If you have any animal/pet photos you’d like to share please send an email to princeofpetworth(at)gmail(dot)com with ‘Animal Fix’ in the title and say the name of your pet and your neighborhood. Your photos will go into the queue (usually 3-4 weeks wait) and will be posted in the order I receive them. If you’ve already entered your pet and would like to do so again – that’s no problem – just space the entries out a bit.
“This is Rooney, lounging in NW Washington, Woodley Park specifically. It’s a tough life, trust me.”
“Pippa of Columbia Heights”
“Our dog Harley (right) taking a snooze in Edgewood with Lady Edith, our foster through City Dogs Animal Rescue.”
“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a suspect in connection to a first degree sexual assault while armed/kidnapping, which occurred on Saturday, March 1, 2014, at approximately 11:00 am, in the 700 block of Barnes Street, Northeast. The suspect accosted the victim and walked her across a footbridge. The description of the suspect in the sexual assault is similar to two incidents that occurred on Friday, March 7, 2014, and are possibly related.
On Friday, March 7, 2014, at approximately 7:05 am to 7:10 am, a complainant exited the Minnesota Avenue Metro Station tunnel onto the footbridge located in the 4000 block of Minnesota Avenue, NE. She walked past the suspect, who approached her from behind. The suspect told her to follow him and said something to the effect that he would shoot her if she did not follow. The complainant began to follow the suspect. At some point, the complainant stopped following the suspect and she fled in the opposite direction.
At approximately 7:30 am, another complainant was walking near the foot bridge when she was approached by the suspect. The suspect told her to “come here”. The complainant didn’t respond, and the suspect said it again. The complainant saw an unknown male walking, and she pretended she knew him and walked towards him. The suspect briefly gave chase but the complainant escaped.
The suspect is described as a black male in his 20’s, approximately 5’7”, slim build, short black hair and a goatee. He was last seen wearing a black skull cap, tan jacket over a gray hooded sweatshirt with a single front pocket, white-washed blue jeans, and black and white Nike Jordan 3 shoes. He may go by the name “Moses.”
Anyone who has information regarding this case should call police at 202-727-9099.”
“HANDSOME SUN FILLED 2 BEDROOM 1 BATH WITH WOOD FLOORS, FRESHLY PAINTED. UPDATED KITCHEN WITH GRANITE AND STAINLESS APPLIANCES. CLOSE TO SHOPS, RESTAURANTS, AND DOWNTOWN. MUST US CB APPLICATION. VACANT.”
I was wondering if you might have any information about what’s going on with the Washington Sports Club Columbia Heights pool. It was closed for a couple of days last week and the person at the front desk that I called today said that it looked like it would be closed all of this week too. She said that the closure was directed by the corporate office, but won’t say why. The lack of explanation is a little concerning.”
“I have a small front porch (64″ x 187″) with an old roof that has no gutter. Instead, it has an ineffective little trench scooped into it, attached to a tiny, always-clogged little pipe. The roof itself is old and most likely leaking, so there’s a good possibility that there’s some structural water damage.
I would like to repair the roof, recover it, and attach a gutter and downspout to a rain barrel (which I already have). I’m not sure who I should hire to do this, though. Is this a job that a handyman can do, or do I need a roofing company. Will a roofing company even do a job this small?
I have attached a photo of the gutter and some of the damage that makes me think I shouldn’t just slap some rolled asphalt on and call it a day.”
“My wife and I own a small rowhouse in the Shaw neighborhood. It was more-or-less a gut job when we purchased it. After gutting it, we’ve decided to keep an open floor plan on the main floor and to leave the joists exposed, rather than hanging a sheetrock ceiling. We’re ready now to install a new HVAC system and plan to install exposed spiral ductwork. We’ve had a hard time finding HVAC companies that do exposed ductwork. We have an estimate from one company, but would love to have at least two or three estimates in hand before hiring someone. Given that we’ve seen exposed ductwork in commercial spaces all over DC, we’ve begun contacting commercial HVAC companies. But we’d love some recommendations from PoPville. Anyone have an exposed duct installer recommendation for us? Thanks!”
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Every year around this time we get ‘Dear PoPville’ emails asking about water/shower tasting/smelling like chlorine. You’re not losing it! From DC Water:
“From March 17 through April 28, 2014, the disinfectant in drinking water will temporarily switch from chloramine to chlorine.
The annual switch in water disinfection is part of a routine program to clean and maintain drinking water systems in the District of Columbia, Arlington County and the northeastern portion of Fairfax County. During the temporary switch to chlorine, local water authorities will also conduct system-wide flushing to enhance water quality. This program is a common practice for many U.S. water systems that use chloramine during the majority of the year. (more…)
“Priced to sell 1-Bedroom condo w/balcony & pool view near Theatre, Grocery, SW Waterfront, NATS Stadium & many other amenities! Access to L’Enfant Plaza Metro & close to Reagan Airport. Circulator Bus provides easy access to Chinatown, U Street Corridor & Columbia Heights. Enjoy this very secure building with 24-hour concierge, Pool, Sauna, & Fitness Center. Elec. & Wtr. incl. in Condo Fee!”
Hi, my name is Ayr, I run Clover Food Lab, a rapidly growing fast food company in Boston. We’re trying to make better tasting food available to everybody.
I wrote a post about the Newsom building on H St. NW the other day that was picked up by PoPville and others and the resulting comments have been amazingly helpful. Thanks everybody.
