Complete Gut Renovation Progressing at Former Horse’s Ass Award Nominee on Park Road

This complete gut job on Park Road just west of 13th Street, NW is progressing nicely. I can’t remember if this is going to be condos or rentals – does anyone know? Either way, nice to see this former boarded up shell getting fixed up.

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  • Related question: does anybody know what the deal is with the big, gutted building on 5th St NW just North of Kennedy? Bought a house near there recently and haven’t been able to find anything on what’s it’s going to be.

  • I’m pretty sure there was a fire there about a month and a half ago. When I walked past it to go to work one morning, it smelled like a campfire and there were char marks coming from the windows on the west side of the building.

  • Curious what the apartments in the renovated building across the street are renting for.

  • This place has come a long way, huh?

    Detective Jerome Sitek testified that on November 15, 1991, he had been called to investigate a homicide at 1319 Park Road, N.W. He arrived on the scene at about 6:30 or 6:35 p.m. and remained there for approximately one hour to one hour and fifteen minutes. According to Detective Sitek, witnesses at the scene said that at about 6:15 p.m. a man had accused people on the block of stealing his bicycle and had threatened to “shoot up all of Park Road” until he got the bicycle back. The man brandished what witnesses believed to be a 9-mm handgun and then began to fire randomly into passing vehicles on Park Road. Next, he walked over to Rene Best, who was seated on the front step of 1319 Park Road, and fired two rounds at Best, striking and killing him. This was an unusual shooting, Sitek said, because Best “offered no resistance”; Best “was a neighborhood alcoholic who bothered absolutely nobody and could not flee the scene that day because he was intoxicated and may have been passed out from his intoxicated level.” After the shooting, the shooter continued to make threats as he left the scene, heading south on 13th Street, N.W.

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