The Hill Rag

04/19/2016 - 2:49pm
The District is seeking a turnkey solution for housing fifty homeless families at the proposed Southwest shelter at 700 Delaware Ave. SW, as part of a plan to house the current residents of the dilapidated DC General in eight small shelters for families, one in each ward. The city proposed to build the Southwest shelter directly to the rear of the Blind Whino gallery, located in the original Friendship Baptist Church, a well-known historic landmark. The city’s plan is to wrap the historic... >>more
04/30/2016 - 12:11pm
The Union Station of today, with its dated Amtrak waiting areas, hazardous pedestrian environment and inefficient taxicab queues, is not equipped to meet the needs of the rail station of the future. On average 37 million people pass through Union Station each year, but in 20 years that number is set to increase dramatically: Amtrak anticipates tripling passenger capacity and doubling train capacity. To expand and modernize the station, Amtrak is beginning a concourse modernization project in... >>more
04/30/2016 - 11:45am
Over spring break Kristina Vidal and I did an extreme makeover to a couple of bathrooms at Eliot-Hine Middle School. Kristina and I have daughters who are going to attend sixth grade at Eliot-Hine next fall. Stories about the bathrooms at Eliot-Hine are infamous. A couple years ago there weren’t stall doors in the girl’s bathroom. Stall doors were installed a year ago, but frankly the bathrooms looked pretty sad. A black privacy screen greeted you when you went in the bathrooms,... >>more
04/30/2016 - 11:12am
About six hours into testimonies from nearly 200 District residents, local parent Peter MacPherson summarized the theme of the April 14 education budget oversight hearing  — parents, teachers and students want the DC government to invest in the physical plants now, not in six years. “What we have seen is schools fall farther and farther behind,” said MacPherson, former president of the Capitol Hill Cluster School parent teacher association (PTA). “…The... >>more
04/30/2016 - 10:42am
The historic Friendship Baptist Church was purchased in 2003 by Square 643 LLC, a limited liability corporation controlled by Capitol Hill real estate developer Steve Tanner. Tanner now proposes to place the entire property within a condominium vehicle. This will allow him to sell sections of the property without the necessity of formally subdividing it. Under the terms of the condominium the property is divided between the historic church and its adjoining frontage, which Tanner intends to... >>more
04/30/2016 - 10:11am
The District is seeking a turnkey solution for housing 50 homeless families at a proposed shelter at 700 Delaware Ave. SW, as part of a plan to relocate the residents of the dilapidated DC General in eight small shelters, one in each ward. The city proposed to build the Southwest shelter directly to the rear of the Blind Whino gallery, located in the original Friendship Baptist Church, a well-known historic landmark. The plan is to wrap the historic church in a new, L-shaped structure. The... >>more
04/30/2016 - 9:42am
For anyone concerned about growing income inequality in the District, the budget just released by Mayor Bowser feels a lot different from a year ago – for the worse. No doubt it has things to like; it maintains funds for affordable housing programs and it devotes more to schools, for example.   But, while last year’s budget stood out for the many ways it responded to the needs of residents left behind by the city’s diverging economic trends, the new budget falls far short... >>more
04/30/2016 - 9:10am
Designs for the new Frager’s Hardware and mixed-use development on the 1100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue SE won the support of Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B on April 12. “It’s gratifying to have so much community support,” said John Weintraub, owner of Frager’s. “They’re the ones that shop with us, and we’re always overwhelmed.” Developer Perseus Reality presented mockups of the four-story (with a penthouse on top) building to... >>more
04/29/2016 - 3:57pm
A group of men robbed a business at gunpoint on the unit block of I Street SE around 3:30 a.m. The location is near the Navy Yard and Southeast residences. Police reported the robbers wore blue pants and black shirts.  In Thursday’s News At 6:32 p.m., police arrested a man on the 1200 block of I St. SE on charges of Robbery. Reporting Illegal Activity Prompt and detailed reporting of suspicious activities helps prevent crime. If a citizen sees suspicious activity, or any activity... >>more