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Take the 2011 Capitol Riverfront & Yards Park Surveys  

planterTell us what you think!  Share your opinions on the Capitol Riverfront and Yards Park through the BID's annual online perception surveys.  From cleanliness to safety to special events to transportation, this is an opportunity for the BID to gain valuable feedback  on our progress and priorities in order to provide the best possible BID service.  Take the BID survey here, and the Yards Park survey here. The surveys are posted to the BID's website as well.  

The Boilermaker Shops are Coming Along Quickly  

boilermakerSwing by the Boilermaker Shops to see the progress being made towards completion of the project. As you can see from the picture to the right, the exterior is being prepared for the future installation of glass windows.  

 

Everything from ship boilers to torpedo tubes was once manufactured in this former industrial building. The heavy industrial character will remain; however, next year you'll find a growing array of great places to savor as well. Get excited about the Brewery by Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buzz Bakery, Huey's 24/7 Diner, Austin Grill Express, be right burger, and Willie's Brew & Que coming to Forest City's Yards development. 

 

Renovations to the historic building should be complete in the 3Q of 2012. Learn more at the Yards website

Development Update: 3rd Quarter Capitol Riverfront Data 

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*Total SF includes allowed development by right on lots where a building program has not been determined.

In the 3Q the Capitol Riverfront saw renovation commence on the 45,500 SF Boilermaker building by Forest City Washington which will be home to 6 restaurants including a brewery and is targeted to be completed in the 3Q of next year.  Construction continued on the second phase of Capitol Quarter Townhomes by EYA, the 276-unit Camden South Capitol apartment building, Canal Park, as well as the renovation of 200 I Street into a 350,000 SF office building.  Additionally, renovation of the 170-unit Foundry Lofts neared completion in the 3Q with the first residents targeted to move in next month.  The estimated residential population within the Capitol Riverfront remained at 3,300.  You can find an updated 3Q Development Map available to download on our website.

Capitol Riverfront Community Planting Day

cpd4 On Saturday, October 29th from 9 am to 12 noon, the Capitol Riverfront BID and the US Green Building Council National Capital Region are partnering to plant thousands of daffodil bulbs throughout the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. Sign up to volunteer here and join us in this effort to beautify the tree boxes and open spaces in the Capitol Riverfront. Volunteers should meet at the parking lot at M St. and 2nd St., SE. Coffee, juice, and breakfast will be provided. Thanks to our sponsors CSX, Frager's Hardware, William C. Smith + Co., ALKS, and the JBG Companies who are helping to make this event possible.  

      

Congratulations on 3 Years of Service Mr. Malcom and Thank You!

malcomThe Capitol Riverfront would like to send a special thanks to Mr. Jeffrey Malcom for three years of service on our Clean & Safe Team. Our neighborhood would not be what it is today without their dedicated service, and Mr. Malcom is a real asset to our spectacular team. Leon Johnson, our Clean and Safe Team Supervisor said, "We are very pleased with the level of service Mr. Malcom has provided to employees and businesses in the Capitol Riverfront."

 

Michael Stevens, Executive Director of the Capitol Riverfront added "Mr. Malcom is truly a dedicated and hard working member of our crew, and a genuinely nice person." Don't forget to take a moment and thank our team members for their efforts to improve our neighborhood.    

Check out the Capitol Riverfront Column in the Hill Rag 

hill ragThis month the Capitol Riverfront Business Improvement District has added a monthly column to the Hill Rag to keep readers up to date on the happenings in our neighborhood.. If you love the Hill Rag, be sure to check out this month's issue, where Michael Stevens discusses some of the history of the neighborhood, our current status, and our future efforts. You may have also noticed that Justin's Cafe in the First Floor of the Velocity Building at 1025 First Street SE has a Hill Rag news box. Pick one up, and check out what is new in the Capitol Riverfront. 

Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at CAVA 

volunteersA big thank you to all of our volunteers!  Last night, over 30 BID/Yards Park volunteers attended the Volunteer Appreciation Cocktail Reception at CAVA.  Volunteers mingled with fellow volunteers, many of them Capitol Riverfront residents, and also the BID team, and shared ideas for events for the upcoming year!  There will be many opportunities to volunteer next season and we are always looking for volunteers.  If you'd like to be a part of our volunteer network, please email Kathleen@capitolriverfront.org.  

Ghost Ship Barry Returns to our Shore 

ghost shipThe Navy Yard's USS Barry will turn morph into the Ghost Ship Barry again this Halloween. On October 28th, come to the Navy Yards Gate on 6th Street SE for the spooktacular event. Children under 12 and their parents should arrive between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm, ages 13 and up should come between 8:00 and 10:00 pm. Photo ID is required for everyone over 16. Costumes are discouraged, and anyone wearing a costume that limits their mobility won't be allowed to board. Everyone must obtain a ticket. To learn more, check out their website. Boo!  

Green Feature: The Navy Yard's Solar Project 

navy yard solarThe Navy has received approval to construct a 30kW solar parking canopy in the center of the 386 parking garage on the Washington Navy Yard.  The solar canopy is part of the Navy Yard's Net Zero Energy Demonstration project and will produce enough energy to power the base's Pass & I.D. office.  The project also included a ground source heat pump HVAC system, LED lighting, insulation, and electrochromic windows that change from clear to tinted based on the amount of sunlight.  When complete, building performance and energy generation information will be displayed in real time for the public to see inside the building's lobby.  The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2011.    

Faces of the Front: Susan Punnett, DC Family and Youth Initiative 

SusanSusan Punnett is the Executive Director at DC Family and Youth Initiative (DCFYI). They moved into the Capitol Riverfront last April, to the Forest City's Building 74.  As a new non-profit, they work to create enriching lifetime relationships for youth at risk of aging out of foster care. They make a difference in the lives of older children by forging pathways to adoption while building bridges between youth and a community of adults willing to open their hearts and homes.
 
DCFYI facilitates events that help break down inhibitions and grow relationships between children and adults by creating a comfortable environment where relationships can flourish. Susan said, "The events are where it all start, but the core of what we do is recruiting adults."

Before becoming the Family and Youth Initiative, this group operated as the Weekend Miracles program of Kidsave International, funded by a five year Adoption Opportunities grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. When Kidsave closed Weekend Miracles DC, we created Family and Youth Initiative to keep the program going and build on what we had begun. In the beginning, DCFYI operated as a project of Kidsave while we organized and built our new, independent organization. They continued to run events and recruit and match adults with teens without any interruption during the transition from Kidsave to DCFYI. Susan added,"We welcome everyone to learn more about DCFYI and to get involved or support the work we do with vulnerable teens who are also young people with incredible potential and promise."

Susan said, "For a lot of these kids, there isn't anybody they trust that can be that adult, nurturing voice that they will know will be there forever. Think of how most of us get through the issues of everyday life, like the first time you have a tough job. Without someone that can help you get through it, might not get through it."

For DCFYI, being in the Capitol Riverfront is good because it is close to the Metro's Green Line, which is accessible to volunteers. Personally, Susan loves being able to walk over to YP summer concerts, and seeing the neighborhood change. She said, "There's not many places in the city where you can appreciate how beautiful the river really is, and I love being by the river."

 

Learn more about this important program at: http://www.dcfyi.org/aboutus.htm 

 

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