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3501 13th St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

UIP property mgt Inc. the new owner of 3501 13th St NW, which bought the building in June for $6 million, promptly filed civil suit in July to increase the rents of every tenant in the building for $991.55 (I have attached PDFs of some of the court docs). They want to add another $991.55 to the preexisting rent of every unit in the building. The attached doc that I sent was scanned from the packet the city sent. It outlines the proposed “temporary” surcharge by unit.

UIP rent increase (PDF)

UIP court doc 1 (PDF)

UIP court doc 2 (PDF)

In what would appear to be an attempt to make an end run around various DC laws regarding tenants rights, UIP justifies this “temporary” rent increase in the name of making improvements to the property. Clearly, this doubling of the rents of most tenants would be a defacto eviction for most of the tenants of this section 8 housing.

The tenants (of which I am one) were notified on the 15th of September by the DC Office of Administrative Hearings that they were required to appear in court on Oct 24 at the Office of Administrative Hearings or risk losing the case.

Now, UIP may not succeed in this opening gambit in it’s attempt to force the people who live at 3501 13th from their homes. However, the crass disrespect towards the people who live at 3501 13th is demonstrated by the fact that they filed a suit that will require working people to take a day off and go to court to head off a cynical ploy by their landlord to evict them by other means.”

1335 Fairmont Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1335 Fairmont Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Unique Two level totally renovated condo with spiral staircase in boutique building – The Galvin. Kitchen, laundry and dining area on first floor, living area, bedroom and bath on 2nd floor. Couch and armoire to remain. Lots of windows. Pet friendly building. Common area terrace in front. Tenant pays electric. No smokers. Available now.”

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $2,000/Mo.

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1428 Park Road, NW

Their website says:

“We started out as a small Bodega, a convenient store that sold Latin American products such as Yuca, Plantains, Salami, etc. back in 1995. At the time my brother and I were only ten years old. We worked with my parents on the weekends during the school year and all summer long during vacation. As a family, we grew our small business as any family oriented business would: based on hard work and long hours.

Instead of having us buy junk food from any of the fast food places around, my mom bought a small electric tabletop stove and cooked as she would at home for us and the rest of the family that worked with us including aunts, uncles, cousins, friends of the family.

When the smell of home cooked food from my mom’s makeshift kitchen filled the restaurant, our customers were curious as to what smelled so good. My mom, one of the most lovable moms you could hope to meet, would let those customers taste a little of the Pollo Guisado and Moro de Gandules she had just made. After a few weeks, mom got the crazy idea of maybe starting to sell food. Neither of my parents had any type of experience in running a restaurant type business. But nevertheless the home made Dominican Food put the Bodega out of business so to speak. We now needed room to sit families that would come all the way from Frederick, Maryland to eat the food they missed so much. With time, mom went from cooking 25 pounds of rice a week to the present 300-400 pounds we use today.

The rules were simple: Cook as if you’re cooking for your family at home. That is our goal here at Los Hermanos. It’s our promise that you will feel as if you’re eating right on your mom’s table in the dining room.”

You can see their menu here.

And they have one of the best fish tanks in town:

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13th and Park Road, NW

Quite a change from February when we learned:

“1300 Park will include 5 two-bedroom condominiums, each offering ample outdoor space and large living spaces. The upper units include multiple levels, roof decks and terraces. The lower level units have front decks and private front yards!”

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13th and Park Rd, NW February 2014:
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@cafedarkness tweets us the photo above:

“@PoPville reported stabbing just now at Irving and 11th. 11th blocked from at Kenyon”

@DCLiterate tweets us the photo below:

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@DCPoliceDept tweeted:

“stabbing 11th & Irving St Lookout: H/M, 16yo, black hat/pants, white shirt, black/white shoes.”

Updates when/if more info is known.

UPDATE from MPD:

“A suspect was arrested early this morning in reference to the stabbing that occurred yesterday.”

1495 Newton Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1495 Newton Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Charming 2br 1ba condo in Columbia Heights within walking distance to Columbia Heights Metro. 2nd floor Unit is located off main street towards rear of building. Features W/D, hardwood floors thruout, 1 large walk in closet, full kitchen with stainless steel appliances and over counter bar. Also features Central Heal and A/C. Walk to Metro, restaurants @ grocery store.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/1 bath is going for $2,295/Mo.

“Dear PoPville,

On Sunday 9/14 at approx 4pm, I was walking down Girard and 14th. A young kid, maybe 14 or 15 was riding his bike in front of the basketball courts. A bunch of kids (at least 10-15 kids) were playing basketball and decided to try and knock out the bike rider. They threw a basketball at his head and knocked him off his bike. He yelled “you shouldn’t be doing that!” and one of the kids on the basketball court yelled back “you can’t tell us what to do!”

Then all of the kids charged and surrounded the boy on his bike. They were beating him up, hitting him in the face repeatedly with basketballs, pushing him to the ground. I ran up and yelled “THAT’S ENOUGH!” The boy jumped on his bike and tried to flee. All of the kids chased him down 14th street. I waited with another witness and gave a description to police, but by then they were all gone. Hopefully the basketball court has security cameras. The kids were very young. Some looked to be as young as 8 or 9 years old. Such a shame. It was a very scary experience. Such a sudden violent mob attack for apparently no reason at all.