“Happening right now at the house on the northwest corner of 3rd and Varnum. I woke up to screams and within minutes had this view from my porch. There’s 4-5 fire trucks, several ambulances and a “mobile air unit.” Smoke is pouring out of the house and I could hear the firemen smashing windows.
Feeling incredibly helpless…. Please send good thoughts to our corner of Petworth.”
“House Fire – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – 2-story rowhouse, fire showing all floors, extending to exposures #DCFD”
“Update – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – FFs extinguishing fire in basement, 1st & 2nd fl, making good progress, searches in progress #DCFD”
“Update – 3rd St & Varnum St NW – all fire knocked down, checking for extension; residents self-evacuated, EMS evaluating #DCFD”
More exciting news for Upshur Street in Petworth – a new bookstore is coming next door to (from owners of) Petworth Citizen in the former Hair Impressions space. From an email:
“Join our Bookstore Founders Club and help open our new bookstore!
Slated to open later this Summer, Upshur Books is a small, independent bookstore with a strong connection to the Petworth community. The bookstore will focus on literary fiction and poetry, local authors, art books, and independent publications, and will also host free literary and cultural events. The bookstore will complement the thriving retail district that is growing on Upshur Street in Petworth.
To help raise funds for the new Petworth community bookstore, we’ve put together an innovative funding program. By joining the Founders Club, you receive store credit and additional discounts on future purchases.
This house is located at 4212 4th Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“Beautiful, newly renovated row home 4 beds 3.5 baths. Open floor plan new hardwood floors. Kitchen w/Stainless appliances and marble counters. Large deck off the kitchen. 3 bedrooms and 2 baths upstairs. Master with vaulted ceilings and en-suite bath w/dual vanity. Lower level w/4th bedroom and 3rd bath, wet bar and family room, rear exit to detached 2 car garage. 6 mins to metro”
Ed. Note: Before we get into this argument…I’m not exactly sure what mode of transportation is 6 minutes to metro – but since I live nearby – for me it takes about 10 minutes to walk to metro and about 3 minutes to bike there.
“Top quality chicken breast, NY strip and colossal shrimp meet the grill on this truck!
We’ve created amazing flavors by handcrafting marinades from the freshest ingredients. Natural flavors inspire us, so we use clean oils, citrus zest and juice, fresh herbs and spices bringing bursts of mouth-watering flavor to our recipes.
Fruit and vegetable STIX are selected on a seasonal basis always ensuring quality, full flavor and freshness.
It is our desire to offer stacked deliciousness to everyone.
A variety of vegetarian and vegan options available daily.”
Last October, my good friend Kelly was struck by a speeding car while she was loading her own car. She spent five weeks in the hospital, nearly lost her leg, and has undergone 8 surgeries. Cars travel notoriously fast along the stretch of Arkansas Ave NW where she was struck, and it took very little effort to gather over 100 signatures from neighbors to petition Mayor Gray and Councilmember Bowser to address speeding on the street. Apparently speeding has long been a problem on this street, and these types of crashes – speeding drivers rear-ending parked cars – have happened far too often. Residents have been trying to get a change since the Williams administration.
DDOT, Bowser, and Gray all promised action at a community meeting at the end of 2013. But despite promises and good intentions, there have been no infrastructure improvements to lower speeding.
Now there’s been another crash and another person send to the hospital. We have footage from the crash, which ocurred just a block north of where Kelly was first hit.
Will we finally see progress along this stretch? With DDOT under fire for a lack of progress on basic infrastructure, will the agency be able to at least tackle a traffic calming effort with enormous community support? Will political shifting distract from an issue with broad community support and a pressing need?”
Thanks to Phil Di Ruggiero for sending us this super cool listing from Petworth:
“OPEN SUN April 6th 1-4PM 4826 7th St, NW – $699,900
4BR/3.5BA Loft Renovation w/In-Law Suite & Secure Parking
A spacious and full sized rowhouse reimagined and delightfully remixed. A bold combination of reclaimed and rustic styled elements with modern details. Everything has been reconsidered for the discerning urban home buyer. If you are looking for something sophisticated, unique and with a modern edge then look no further.
- Re-purposed original 100 year old beams formed into a dramatic open riser stair
- Exposed ceilings reveal the ribs of this restored beauty
- Barn doors tastefully divide spaces
- Urban kitchen w/carrara marble-clad island & cut-glass pendants, gas cooking
- Integrated indoor & outdoor speaker systems
- Fully separate dining room at the rear
- In-law suite w/separate entrances, custom and recessed shelving & full wet bar
- Large master suite w/open concept bath, glass & wood pro-creative shower
- Expansive custom deck, yard & parking for 2 cars
Photo of patio courtesy of Chez Billy (3815 Georgia Avenue, NW)
From an email:
“Our patio will open this Friday April 4th, and will be open seven days a week thereafter. We will also be doing $3 PBRs and 1/2 price burgers ($7.50) Monday through Thursday 5:30-7:30 at the inside bar and on the patio.”
“The Metropolitan Police Department has announced that an arrest has been made in an Arson that occurred in the 4600 block of 4th Street, NW.
On Thursday, February 13, 2014, at approximately 5:50 am, the District of Columbia Fire Department received a call for the report of a house on fire in the 4600 block of 4th Street, Northwest, Washington, DC. Upon arrival, members located a three story row house with fire present. After the fire was extinguished, an adult female was located unconscious and not breathing inside the dwelling. DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services determined that there were no signs consistent with life. The decedent remained on the scene and was subsequently transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for the District of Columbia, pending an autopsy to ascertain cause and manner of death.
The decedent has been identified as 80-year-old Lucille Proctor of Northwest, Washington, DC.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 76-year-old Robert Proctor of Northwest, Washington, DC was arrested by members of the Third District Warrant Squad pursuant to a DC Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Arson in connection with the offense which occurred in the 4600 block of 4th Street, NW.”