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Glover Park ANC considers backing looser liquor license moratorium

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 10/12/15 8:41pm

(Google Maps screenshot.) In 1999, the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration placed a moratorium on issuing liquor licenses around Glover Park and Cathedral Heights. The measure prevented any new taverns or nightclubs from opening in the area, and put a cap on liquor licenses issued to restaurants. “It was devised to control what was then out-of-control peace, order and quiet issues as a result of ABC (Alcoholic Beverage Control) licensed establishments,” Glover Park Advisory Neighborhood ...

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ANC opposes Saturday construction at East Campus, denting hopes of meeting fall deadline

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/08/15 2:33pm

(Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle).AU officials unsuccessfully pleaded Spring Valley advisory neighborhood commissioners on Wednesday night to support a proposal before the Zoning Commission that would allow Saturday construction work at the East Campus project site.Despite AU arguing extending the work hours is necessary to meet the fall deadline — as a third of the work days this past spring and summer were lost due to bad weather — commissioners voted 5-1 to oppose the proposal. The ANC’s ...

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Capital Bikeshare could add 99 new stations within next three years

By Ellie Hartleb Last updated: 10/07/15 4:43pm

Capital Bikeshare could grow its bike-lending program with 99 new stations by the end of the 2018 fiscal year, in addition to expanding 21 existing stations. The D.C. Department of Transportation released a draft development plan on Tuesday offering recommendations for the program’s future. The 143-page plan’s primary recommendation is to bring the service to more neighborhoods, in addition to increasing station density. Since the report found that most bikeshare trips last an average of ...

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Republican D.C. Council at-large candidate to speak at AU

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/07/15 2:00pm

(Courtesy Dave Oberting.)Republican D.C. Council at-large candidate Dave Oberting will speak at AU on Oct. 13, the first stop on a citywide college tour.Oberting launched his longshot bid last month, and the event — co-sponsored by AU College Republicans — will be his first chance to speak to a public crowd. Campaign manager Walter Deleon said there are plans are to hold similar events at George Washington University, Catholic University and Georgetown University.“We'll be unveiling ...

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Ban on restrictive grocery store covenants renewed in D.C. Council

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/07/15 1:02pm

Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh (courtesy Courtesy Barbara L. Salisbury/Mary Cheh's office). District residents who’d rather not abruptly lose their neighborhood grocery store can rest easy, at least for now. The D.C. Council unanimously approved emergency legislation for a second time Tuesday to prohibit grocery store owners from selling their property with restrictions that would prevent future grocers from opening.It’s a practice often carried out by corporations to cap competition ...

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AU asks city for Saturday workdays at East Campus site

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/06/15 3:20pm

East Campus rendering (AU Community Relations). Last winter, after losing construction time from bad weather, AU asked the city for longer weekday work hours at the East Campus site. Now the University wants to be able to work on Saturdays, lest the school miss its fall 2016 completion deadline.AU filed a request with the Zoning Commission on Sept. 30, a copy of which was obtained by District Wire, to extend construction hours on the project. The request seeks to add work on Saturdays from 8 ...

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7 free apps to help you get around D.C.

By Colleen Vivaldi Last updated: 10/05/15 11:00am

(WMATA) Washington, D.C. is a cosmopolitan mecca for all kinds of people — after all, it is the nation’s capital and a booming city. With that, navigating the city and its transit system is an important skill to learn for getting to work, college and touristy places like the National Mall. To help with what can be the overwhelming process of public transportation, here are our favorite free apps on the Apple App Store. iTrans DC Metro One of the most popular forms of transportation ...

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Steak N Egg pushes neighborhood fair back one week due to hurricane

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 10/01/15 6:43pm

(Steak 'n Egg)Hurricane Joaquin has forced Tenleytown diner Steak-N-Egg to push back its planned neighborhood fair, from this Saturday to October 10. The first ever Steak-N-Egg Neighborhood Fair will take place at its 4700 Wisconsin Ave NW location, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The restaurant will feature free food, special promotions and giveaways with the help of over a dozen other Tenleytown retailers, according to a press release.Steak-N-Egg has also announced that it is expanding its ...

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D.C. files for eminent domain to acquire remaining land at site of proposed D.C. United stadium

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 09/30/15 8:06pm

A rendering of the planned soccer stadium (Mayor's office). The District of Columbia has filed for eminent domain to acquire two acres of land at the site of the planned D.C. United soccer stadium. The move will secure the remaining parcel of land at the site, allowing the city to begin construction of the planned $300 million stadium at Buzzard Point in Southwest.The two acres are currently owned by real estate company Akridge. Last year, former Mayor Vincent Gray proposed to swap with Akridge ...

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Shaw Main Streets welcomes 14 businesses to neighborhood

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 09/30/15 5:17pm

Mayor Muriel Bowser (far right) and Alexander Padro (far left) of Shaw Main Streets cut the ribbon representing 14 businesses (Casey Wexler/The Eagle). Mayor Muriel Bowser brought down giant golden scissors Wednesday morning on a ribbon representing 14 new, reopening or expanded businesses in Shaw, the latest mass ribbon cutting in the neighborhood. Community group Shaw Main Streets has worked to bring new businesses and revitalize the area’s 7th and 9th Street commercial corridors since ...

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