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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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Intruder in my backyard (1800 Newton NW Block) on 4/11/2015

“I discovered an intruder was casing my backyard at 3:03AM Saturday morning. I was informed that my neighbor 4 houses down had an intruder in their backyard Monday morning. I have video surveillance, and below are videos from Saturday. I have other videos from Monday as well that may help with my neighbor’s case.

I contacted the police via 911, and they were quick to dismiss the case as nothing was stolen or broken in to. Never-the-less I pressed and they sent an officer that looked at the wrong yard, and never came to my door.

Please email this thread if you also had an intrusion, seen a suspicious person, or have images/video from the 1800 block Engleside/Newton alley.

Hopefully posting here can at least make the neighborhood aware of this problem, and help stop these intrusions.

– Ben

Saturday 4/11/15 3AM videos

Intruder Enters Backyard
4-11-2015 3:03.10AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i68XyHuEwfY

Intruder Leaves Backyard
4-11-2015 3:03.39AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7MSqG-o63II

Intruder Bikes Away
4-11-2015 3:04.13AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LpYwDqaNzLo

Update:I emailed this information to the police”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Peter Bjork

Does anyone know much about the legality or permissibility of group homes in residential areas?

“Concerned resident here. Does anyone know much about the legality or permissibility of group homes in residential areas?

I live on Varnum and we have three, count them, three group homes on our street between 3rd and 4th.

The one that we live next door to is operated by Life Stride. Their residents, or consumers as they call them, are mentally ill or substance-addicted persons. The home allows five consumers at a time and their reasons for admission are one, the other, or both respectively.

A couple of the residents are actually fairly nice and do not cause many problems.

However, we have had issues with a couple. Particularly, one that has both mental health issues as well as substance-addiction issues. He harasses residents, seems very unstable, and is fond of coming out as soon as curfew is over, screaming at the top of his lungs that he has a bomb, that people must die, and that we should call 911.

We have called 911 but they always escort him back to the group home. Even when we called them because he was drinking two pints of vodka, in the open, and yelling at children as they walked to their bus stop. They still escorted him back to the home. When did open containers stop being an offense in DC?

Contacting the group home operator and informing them of these issues has not been fruitful.

Any advice? Recommendations? Personal experiences?”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Brian Mosley

Accountant for Tax Help

“I find myself on April 14 trying to file my overly complicated tax return. Can anyone recommend a trustworthy, affordable accountant in DC? Thought I could finagle it on TurboTax but I’ve lived in 2 states this year and did some independent contract work so it’s become very confusing. Would really appreciate a referral! Thanks”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Katie Yaeger Rotramel

ISO of Landscaper/Gardener

“I would like to have the landscaping in the front of my house redone. I had one of the bigger companies in the area come out and come up with the design which I love, but the labor costs are very expensive.

Does anyone know a good landscaper they can recommend? I am going to buy the plants, but am looking for someone to come and plant them according to the design we received.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user sean hennessey

Interior Designer recommendations.:

“I am nearing the end of a house renovation and in need of the services of an interior designer. I mostly want some guidance on selecting paint, floor covering, window treatments and fabric. Ideally I would like someone who I can hire by the hour to consult, help make selections and point me in the right direction. Perhaps someone starting out who needs to build a portfolio? Any recommendations? Thanks!”

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717 8th Street, SE

How early should one arrive to get a table at Rose’s Luxury on a Saturday?:

“My parents are coming to town this weekend and we are thinking about trying to get a table at Rose’s Luxury on Saturday. If we want to get seated when they open at 5pm, how early should we be in line?”

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Helping Homeless DC Man who Thwarted Rape:

“With all of the great things that happen on PoPville, it would be great if we could band together to help Ketrell Ferguson, a homeless DC resident who recently helped a woman who was being attacked fight off her attempted rapist (see story here); with our city growing and changing every day, it is heartening to know that we live among neighbors who still care enough to do the right thing.

A friend of Mr. Ferguson set up a GoFundMe to help raise money for a good person who has fallen on hard times and it is my hope that we as a PoPville community can each donate a bit of money to the campaign.

I’ve never posted anything on here before and am not associated with the GoFundMe in any way, but feel really strongly about helping to make the life of someone who helped someone else a bit better.

Thanks for your time!”

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pre-graffiti, pre-patio 2737 Sherman Avenue, NW at Girard

Hilltop Bar & Restaurant:

“So, whatever happened to this place opening up?

There has been hype around this bar since I moved to DC almost 3 years ago. Last August I had an Uber driver and he overhead me speaking about Hilltop. It turned out he was actually one of the owners. He told us he has had some permit issues, but everything was good to go and was hoping to open up in January or February. It is now April, and the only sign of life I have seen is they have painted over the graffiti on the front of their building, but not the side. Does anybody have any idea what is going on with this place?”

Ed. Note: I’m told they are still planning on opening and I see the patio area as a good sign but yeah this is taking way longer than originally anticipated.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Mr.TinDC

Volunteer Opportunity at the Columbia Heights Farmers Market!:

“The Columbia Heights Farmers Market is recruiting new volunteers! The market is one of the largest in Washington, DC, and volunteers help with market operations, particularly with the administration of the matching funds programs for Farmers Market customers who receive WIC, SNAP, and other nutrition assistance benefits. Being involved with the Columbia Heights Farmers Market requires only a few hours per month and is a great way to get involved in the local community. Spanish speakers are especially needed. Interested volunteers are invited to our pre-season training session on Sunday, April 12 at 5:30 pm at the Park Triangle Apartments Community Room (2nd Floor), 1375 Kenyon St NW. For more information, please email volunteer@cfwdc.org.”

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