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  • Replace “criminal” with “unfortunate”, and I agree.

  • I’m not sure “criminal” is the right word. Aren’t windows on a property line fair game to be covered up?

    • +1. If anything, criminal to sell/rent units to occupants who are paying for windows that weren’t supposed to be built on the property line. False advertising.

      Isn’t it technically illegal, if unenforced, to put windows on a property line in the first place?

  • Looks like N Street Village built along the property line which they never should have done. Either they were unaware of the risk that they’d lose those windows in case of future development next door (i.e. today) or they discounted it. Even though the developer of the new construction is within their full right to block those windows, hopefully they reached some sort of agreement to slightly ameliorate the situation for N Street Village, particularly given its mission.

      • They would have been required to contact them when they got the permits since they are doing construction along the property line. I’m not sure what you mean by “before announcing the plans.”

        It sucks that the windows are getting covered up, especially for a building with such a benevolent purpose — but that was the risk in the first place with putting windows on that wall. Something similar just happened to a neighbor of mine.

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        I would not have even offered a dime in compensation. N Street Village should not have put windows on the property line, and if they did, they should have known they were at risk of losing them.

        • How neighborly of you. That space was an alley for decades – there was a reasonable expectation for N Street to keep their windows and developers have made accommodations for windows on similar buildings in the past in DC.

          I mean, a phone call would have killed them?

  • A hyperbolic overreaction. While it sucks to lose those windows, the drive thru that was next to the Popeye’s was never an official alley, and N St Village knew those windows were at-risk when they were constructed.

  • When was the N Street Village building built? I thought that D.C. no longer allowed “at-risk” windows (ones that aren’t covered at the moment, but that are directly on the property line and are thus “at risk” of being covered if the adjacent property builds up to that height).

  • Douglas Development is listed as Funding Partner on the N Street Village website, so I wonder how much more there is to this story.

  • As someone who had to brick up three at-risk windows two years after buying my condo, I feel for them. But how is this brand new information? All the renderings show the new construction from wall-to-wall. There’s no air shaft, let alone an alley, depicted.

  • With at-risk windows, it’s more like N St. Village got however many years of window access as a big *bonus*. Those at-risk windows could have been covered from the very beginning, but N St. Village got to enjoy them almost like an unexpected gift.

  • Perfectly legal, matter of right construction. No more notice is required for neighbors than would be typical with new construction. And N Street would have been well informed of this fact when they were building the property. They would have needed a legal variance to get these windows approved in the first place and that variance would have, as Steve Calcott notes in the linked article, made it very clear that the windows could go away as a matter of right. (and yes, DC still most definitely does approve these through the variance process.) Maybe they were a bit naive to think they would get notice and even an option to negotiate … and they were wrong. But, then it shouldn’t shut them down or stop their work.

  • Though, YES, very unfortunate!!

  • This sucks, yes, but just because we all value the mission of N Street Village does not mean they get extra-normal property rights.

  • the construction workers who work on this worksite are really rude to the neighbors who share the alleyway behind there.

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