I was wondering about the progress on the Bacon Funeral Home at 3449 14th St. NW, and wonder if you have any information regarding recent developments on this property. From your last blog post on 03/21/13, Bacon Funeral Home was given 30 days to enclose the building by the city council. In any case that this did not occur, (still remains open to the elements) it would forward this matter on to DCRA. 30 days has already occurred, many times over.
I find it frustrating that we are talking about raising the building height restriction in DC, when developments like the Bacon property are left to languish for years without repercussion. Imagine if a huge, towering development like Louis at 14th and U had all the issues that Bacon Funeral Home has had. This sets a terrible precedent for other property owners and developers.”
Ed. Note: I’ll tweet this query to Council Member Jim Graham’s office and DCRA and post any updates they send. Anyone else hear anything about the status?
“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 82 year-old John Jeffers. He was last seen on Monday, December 2, 2013, in the area of 14th and Irving Streets, NW.
Mr. Jeffers is described as a black male with medium complexion, approximately 5’9” in height, weighing 115 pounds, with a goatee and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a green jacket with a black or brown collar, beige shirt, black sweat pants, and black shoes and wearing a Redskins hat.
Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of John Jeffers is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099, Youth Investigations Division at 202-576-6768, or 911.”
On Saturday night around 2AM, my boyfriend and I were traveling home after spending the evening out. While walking down the 1500 block of Park Rd. NW, we encountered a young girl who looked like she was in her early twenties. She was being detained by two older men who looked liked like they were in their thirties. It was obvious she didn’t know them. She mouthed to us to please help her, and the look on her face could only be described as pure terror, and perhaps shock. We went over to see what the issue was and the two men just kept saying “she’s drunk, she’s drunk.” We said, she could walk with us and we would make sure she got home safely. She tried to leave with us but the two men wouldn’t let her leave. One of them went as far as to grab my arm to keep us from leaving. At this point we noticed that her jeans were undone and her undergarments showing. Her purse was also open. We called the police. One of the individuals then disappeared into an apartment building, while the other tried to make us leave the girl with him. While my boyfriend was on the phone with the police, the girl was able to get away and just ran in the opposite direction. I’m unsure why she didn’t wait for the police to come, maybe she was in shock. Perhaps she was underage and feared any legal implications. While intervening may have not been the safest thing for us to do, I hope that by doing so we were able to stop something horrible from happening.
In any regard, I thought it was important to share this story because it highlights how important it is for women and men to be smart when traveling home at night. Don’t walk around intoxicated, especially by yourself, especially late at night. Things like this can happen anywhere in the city but if you do live in a transitioning neighborhood or an area with higher crime rates, be smart. Just because it hasn’t happened doesn’t mean it can’t.”
There was a flasher at 7:30 Saturday morning in the 1400 block of Columbia Rd.
Here’s what happened.
There I was just walking my dog early this morning and it is freezing. I look across the street, about to cross the road to go back inside when I see standing in the glass doorway of the main door to MY building, a TALL beige man, in a white robe that dragged to mid-way down his calf. He was standing with his hips pointed toward the street, and in a robe. When he saw me glance toward the building, he grabbed the wings of his robe, and slung it WIDE open. He opened up, showing his dong when he saw me looking his way. Thank god he didn’t do the helicopter.
My neighbor was walking her dog too…. and saw him. She chased after him —- much braver than me. She saw the flasher run to the basement of our building. She didn’t see where he went. The flasher could live in this building. or as I’d rather believe, he could have escaped out the back door.
Either way, I’m not crazy, my female neighbor saw it too. And there’s a flasher.
A reader writes in asking about the progress at the Hilltop Bar and Restaurant coming to the corner of Girard and Sherman Ave, NW. I’m happy to share word from the owner who says they hope to finish up construction in December. Stand by for more details soon.
“Stately 4 story elegant rms for entertaining. Grand LR/DR, beautiful Brazilian cherry HWFS, crown mould, soar ceil, media room and an open gourmet KI w/ granite & stainless steel all leads to large deck. Wonderful light from huge windows, 4 bedrooms, 2full and 2 half BAs including second floor MBS and nearby rental pkg is avail”
“El Chucho Cocina Superior is hosting a very special late night happy hour on Wednesday November 27. Beginning at 9 p.m., we’ll be offering two tacos for $3, $1 chips and salsa, $3 Tecate tallboys, $4 margaritas on tap, and delicious Elote Callejero for $2.50. We’ll also be offering two new hot drinks for $8 each. The Serpent and the Apple features a house-made vanilla bean and bitter orange peel-infused mezcal and pomegranate apple cider. The Bebida Caliente consists of spiced rum, house-made pineapple-ginger syrup, apple bitters, and cinnamon.
The drink specials will run until close with food specials until midnight. Whether you spend the day traveling or preparing for the feast with family, this is a perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family over a piping hot cider mezcal drink!”
“We also are planning our 6th annual tradition of hosting several excellent street performers – a juggler and fire eater who will entertain customers waiting in line on Thanksgiving night between 5 PM and 8 PM.”
Last week we heard some scuttlebutt that The Getaway was likely closing in Columbia Heights. As many have since learned it is true. The owner tells me that they are going to be open through the end of December and then close with a New Year’s Eve bash. Sadly, there are no plans to move to a new location.