04/17/14 2:30pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user angela n.

The Nature Conservancy has been kind enough to offer to take us bird watching at Teddy Roosevelt Island again. I’m thinking early morning on Sunday May 4th. If enough folks are interested we’ll make it a go. Please let me know in the comments or email me at princeofpetworth(at)gmail if you can make it and I’ll do an updated post with details if enough folks are in.

04/17/14 2:15pm

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JoshBassett|PHOTOGRAPHYl

Home inspection fees:

“We would be very interested to know what others have been charged for a home inspection (house, not condo). We’re interested in the range of fees, high and low, not just the “best price” – it would also be useful to get a sense of how large the property was. We’re trying to do a reality check on an invoice. Thanks.”

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04/17/14 1:25pm

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Brookland’s Finest future home at 12th and Jackson Street, NE

From an email:

“Attached is a DC Superior Court decision handed down yesterday. I represented the plaintiff in the case. The case is a FOIA case – one of my practice areas.

The bottom line is that An ANC Commissioner got caught trying to delete a digital public document (an audio recording of an SMD meting) rather than produce it in compliance with a court order.

As a result:

The court referred the matter to both the DOJ and OAG for criminal prosecution of Commissioner Carolyn Steptoe for perjury and for attempted destruction of a public record.

The court found ANC 5B in contempt and ordered it to pay for the cost to hire a forensic computer firm to recover the audio file Commissioner Steptoe tried to delete.

The case arose from the controversy over the Brookland’s Finest liquor license application. My client asked ANC 5B for documents that Commissioner Steptoe gave to her colleagues that she said supported her position that ANC 5B should oppose the license application. My client also sought a copy of the audio recording Commissioner Steptoe made of her April 27, 2013 SMD meeting.

At a march 19, 2014 evidentiary hearing, Commissioner Steptoe testified that she denied my client’s FOIA requests because she did not like the requesters and thought their requests were “rude.”

In the end, ANC 5B was forced to produce all of the documents.”

You can read the full ruling below:

Crimmins v DC Final Order (PDF)

I have heartburn just reading this, can’t imagine actually being involved in it. And in happier news – can’t wait for Brookland’s Finest finally able to open soon!!

04/17/14 1:00pm

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This unit is located at 4000 Cathedral Avenue, Northwest. The listing says:

“Enjoy serene living in the heart of the city, in this fantastic 1bd/ 1ba. at The Westchester. Flooded in natural light, with sweeping views above the treetops, this coop is over 930 sq. ft. It is perfect blend of classic charm and modern convenience- the updated fully equipped kitchen featuring top-notch appliances includes a washer/dryer combo! 4 large closets, hardwood floors, high ceilings ..”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $296,000 ($1,040 monthly fee.)

04/17/14 12:30pm

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1776 Columbia Road, NW

It’s been a while since we first heard back in 2012 that Lee Jewelery would become a liquor store. Turns out it’s actually a section in the store and in the beginning it will be half liquor store, half jewelery store. The liquor store component should open in about two weeks. A worker at the store tells me they will slowly be expanding the liquor section. When I peeked in yesterday the liquor component filled up three large rows.

A reader adds:

“Now you can get your liquor, jewelry, and luggage all in one spot!”

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04/17/14 12:15pm

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Sponsored By The Alden.

Aria Development Group. Historic real estate. Good times.

Created By BlankSlate

Hi there! We’re Aria Development Group, and we’ve been reading all of your comments and questions about The Alden, our new renovation of 2620 13th Street NW. There is clearly a lot of speculation about the information surrounding this project, from building history and ownership to affordability and rent. Well, we were inspired by your comments, and we’d like to offer the following oh-so-fun-and-entertaining Alden Quiz to test your knowledge of the salient facts of this deal. And we will offer you one free month of rent if you answer all of these questions correctly, or if you come visit and decide you’d like to live at The Alden before May 15th. If you so desire, you can study from the “CliffsNotes” here and here. Are you ready? Let’s begin!

Quiz after the jump. (more…)

04/17/14 12:00pm

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Photos courtesy Little Miss Whiskey’s

From an email:

“Little Miss Whiskey’s gorgeous patio is now open with a second level. The fountains are on, the honeysuckle is growing, and our black bamboo is about to shoot this season’s growth 30 feet out of the ground. The first level of the patio is also now outfitted with large gas heaters for colder weather.

Patrons may reserve both levels of the patio or just the second for private events. Both levels come with use of our large propane grill, perfect for urban grilling any weekend or evening to which DC residents don’t have access in their apartments/homes.

Little Miss Whiskey’s is located at 1104 H Street NE, open 7 days a week, and there is never a cover.”

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Demoed lot in front of new building at 7th and Massachusetts Ave, NW

Thanks to a reader a for sending a link to this interview on 94.7 Fresh FM:

“…they are getting ready to open another RPM Italian restaurant right here in Washington, D.C.

“It’s under construction right now. It’s the old NPR building right in Downtown D.C. You’ll see that whole process [on the show].” They hope to open the restaurant by 2015.”

The old NPR building was demoed in June 2013 and the office space has been leased to the Arnold & Porter law firm. NPR’s new home is at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE in NoMa. I hadn’t realized there would be retail/restaurant space too. You can see RPM Italian’s menus here.

Side note: I still think keeping those old buildings looks cool at the other new building next door to where this one is coming:

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04/17/14 10:55am

“Dear PoPville,

I saw a package theft video on your blog and it reminded me to ask if you could post a video of the person who robbed our apartment on March 25th, 2014. At best, one of your readers might recognize him. At the very least, the video and information contained in my post could serve as a warning for people to be more cognizant of the burglary threat in the Dupont/U Street area.

I’ve included a link to surveillance video of the person who broke into our apartment on Swann Street NW on March 25th between 12:30pm and 1:15pm. He broke in through our front window and stole various electronics before departing on foot down an alley towards T ST NW (as seen in our second video feed). He came back two times over a 45 minute period. After his first run, he was gone for 5 minutes before returning for more stuff; after his second, he was gone for 10 minutes. On his second and third runs, he broke into the apartment building door. After his third run, he walked away with a 36 inch flat screen TV.

Because he left on foot and was gone for 5 and 10 minutes, I believe he was stashing the stolen goods in the area north of Swann St somewhere. If he had driven to site, he would likely have parked closer than a 5 or 10 minute walk as there is plenty of street parking during the day. And it probably would have taken him the same amount of time to come back for more. I’ve showed his picture around the area to some local business owners and a few of them recognized him as an occasional customer. MPD found his fingerprints and blood in the apartment. Evidently, he cut himself on something as he was entering the window.

If anyone recognizes him, please contact the MPD investigator at the contact info below:

Nicole Rizzi
Investigator
Third District Detectives Office
1620 V St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
202-673-6918