04/17/15 2:10pm

Photo by PoPville flickr user Jennifer

DC Water Holding Reno Permit Hostage

“I am in the process of gearing up to renovate my residence (and by “process” I mean I have been awaiting a permit from DCRA for 6 months and counting). True to the experiences of many my permit has encountered the tradional ‘flags’ that others have run into; I have confirmed that my architect has been diligently responding to the numerous, sundry reviewer comments. That said, we’ve run into one stumbling block that my architect has never experienced while getting approval to renovate a residential row house. My project includes the addition of a bathroom. DC Water has flagged the permit citing that the copper water service lines servicing the house – at 5/8″ – are too small. This is a code revision that is less than 10 years old.

The water meter pit for my house sits in my front yard and about 5 feet from the front of my house. It is reasonable(ish) to me that I (as the resident) might appropriately held responsible for upgrading the water service line that leads from the meter and connects directly into the house. ***My frustration is that DC Water is insisting that I (the homeowner) am also responsible for upgrading the line from the water main (in the middle of the street) all the way to the water meter pit.*** The fact that all of water lines OUTSIDE of the house reside on public property made me raise an eyebrow about any of this requirement.

But, making the homeowner financially responsible for tearing up the street, sidewalk and the front yard up to the water meter pit seems criminal. I am left with either removing the bathroom/scaling back the project or paying and ASTRONOMICAL and unexpected price to tear up the street/sidewalk/yard. In the meantime DC Water is holding my permit hostage; refusing to sign-off on their portion of the permit approvals. Anyone had any experience with this type of requirement from DC Water for a residential row house in DC? ”

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04/17/15 1:20pm

pain sculpture

“Dear PoPville,

Last evening I had an experience that I’m curious if others might be familiar with. My pregnant wife and I were walking our dog along Illinois Ave. at Farragut just about a block from our home and as we pass a house with two 50-something year old African-American guys out on the front porch, we hear one of the guys start muttering under his breath and then gradually raising his voice into a yell for the whole neighborhood to hear.


This went on in various combinations of these phrases basically as long as we were in his view. The other guy on the front porch just chuckled.

So what am I supposed to do in this situation? We just assumed the guy was drunk so we just ignored it and kept walking, but it’s very disturbing and discouraging and bothered me the rest of the night. Do you call the cops? Do you say something to the guy?

Some might say casual racism is par for the course in a gentrifying neighborhood, but I don’t accept it.”

04/17/15 12:55pm

2755 Ordway Street Northwest

This unit is located at 2755 Ordway Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“OPEN SUN 4/19, 1-4pm! Experience city living at its finest in this exceptional corner studio apartment. Great use of space w/ expansive closet featuring built-ins & kitchen w/ ample cabinet space. Updated bath & brand new hardwood floors. You’ll find yourself in the heart of Cleveland Park, moments away from AMC Loews Uptown 1, restaurants + more! Monthly fee includes all utilities!”

2755 Ordway Street Northwest inside

You can see more photos here.

This studio is going for $250,000 ($420 monthly fee.)

04/17/15 12:45pm

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s First District Detective Unit and Narcotics and Special Investigations Division have announced that multiple arrests have been made in the robberies which occurred on Sunday, April 12, 2015, and Monday, April 13, 2015, in the 1100 block of 4th Street, Southwest, where multiple subjects entered the drug store [CVS] and stole a controlled substance.

On Wednesday, April 15, 2015, members of the Metropolitan Police Department executed a search warrant which resulted in the arrests of 19 year old Bertwone Copeland, 20 year old Bartholomew Copeland and 38 year old Keith Boykins who were charged with Robbery and Possession With Intent to Distribute while Armed. Also arrested were 24 year old Leroy Frye, 18 year old Cornelius Jones, 18 year old Arnay Chase, 22 year old Archie Coles, 18 year old Johnny Coles, and a juvenile male, who were all, charged with Possession With Intent to Distribute while Armed. The investigation resulted in the recovery of three semi-automatic handguns and narcotics.

The Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives assisted in this investigation.”

04/17/15 12:25pm

1025 First St, SE

A reader tweets us:

“I don’t know much about these, but I imagine this isn’t good for @justinscafe1025 what say you @PoPville ?”

Normally these closures are ordered for underage sales or violence of some kind. Anyone know what happened? Looks like a letter up top in the photo – anyone happen to see what it said. Ed. Note: Of course I asked OP but haven’t heard back yet.

04/17/15 11:45am

2nd floor of 18th and Wyoming Ave, NW

More coffee news for Adams Morgan – from an email:

“Anyone out-and-about in Adams Morgan should drop by Friday, April 17, from 9am – 7 pm to welcome our newest neighbor, Sweet Science Coffee, that shares space with the legendary home furnishings store, Skynear Designs, at 1800 Wyoming Avenue, NW…

Friday will mark the soft opening of this delightful coffee boutique…”

04/17/15 11:25am


Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the President of 10 Square Real Estate. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 1636 Irving St NW #2
Legal Subdivision: Mount Pleasant
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Mount Pleasant
Bedrooms: 1 Baths: 1 Parking: Street Ownership: Condo
Original List Price: $379,000.
List Price at Contract: $379,000.
List Date: 02/13/2015
Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $390,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Square Footage reported in listing: 575
Settled Price per Square Foot: $679.
Settlement Date: 03/19/2015
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No Estate: No

Original GDoN post is: here.

The original listing can be seen here: here.

This property is located just off of Mount Pleasant’s commercial district and was converted from a four unit rental building to seven condos and two deeded parking spaces in 2005 by developer Lakritz Adler. The condo is called The Madera.

In 2005, the brand new units sold for an average of $669. per square foot. Those who were around during the mid 2000s boom years of DC real estate may recall that segments of the market began to slow significantly in 2006, as reflected in the 2006 sale of the subject unit for $446. per square foot.

From 2008 to 2010, the building saw prices around $540. per square foot. In 2013, a unit in the building without parking sold at $711. per square foot.

The listing agent for this sale was Randall Nolan with Urban Land Company. Cameron Shosh with Century 21 Redwood Realty represented the buyer in this transaction.