project located at 3132 10th St. N and is going to be voted on by the Arlington Board at their next meeting.  It looks likely to win approval.


Clark Realty Capital plans for a five-story project with 135 residential units, nine live/work units in 8,153 square feet that could be converted to retail depending on market conditions, 3,660 square feet of retail, 4,704 square feet of office space and two levels of below-grade parking which will provide 154 spaces.

The site is bounded by North Highland Street, 10th Street North and Ninth Road North.  Plans call for an L-shaped and narrow building, with composite wood panels, composite wood and aluminum trellises on the facade. The ground floor uses masonry, glass and aluminum, and the middle segments of the building use fiber cement paneling.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Historical DC Buildings: The Balfour Condominium

Courtesy of Slate Properties 
Located at the bustling intersection of 16th and U Street, NW the Balfour Condominum is among the earliest Beaux Arts apartment houses in the District.  Originally named the Westover, the six-story building was designed by architect George Cooper in 1900.  According to records, the Balfour was built for approximately $100,000 - one of the most expensive apartments in the District at that time. 

When built, the property included six apartments on each floor - Four large units and two smaller units for guests, parents, or servants. Each parlor contained a decorative fireplace and dining rooms featured corner china cabinets. 

Courtesy of Slate Properties 
Common areas of the building feature some of the most elegant materials of the day. The marble staircase in the lobby extends to the main landing and elegantly welcomes owners and guests. The rectangular lobby floor is laid in ceramic tiles with a Greek-key border - common in DC buildings built between 1900-1920. 

In more recent history, the building was purchased in 1980 and was completely gutted (except for the lobby) in 1981.  Due to economic troubles, the building was repossessed by a bank and it was resold in 1984. The latest renovation in 1985 divided the property into 54-condominiums. 

Courtesy of Slate Properties 
Courtesy of Slate Properties

Source:  www.thebalfour.org 

Friday, July 11, 2014

Additional Development at Union Market


Rendering Courtesy of Edens Development
Edens has submitted a planned unit development application to the DC Zoning Commission asking for a first phase of construction to include a 38,000 - 40,000 SF theater on top of the existing Market building.  Rumor has it the theater will be an Angelika Film Center which is currently hosting a pop up theater at Union Market.  They also propose a four story, 112,000 SF office building on top of the theater.  This site is located at 1309 Fifth ST. NE.

The second phase would include 25,000 - 35,000 SF of retail along with 260,000 - 290,000 SF of office or residential in a 10 or 11 story building and 300 - 475 parking spaces.  This building will take the place of an existing warehouse and distribution facility at 1329 Fifth St. NE.

The project would include two open plazas, one at the foot of the market building and the second between the two properties, in addition to significant streetscape and sidewalk improvements on both Fifth and Sixth streets NE.