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Police are searching for two men who reportedly snatched “a few dollars” from a female student’s hand as she was waiting at a bus stop near campus.

Neither of the suspects were armed and were last seen fleeing east on Pennsylvania Avenue, according to an alert the University sent Thursday at about 2 a.m. The men allegedly robbed the student across the street from the GW Medical Faculty Associates building at 22nd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue.

One suspect is a skinny black man in his 20s with “tight cornrows and scruffy facial hair,” and was carrying a white bag, according to the alert. The other suspect is a black man in his 20s wearing black shorts and no shirt.

University Police Department Chief Kevin Hay did not immediately return a request for comment.

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Pennsylvania Avenue, Froggy Bottom Pub, rendering

The 11-story building will have a quarter-million square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet of street-level retail. Rendering courtesy of the Office of Community Relations.

The University announced Tuesday that it had chosen a developer to begin a multi-million dollar renovation project at 2100 Pennsylvania Ave.

Skanska USA Commercial Development Inc. will convert an office, two University buildings and four restaurants into an 11-story structure with a glass curtain exterior overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue.

Headquartered in New York, Swedish-owned Skanska announced that it would also serve as a general contractor and self-finance the project, which will include 250,000 square feet of office space and 7,000 square feet for restaurants and shops on the ground level. Gensler will serve as the architect.

Skanska has not yet determined when the project will break ground, the Washington Business Journal reported. It also has not yet estimated how much construction will cost.

“The opportunity to bring a new development to Pennsylvania Avenue doesn’t come along very often,” Robert Ward, Skanska executive vice president and regional manager, said in a release.

The building will receive a stamp of approval for its environmentally friendly design, earning a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification.

The renovation means the restaurants currently lining the block will have to close shop soon. The Froggy Bottom Pub moved to a new K Street location last year, and the owners of Thai Place opened a new restaurant on L Street last month. But the Thai Place owners have said that they don’t know when they need to clear their Pennsylvania Avenue store.

Lou Katz, the University’s executive vice president and treasurer, said in the release that the project would enhance the Foggy Bottom neighborhood.

“We are certain that Skanska will deliver a world-class office building at the edge of our campus on Pennsylvania Avenue,” Katz said.

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The Metropolitan Police Department is searching for two men who allegedly stole a man’s backpack at knife point Friday on the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue at about 10 p.m.

The suspects are both black men, one with short hair wearing a red jacket and gray pants. The second suspect is wearing a gray jacket, an MPD public information officer said.

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Metropolitan Police officers are investigating a Saturday morning drive-by shooting just blocks from the White House that fired bullets into a half-dozen local shops.

MPD officers responded to the sounds of gunfire at about 3 a.m. on Saturday, according to MPD public information officer Saray Elon. Bullets hit the front windows of six businesses near 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, Elon said.

Posey Eitzen, an employee at Brewood Engravers on 17th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, which has boarded up one side of its store, said she saw at least five businesses with holes shot in their windows.

At least one 9 mm bullet was found inside Brewood Engravers, The Daily Caller reported.

An employee at the neighboring Caribou Coffee also confirmed that its front windows were shot and are covered in plywood boards.

The coffeeshop is a popular spot for White House staffers to meet, and typically has a large Secret Service presence, according to The Daily Caller.

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Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013 11:52 p.m.

Coming soon: grilled cheese, tater tots and beer

Gourmet grilled cheese, tater tots, ice cream and craft beer will be coming soon to Foggy Bottom.

A new eatery called GCDC will open along Pennsylvania Avenue this January, owner Steven Klores announced Wednesday.

GCDC – located near 17th Street by Chop’t and Starbucks – will host a happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m. It will seat 45 people inside with a 20-seat outdoor patio space.

Klores called his restaurant “a new grilled cheese concept,” and said he anticipates a busy lunch rush.

“We’re really excited to join the neighborhood and sell some great food,” Klores said.

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Pennsylvania Avenue, Froggy Bottom Pub, rendering

Rendering courtesy of the Office of Community Relations.

This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rachael Gerendasy. 

The D.C. Zoning Commission unanimously approved GW’s proposal to construct an office building along Pennsylvania Avenue Monday.

