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Greener community spaces, sustainability among top recommendations for Adams Morgan from Office of Planning

By Ellie Hartleb Last updated: 11/12/15 10:00pm

(Screenshot from the D.C. Office of Planning report.) The future of Adams Morgan may look a little greener with new park spaces and sustainability programs and have a stronger sense of community and culture, under new recommendations from the D.C. Office of Planning. The office released a 32-page “Adams Morgan Vision Framework” plan outlining 17 long-term goals for the neighborhood, including increasing cultural diversification, embracing the neighborhood’s history and strengthening ...

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Weigh in on a proposed grocery store redevelopment and other projects tonight

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/12/15 9:15pm

Boundary of the ANC 3E, which encompasses parts of AU Park, Friendship Heights and Tenleytown (Office of the ANCs).At tonight’s monthly Tenleytown Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting, residents (that includes you, students) have a chance to weigh in on a half dozen issues that could bring changes to Tenleytown and the neighborhoods surrounding AU. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m. and will be held at 4300 Military Road NW in the Embassy Suites Hotel, Chevy Chase Ballroom I. Here’s ...

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Wesley Heights residents push for ban on gas-powered leaf blowers

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/06/15 11:45pm

Wesley Heights resident Haskell Small talks gas-powered leaf blowers to commissioners (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). While other D.C. neighborhoods feud with bars and clubs over noise spilling into residential streets, Wesley Heights residents have a more mundane foe: gas-powered leaf blowers. The leaf blower issue has been long running. In brief, opponents say the gas-powered types are too loud — 10 times louder than the maximum permitted D.C. noise level of 70 decibels at a distance of 50 ...

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City proposes new Circulator routes for NoMa

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 11/05/15 7:24pm

The neighborhood North of Massachusetts Avenue, NoMa, has grown from acres of empty lots to 20,000 residents within the last decade. Millions of square feet of development is still planned. Yet, the area is not served by the Circulator bus, despite the high demand for more efficient public transportation. That could change soon. The D.C Department of Transportation recently posted this online survey to get feedback on five proposed Circulator routes for the NoMa area. Furthermore, DDOT will host ...

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Chick-fil-A eyes Tenleytown location, submits plans to city

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/03/15 4:57pm

(Courtesy Chick-fil-A)The Chick-fil-A craze is sweeping D.C., and the next stop is Tenleytown. The chain will open its first non-college-campus shop in Columbia Heights on Wednesday, and Forest Hills Connection reported Monday the company plans to demolish the Burger King in Van Ness to build a second location. Tenleytown may be getting in on the action soon. The restaurant chain filed a public space application with the city that shows designs to open at the former Payless store ...

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Mixed-use redevelopment pitched for former site of Spring Valley grocery store

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 11/02/15 8:37pm

Rendering of the proposed five story building (BKV Group Architects). A proposed mixed-use redevelopment would bring 200 to 250 new residential units to Spring Valley, along with a grocery store and other retail to a lot behind the Washington College of Law campus building. Valor Development is currently courting chains such as Harris Teeter to the 4330 48th St NW site, where grocer Fresh & Green’s last operated before abruptly closing in late 2013. Bringing a grocery store back to ...

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City begins snow preparation; meteorologists predict milder winter despite El Niño

By Sam Bradway Last updated: 10/31/15 12:54am

 A snowy campus (Ana Santos/The Eagle). For the many city residents who see winter as a nuisance, Monday’s D.C. Council hearing on snow preparedness may bring some cautious optimism. Meteorology experts testified they expect milder conditions than last year, when National Airport recorded 18.3 inches of snow. “It’s stacked towards being a warmer or milder than normal winter,” Chris Strong of the National Weather Service told the Committee on Transportation and the Environment. The ...

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Mayor’s plan for police body cameras gains criticism from information advocates

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 10/29/15 8:34pm

Packed house in 412 for @kenyanmcduffie's Committee on Judiciary hearing on body-worn cameras.— CM McDuffie's Office (@CM_McDuffie) October 21, 2015 Mayor Muriel Bowser’s proposal for a police body camera program drew derision from representatives of the press and support from advocates for domestic assault victims at a D.C. Council hearing last week. Although there was widespread support for using body cameras at the Oct. 21 hearing, there was very little ...

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AU wins Zoning Commission approval for Saturday construction at East Campus

By Cuneyt Dil Last updated: 10/21/15 1:37am

Cranes from the East Campus construction project as seen from Ward Circle (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). The D.C. Zoning Commission has approved Saturday construction days at the AU East Campus site, a request the University made to try and make up time lost because of bad weather.The commission voted 5-0 Monday night in favor of a work hours extension that will allow general contractor Skanska to work Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in addition to its current 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekday schedule. In ...

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In D.C. and cities across America, a shift in demographic landscape

By Nadia Palacios Last updated: 10/13/15 6:52pm

Cranes dot the skyline atop the Reeves Center Building in the U Street neighborhood of Northwest. The area has seen an influx of white residents in the recent decade, along with increased development (Cuneyt Dil/The Eagle). The District, like several major cities in the U.S., is in the midst of a transition in its racial makeup as more white people are looking for homes in inner-city neighborhoods.That shift across U.S. cities was at the center of Columbia University professor Lance Freeman’s ...

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Glover Park ANC considers backing looser liquor license moratorium

By Casey Wexler Last updated: 10/13/15 12:41am

(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 6:33pm

(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 8:43pm

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 6:00pm

(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 5:02pm

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 7:20pm

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 3:00pm

(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 10:43pm

(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: 10/01/15 12:06am

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 9:17pm

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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