The NorThwesT CurreN ... Jun 08, 2016 ¢  The NorThwesT CurreNT Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Serving Communities
The NorThwesT CurreN ... Jun 08, 2016 ¢  The NorThwesT CurreNT Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Serving Communities

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  • The NorThwesT CurreNT Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Serving Communities in Northwest Washington Since 1967 Vol. XLIX, No. 23

    Calendar/30 Classifieds/38 District Digest/4 Exhibits/31 In Your Neighborhood/12 Opinion/8

    Police Report/6 Real Estate/26 School Dispatches/7 Service Directory/36 Sports/11 Week Ahead/3


    Tudor at 200 Historic Georgetown mansion celebrates its bicentennial with series of events / Page 25


    Student starts eatery Korean restaurant on Wisconsin Avenue NW is new MBA grad’s real-world lesson / Page 3 Tips? Contact us at


    Hop to the top Georgetown Day runs past the competition to sweep the DCSAA track championships / Page 11

    Brian Kapur/The Current Washington Wizards guard John Wall, center, received the 2016 NBA Cares Seasonlong Community Assist Award at Bright Beginnings Inc., a local charity that serves children whose families live in shelters and transitional housing. After receiving the award, he helped assemble baskets filled with toiletries for the families of Bright Beginnings.


    By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

    Katrina Weinig of Forest Hills wants to see the Broad Branch stream restored and converted for community use. Steve Dryden of Mount Pleasant has been fighting since 2013 to preserve the wood- lands of Rock Creek Park as a habitat for avian wildlife. George Washington University seeks a more frugal irrigation system for its network of community gar- dens.

    These environmental efforts have in common a recent influx of fund, thanks to the new RiverSmart Innovation Grant program from the D.C. Department of Energy & Environment. The agency

    announced last week that nine pro- posals from a total of 35 applicants citywide earned the first annual round of grants.

    In addition to the three projects in Northwest D.C., recipients include projects at the 8th Street

    Arts Park and the East Capitol Urban Farm in Northeast; at Sousa Middle School in Southeast; and three at the Anacostia Watershed in Southeast.

    Proposals for stormwater-relat- ed improvement projects that also contained an educational angle or community involvement earned top priority in the selection pro- cess, according to the agency’s Emily Rice.

    The agency accepted applica- tions for 60 days — twice the length of a normal application process — in order to accommo- date as many grant proposals as possible.

    A team of six staffers combed through each proposal and

    RiverSmart program funds local green efforts

    Photo courtesy of GWU The city grant will allow George Washington University to install rain barrels in the GroW garden.

    By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

    The site of the current FBI headquarters could become home to a 160-foot-tall mixed-use build- ing that officials hope will revital- ize one of the District’s most sto- ried avenues, after a federal design panel approved draft guidelines for the site on Thursday.

    The U.S. General Services Administration has been working to consolidate and relocate the bureau to the suburbs, hoping to accomplish the move via a land swap that would have a developer taking over the J. Edgar Hoover Building at 935 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. The developer would be expected to follow National Capi- tal Planning Commission guide- lines, which the commission’s panel intends to finalize later this year to establish the size and shape of a redeveloped building and other urban design considerations.

    The goal for the 6.6-acre site, the largest on the stretch of Penn- sylvania Avenue between the White House and the U.S. Capitol, is to “preserve civic and ceremo- nial function of the avenue” with a “highly visible” building, the

    commission’s senior urban plan- ner Diane Sullivan said at a meet- ing Thursday.

    The tall, high-density building would occupy the block north of D Street — which would be restored between 9th and 10th streets NW — and there would also be a plaza area on either side of D.

    Though the mixed-use devel- opment is at least five years from completion, downtown stakehold- ers are already weighing in on the prospects for revitalizing Pennsyl- vania Avenue.

