10/23/14 4:15pm

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14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“DC’s hot real estate market is going to sizzle now that Zusin Development’s (Zusin) and Sivan Properties’ latest residential and retail project in North Columbia Heights has broken ground. Located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NW, this 30,000 SF building combines 3,000 SF of ground-floor retail and four levels of residential space. Zusin turned to CORE, a prominent Georgetown-based architecture firm with award-winning residential and retail/hospitality design practices, to create their latest project.

“We always enjoy working with the Zusin team,” said CORE principal Dale Stewart. “On this project, we are glad to be designing a building that brings much-needed 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units, affordable housing, and flexible retail space to this flourishing DC neighborhood.” CORE previously designed the renovation of 433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW for Zusin.

14th and Quincy Street’s 20 units all have two bathrooms and an in-unit washer/dryer. Residents will share a well-appointed lobby, a roof deck, indoor bicycle storage, as well as underground and surface-level parking. Specific interior design finishes will be finalized later in the construction process.

“The design is a blend of modern aesthetic and traditional materials on a prominent corner lot. We hope its understated simplicity adds value to the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the retail base provides additional convenience for its residents,” said CORE’s project architect Christopher Peli. “We’ve also included a commercial kitchen hood exhaust shaft through the building in case Zusin has a small restaurant tenant in the future. It’s important to make new-build retail space flexible so that future renovation costs are minimal.”

14th and Quincy Street will have a primarily red-brick exterior with striking floor-to-ceiling glassy, cantilevered bay windows that will maximize views across the city. The building’s main entry and residential bays are accented with rich, dark bronze-colored aluminum panels. A glass canopy shelters the recessed residential entry, which is also surrounded with terraced landscaping.

“Every time we work with CORE, we appreciate that they listen to what we want to do – then guide us through DC’s complex zoning and building process to a successful result,” said Zusin Development’s president Ilya Zusin. “Their deep understanding of how DC works cannot be underestimated.”

CORE is working with Maddox Engineers & Surveyors (Civil), Rathgeber Goss Associates (Structural), and Capitol Engineering Group (MEP) to complete construction of the 14th and Quincy Street project.”

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Rendering of 3707 14th St, NW courtesy of CORE

Formerly C&K Motel half demoed:

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10/23/14 3:30pm

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“This is Zooey from Glover Park: Boxer/Rhodesian Ridgeback mix, Homeward Trails Rescue alumni, and distant relative of Dobby the House Elf.”

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“Cosimo and Stella of Dupont Circle can barely contain their excitement when the Nationals clinched the National League East!”

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“This is how Gingersaurus Rex watches the autumn squirrel frenzy every morning in Adams Morgan.”

10/23/14 3:10pm

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From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray, City Administrator Allen Y. Lew and District officials will join the District Snow Team as it prepares for the upcoming snow season by participating in a dry run. Crews from the Department of Public Works (DPW) and the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will stage in Lot 8 behind RFK Stadium prior to being deployed across the District. More than 250 pieces of heavy equipment will be used during this exercise.

Friday, October 24, 2014 – 9:00 a.m.

This annual exercise is conducted to re-familiarize the District Snow Team with their routes and equipment. Nearly 700 plow drivers will navigate their routes (leaving from RFK Stadium) while administrative, supervisory and logistical support team members also practice their functions at other sites, such as salt domes. This annual test helps ensure that District personnel are ready to keep the city moving during real-life precipitation this winter.”

10/23/14 3:00pm

1531 A Street Southeast

This rental is located at 1531 A Street, Southeast. The listing says:

“CAPITOL HILL!! BEAUTIFUL 2 BEDROOM,2 BATH END UNIT TOWNHOUSE.OPEN FLOOR PLAN .EAT-IN KITCHEN W/WHITE CABINETS,STAINLESS STEAL APPLIANCES ,GRANITE COUNTERS .MAPLE WOOD FLOORS THROUGHOUT,OPEN STAIRS W/CATHEDRAL CEILINGS AND SKYLIGHTS.WASHER AND DRYER.FENCED IN BACKYARD.BLOCKS TO RFK /POTOMAC METROS,CLOSE TO EASTERN MARKET AND LINCOLN PARK.SHOWS WELL!! AVAILABLE OCTOBER 23RD.” PETS CASE-CASE”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,400/Mo.

10/23/14 2:30pm

From DDOT:

“District Department of Transportation (DDOT) announced the start of a large-scale project to make roadway improvements to Military Road NW near 16th Street and replace the 16th Street NW Bridge over Military Road.

Residents should prepare for major impacts on traffic on Military Road and 16th Street NW during this project, which is expected to take 11 months to complete, weather permitting. The first phase of this project will last from October to March 2015, during which DDOT will focus on making improvements to Military Road NW.

These improvements will include installing a new, stone-faced median barrier on Military Road NW, between Oregon Avenue and 14th Street; improving storm drainage along the roadway and installing traffic signal and street light enhancements.”

10/23/14 2:10pm

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Ed. Note: earlier in the week we we spoke rooftop concerns in Mt. P.

Backyard prowlers in Mt. Pleasant:

“In the “don’t freak out, but be careful” category, our nanny surprised a couple of guys in our backyard on Adams Mill this afternoon. They had come down the steps from the alley and were headed into the basement stairwell; they ran off when she pounded on the window. Not much of a description, but one was a heavyset guy with long dreads and the other looked to be a high school-aged kid.”

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10/23/14 1:20pm

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“Dear PoPville,

I live on the 600 block of Florida NW and I’m getting repeatedly fined for this. I’ve called DPW several times and fought several fines already, admitting with explanation that after the new bins were delivered (and many old ones were not picked up) there is nowhere to place all of them. We share a pathway to the back of our rowhouse with several other rowhomes on Florida and cannot block it off, but we can’t put them on the sidewalk on Florida either. The fines I’ve fought have been dropped by DPW after the court official rules in our favor, but my requests that we be told where to place the bins are always ignored, as are my requests that DPW write a letter to our landlord ordering him to build a structure to house them that DPW would find acceptable.

I’m at wit’s end because I am constantly fighting these fines and I don’t have time to be filing paperwork with the DPW once every couple of weeks. Is anyone else having problems with this? Is everyone on our block getting fined all the time? Any suggestions?”

10/23/14 12:55pm

2022 Columbia Road Northwest

This unit is located at 2022 Columbia Road, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sunny, top floor 2 bedroom unit with sweeping views over DC at the fabulous Wyoming – one of DC’s “Best Addresses. ” Sleek, updated kitchen, high ceilings, warm wood floors, charming period bath, and one of only a few units in the bldg with central a/c! The premier location is just a short stroll to Metro, great restaurants and the best of DC. Possible rental pkg nearby.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $509,000 ($498 monthly fee.)

Ed. Note: I’ve always wondered what the inside of the Wyoming looks like. Beautiful.