Posts Tagged Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue

“Nine Arrested on Drug Charges After 2 1/2 Month District Probe” [Washington Post, June 2, 1980]

WP_6.2.1980 _ William Alston, 32 - distribution of drugsNine persons were arrested Saturday on drug charges stemming from a 2 1/2 month investigation of drug trafficking in far Southeast Washington and on the fringes of Capitol Hill.

Seven of the nine were arrested after an undercover office allegedly made 60 buys, mostly of heroin, from them during the investigation, according to narcotics detective Alan Penburg. More arrests are expected, he said.

The investigation, spearheaded by Sgt. Raymon Gonzales, concentrated on drug activity around Talbert Street and Martin Luther King Avenue in Southeast and 15th Street and Independence Avenue east of the Capitol, he said.

The undercover officer purchased bags of heroin for $25 and $50, Penburg said.

Arrested and charged with distribution of heroin were Ralph Magruder, 32, of 1204 Talbert St. SE; William Alston, 32, of 1523 17th St. SE; Eugene Davis, 20, of 1227 Talbert St. SE; Andre Taylor, 19, of 1634 Independence Ave. SE; Keith Robinson, 23, of 2104 Savannah Terrace SE: John H. Mathis, 23, of 1147 Oates St. NE, and John E. Burroughs, 42, of 5405 21st Ave., Hyattsville.

Stephen S. Young, 36, of 183 Elmira St. SW, was charged with possession of marijuana and heroin and Robert E. Williams, 60, of 602 Tennessee Ave. NW was charged with distribution of Preludin.

SOURCE:

“Nine Arrested on Drug Charges After 2 1/2 Month District Probe,” Washington Post, June 2, 1980, B5.

[Editor’s note: William Alston-El is a community activist and property manager in Anacostia and the surrounding environs today.]

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2100 – 2110 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue [February, 1980]

DC Public Library, Special Collections

DC Public Library, Special Collections

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2252 MLK Jr. Avenue SE, Big K abides

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Update on continuance of Mayor’s Agent Hearing on Big K development, May 30th

Big KThe Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation Hearing Officer will continue the Mayor’s Agent Hearing for 2234 and 2238 Martin Luther King Avenue SE at 9:30 am on Friday May 30, Room 4302 (4th floor) 1100 4th Street SW. A copy of the updated Notice is printed below.

Notices are posted on the DC Historic Preservation Office website at http://tinyurl.com/b7ztr3x 
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MAYOR’S AGENT
FOR THE HISTORIC LANDMARK AND HISTORIC DISTRICT PROTECTION ACT

REVISED NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Public notice is hereby given that the Mayor’s Agent will continue the public hearing, commenced on May 12, 2014, on an application affecting property subject to the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978. Interested parties may appear and testify on behalf of, or in opposition to, the application. The hearing will be held at 1100 4th Street SW, Room 4302 (fourth floor).

Hearing Date: Monday, May 30, 2014 at 9:30 a.m.
Case Numbers: H.P.A. 14-221 and 14-222
Address: 2234 and 2238 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue (and 1328 W Street) SE
Squares/Lots: Square 5802, Lots 811 and 978 (and Square 5781, Lot 847)
Applicants: Chapman Development and the District of Columbia Department of 
Housing and Community Development
Type of Work: Raze/move – Relocation of two contributing buildings to another lot in order to construct a new building on their sites 

Affected Historic Property: Anacostia Historic District
Affected ANC: 8A

The Applicant’s claim is that the “issuance of the permit to relocate the buildings is ‘necessary in the public interest because it is necessary to construct a project of special merit’ and ‘[t]hat the issuance of the permit or admission of the subdivision to record is necessary in the public interest because it is consistent with the purposes of the Act as set forth in D.C. Official Code § 6-1101(b).'”

The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure pursuant to the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act (Title 10C DCMR Chapters 4 and 30), which are on file with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and posted on the Office website under “Regulations.”

Interested persons or parties are invited to participate in and offer testimony at this hearing. Any person wishing to testify in support of or opposition to the application may appear at the hearing and give evidence without filing in advance. However, any affected person who wishes to be recognized as a party to the case is required to file a request with the Mayor’s Agent at least ten working days prior to the hearing. This request shall include the following information: 1) his or her name and address; 2) whether he or she will appear as a proponent or opponent of the application; 3) if he or she will appear through legal counsel, and if so, the name and address of legal counsel; and 4) a written statement setting forth the manner in which he or she may be affected or aggrieved by action upon the application and the grounds upon which he or she supports or opposes the application. Any requests for party status should be sent to the Mayor’s Agent at 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650, Washington, D.C. 20024. For further information, contact the Historic Preservation Office, at (202) 442-8800.

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Southside street legend & public character Kokomo freestyles early morning on MLK Jr Avenue SE

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Wash Post: Busboys and Poets owner plans Anacostia restaurant and training program

Busboys and Poets owner plans Anacostia restaurant and training program

Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets and recent candidate for D.C. mayor. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Andy Shallal, owner of Busboys and Poets and recent candidate for D.C. mayor. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

In his Busboys and Poets restaurants, owner Andy Shallal frequently weaves together food and drink with arts, music and performance space. 

