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Reservation 13, The Roost, and a Ribbon-Cutting on Ward 6 Short-Term Housing

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Mayor Bowser speaks at the opening of The Aya. Screenshot and statistics 02/27/20 A District Minute. EOM

There’s always news happening on the Hill. Here are a few stories for you to catch up on, going into the weekend.

Need More Cash for Reservation 13: The Acting Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) told DC Council that more money is necessary to stimulate development at Reservation 13, WBJ reported Tuesday. The remarks came from John Falcicchio during budget oversight hearings Monday, Feb. 25. “Our minds are open, our hopes are high, but our funds are a little bit lower than that,” Falcicchio said, according to the report. He did not give specifics.

Representatives from District agencies declined to appear at an Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 6B Hill East task force meeting scheduled that same evening to discuss development in the area.

Barracks Row Subway Closes: The Subway sandwich restaurant on 430 Eighth Street SE closed this week. A sign indicated that the space was available for lease. Another invited patrons to visit the location at 1201 Tuckerman St. NW.

‘The Roost’ Tenant List Complete: Last Friday, DC Eater reported that a New York style pizzeria would be a tenant of The Roost (1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE), the food hall billed as a ‘culinary clubhouse’ slated to open in Spring 2020. ANC 6B Commissioner Corey Holman helpfully mapped all the tenants onto the floor plan after the announcement was made:

The Aya Opens in Ward 6: Also on Friday, Feb. 21 Mayor Muriel Bowser joined Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen (D) and other officials to cut the ribbon on the new short-term family housing in Ward 6, called ‘The Aya’ (850 Delaware Ave. SW). The site includes fifty family units, on-site parking, an indoor play and activity space, a conference room, administrative space for staff and providers, and other amenities. The site is designed with several energy-efficient and sustainable features including a green roof, high efficiency windows, HVAC system, and plumbing fixtures. Allen posted a video reflected on the site and opening to his Facebook page.

Groundbreaking Kicks off Second Phase of ‘The Yards’: Bowser joined Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton Thursday, Feb. 27 for the official groundbreaking of Chemonics’ 300,000-plus square-foot headquarters at The Yards. The move of the international development consulting firm to The Yards will consolidate the company’s four D.C.- area locations and serves as the official kick-off of the waterfront development’s highly-anticipated second phase.

The building will include new ground-level retail, several levels of outdoor patios and green areas, adaptable meeting areas that can be used by the community, plus two levels of below-grade parking. It is expected to be completed in 2021.