Judging New Pop Ups Under Construction – 10th and W St, NW

@PoPville twitter follower @AliceSpeck finds this one:

“We’ve been hearing a lot of banging and just figured out why! 10th St, just north of W.”

Hmm, we will def. have to revisit when it is completed. Do you think it has potential to turn out ok?

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  • Sure, a small tornado could come by and fix it up real good!

  • This city’s laws suck. I live three blocks from there and can’t fix the trim paint on my door without a permit and HRB approval. This jackass gets to put a whole house on top of his. How is that possibly equitable?

  • ALL pop-ups should be banned, and only allowed on a case-by-case basis. Or, ideally, just banned. Period.

    • What a silly statement. Why shouldn’t be allowed to add to the property they own? Sure, there are ugly pop ups, but as long at they follow zoning and permit rules people are well within their legal right to proceed with them. If I was luck enough to own a small townhouse, I’d sure consider adding a pop-up. In a city as crowded and expensive as Washington, the extra space and value added to my home would be welcomed. That said, I would try my hardest to maintain the architecture integrity of the house and my neighbors.

      • “Why shouldn’t be allowed to add to the property they own? Sure, there are ugly pop ups, but as long at they follow zoning and permit rules people are well within their legal right…” This is a silly analysis. Obviously the commenter was proposing a legal/zoning restriction, such that the owner would not have that right. Geez.

    • My proposal. You can go down but not up. Provided it is structurally sound, each home owner is pemitted to burrow as far under their propery as possible until they hit either a water table or the earth’s core. I am working on plans now for a 450,000 square foot property built on the existing foot print of a two story dc row house.

      • Already done – if you own the land, you own the mineral rights below, therefore you own the right to dig down as far as you want. At least to the molten center of the earth – any further and you will be impinging on the rights of whoever owns the surface land on the exact opposite side of the earth from you (better look in that.)

      • Problem with digging down is the effect on adjacent housing. When we lived on 13th, there was a vacant lot nextdoor. A couple years after we sold, we spoke to the then current owner; the vacant lot flipped a dozen times and the last owner dug out a basement which caused the foundation to shift. The adjacent properties shifted about an inch, which caused the doors to not shut properly.

        • Yes. I agree. Every few years there is a story about some unskilled person digging out their basement and collapsing their neighbors house. You really need to know what you are doing with these old structures.

  • This property is by the same owner/developer as 909 W St. So it’s not too hard to figure out what it’s going to look like. (in a word: bad)

  • So far, so ugly. The only good one I’ve seen is that one at 13th and Otis.

    PoP, you should do a revisit of the monstrosity next to the alley by the Third World Safeway (Columbia Road).

    • I drove past the Ontario Road popup the other day.

      I was on Columbia Road, so I got only a glimpse of the popup… but in that quick glimpse, it looked prison-like. Not sure why… I think maybe the windows were tinted a dark color.

  • Paging Dr. Seuss. That house needs one or two more levels on top plus a lookout tower and a widow’s peak.

  • Two thoughts: that pop up is sporting a pop up; baby pop ups are nowhere near as cute as baby animals.

  • FAH-ah-ugly!

  • looks like frogs doing it

  • Whatever, it is in a fun neighborhood and looks like it will have a roof deck. Someone will surely rent it and enjoy their margaritas up there.

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