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Forest City Announces Seven Restaurants and a Harris Teeter 

Harris Teeter LogoThis week, Forest City Washington announced the names of seven new restaurants coming to The Yards, as well as the development of a Harris Teeter at 401 M Street, SE! Restaurants include: Kruba Thai and Sushi, Potbelly, a still to be named craft brewery and restaurant by Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Buzz Bakery, Austin Grill Express, brb-be right burger, and Huey's 24/7 Diner. The Yards, directly adjacent to the Yards Park, is Washington, DC's premier mixed-use development located in the Capitol Riverfront.

The Capitol Riverfront BID has worked in concert with Forest City Washington over the past 2+ years providing data and presentations to assist in their leasing efforts. The new restaurants and grocery store will be located in the Foundry Loft Apartments, Boilermaker Shops, and 401 M Street SE, all within The Yards. The Yards is an adaptive redevelopment of a portion of the historic Washington Navy Yard. Upon full build-out, The Yards will comprise approximately 2,800 residential units for sale and for lease, 1.8 million square feet of new office space and 400,000 square feet of retail shopping, dining and entertainment venues. The initial residential building at The Yards, the Foundry Lofts Apartments, opens this October. For more information about The Yards, please visit www.theyardsdc.com. For information about retail leasing at The Yards, please contact Marcie Connolly.     

National FreedomFest Celebrates July 4th at the Yards Park   

freedom festThis weekend, July 3rd and 4th, the National Freedomfest is coming to the Yards Park! Freedomfest features two days of DC's most popular Local, Regional and National bands and DJ's. Over 40 bands and DJ's will appear on 5 stages, and will be joined by a variety of food vendors and artisans. The famous Budweiser Clydesdale horses will be showcased at FreedomFest throughout the 2 day event, as well as Washington Redskin Kory Lictensteiger and other athletes of #78 society. Come celebrate Independence Day in the Yards Park, and enjoy a variety of beers and wines with pairings. For tickets, including VIP Tickets that feature private entertainment and viewing areas, visit the HiBall Events' website.


Contact Kathleen if you are interested in volunteering for the event. 

Development Update: Green Space Center Coming to Ballpark 

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Executives from the private, public and nonprofit sector joined together for the launch of Greenspace, the District's first green learning and resource center to be located at Nationals Park in the Capital Riverfront neighborhood. During the event, Greenspace unveiled its plans for a $2 million, 12,000 square-foot state-of-the-art facility designed to meet the LEED platinum standard.


Designed by world renowned Gensler, Greenspace will serve as a living classroom for understanding and impacting green communities while also demonstrating a sustainable approach to leased space that can be used with greater cost effectiveness and less impact on the environment. Construction is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2011.


Visit www.greenspacencr.org to learn more about Greenspace's partnerships and efforts to grow green communities through high performance real estate and economic development.

Mayor Gray Announces Economic Plan in Yards Park Lumbershed 

Mayor Gray LumbershedOn Monday, June 27, Mayor Vincent Gray came to the Yards Park Lumbershed to update the city on his job creation and economic development agenda. Mayor Gray's One City Agenda his plans for workforce development, job training, real estate development, revitalizing communities and neighborhood economic development projects.

While at the park, he explained his plan to help DC residents get back to work by attracting new business. Mayor Vincent C. Gray also announced a manufacturing plant will bring 300 new jobs to Ward 8 and the new restaurants and shops coming to the Capitol Riverfront. Regarding his agenda, Mayor Gray said, "When I envision one city, I envision a place where everyone who wants to earn a decent living can do so."

Capitol Riverfront Photo Contest 

SashaSharkieThe Capitol Riverfront photography contest for the summer is underway!  As our neighborhood grows into a vibrant new destination we want your perspective to be at the foreFRONT.  B Winners will receive a gift certificate to Justin's Café and a prominent spot on our Flickr Site as a FRONT photographer.  Congrats to our first finalist, whose photo submission is to the right.

Submissions for the contest may be sent to david@capitolriverfront.org.  The Capitol Riverfront photography contest winners will be announced at the end of the Summer Concert Series.       


The five categories for submission include:
    * Best Life in the FRONT Photo
    * Best Yards Park Photo
    * Best Event Photo
    * Best Architecture Photo
    * Best Riverfront Photo

Friday Yards Park Evening Concerts & Concert Survey 

yp concertThe Yards Park Evening concerts continue tomorrow, June 17, from 6:00 - 8:00 PM with the R&B Funk of Framewerk. These guys can really make your ears smile!  


Be sure to take our Concert Series Survey, so that you can help us shape the series in the future. Click here to take the survey on-line. 


Friday evening concerts take place from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on the Boardwalk Stage. This week Devine Foods and Smokin' Somethin' BBQ will provide delicious food. The event is free and open to the public. Be sure to check out the full line-up with our online calendar! Keep your eyes on our website during bad weather, and we will let you know if rain arrangements have been made.


