Downtowner News 10-12

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Hay Adams Hotel in downtown DC.

**Done Deal for D.C. School at Walter Reed**
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development finalized an agreement with the U.S. Army to turn 66.27 acres of the Army’s Walter Reed campus in Bethesda over to the city. There are plans to have a facility for the D.C. International School constructed and ready for the 2017-18 school year. The District Council signed off on the $22.5 million purchase. As part of the agreement, the District is required to offer space on the property — which will be leased to a developer — to nonprofits or other groups offering public benefits. The transfer of the property is expected to take place around the end of this month.

**Tea Time Again at the Hay-Adams in December**
Just in time for the holiday season, the Hay-Adams hotel is offering exclusive teas on December 4, 11 and 18. Guests have the option of savory sandwiches like English cucumber with tomato and mint or a farmhouse egg salad. Among the sweeter options are warm cranberry scones or chocolate opera cake. Organic tea choices include traditional English breakfast and chamomile citron. The Hay-Adams tea experience is priced at $50 per person, $35 for children under 12 — or $65 with an additional glass of champagne (adults only).

**Carnegie Library Overcome By Mold**
EventsDC, the District’s convention and sports authority, tested the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square and, finding mold in two areas, closed the building for additional testing. The Oct. 7 gala of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., was moved to the Newseum. In addition, Historical Society and EventsDC employees were relocated. According to a recent rumor, the Carnegie Library was chosen by Apple as the location for the company’s D.C. flagship store.

**Chinatown and Anacostia to Get Brainy Trash Bins**
It’s the wave of the future — trash bins with sensors that monitor neighborhood fill-levels — and they’re expanding to Chinatown and Anacostia, Technical,ly reported. The announcement was made at the Smart Cities Week event at the Convention Center. Finnish company Enevo will provide the sensors and the DowntownDC Business Improvement District will work with a New York-based company called Maalka to design the software.

**Cleveland Park Restaurant Plugs Wireless**
Indique, near the Cleveland Park Metro station, has launched a new program, “Chai + WiFi,” a community-based co-working space. The restaurant, which specializes in modern Indian cuisine, collaborated with social-media entity A Creative DC on the project. “Chai + WiFi” is available Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The concept was invented by Rahul Vinod, son of Indique co-owner and chef K.N. Vinod. (We would have called it “ChaiFi.”)

**Flooding Knocks Out Deli, Hummus Shop**
It make take more than the eight days that DGS house-cures its pastrami for the Dupont deli to reopen after last week’s flood damage. The website for the “next generation delicatessen” says “Stay Tuned for Reopening Schedule.” A sister restaurant, pop-up hummus shop Little Sesame, is also closed, but the Fairfax, Virginia, DGS stands ready to supply the duck fat matzo balls you crave.

**Laundry Start-Up Comes to Washington**
Cleanly is about to pick up your laundry, D.C. The start-up started up when cofounder Tom Harari moved to New York City years ago and couldn’t figure out how anyone got laundry done in those tiny apartments. Having started in Manhattan and expanded to Brooklyn, it is now launching in D.C., Technical.ly reported. Cleanly transports dirty clothes and dry cleaning to a wholesale cleaner then brings it back, clean and folded, the following day.

**Mayor Opens Clinton Campaign Office in Dupont**
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser helped open a campaign office for presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton last week. The office is located at 1526 New Hampshire Ave. NW, conveniently near most Dupont restaurants. The center will be a hub for campaigners during the remaining weeks leading up to the election.

**New from Case Foundation: #FacesofFounders**
The Case Foundation launched #FacesofFounders, a crowdsourced photo project, at South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art, Action on Oct. 3. The project seeks to bring attention to the diversity of America’s entrepreneurs, also demonstrating the Dupont-based foundation’s commitment to inclusive entrepreneurship. Entrepreneurs can share their photos and tell their stories at facesoffounders.org.

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