The Square 75A construction project, set to break ground in 2014, includes plans to demolish an office, two University buildings as well as Froggy Bottom Pub, Thai Place, Panda Café and Mehran Restaurant. In their place, the University will build a glassy 11-story structure that will house retail on its ground floor facing Pennsylvania Avenue.

The University has put forward a $4.1 million benefits package in community perks to appease neighbors and local groups, who have continued to express concerns about ground-level retail that will dampen the street’s nightlife.

Commissioner Robert Miller encouraged GW to select types of retail that would stay open later in the day, like the coffee shop and yoga studio that designers featured in a rendering of the building last fall.

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This post was written by Hatchet reporter Rachael Gerendasy

Viewers struggled to catch a glimpse of the inaugural parade, which had a sluggish start thanks to a 45-minute delay, as thousands lined up along Pennsylvania Avenue Monday.

President Barack Obama and the first family began their march near the Navy Memorial on 7th Street after vendors and spectators had already crammed the route – spanning from the Capitol building to the White House – since early morning. The parade was originally slated to start at 2:30 p.m., but the inaugural luncheon pushed the procession’s kick-off to 3:15.

Ticket-holders huddled around entrance gates, straining to see the floats and marching bands, and some chose to go home early. Frustrated attendees argued with security, saying their tickets should have assured them access to the sights.

Parade performers included the Georgia State University marching band, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Lesbian and Gay Band Association of St. Louis. Ashley Lucas | Assistant Photo Editor

Christen Fraser from Orlando, Fla. said he had expected a large crowd, but he still had hoped he would get a peek at the president in the flesh.

“That’s why I came out here today,” Fraser said.

Students had trouble not only snagging a spot with a view, but also maneuvering among the 8,800 attendees.

“We came to see the parade but we can’t get in because of security. It’s such a long line,” Evan Doynow, a junior, said.

Groups showcased in the parade included the Georgia State University marching band, the Boston Crusaders Drum and Bugle Corps, and the Lesbian and Gay Band Association of St. Louis. Some students managed to stay optimistic despite the drawbacks from the packed streets.

“I’m just here to experience all of it,” freshman Aleah Brown said. “Even if I don’t get to see anything. I just want to be here for history.”

- Tiana Pigford contributed to this report


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The U.S. Secret Service released Inauguration Day security details Monday, two weeks before visitors swarm the National Mall for President Barack Obama’s swearing-in.

Barack and Michelle Obama walked along the inaugural parade route in 2009. Obama’s second swearing-in is expected to bring about 800,000 people to D.C. – a million fewer than his first. Photo used under the Wikimedia Commons license

Whether you snagged a ticket to attend the inaugural address on the Capitol grounds – or you’re without a ticket and will be watching from the National Mall – backpacks are prohibited. Alcohol, signs, portable chairs and umbrellas are also banned.

The non-ticketed area of the National Mall starts at 4th Street and could flood back as far as the Washington Monument.

The event will also cause several road closures on or near campus. Starting Jan. 20, K Street and 23rd Street each will have limited vehicle access, and 18th Street will block off starting Jan. 21.

The inaugural parade will follow Obama’s swearing-in ceremony. Parade attendees must go through security screenings, but some smaller bags and signs are permitted.

The closest entry point near campus for the parade route is at 14th and E streets. The procession will go along Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House.

You can use Metro’s inauguration website to find your best route to the events.


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Froggy Bottom Pub will leave its 2142 Pennsylvania Ave. location over winter break and reopen at 2120 K St., one block away. Hatchet File Photo

Correction appended

Froggy Bottom Pub will move one block north of the campus landmark’s Pennsylvania Avenue home Feb. 1.

The bar and restaurant’s fate became uncertain after GW announced plans in November to demolish seven properties along the block in 2014 to create office space. Owner Hien Bui said she placed a security deposit for the 2021 K St. site Friday, securing the space as Froggy’s new home.

“It’s about time to change, and as long as the Frog is the Frog, it won’t be as hard as we think,” Bui said. “It will be a local bar to serve the community and college. It won’t be as dingy as this place, but it will still have the relaxing atmosphere, like you feel you are in your mom’s kitchen.”

