One of the newest developments is conceptual approval for light on the Southwest Waterfront’s Case Bridge, being executed by the French company that brought lighting to the London Bridge during the 2012 Olympics. (If they could put lights on a bridge that is constantly falling down, we think they can handle Case Bridge.) Among our speakers, PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman (whose company, with Madison Marquette, is developing the $2B The Wharf) tells us the approval process has taken nine months, a blink compared to other aspects of the project. The company will use all LED lighting along the bridge and roadway platform. The Case Bridge is an artery into Virginia and carries 170,000 cars daily.
Monty tells us he’s also working with National Harbor, The Yards, Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown to get an expanded water taxi service to link all the waterfronts. He envisions an Uber-like app that lets riders visually see the location of the boats and provide ETAs. A free ferry between the Waterfront and Hains Point will be ready to go by Cherry Blossom season 2017. Monty says he envisions office workers hopping on the ferry to hit balls at the Hains Point golf course.
The VIO, a glamorous condo offering, starts selling at the end of this month. Hoffman Madison also just received approval to build a sweeping set of stairs like the Spanish steps in Rome (above), from 10th Street to Maine Avenue, giving visitors easy access to the Mall and amazing views from the top. Monty says more announcements are on the horizon, including the names of two more hotels, a lead office tenant and several restaurants that have already signed LOIs. Monty says he’s also working on bringing in a rum distillery. (Spain, rum, sweeping views? Is it possible this is an elaborate ruse to film another Pirates of the Caribbean?)
Grosvenor Americas has 325 apartment units with 25k SF of retail coming to the Waterfront in early 2017, says SVP Don Capobres, who will also speak at our event. Who will fill that space? Millennials, of course. Don says they’re a generation that’s cost conscious (45% of them have moved three times in the last three years and 35% have moved twice), so pricing will be a factor. The units are smaller, so the gross cost to the tenant is less and some of the amenities in the building will compensate for the lack of space. Tenants can share lounges that can serve as living rooms and it’s (so far) the only residential project that has Nats Park views from its rooftop. The company plans to augment the views with large TV screens.
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Find out more at millennialweek.com
Millennial Week is a weeklong celebration in Washington DC that provides a social and cultural platform for millennials – those born between 1977 and 2001. The millennial generation is the largest generation in the United States and is significantly contributing to the growth of the population in the District of Columbia. Many local businesses and entertainment venues are catering their products and services to meet the needs of this growing demographic.
2015 Millennial Week Events
- Millennial Day of Service – Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Turner Elementary School, Washington DC. Volunteers will take over DC middle schools to distribute 1,000 books to 1,000 kids, revamp libraries and paint murals.
- Mantras & Martinis – Sunday, June 14, 2015, 6- 8 p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC. Relax and connect with a session of feel good yoga at Grip the Mat followed by a cocktail reception. All levels welcome, but attendees must be 21 or older. Yoga mats are available to rent for $2; email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve one at least 24 hours in advance.
- Decision 2016: A Millennial Town Hall – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6-9 p.m. The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC. Millennials are changing the face of politics: they have been a deciding factor in the past two presidential elections. Decision 2016 will be a lively discussion of the issues and concerns that will take center stage in the 2016 election
- Millennials, Diversity & America – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6–9 p.m. Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC. The past year has pushed issues of race, civil rights and diversity to the forefront of American society. This forum will engage journalists, legal experts and community activists on issues including civil rights and the role of Millennials in leading social change.
- Millennial Hiring Fair – Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 1-4 p.m. The Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St. NW, Washington, DC. Millennials continue to face one of the highest unemployment rates of any other demographic. The Hiring Fair will allow attendees seeking new careers or career advancement to connect with recruiters from Wells Fargo, Mass Mutual, the American Society of Association Executives, and more.
- The Startup Lounge – Tuesday, June 16, 6-8:30 p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC. Strategize, network, socialize. The event is a place for Millennial entrepreneurs to network, engage and build awareness for their emerging enterprises and start-up ideas. Attendees can speak with financial advisers and professionals one for advice on business development, banking and funding.
- Entrepreneurs’ Forum: Raising Capital – Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 6:30-9 p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This panel will explore ways to find and secure funding, and discuss challenges that are specific to Millennial entrepreneurs.
