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Archive - May 2014


Over the Rainbow Orange Style

The Nose

In Chocolate City’s bad old days when crack pipes littered back alleys and District’s population was in free fall, the city’s politicians began making an annual collective pilgrimage to the City of Sin to attend the International Council of Shopping Centers Convention (ICSCC). Travelling as poor supplicants, they hoped to secure advantageous matches with glamorous, big box brides, whose presence might add luster to the city’s tarnished plans for economic revitalization.

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ANC 6E Report

Seventh Street Makeover

ANC 6B Report

Defining Pocket Parks

ANC 6C Report

University of Georgia

ANC 6D Report

Hotel to Help Fill in Ballpark Area

A Hilton hotel, designed for both long-term guests and tourists, will be constructed at Half and M Streets SW—50 M Street SW—filling in one of the remaining long-vacant construction sites at the ballpark. The developers made a presentation at the ANC meeting, looking for support for a variance to the Capital Gateway Overlay that would reduce the building’s parking by 25%--according to the developer, five or six spaces.

ANC 6A Report

ANC in a Pickle over Public Parking

Hill Center Progress Report

With a tenant in the café, the Hill Center has fulfilled the original plan

Chef David Guas will open Bayou Bakery, Coffee Bar & Eatery this fall in the historic carriage house at the Hill Center, located at 9th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. SE, bringing the Center’s original plan to completion. So this is a good time for a report to the people the facility serves – the Capitol Hill community and indeed the entire city.

Guy Martin is president of the Old Naval Hospital Foundation.

Frager’s A Year After the Fire

Piece by Piece, the Iconic Store Has Reimerged

While it may seem like yesterday, it’s been a year since a devastating fire took down Frager’s Hardware, a Capitol Hill landmark since 1920 at 1115 Pennsylvania Ave, SE.  On June 5, 2013, many members of the community witnessed the Hill institution go up in flames. It’s been a busy year since then for the Frager’s staff and owner John Weintraub.

Frager’s Hardware,, facebook/fragersdc

1323 E St SE: Hardware Warehouse (202.543.6157) & Just Ask Rental (202.543.0100);

306 Seventh St SE: The Pad at Eastern Market/Garden Center (202.733.6794)

1129 Pennsylvania Ave SE: Frager’s Paints (202.547.2468)

1115 Pennsylvania Ave SE: The Yard (the original location and where Frager’s will return) Bulk Items, Mulch, Potting Mix, Building Materials (202.543.6157)