With his newest project he may be adding a new component: education and job training.

Shallal recently signed a letter of intent to open a restaurant in a former furniture store on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Southeast, in Anacostia, according to two sources familiar with the deal. They spoke on the condition of anonymity because a final agreement has not been signed.

The property, located at 2004-2010 Martin Luther King, would have a Shallal restaurant on the first floor that would be combined with a culinary training program.

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), which supports community development projects in D.C. neighborhoods, has signed on as an investor in the project. Shallal declined to comment.

Shallal, a recent candidate for D.C. mayor, may soon have restaurants in all corners of the city. If he opens a Busboys at the location it would likely be his seventh in the region and it would be the first of his popular restaurants to open east of the Anacostia River. He is opening a fifth Busboys in Takoma and will open a sixth in Brookland this fall.

Shallal made economic development a major part of his mayoral campaign platform, proposing to fund more programs for job readiness and working to reduce poverty by creating good jobs. He repeatedly pledged to open a restaurant east of the river and said recently that he was considering multiple locations in Anacostia.

Unlike many neighborhoods in Northwest, where restaurants have been opening at a breakneck pace, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue has added bits of retail in fits and starts during the past few years. The two-story brick building – long adorned with an America’s Furniture sign — has been vacant in recent years but was purchased in late 2012 by the Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, for $2.2 million. 

The former furniture store, on Martin Luther King, will be renovated into a restaurant and office space (Jeffrey MacMillan - Capital Business)

The organization, founded in 1996, connects children and families in Ward 8 to safety net services and has been eliciting input from residents about what they would like to see added to the neighborhood.

“Once we purchased the property on MLK we engaged the community in a series of conversations to really hear about what they saw as needs in the community, and what they would like to see on the avenue and in the space,” said Perry Moon Jr., executive director of the group.

The collaborative plans to build its new offices on the second floor of the building, where it will relocate from the Anacostia Professional Building down the street. Moon declined to discuss the plans for the first floor but said residents wanted “training programs that led to employment” and that part of that meant “bringing retail in the community and opportunities for folks to do stuff in their own community.”

Basic demolition work has begun and Moon said that once construction begins it should last about a year.

“Most people who live in this community, their desires are pretty similar. So it’s really our goal to help kind of be a catalyst for economic development as part of our mission,” he said.

Follow Jonathan O’Connell on Twitter: @oconnellpostbiz

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Mayor`s Agent for Historic Preservation Public Hearing on Big K, May 12, 2014

Big KMAYOR’S AGENT
FOR THE HISTORIC LANDMARK AND HISTORIC DISTRICT PROTECTION ACT
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Public notice is hereby given that the Mayor’s Agent will hold a public hearing on an application affecting property subject to the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act of 1978. Interested parties may appear and testify on behalf of, or in opposition to, the application. The hearing will be held at the Office of Planning, 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650.
Hearing Date: Monday, May 12, 2014 at 1:30 p.m.

Case Numbers: H.P.A. 14-221 and 14-222

Address: 2234 and 2238 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue (and 1328 W Street) SE
Squares/Lots: Square 5802, Lots 811 and 978 (and Square 5781, Lot 847)

Applicants: Chapman Development and the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development

Type of Work: Raze/move – Relocation of two contributing buildings to another lot in order to construct a new building on their sites

Affected Historic Property: Anacostia Historic District

Affected ANC: 8A

The Applicant’s claim is that the “issuance of the permit to relocate the buildings is ‘necessary in the public interest because it is necessary to construct a project of special merit’ and ‘[t]hat the issuance of the permit or admission of the subdivision to record is necessary in the public interest because it is consistent with the purposes of the Act as set forth in D.C. Official Code § 6-1101(b).'”
The hearing will be conducted in accordance with the Rules of Procedure pursuant to the Historic Landmark and Historic District Protection Act (Title 10C DCMR Chapters 4 and 30), which are on file with the D.C. Historic Preservation Office and posted on the Office website under “Regulations.”
Interested persons or parties are invited to participate in and offer testimony at this hearing. Any person wishing to testify in support of or opposition to the application may appear at the hearing and give evidence without filing in advance. However, any affected person who wishes to be recognized as a party to the case is required to file a request with the Mayor’s Agent at least ten working days prior to the hearing. This request shall include the following information: 1) his or her name and address; 2) whether he or she will appear as a proponent or opponent of the application; 3) if he or she will appear through legal counsel, and if so, the name and address of legal counsel; and 4) a written statement setting forth the manner in which he or she may be affected or aggrieved by action upon the application and the grounds upon which he or she supports or opposes the application. Any requests for party status should be sent to the Mayor’s Agent at 1100 4th Street SW, Suite E650, Washington, D.C. 20024. For further information, contact the Historic Preservation Office, at (202) 442-8800.

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