DC is Moving and Shaking

January 13, 2014

The St. Elizabeths east campus was once known for its mental hospital. Now: Winter fun!

A permit was issued Thursday to the District government for the installation of a temporary rental snow slide (or, more accurately, an ice slide) on the flat lawn of the St. Elizabeths East Gateway Pavilion.

The slide installation, at 2700 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, will include 14-feet of scaffolding to create stairs, a 4-foot railing at the top along with a 17-foot-wide area for people to queue, eventually tubing down the icy slide – simulating a snow knoll. The slide power source will be a self-contained generator resting on a flatbed trailer. The water source: a garden hose.

Blue Skye Construction, in partnership with Magic Ice USA Inc., will build the slide, D.C. officials said Friday. It will cost $220,000.

The slide is meant to “activate the site in the winter.” It will operate on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. Use is free for those 18 and under. Adults can purchase a $5 day pass.

Other permits issued:

3401 Water St. NW: Renovations to second floor tenant space for new “Crossfit Gym of Georgetown.” The building is owned by Whitehurst Associates LTD Partnership.

600 New Hampshire Ave. NW: Renovations to an existing deli space in the Watergate 600 building for the new Campono Cafe, from Chef Bob Kinkead, on part of the first floor. The pizza-and-more restaurant, replacing Cup’a Cup’a, will seat 62 people inside and 60 outside on a private patio.

4615 41st St. NW: Convert the existing unenclosed sidewalk cafe at the Dancing Crab to an enclosed sidewalk cafe.

3607 Georgia Ave. NW: The first floor of this existing rowhouse will be converted into a 35-seat fast food restaurant, with a total occupant load of 50. A single family dwelling will consume the second floor.

1337 11th St. NW: The first and second levels of this existing four-story building will be rebuilt as a warm, dark shell for a future restaurant, and levels three and four will be completely renovated for residential use. The project’s website touts the location at the corner of 11th and O streets as the “ideal location for a concept restaurant or cafe, neighborhood retail site or residential development.”

800 17th St. NW: New tenant layout on the fifth floor for Haynes and Boone LLP, an international corporate law firm currently located at 1615 L St. NW.

AS PUBLISHED IN WBJ:Michael Neibauer/1/13/14

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