The Capitol Hill Business Improvement District has hired Katie Bazyluk (pictured right) as their new Communications and Marketing Manager. Bazyluk has worked in communications, marketing and outreach roles for a variety of organizations in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Most recently, she served as Social Media and Events Intern for the Adams Morgan Partnership BID. During her time there, she contributed to strategic communications planning, digital campaigns, media outreach, audience engagement, and event planning for a range of popular Adams Morgan events. She also developed the BID’s creative content for Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Previously, Bazyluk honed her communications and outreach skills in roles at the World Wildlife Fund, the National Center for Children and Families, and two firms in the media and publishing fields. She is a 2014 Dean’s List graduate of the University of Maryland and a lifelong resident of the Washington, D.C. area. “We’re delighted to have Katie join our team,” said Patty Brosmer, President of the BID. “As an up-and-coming communications and marketing professional, she has demonstrated strong messaging skills, social media savvy, and a keen understanding of what an effective business improvement district can do for its community. Hiring Katie strengthens our efforts to support Capitol Hill as a thriving place to live, work, explore, and do business.”
Bazyluk has also shown her enthusiasm for joining the BID. She said, “At a time when Washington continues to demonstrate its appeal to businesses, residents, and tourists alike, the importance of the Capitol Hill BID will only increase. I am truly excited to work for an organization that serves one of the most historic and unique neighborhoods in one of the great cities of the world.”
Buchanan Park offers homebuyers a collection of thoughtfully crafted brand new four-story luxury townhomes located at the intersection of 13th & D Streets Southeast. The 1895 Buchanan School building (which is being renovated by Ditto Development into stunning condominiums) stands at its center. A neighborhood within a neighborhood, Buchanan Park incorporates generously landscaped spaces including a central green, multiple intimate outdoor gathering areas, and a series of inviting pedestrian walkways that connect to the surrounding neighborhood. Buchanan Park was carefully designed to embrace and reflect a unique sense of history and community – capturing the spirit of Capitol Hill.
Uniquely, the Buchanan Park team is completely local. Led by developer Insight Group in partnership with private equity firm, Federal Capital Partners, the DC based team retained architect Maurice Walters, SK+1 Architecture, Landscape Architect, Parker Rodriguez, Interior Designer, ADG and the sales team at McWilliams Ballard. Several of the team members from these firms live on Capitol Hill themselves and bring a special passion to their work.
Hill residents will recognize familiar themes and architecture in the 41 townhomes – articulated with the restoration of alleyways and walking spaces that had been blocked in prior years. The site itself had been under-utilized and the team was committed to bringing it back to life in a lasting way. The design standards used for the townhomes reflect the character of the neighborhood and fit in seamlessly but elevate the level of elegance, functionality, design and craftsmanship to a thoroughly modern level.
Of particular note, in speaking to Insight Group Partner, Rebecca Snyder, is the way the team thought about the experience for people living in Buchanan Park – designing passenger doors at the back entrances, spacious kitchens that face the brick and cobblestone alleyway, Juliet balconies that encourage a sense of community and roof terraces that take advantage of the views from the Hill.
Buchanan Park also brings a new sense of connectedness to the larger Capitol Hill community. Guetler Way, which was closed off when the Buchanan School was built, will now be open to pedestrians, bikes and vehicles and is carefully designed with cobblestones, brick, plantings and lighting. Central Green is a landscaped open lawn space with benches and lighting – a perfect place for a stroll or a picnic. Buchanan Walk, invites pedestrians to walk between D and E Streets with seasonal plantings and landscaped trees.
The first 11 four-story townhomes will be completed in June and as of the end of March, six homes have already been sold. In September, 12 more will be ready for move-in. Check out Buchanan Park at www.buchananparkdc.com.
The BID hosted an Open House on Tuesday, March 28th, to show off the new office located at 1451 Pennsylvania Avenue, and to bid a fond farewell to the former Marketing Director, Michelle Valeri. The Capitol Hill and Capitol River Front Clean Teams, members of the Capitol Hill BID Board, local business owners, and neighbors all came together to tour the new office, grab a few slices of pizza (generously donated by &pizza), and to wish Michelle the best of luck as she heads off to Denver!
The commercial corridor surrounding Eastern Market represents a unique blend of the historic and the modern, from the Market itself completed in 1873 to the new development at 700 Penn. This cornerstone of Capitol Hill’s business district offers shopping, dining, and entertainment for everyone. To promote this variety and diversity, Eastern Market Main Street (EMMS) will host Market Week, a week-long celebration designed to showcase the businesses, merchants, and vendors in our corridor. Specials and events from restaurants and retailers during the week will culminate in an all-day festival and a ticketed event on Sunday, May 21st!
Start the week off by picking up a Market Week Passport at the Market Week Headquarters (location to be announced) or at participating businesses beginning May 14. Use your Passport during Market Week to support neighborhood businesses and collect stamps to win fabulous prizes!
On April 15th, from 2pm-4pm, the Easter Bunny will pay a visit to 8th Street! The Egg Hunt on 8th is one of many events along Capitol Hill's Bunny Trail. During our Barracks Row Egg Hunt, the Hill's younger set prowls 8th Street collecting eggs hidden by our volunteers -- always on the lookout for the elusive "golden egg" -- (which is the ticket to the grand prize - a model train to take home!)
The Egg Hunt on 8th is free to children two to eight years of age. A special easier-to-hunt area for ages 4 and under will be set up in SkillZone (709 8th St SE), Betsy (upstairs at Belga Cafe, 514 8th St SE) and Capital Teas (731 8th St SE).