Chocolate City Brewing is Closing

image_0According to their website, Chocolate City Brewing is closing its doors and shutting down as of December 31, 2014. The Brewery moved into the Ward 5 community near the Brookland/Edgewood border three years ago. We’re sad to see them leave.

Here is the statement from their website:

After three and a half years in business, Chocolate City Beer will be closing its doors and turning off the lights on December 31st 2014. We want to give a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to all our supporters, friends and family, to our neighbors in Brookland, Edgewood and to the greater DC/DMV region. It was our pleasure to be a part of the local craft beer renaissance since 2011.
We will remain open for our regular Growler Hours both Saturdays December, 20th and 27th, as well as a couple TBA weekday nights approaching New Years Eve.

Our latest and sadly, last brew is in the tank, a New Brew: a heavily hopped Black IPA named GoodBye.P.A.- w/ Citra and Galaxy Hops and a strong roasted malt backbone.

Be sure to swing by, say farewell, pick up some Growlers of the last Cornerstone Copper Ale, Cerveza Nacional Black Lager and our swan song GoodBye.P.A

UPDATE: In the same day as Chocolate City announcing that they are closing, news that a new bar/pub is slated to open in the unused top floor of this SAME building. According to Popville:

Such an incredibly cool space begging for a bar. I’m very psyched to share this news from the owners of Wonderland (11th and Kenyon St, NW):

“Dew Drop Inn will have an American deli menu: sandwiches, soups, salads, bbq. And drinks. And a deck for trainspotting.”

If all goes well they plan on opening above Chocolate City Brewery (near the new Mess Hall) in late Spring/early Summer. Knock wood, knock wood! Stay tuned for tons of updates on this place because I’m beyond excited about the prospect.


Stolen Packages… ‘Tis the Season

grinchNow this isn’t to say that packages aren’t stolen from doorsteps during other times of the year but since the holidays are approaching, more and more people are shopping online and having items delivered, so I think it will do good to remind folks to stay vigilant when expecting packages.

Recently in November, a package thief was apprehended in the Woodridge/Brookland area, off of the 2100 block of Kearny Street NE. From MPD:

“In response to community concerns, members of the Fifth District Vice Unit conducted an operation on today’s date [Friday] to identify and apprehend persons involved in the theft of mail packages in PSAs 504 and 503. The operation was a success. Officers observed an individual in possession of a stolen package and effected an arrest. The theft occurred in the 2100 block of Kearny Street, Northeast. The stolen package and its contents were documented and returned to the rightful owner.

Please help us in our fight against mail package theft by reviewing the following tips.

Here’s what you can do to protect your mail from thieves:

1. Get a tracking number from the shipping company.

2. Require a signature with the delivery.

3. If you won’t be home, have the company leave the package at a local shipping center.

4. Set up an obvious surveillance camera with your home security system.

5. If UPS is making the delivery, get onboard with their U.P.S. My Choice program, which sends an e-mail or text message to the customer just prior to package arrival; it will be rerouted if nobody is home.

6. Insist that the driver leave the package in an inconspicuous area.

7. Have the driver leave the package at your apartment’s or condo’s office.

8. Retrieve your mail as quickly as possible after delivery.

9. If you can’t retrieve it daily, have a trusted person get it.

10. If you’re traveling, have the post office hold your mail until you get back.

11. Never received mail you were expecting? Contact the sender to see if it was sent. If so, file a complaint with the post office. This also applies if the contents of mail are missing.

12. Bring your checks or money orders to a postal collection box (personally give it to a postal worker) for the delivery driver to pick up; don’t leave checks or money orders in your home mailbox.

13. Never leave packages outside your door.

14. Alert recipients of your packages as to when they are to expect them.

15. Insure any packages you send.

16. Consider starting a neighborhood watch program. By exchanging work and vacation schedules with trusted friends and neighbors, you can watch each other’s mailboxes (as well as homes). If you observe a mail thief at work, call the local police immediately, and then call the U.S. Postal Inspection Service at 877-876-2455.

Along with notifying MPD, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service advises the following:

If you believe your mail was stolen, report it immediately to your local postmaster or nearest Postal Inspector. You’ll be asked to file a formal complaint using PS Form 2016, Mail Theft and Vandalism Complaint. By analyzing information collected from the form, Postal Inspectors may determine whether your problem is isolated or part of a larger mail theft problem in your neighborhood–and it may help Postal Inspectors locate and apprehend the thieves.