So I reached out to Dan (Prince of Petworth) to ask if we could post regularly on PoPville during the course of our real estate search. I offer an outsider’s view of DC paired with an inside view of a DC real estate search.
I’m hoping you all can help us sort through this search to find the best locations ever. I don’t know much about this market and you, collectively, know the most. And I’m hoping by the time we open we’ve already made some friends who will help us get off to a great start.
LAST VISIT: NEW DEVELOPMENT
I admit, I left this past trip to DC feeling a bit confused. But that’s good, right? Clarity follows the cloud of confusion. Right?
Based in no small part on the comments of the loyal readers of PoPville and our own website (cloverfoodlab.com). I made a spreadsheet summarizing your input and targeted new sites. I asked Gary, my realtor, to focus on more developed sites this past trip to DC. We looked at a place I didn’t like at all across from the Verizon center. Great location, but no character, step down, no venting. Not the place where DC meets Clover.
We looked at some new developments. This is foreign to me. In Boston we don’t have these.
I’m even learning of stories where landlords are buying out tenants so that they can upgrade to better operators. I’ve never heard of that in Boston. And they seem to take a real interest in creating a good mix of different uses. Overall it’s a really sophisticated approach to development and pretty exciting for an operator like Clover. We love the idea of being a part of a well curated mix of retail that’s constantly picked and pruned.
We visited a development on 14th St. NW near R st. (I added the NW this time, see, I’m learning.) From what I understand this development used to be a homeless shelter that was relocated. I don’t know how that’s seen here. I can’t imagine that being done in Boston, it would be very controversial. Is that why we don’t see new developments in Boston?
There are 2 buildings, one that used to be 3 town houses, and another that’s slightly larger. There is going to be retail at the street and 160 condos above. The building is beautiful. We would be looking at one of the smaller “town houses.” The developer clearly cares about the aesthetics, and making adjustments that are historically accurate. I’m told these are going to regain bay windows, that were removed when the first floors was converted to garages for cars.
The ceilings are high. Light is beautiful. We’re looking at a space that I believe is 1,500 sq ft. We’d be paying a lot, something like $80/ square foot. That comes out to about $330/ day rent, which means we’d need about $3.5k/ day sales, which for us means 600 customers (our prices are low). Any chance of that here?
We had a great cup of coffee at Peregrine across the street (I recognize them from a visit to Union Market, and we know the folks at Counter Culture well, dating back to a visit there in 2011). What do you all think of 14th NW? Would we have a lunch business?
As of 10am Tues. morning the bid on the big Buddha is at $336.
From an email:
“I saw that you reviewed Buddha Bar back in the day and posted about the abrupt closing back in 2012 so I thought I would let you know that we are finally selling the contents of the building for the landlord at rasmus.com.
Everything is still in place at their 455 Massachusetts Ave NW locationincluding the first item in the online auction – a giant 12 ft gold Buddha Statue that is classically representative of the buddha bar franchise. Check it out here.
We are selling all of their stuff from the front of the house like the ornate chandeliers and dining chairs that created that “upscale oriental” ambiance. We are also selling all of their kitchen equipment from rice warmers and wok pans to glassware, tea pots, and bar equipment.
People can go check everything out (and possibly contemplate how to get that giant buddha out the door) Thursday from 12-4 at the Mass Ave location. The online auction starts to close Friday, March 14, 2014 at 2:07pm.”
“Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue will return to the National Building Museum’s West Lawn. The immensely popular outdoor experience will open Thursday, May 1 and run through Labor Day weekend. In addition to award-winning Texas-style barbecue and ice-cold Shiner beers, the Backyard Barbecue will offer live music from local and touring artists.
The Museum will again host a number of late nights so that visitors can enjoy barbecue and great summer programming inside the Great Hall.
Starting Thursday, May 1st, Hill Country’s Backyard Barbecue will be open Thursday through Saturday from 4–9 pm.”
Unfortunately I’m told plans for a similar set up near Nat Park didn’t work out.
“As part of the DC Streetcar Project, the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is advising the public of significant streetcar vehicle movements this week that may cause congestion along H Street NE and Benning Road, NE and near the DC Streetcar Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street.
On Tuesday, March 11, 2014, the DC Streetcar Operations and Maintenance Team will switch out the current streetcar vehicle parked on H Street N E for another one. First, a second Inekon streetcar vehicle will be delivered to the H/Benning corridor to begin its System Integration Testing. Then, the streetcar vehicle that has been undergoing testing on the H/Benning corridor since December will be transported back to the Testing and Commissioning Site on South Capitol Street SE to receive scheduled maintenance.
On Wednesday, March 12, one of the District’s United Streetcar vehicles manufactured by U.S.-based Oregon Iron Works (OIW), will be transported from the Testing and Commissioning Site to the H/Benning corridor. By the end of Wednesday, two streetcar vehicles will be undergoing System Integration Testing on the corridor.
Motorists are advised to take alternate routes if possible on Tuesday or Wednesday, as added congestion is expected on South Capitol Street SE, Firth Sterling Avenue SE, Howard Road SE, Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, Minnesota Avenue SE and NE, as well as H Street NE, Benning Road NE and Oklahoma Avenue NE.
Metrobus will maintain their regular bus routes this week, but riders traveling eastbound and westbound on the H/Benning corridor or along any of the above-mentioned streets should expect delays.”