Signs of a reviving neighborhood abound, so I thought I’d share a just a few that I’m watching closely.
1. The 1400 block of 9th. As I was walking home from The Long View Gallery’s opening on Saturday night, I took in the west side of the 1400 block of 9th in all its glory. This stretch really has passed the tipping point of renewal, and looks pretty great. Of recent note, construction on 1416 9th Street is progressing at a rapid pace, and 1410 9th Street looks like it’s getting close to completion. 1412 9th Street (to the left of Vegetate) is still for sale for $950k, and will surely sell soon. Hopefully the bookend buildings--the liquor store at 9th and P and the former carryout at 9th and O--will soon better represent the revitalized block.
2. 9th and N. A Yoga Studio has reportedly signed a lease for the space at 1300 9th Street (at the corner of 9th and N Streets, caddy-corner from the Convention Center). The studio should be up and running soon. Check out this piece in last year's the Washington Post about how the opening of a yoga studio symbolizes a neighborhood's progression into being more economically viable, safe, and amenity-filled.
3. 9th and Q. The cordoned off hole in the ground at 9th and Q Streets, NW—sardonically dubbed “Lake Woodson” by neighbors—is about to undergo a major transformation. The Historic Preservation Review Board (“HPRB”) recently approved the design for two new town homes. The architect for the project is the noted firm of Christian Zapatka Design LLC. One town home will face Q Street, and one will face 9th. One HPRB meeting attendee told me that the plans call for a very nice brick three story structure, with the third story set back a bit from 9th Street allowing for a wrap around terrace. The design has been described as modern industrial that fits nicely next to traditional row home fabric of the area. Construction should start by September. I will try to get an image to post on this blog.
Shaw really is emerging into a desirable enclave in the city of Washington. I even saw a real estate listing recently that went so far as to describe the property’s location as “in the sought after Shaw neighborhood.” I look forward to following these, and many other, developments in our area.