Consult with your local postmaster for the most up-to-date regulations on mailboxes, including the availability of locked centralized or curbside mailboxes.

If you feel that you are a victim of a crime involving the mail, submit an on-line complaint at Report Mail Theft“ (source: Popville.com)

Or… you could make the criminals pay with a bit of humor on your part, such as this victim did on 9th St NE when she was tired of them stealing her “crap”:


Police are also looking for a package thief caught on video along 8th Street NE (between K and I Streets). See that video here.


Channing Place Development

A new development is being proposed across Rhode Island Ave NE from the RIA Metro station (and behind the blue school building) along Channing Place NE. Douglas Development’s Jemal’s Channing Place is proposing to develop a major residential and commercial space at 805-809 Channing Place NE (a map of the location is below). Screen Shot 2014-12-05 at 2.20.21 PM

The two proposed buildings will consist of 141k and 174k sqft of new residential and commercial space. The group presented at the ANC5B meeting on December 4th. Read their plan more here and take a look at one of their conceptual drawings here:

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2006 RIA NE: Old and New

As we await the opening of Good Food Market at 2006 RIA NE, we found a really neat old photo of that location. The photo shows that the Good Food Market building was a hardware store and gas station called Fred M. Haas Hardware in 1924. What’s even more neat is that 2006 RIA NE was a corner location along the Avenue, and the two additional buildings were built later. See the then and now pics below:


Menkiti Developing Rhode Island Ave in Mt. Rainier


As reported by the WBJ, Menkiti Group (a Brookland-based realty and development company) has announced plans to redevelop the 3300 block of Rhode Island Avenue into a mixed-use development.

As proposed, Menkiti is planning to restore the three properties and to create a dozen residential units and 10,000 square feet of commercial space in the buildings. On tap is a 5,500-square-foot hardware store and 12 residential units at 3300 Rhode Island Ave., a 3,110-square-foot ReCreative Spaces arts incubator at 3308 Rhode Island Ave., and a 1,360-square-foot cafe by Englert at 3310 Rhode Island Ave.

So exactly where is 3300 RIA? See the map below:


As, you can see, it is immediately across the border. This development will definitely help bring more activity to the RIA NE sections on the DC-side of the border. Here is what the property currently looks like:

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2321 4th Street NE (4th and RIA NE) is Getting Developed

As the Insider reported several years ago (here), the H Street Community Development Corporation purchased this 40,000 square foot lot in front of the shopping center in the Edgewood neighborhood to possibly redevelop it for mixed-use. Recently, the Washington Biz Journal’s Michael Neibauer reported that:

The H Street Development Corp., with partner E&G Group, will construct a five-story, mixed-use building on this Edgewood lot. The first floor will include parking spaces, tenant offices, loading, retail and tenant community space, and the second through fifth floors will hold 116 affordable residential units— four studios, 70 one-bedroom, 38 two-bedroom and four three-bedroom units. The building was approved in 2012 for six stories and more than 150 units, but the partnership returned one year later with a scaled-down version. More than half of the $30.2 million project will be funded through D.C. Housing Finance Agency-issued bonds.

Here is also a video from Keller Williams highlighting this new development:

2321 RIA

H Street Development Corporation also lists the property on their website with a quick description of the development here (although they put the address as Rhode Island Ave NE… when it is really suppose to be 4th Street NE).

Although construction has not begun, permits are being issued and plans are moving forward for this development. This is good news as we see more and more density projects organizing around the RIA Metro.


Rhode Island Ave FALL FEST!

Looking for something to do this Saturday? Stop by the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest!



10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Rhode Island Ave. NE, between 20th and 24th Streets NE

As described by the Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street:

For the last 3 years, the Rhode Island Avenue Fall Fest has showcased our beautiful tree-lined commercial district in one of the hottest real estate markets in DC, and has attracted hundreds of visitors for a day full of shopping, food, and entertainment for the whole family. Fall Fest 2014 promises to be bigger and better – more music, more art, more food, and more fun!

Come check it out!

And if you want to check out some details on the previous years’ Fall Fest, look through the Insider’s coverage here and here.

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