With half-priced pizza and beer specials every Monday, Froggy has become a campus staple.

The traditional college pub atmosphere will carry over to the new location, along with the classic menu options like pho, burgers, pizza and cheap beer, Bui said. The lunchtime will see expanded offerings, like steak and salmon.

“At lunchtime we want to appeal to businesspeople, but at night we want to appeal to the college crowd,” Bui said, adding that the only adjustment for students would be “a new table and a new chair.”

The Buis bought the nearly three-decade-old college bar in 1999 with fewer than $10,000 in their savings account, after taking out a loan on their home and borrowing money from friends.

Junior Catherine Sangster said eating a final meal at Froggy’s Pennsylvania Avenue location is on her bucket list of to-dos before the summer’s end, as she plans to study abroad this fall. She said she even took her parents to the pub during Colonials Weekend.

“After being a frequent Froggy customer since I got to GW, it is a place that makes GW feel like home to me,” Sangster said. “I’m really looking forward to coming back after my abroad experience and seeing what they will have done with the new location, and all the new students that will appreciate Froggy as much as I do.”

Graduate student Jason Lifton, who also earned his bachelor’s degree from GW in 2011, called Froggy “as much a staple of GW’s campus as the Marvin Center or Thurston Hall” and said he is relieved the new location is nearby.

“Since [Froggy's] new location is only a block or so north of where they are currently located, I have no fear that Hien and Juan Bui will continue to keep GW students fed and happy far into the future,” he said.

This post was updated Sept. 20, 2012 to reflect the following:

The Hatchet incorrectly reported that Froggy Bottom Pub would relocate to 2120 K St. It will move to 2021 K St.

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Pennsylvania Avenue, Froggy Bottom Pub, rendering

Rendering courtesy of the Office of Community Relations.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Danielle Telson.

The University released detailed plans Friday for a new office building on Pennsylvania Avenue that will replace a cluster of townhouses and commercial space.

The detailed designs filed with the D.C. Office of Zoning bring GW a step closer to tearing down an office at 2100 W Pennsylvania Ave. and two neighboring University buildings, as well as Froggy Bottom Pub, Thai Place, Panda Café and Mehran Restaurant.

Sara Bardin, director of the D.C Office of Zoning, said the project is being referred to the city’s Office of Planning for review this week. GW must receive a green light from the zoning commission to move forward with the site’s development.

Developer selection for the sleek 255,550-square foot office building will begin in mid-2013, according to the documents. Construction is estimated begin in early 2014 and last 24 months.

The building will include sustainable features, like a green roof, and will collect rainfall. It will also include 183 below-ground parking spaces and 50 bicycle spots.

The project follows a model similar to that of The Avenue – redeveloping a property for commercial use to draw in more revenue for the University’s academic programs, facilities and financial aid. A price tag has not yet been determined, University spokeswoman Michelle Sherrard said, adding that costs are typically calculated after meeting with a developer.

GW first announced plans to demolish buildings along the block in November, after learning that health care center Kaiser Permanente, the tenant at 2100 W Pennsylvania Ave., plans to relocate in late 2012. The 2007 Campus Plan outlined future demolition of the townhouses but the University must gain approval from the zoning commission to redevelop the building where Kaiser Permanente operates.

Alumnus and Foggy Bottom and West End Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Asher Corson railed against the project then, calling the commercial property a profit-maker that strays from GW’s academic mission.

He suggested the commission bring on legal counsel to evaluate GW’s development projects, a request that led the group to allocate $2,000 at its February meeting to hire an attorney specializing in zoning laws.

“I can remember as a student I had classes throughout every year when I was a student at GW that were blocks and blocks off campus,” Corson said. “The student health center is off campus still. Here is a major building on campus and instead of using it for the needed classroom space and instead of using it to house a student health center, which I would say should be on campus for the sake of the student body, GW is going to go and use this property to make money.”

Corson said the redevelopment of the block would eliminate several affordable neighborhood restaurants and the University should seek out dining options that are low-cost – on which young professionals and retired individuals in the area rely – when the building is erected.

Sherrard said GW is committed to maintaining a positive relationship with neighbors.

“The process of engaging with nearby building tenants and the community has begun and will continue throughout the planning process,” she said.

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