Frager's Hardware suffers devastating fire

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While not actually on Barracks Row, our friend and neighbor on 11th Street, Frager's Hardware, which also includes Frager's Garden Center, Frager's JustAsk Rental (where tents for popular events like the Barracks Row Fall Festival come from), and Frager's Paint, has suffered a devastating fire earlier tonight.

Celebrate Capitol Hill, a division of CHAMPS (Capitol Hill Area Merchants and Professionals), has started collecting donations that will go towards the rebuilding effort of what early reports indicate is a total loss of the Frager's buildings and merchandise.

Barracks Row Main Street will be working with Matchbox Food Group (and hopefully others), responsible for such Capitol Hill institutions as Matchbox on Barracks Row (which has other locations in Logan, Chinatown, and Rockville), Ted's Bulletin on Barracks Row (soon to open a second location on 14th Street in Logan Circle) and DC-3 to help find alternate employment opportunities for the many Hill residents who worked at Frager's while they are displaced from their previous jobs. Frager's employees can come by Matchbox on Barracks Row tomorrow between 2-5pm to talk to management about temporary employment while Frager's gets organized to rebuild.

In the meantime, if you are looking for a way to show some love for Frager's Hardware, a neighborhood institution for many years beyond what we guess any Capitol Hill resident can remember, you can donate to the Frager's rebuilding effort through Celebrate Capitol Hill here: https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=3UD6BUDHM56QL

Celebrate Capitol Hill is a 501c3 not for profit, which was initially established by Capitol Hill business to respond to the needs of victims of a June of 2011  fire at local bar and restaurant, Tune Inn. Last year Celebrate Capitol Hill coordinated fundraising efforts for a young Capitol Hill father, TC Maslin, who was brutally assaulted near Eastern Market.

Thanks for supporting a nearby Hill business! It's times like these when we remember we really are a community that cares about local business.

 

BRMS Press Release re: Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 13, 2013

Contact: Sharon Bosworth

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202 544 3188

Barracks Row Main Street to Initiate Design Study and Transportation Management Plan for Eastern Market Metro Park / Plaza

Pennsylvania Avenue Area Between 7th and 9th Streets SE Up For Improvement

WASHINGTON, DC – Barracks Row Main Street (BRMS) today announced it is initiating a new design study and transportation management plan to improve the public space along Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, between 7th and 9th Streets, including the area around the Eastern Market Metro Station. Unlike previous planning efforts, this study will not consider re-routing traffic in the Pennsylvania Avenue right-of-way.

The overall goal of the Park / Plaza design study will be to renew and upgrade, both functionally and aesthetically, the publicly owned land in the 700 and 800 blocks of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Recognizing that pedestrians and many forms of public and private transportation -- Metrobuses, bicyclists, taxis, the DC Circulator, automobiles, and emergency vehicles – converge at the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, the study will examine the best way to accommodate all modes of transportation in the safest manner possible.  Among the transportation and safety issues that may be addressed: improving pedestrian access to the Metro Station, enhancing signalization to reduce pedestrian/vehicular conflicts, reassessing the location of the Capitol Bikeshare station and the Metrobus stops, and delineating clearer pedestrian pathways.  In addition to preparing two alternative master plan concepts for the public parcels within the two-block area, more detailed designs will be developed for the portion of the study area north of Pennsylvania Avenue, between 8th and 9th Streets, SE, including construction documents for a permanent children’s play area in this parcel.

In response to a suggestion from the city’s Office of Planning, BRMS also will explore the possibility of creating an innovative storm water retention system as part of the effort to reduce combined sewer overflows into the Anacostia River.

BRMS Chairman Tip Tipton noted that the area around the Metro Station was envisioned by Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan for Washington D.C. as one of the city’s great community public spaces linked to others by the Plan’s broad diagonal avenues.  “Working with our community partners, our vision is to create a green, beautiful space that will benefit everyone living, visiting, or working on the Hill and that is more in keeping with the grace, elegance, and beauty that the founders intended.”

The master planning effort will be led by Washington architect Amy Weinstein (Esocoff & Associates).  Ms. Weinstein has designed a number of award-winning projects on Capitol Hill including the Townhomes on Capitol Hill and several commercial projects that are within view of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza.  Other members of the team include the nationally celebrated landscape architecture firm Oehme, van Sweden & Associates, whose offices are located on Barracks Row, and the traffic and transportation planning firm of Kittelson & Associates.  Among its tasks, the consulting team will meet regularly with the various District and federal agencies that have oversight for the study area.