Don't forget next week's Lunchtime Concert featuring the R&B group, Quiet Fire. Lunchtime concerts occur every Wednesday throughout the summer between 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the Yards Park Lumbershed building. Food trucks will rotate each week so check the BID's website Wednesday morning to see the line-up of food trucks. 

Healthy Lifestyles in the Yards Park: Elite Fitness Boot Camp  

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It's officially summer and the Elite Fitness Boot Camp is going strong in the Yards Park. With a new 4 day per week schedule (M-Th), this boot camp delivers workouts that burn fat, build muscle, and help you reach those summer fitness goals. With classes at 6:15 am and 6:30 pm, this boot camp offers some of the most effective, challenging, and creative exercises around to get you in the shape you want. So whether you are an athlete or not, the Elite Fitness Boot Camp can guide you to the body you want. For more information visit their website at


Homebody Giving 15% Discount to  Residents this Weekend 

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Homebody located on 8th Street, SE is extending a 15% discount to all residents of the Capitol Riverfront for this weekend Thursday, June 30th to Sunday July 3rd.  Homebody is your award-winning, locally owned shop for cool and contemporary gifts, home furnishings and accessories. Please click on here to print your coupon!  Founded in 2005 by DC natives Erin Mara and Henriette Fourcade, homebody is an innovative, sophisticated and welcoming haven for contemporary design. Homebody sources products globally and locally, from both well-known design icons and up-and-coming new designers and present them in a friendly atmosphere. For a link to the coupon click here.  

Faces of the Front: Terry Bellamy from DDOT 

Faces Terry BellamyTerry Bellamy, Acting Director for the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), lives and works in the Capitol Riverfront. Last May DDOT moved into a new building at 55 M Street, SE. Their new headquarters is a LEED Gold certified building that houses approximately 450 DDOT staff members who were previously spread out in multiple locations throughout the District. Mr. Bellamy is responsible for overseeing the daily operations of a department with an annual operating and capital budget of $1 billion and 950 employees.  Mr. Bellamy joined DDOT as Deputy Director of Operations in March of 2008.  He has over 27 years of experience in the transportation field and brings a wealth of knowledge to the position he serves.

As a resident, and a valued member of the local government, Mr. Bellamy has had a unique opportunity to witness the continued development of the Capitol Riverfront. Before DDOT moved their headquarters, Mr. Bellamy already knew the ins-and-outs of the Capitol Riverfront. He said, "I remember when there was nothing, so watching the townhomes develop and watching the neighborhood really take off is tremendous!"

Mr. Bellamy was a supporter of the Washington Nationals even before the ballpark was in the Capitol Riverfront, so the fact that the ballpark is in walking distance to both his home and workplace is a major benefit. Otherwise, Mr. Bellamy's favorite neighborhood hangout is Justin's Cafe, where he can always stop and get a sandwich after work. Regarding the work of the Capitol Riverfront BID, he said, "I think the clean team is great, and we have got to hand it to them, as I see them right near the Metro every morning. Also, the movies and waterfront programs provided by the BID are what you want in to find in your neighborhood."

Working in Capitol Riverfront has a lot of advantages, such as the local amenities and proximity to numerous partners. The new facility at 55 M St. is also located near projects like the 11th Street Bridge, the Anacostia Watershed Initiative, and St. Elizabeth's. "There are ten years of projects right here," said Mr. Bellamy adding, "once the GSA built DOT everything started to happen, and the neighborhood really became a community." 

Mr. Bellamy also enjoys the weekly DOT Farmer's Market, and the Capitol Riverfront Concert series. He added, "This location gives us the ability to access and interact with other agencies. The Office of Planning is right down the street, as well as DOT, DC Water, and various contractors. Our move put us right down the street from all the amenities we need." Mr. Bellamy has also noticed that a lot of the District's Directors are moving to the neighborhood, so he sees a lot of key people at neighborhood events.

Before getting back to ensuring exceptional quality of life in the nation's capital through more sustainable travel practices, safer streets and outstanding access to goods and services, Mr. Bellamy said, "As both a resident, and as part of our agency, I can say that we look forward to being a active partner with the Capitol Riverfront." 

Green Feature: LEED Gold Awarded to DOT Building 

U.S. Department of TransportationJBG/Federal Center, LLC recently announced that the DOT Building at 1200 New Jersey Ave, SE has been awarded LEED Gold for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance Certification. This certification process involved significant planning, a 10 month performance period, and an exhaustive audit by the LEED Approval Committee.  From start to finish, the project represents two years of work by the JBG LEED Project Team.

In addition to the two acre green roof, which is an important aspect of the building LEED certification is predominately about the way buildings are operated and maintained.

Some highlights of the project are:
·    JBG earned an Energy Star rating of 93 during the performance period. (This was the second year the Energy Star designation was awarded).
·    Retrofitting the water fixtures, resulting in a $64,000 reduction in water expenditures, a 25% reduction over the prior year.

·    A two acre green roof.
·    The US DOT purchased 100% of its electricity from green renewable sources.

The highlights above are some of the 37 separate credits addressed across all LEED subject areas.  Now that the project has been completed, efforts to continue greening the building will continue! For more information click here

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