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  • Just curious but why is this considered reasonable?

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Because s/he’s not saying don’t ever have no parking signs (presumably they’ve been up for a while) just use them when you actually need them.

    • It sounds like they are blocking off parking without an immediate need. Rather reasonable to request they allow folks to park there if they don’t have plans to use that space, no?

      • Seems rather atypical and the last thing on the mind of a new restaurant opening up. What do the laws require for removal of No Parking signs and then putting them back up (timeline, costs, etc)?

        • It takes maybe 30 seconds to take down the sign, another 30 to put it back up when you actually need it. Surely they can manage a minute out of their busy schedule to foster some neighborly goodwill (especially considering that they will largely rely on those same neighbors for much of their business – neighbors who could easily trod up a block to Kafe Bohem for their morning coffee/pastry).

        • It’s pretty straightforward –if I remember correctly, the signs have to be up 72 hours or 24 hours before the period of enforcement, depending on whether they’re on zoned streets or metered streets.
          I think the neighbor’s request was very reasonably phrased and it wouldn’t be difficult for the Royal to do what the neighbor is asking.

    • It is reasonable. Many new establishments and construction put up temporary no parking signs way in advance before work actually starts. I’ve seen these placed many times in crowded residential neighborhoods days (even weeks) in advance before any construction trucks/dumpsters arrive.

      • I understand the neighbor’s desire to not lose even 1 or two parking spaces, but putting the sign up in advance of the work and leaving it there maximizes the likelihood that people will see and respect the sign by not parking there. I would rather have ample notice of a coming “no parking” restriction and be inconvenienced a few extra days than have my car towed because I happened to be out of town when a restriction was posted and did not return within the 1 or 2 day window in which the restriction was scheduled to go in effect.

        • A few days, sure. But what if the “no parking” signs are up there for a month before construction begins?

          • What if the signs are put up with a good faith belief that construction will begin on X date, and something happens to delay X date for a week, or two weeks, or a month?
            I’ve had no parking signs on my block for a week before the contractor hired by the city came through and did the repairs the signs were put up for. Sure, if you know that work is going to begin on a particular date, you shouldn’t stop people from parking a month before that date. But sometimes things happen.

  • So by your logic they should take it down when not needed and then put it back up, what if the person that parks there while it is down, goes to work or heaven forbid a vacation or some extended amount of time while the restaurant needs that space. I think that is why they keep it up, we don’t know when they need to be in and out…

    • The city requires that such signs are posted in advance; they stipulate the length of time. Folks who go on extended vacation would be similarly screwed. It’s just the way it works.

    • No, I think the idea is to just wait to put them up until you need it, and that’s it. They’re not saying to put them up, then take them down, then put them up again, take them back down again, etc.

    • As someone who routinely parks for more than 72 hours when I leave town, I understand that I’m taking a risk that no parking signs will not be put up in the meantime. If the signs went up, I’d be on the hook for the tickets and towing. If you’re not willing to take that risk and pay up if it happens, park somewhere else (at a friend’s who can move your car if need be, in a garage, etc.).

  • The owners have already had an open house (way back when they were still going through the permitting process), and have been very reasonable and open with the neighbors. I’d suggest just asking them. They also own Vinoteca, so getting in touch with them through Vinoteca might be the easiest way.

  • The neighbor is asking that the “no parking” signs be removed until the time when a roll-off is actually scheduled and the restaurant will need the space.
    The roll-off doesn’t come and go – it’s parked there for the duration.
    Seems a very reasonable request!

  • Accountering

    I came for the fireworks, and what I got was an imminently reasonable request. I would assume the owners would be willing to even go with this. Very well written letter.

  • We at the Royal would like to extend our apologies to the neighbors of Ledroit Park for our inconsideration of our construction- “No Parking” signs. The letter posted on our door, bringing our attention to this matter was very reasonable, and we were happy that it was done so in such a kind manner. Since seeing the letter we have taken down the “no parking” permits. We completely understand the negative effect caused by our actions due to the minimum amount of parking options in the city and our neighborhood. We will be very conscious from this point forward, and will post these signs 72 hours before a dumpster arrives, and remove them immediately after they have been taken away. We appreciate the patience of our neighbors during the build-out process and if there is anything that we can do to be less intrusive on you, please feel free to bring it to our attention. We can always be reached at Vinoteca (202-332-9463). Thank you again to all, and specially the kind neighbor that demonstrated his/her’s appreciation of their wonderful neighborhood thru their note, and we look forward to being a part of it.

    • Thank you! I live just a few blocks away and can’t wait to check your place out when you open. 🙂

    • Thank you for removing the signs. I live right across the street from where the No Parking signs were and I appreciate you removing them.

  • The neighborhood is one of the most walkable in the city. And Metro and numerous bus routes are right there. Parking shouldn’t even be an issue. Most people there would be better off without a car. (And, yes, I live nearby and practice what I preach, having sold my car over 3 years ago. No problem since.)

  • Wow! What a nice response from The Royal!! It’s that kind of responsiveness that makes me WANT to patronize a business. Looking forward to your opening!

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