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D.C. to seek development partners for four projects, with a focus on east of the Anacostia

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The District announced Tuesday that it will soon seek development partners for four projects — three east of the Anacostia — totaling thousands of square feet of retail, office, residential and restaurants.

The projects were announced Tuesday by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development at its annual March Madness pre-solicitation event. Held this year at The Wharf, the event attracted throngs of contractors, small businesses and consultants.

“This year is a big year — it is the year of the Anacostia,” said Sarosh Olpadwala, DMPED’s director of real estate. “We are focusing on expanding inclusive prosperity and affordable housing to underserved areas of the District, particularly for longtime residents of Washington D.C.”

First up, in April, is a 4.2-acre lot on the St. Elizabeths East campus, directly west of the Congress Heights Metro station and next to the new entertainment center and arena that will open this fall. Olpadwala said this parcel — referred to as St. Elizabeths East Parcel 15 — can accommodate up to 400,000 square feet of retail and commercial uses and is considered a major entry point to the 180-acre St. E’s campus.

“Redevelopment of this parcel should encourage pedestrian traffic and activity, particularly with ground-floor retail,” he said.

In May, the city will kick off the RFP process for the 18,000-square-foot second phase of the Eden Place development at the corner of Dix Street and 61st Street NE. Located on the eastern edge Deanwood, the property can be redeveloped by right as a moderate-density mixed-use project, Olpadwala said, adding that the first phase of 50,000 square feet was completed in 2017 with 29 housing units.

Also in May, the city will release an RFP to redevelop a 27,024-square-foot site at 1004-1018 Howard Road in Anacostia, directly across from the Anacostia Metro station. Currently, it is a vacant parcel that could permit a “moderately sized urban residential development,” Olpadwala said.

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Mahoghany Books Presents A Children’s Storytime Event featuring Simone Visits The Museum

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

Get tickets  for the Friday, October 12 show and champagne reception @ http://bit.ly/dick-gregory-dmv

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What $2,500 a month rents you in D.C.

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various D.C. neighborhoods. Is one person’s studio another person’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today’s price: $2,500 a month.

↑ In Northeast, these two-bedroom, two-bathroom units at the Brookland Press community start at $2,447 a month. The units are split across two buildings called The Foundry and The Forge that take cues from the neighborhood’s industrial past and offer modern amenities, including stainless steel appliances. The project is up the block from the Metro’s Red Line.

↑ For $2,500 a month, you can rent this updated three-bedroom, 2.5-bedroom house in Historic Anacostia. It has high ceilings, exposed brick, copious natural light, a backyard with a shed, and an unfinished basement for storage. The house is near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Good Hope Road SE, and the neighborhood’s library.

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