- The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum – Thursday, June 18, 2015, 6:30- p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs and innovators from global corporations will discuss the challenges and opportunities related to starting new companies and working within corporate structures.
- Millennial Made: Food Face Off – Friday, June 19, 2015, 7–9:30 p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Millennial chefs will showcase their use of cool gadgets and cooking technology. Featuring live cooking stations, attendees will sample foods from each station and vote to determine which Millennial chef creates DC’s “best bite.”
- The Founder’s UnConference – Saturday, June 20, 2015, 9:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This event will convene inspiring founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to discuss topics including: running a lean start‐up, building an online brand, intellectual property for entrepreneurs, attracting corporate sponsors, and more.
DC Curbed gives the best neighborhoods for renters. Check out the article below.
Washington, D.C. is a big and beautiful city that spans four quadrants with over 100 distinctive and unique neighborhoods. If you’re interested in moving to the District or moving from one are to another, here is your guide to where the most livable and most rentable areas are. To make this list, Curbed took a look at the median rents in each area, the Walk Scores, and the communities that inhabit them. In only a few words, Curbed summarizes what you should expect to find in each neighborhood, whether that’s an active nightlife or swanky designer stores. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments on any neighborhoods we left out, but shouldn’t have.
- Navy Yard
- Median Rent: $2,374
Walk Score: 83
What to expect: Renovated old factories, new residential and office buildings, waterfront views
- Median Rent: $2,374
Walk Score: 94
What to expect: Strong community feel, local businesses, lots of row houses
- Friendship Heights
- Median Rent: $3,400
Walk Score: 79
What to expect: Swanky designer stores, suburban feel
- Adam’s Morgan
- Median Rent: $2,100
Walk Score: 94
What to expect: Active nightlife, cultural diversity
- U Street Corridor
- Median Rent: $2,600
Walk Score: 97
What to expect: Active nightlife, great transit
- H Street
- Median Rent: $2,045
Walk Score: 93
What to expect: Artsy, commercial-focused, hipsters
- Columbia Heights
- Median Rent: $2,200
Walk Score: 93
What to expect: Rapidly development retail/commercial center, yuppies
- Capitol Hill
- Median Rent: $2,300
Walk Score: 85
What to expect: Age diversity, historic row houses, commercial strips
Check out the article below for more information about the luxury apartments at National Harbor.
National Harbor’s first rental community, Esplanade at National Harbor, offers resort-style living at the 350-acre mixed-use development on the banks of the Potomac River. National Harbor has a hotel and conference center, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, as well as condos and townhouses to own.
The Esplanade, which is 34 percent leased and 20 percent occupied, has a private residents’ clubhouse with a high-definition golf simulator (virtual golf system) with five championship courses; a swimming pool; a courtyard with a fire pit; an outdoor kitchen with grills; bocce and other lawn games; art installations; a fitness center with a yoga studio; a business center; and a conference room.
Rents range from $1,675 to $3,100 for studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The apartments include high ceilings, large windows, granite counters, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient gas cooking, large-capacity washers and dryers and walk-in closets. Some units have a patio or terrace.
For more information, go to www.esplanadenationalharbor.com
– Michele Lerner at the Washington Post
Check out washington.org‘s 10 things to do this weekend to honor veterans and fallen heroes in the nation’s capital!
1. You can’t talk about Memorial Day in DC without mentioning the National Memorial Day Parade. Put on since 2005, the parade—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—is run by the American Veterans Center and honors those servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Set on Constitution Avenue, the march wows audiences exceeding 250,000 strong with marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, floats and hundreds of veterans. This year’s parade is set for Monday, May 25, starting at 2 p.m.
2. Arlington National Cemetery hosts an array of events to mark Memorial Day. Head to the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 for an official Memorial Day service, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Meanwhile, more than a quarter million mini flags will decorate the cemetery’s headstones. For another powerful tribute, head to the Tomb of the Unknowns, which is guarded by Tomb Guard Sentinels 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year. Stick around and you’ll see the impressive Changing of the Guard ceremony, which occurs every half-hour until the cemetery closes at 7 p.m.
At 4 p.m. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.
Urban Turf provides the scoop on Mortgage Insurance for first-time buyers.
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DC Curbed reports that buying is actually the cheaper option. Check out the article and Trulia’s interactive map below.
Here is Trulia’s interactive map.