    Ward 2 D.C. Council member Jack Evans told The Current he

    Federal panel adopts draft guidelines for FBI parcel

    By CUNEYT DIL Current Correspondent

    The D.C. Board of Elections says it has new and faster ballot tabulation machines this year, and promises quicker returns on results during the night of the June 14 D.C. primary. Democratic voters next Tues- day will vote on their party’s nominee for president. The D.C. Demo- cratic Party selected its del- egates to the Democratic conven- tion in Philadelphia on May 21 through a caucus. Of the city’s 46 delegates, 20 are pledged, which means they have to support candi- dates in proportion to the number of popular votes they received. The remaining 26 unpledged del- egates — party leaders and elected officials — aren’t bound to sup- port a particular candidate at the Democratic National Convention next month. Locally, there are five races for

    Board preps for June 14 election day

    By MARK LIEBERMAN Current Staff Writer

    The latest round of a multi- phase optimization project for the District’s traffic signals swept across wards 3 and 4 on Friday, with community leaders largely in agreement that changes are need- ed but, in some cases, frustrated at the lack of concrete information from city agencies.

    The timing for more than 350 signals were upgraded on Friday,

    with the twin goals of reducing traffic congestion and improving pedestrian safety. The D.C. Department of Transportation says it has assembled data on vehicular and pedestrian patterns broken down by day of the week and time of day. Further adjustments to this round of signal changes could take place over the next few months as the agency takes stock of the opti- mization impacts.

    Last summer, the agency initi- ated a larger round of signal upgrades, with more than 650 sig- nals in the downtown area affect- ed. A year later, the Transportation

    Traffic signal tweaks aim to cut congestion ■ Transportation: Latest effort focuses on wards 3, 4

    Photo courtesy of the FBI The prominent Pennsylvania Avenue NW site of the Hoover Building would be redeveloped.

    See Signals/Page 16

    See FBI/Page 29See Grants/Page 14

    See Election/Page 14

    ■ VOTERS GUIIDE: Profiles and Q&A’s with council hopefuls. Pullout.

  • The five-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom town house at 4439 Greenwich Parkway NW in Foxhall Village

    was built in 1926 and fully reno- vated in 2007, updating the plumbing and electrical systems and the windows and doors, plus increasing the home’s square footage with a four-story “pop- out” addition in back. The addi- tion expanded the kitchen to include a large breakfast area and spiral staircase down into the expanded basement, and also cre- ated a new master suite at the top of the house. The home features pine floors throughout the origi- nal structure and exposed brick in the kitchen and stairwells.

    Convenient to MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, the Georgetown campus, George Washington University, the Key Bridge, and the shopping and din- ing of MacArthur Boulevard NW, this home is on the market for $1,249,000.

    A slate walkway leads from the quiet, one-way street to the art deco glass front door, which opens onto the south-facing living room and the updated, stone-tiled powder room. A broad, arched doorway frames a second, nar-

    rower arched door- way beyond and leads from the living room into the kitch- en, with space between for the stair- case up to the second level.

    In the kitchen, exposed original brick lends a rustic flavor, while the black granite coun- tertops and commer- cial-grade, stainless steel Viking refrigerator, gas range and oven make the space look on trend. A stainless steel Bosch dishwasher rounds out the suite of appliances. Although there is no built-in microwave, the kitchen’s wide countertops, spacious island with breakfast bar and plentiful cabinets — with white Shaker finishing — ensure there’s no shortage of space for appliances and tableware.

    The addition houses the dining area, next to floor-to-ceiling win- dows and French doors with blinds that close from the bottom up, to provide privacy while still allowing light. Out the back door, the home has private, two-car parking off the alley.

    The spiral staircase in the kitchen leads down into the fully finished in-law or au pair suite in the basement, perfect for long stays. The suite provides a stone-

    tiled recreation room, a carpeted living and bedroom area with closets, a full bathroom with stacked GE washer and dryer, and a full kitchen with stainless steel appliances. Also, two extra-large, ground-level windows into the basement — on the north and south sides — offer plentiful light and pass-throughs for furniture and bulky items.

    On the second floor, one en- suite bedroom in the front of the house lets in light from south-fac- ing windows and offers a walk-in closet and renovated bathroom with gray slate tile floor and stand-up shower.

    Two more bedrooms share a hall bathroom with custom-cut travertine tile floor and standing shower, as well as a balcony over- looking the private alley and neighbors’ gardens. The bedroom in the addition off