The BRMS Board will establish a local advisory group, comprised of representatives from Capitol Hill organizations and members of the community, to provide input and guidance.  Regular community updates about the project, including interactive plans with feedback mechanisms, will be available via the BRMS website: www.barracksrow.org.

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Barracks Row Main Street

For the past decade, Barracks Row Main Street has worked tirelessly to preserve and enhance Capitol Hill’s historic 8th Street, SE, commercial corridor and to revitalize its business community.  The group’s focus includes the Eastern Market Metro Plaza, and the five blocks of 8th Street that stretch south from Pennsylvania Ave S.E. to the terminus of 8th Street at the Washington Navy Yard along M Street, S.E. Barracks Row is located eight blocks east of the U.S. Capitol.

Taste of 8th 2014

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The 2014 Taste of 8th is here! This year's taste will be held on Saturday, May 3rd from 1PM - 4PM. 

Our very own Barracks Row restaurants will serve appetizer sized samples of their best-known or newest dishes.


Sample up to 20 of our finest dining options. Tickets are $5.00 for a single taste, equivalent to a small appetizer or
tapas portion, and $20.00 for a 5 pack. (90% of all people buy the 5 pack to sample to most restaurants).
Ticket sales benefit Barracks Row Main Street's year-round work to
maintain a clean, safe and beautiful community for residents and businesses.


TICKET SALES ARE NOW CLOSED. TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT THE SOUTHWEST CORNER OF 8TH & G STREETS, SE, STARTING AT 12:55.


NOTE, TICKET SUPPLIES ARE LIMITED



Tickets will not be mailed to you.
All advance-purchase tickets will be available for pickup at the Will Call desk
on the southwest corner of 8th and G Streets, SE
in front of Spring Mill Bread on Saturday, beginning at 12:55pm
Tickets that are not picked up by 3:00pm will be released for re-sale.
Ticket purchases are non-refundable; the event will take place rain or shine. 



Saturday May 3, 2014

1PM – 4PM

The following restaurants located on 8th Street, SE, are going to be a part of the Taste again this year!

Each restaurant serves “appetizer size” samples in exchange for one Taste of Eighth tasting ticket.

Ambar   |   Banana Cafe   |   Belga   |   Capital Teas   |   Cava   |   Chat’s   |    DCanter   |   DC3

District Doughnut   |  Las Placitas   |   Lavagna   |   Matchbox |  Medium Rare   |  Nooshi Sushi

 Old Siam |  Szechuan Kitchen   |   Senart’s   |   Spring Mill Bread   |   Sweet Lobby   |   Tash   |   Zest



We hope to see you Saturday!

Watch our website, www.barracksrow.org , or follow us on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-the-minute information about the Taste

and announcements about which restaurants will participate. See you on the 3rd!


And of course, THANK YOU to our 2014 Event Sponsors! 





2014 Garden Party

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Wednesday, June 11th   6:00pm-8:30pm

Located at 419 New Jersey Ave. SE



Your support directly improves the neighborhood!
Funds directly support Barracks Row Main Street, a nonprofit organization bringing to the community:

• New restaurants and shops – Economic development efforts to bring new businesses to Barracks Row, and monitoring “quality of life” issues such as parking and noise.
• A better community – Working to retain property values and improve “livability” by balancing retail, development, and
residential needs.
• Clean streets – Significant support of the “men in blue” or the Business Improvement District (BID) Clean Litter Team.
• Beautiful streets – Planting trees, bulbs, improving or restoring facades and creating murals.
• Safe streets – Improving lighting, increasing walk-through traffic resulting from added restaurants, retail and other businesses.
• Historic preservation – Murals, facades and other historic treasures in 8th Street buildings.


To order online or become an event sponsor, please use the PayPal link below:

Garden Party Ticket Options
Note: Physical tickets to the Garden Party will not be mailed. Your name will be included on the guest list at the door the day of the event.


Garden Party Sponsorship Options


To order by mail, please send a check for the ticket package you choose made payable to "Barracks Row Main Street" and your name, address, and the names of your guests (if any) to:


Barracks Row Main Street
731 8th Street, SE, Suite 201
Washington, DC 20003

Our 2014 sponsors include:


Designer Level Sponsors:

          


                   



Gardener Level Sponsor:

      



Neighbor Level Sponsors:

                                                                                                                                                                        




Friend Level Sponsors:

Innovative Federal Strategies

Myles Doherty



In-Kind Sponsors:

Egg Hunt on Barracks Row

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Barracks Row Main Street is a designated DC Main Streets commercial district.  Barracks Row Main Street is funded in part by the Department of Small and Local Business Development.