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3239 14th Street, NW

Interesting replacement for Julia’s Empanadas Columbia Heights location which closed back in January of 2013 – 2 Armadillos Hand-Roasted Chickpeas. Though on twitter 2 Armadillos say “we are figuring out our office space” so it’s not yet clear what, if any, walk in retail component there will be.

Their website says:

Our first batch of crispy chickpeas was made in a tiny New York City oven that was so old it didn’t even have numbers on the dials. The year was 2011, and Greg was just a hungry medical student looking to get through a crazy day at work without running to the vending machine for a bag of chips or a candy bar. He started roasting chickpeas at night, seasoning them with whatever was in the cupboard, and throwing them in a plastic bag to help deal with his daily 4:00pm hunger pangs. His coworkers would look over with curiosity when they heard the afternoon crunching, and inevitably he would offer up some snacks. They were a hit! That’s when he realized he was on to something special, but it would be a while before he had the idea to start a business.

Jimmy and Greg would frequently discuss the many problems with our food system: it’s responsible for the current obesity and diabetes epidemics, it’s bad for the planet, and it creates an environment that perpetuates malnutrition and food insecurity. It had been over a year since Greg started making his chickpeas in that tiny NYC kitchen when everything finally clicked. Jimmy had finished a big real estate deal and they were brainstorming new projects for him to take on. It was on a whim that Greg suggested they start a business to create a better snacking alternative. He never expected Jimmy to get as excited as he did. And just like that, they couldn’t stop talking about how the broken food system was ripe for the 2Armadillos revolution.

You can see info their snacks here.

Looking forward to seeing how the store turns out.

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1354 Euclid Street Northwest

This rental is located at 1354 Euclid Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Amazing 1,500+ SF PENTHOUSE condo. 3BR (or 2 MBR+den)/2.5 BTH . Secured parking and Xtra storage. This is a sublet for 8 mos. with potential to lease directly with landlord after. Hardwood floors throughout, floor to ceiling windows in both Master BDRs. Gourmet kitchen. Roof deck. 3 additional balconies. Beautiful open floor plan. Col. Heights or U St metro stop accessible.”

You can see more photos here.

This 3 bed/2.5 bath is going for $4,300/Mo.

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Photo by PoPville flickr user Eric Spiegel

“Dear PoPville,

There is a medium pitched humming noise that comes on every 5 or so minutes and stays on for 5 or more minutes, all day, every day. The noise has been going on since spring or so. We live on Belmont Street between 13 and 14 and this noise is a real nuisance to a point where it is bothering us and affecting our quality of life. The noise is coming through open windows and even through the bathroom vent. We have tried to track down the noise, but we can only go as far as maybe 14 and Florida and we can’t follow the noise anymore, and I think that is because we are walking on the ground level and the noise is coming from some roof top. Our best guess as to the origin of the noise is from an HVAC system on one of the buildings between 13 and 15 and south of Florida and north of U Street. I am sure we are not the only street being bothered by this annoying noise since I have heard the noise when I walk around the area mentioned above, so I hope to hear from you guys who live around this area who could point us to the building that is causing this noise so that we can notify them to fix it. Thank you!”

Probably too far away but over the weekend on the Columbia Heights listserv a resident wrote:

“For those of us who live in close proximity to the Giant grocery store at 1345 Park, or just frequent it, it’s a common occurrence to hear hours of a high pitched tone. We’ve asked over and over how to fix this (what we’ve been told is that it’s an alarm initiated by an open back door, though closing the door doesn’t seem to shut it off), but it keeps happening. Today it’s been going since about 9am. Does anyone have any contacts there with management or the owners of the building to figure out a strategy to fix this? It’s making us nuts!”

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Thanks to a reader for sending the update:

“Things are happening at Bacon Funeral Home! Here is a photo of the outside with new windows. Also looks like they’ve framed out the whole inside and laid down plumbing (not shown). They’ve had crews in there usually 6 days a week so it’s nice to finally see change on the site! Also looks like there might end up being some parking spots in the back once they’re done (think some commenters were wondering about this).”

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3449 14th Street, NW

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14th and Meridian Pl, NW

From MPD:

“Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch have announced that an arrest has been made in the homicide which occurred in the 3400 block of 14th Street, NW.

On Friday, October 3, 2014 at approximately 5:33 pm, members of the Fourth District responded to a call for a man down. Upon arrival, they located the victim, 35-year-old Kenneth Young Jr. of Northwest, DC suffering from an apparent stab wound. He was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, at approximately 8:55 am, 26 year-old Carlton Hammond of Northeast, Washington, DC, was arrested by members of the Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force, pursuant to a District of Columbia Superior Court arrest warrant charging him with Second Degree Murder While Armed in connection to the homicide of Kenneth Young Jr.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user JEO Photography

From a press release:

“DDOT Projects Update Meeting for the Ward 1 Community

Monday, October 27th, 2014
6:00 PM | Open House
6:30 PM – 8:00 PM | Project Updates
Columbia Heights Community Center, 1480 Girard Street, NW

Project engineers will be in attendance to update the Ward 1 community on the following projects:

· Dedicated Bus Lanes on Georgia Avenue, NW
· Safety Improvements on 15th Street, NW
· Resurfacing of 7th Street, NW
· Reconstruction of U Street, NW Phase II
· Reconstruction of Florida Avenue, NW
· DC Streetcar
· Traffic Improvements
· Asset Management
· Tree Projects
· Low Impact Development Projects

There will also be a question and answer session.”

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This unit is located at 1449 Harvard Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Beautiful Boutique Condominium completely renovated in 2012. This Gorgeous 2 BR/2 BA Unit Opens up with an Expansive Bay Window. It includes an Open LR/DR., 10′ ceilings, H/W Floors, Recessed Lighting, Marble Tile Bathrooms, Caesar Stone Counter-top and SS Appl. Located in Vibrant Columbia Heights. It’s 1 Block to CH Metro Center, Shops and Restaurants.”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $499,900 ($154 monthly fee.)