Picture and video below from 1801 Clydesdale Pl NW Apartment Building surveillance camera, on the corner of Clydesdale Pl NW and Summit Pl NW
On Friday, 6/19, my apartments surveillance camera was able to capture footage of a young black man with dreads going down to about mid-back riding a red bike and often carrying a backpack. The young man was caught breaking into cars (including mine, see the black Ford) along Clydesdale Pl NW at 5:15pm while pedestrians and cars were passing by.
The first photo is one of the best close ups I was able to take with the surveillance photo, but MPDC attained a full frontal shot.
The first video shows how the thief first bikes closely to cars and looks inside to see what he can steal.
The second video shows the actual break in. The thief bikes past the cars he wants to rob again and parks his bike further down. He then walks past the cars on the passenger side, checks out what’s inside and then breaks the window and reaches in to steal the item. (At this moment you can see that a van and a sedan are driving by.) He then hides behind a car to go through what he stole, checks out other things to steal in cars and get back on his bike to steal some more.
MPD knows the young man by sight only and has yet to catch him for the various thefts over this past weekend. If anyone sees this young man riding on a bicycle looking in cars, please contact MPD immediately.”
This rental is located at 1726 Lanier Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“Fabulous new renovation of this 99 yr old end townhouse in Adams Morgan! Completely gutted and redone! Upper floor Penthouse 2BR, 2BA + upstairs Den w/ wet bar, oversized private roof deck. High end appliances, designer finishes, pre-wired sound system and full size washer/dryer in unit. First occupancy after renovation. Assigned, secure parking included, Walk score of 96!!!”
This house is located at 1801 Clydesdale Place, Northwest. The listing says:
“NEW LISTING! Situated on a quiet street in the heart of Adams Morgan, this stylish studio offers the best of city living. Freshly painted and move in ready, this home features a great floor plan and is flooded with light from large, west-facing windows. Wood floors, updated kitchen, fresh bath, cleverly designed custom murphy bed with bookshelves and a large closet/dressing room. Kitties yes!”
My dog, a black lab named Charlie, and I were crossing Adams Mill Rd from Walter Pierce Park to Ontario Pl; Charlie was about 3 feet in front of me on a red leash. The cyclist was northbound, riding towards Harvard from Calvert. If he looked at all when approaching the intersection, which I doubt he did, he might not have seen Charlie in the darkness. Given his speed and where we were in the crosswalk when he ran the stop sign, he would have either hit my dog or been tripped up by the leash. He swerved to the right at the last minute, jumped the curb, and went into a iron fence around the building on the corner before falling off his bike. Then he jumped off, got up, and came straight towards us. He didn’t even check his bike, he just started yelling. “This is your fault, you’ll have to pay for the damage, I should have just hit your dog, it would have been a softer landing…” stuff like that. I was totally shocked so I didn’t say anything for the first minute and then I pointed out that we were already in the crosswalk when he appeared and he should have stopped at the stop sign. When he started demanding my contact and insurance information, I just walked away. When I looked back, he was disappearing around the corner down Adams Mill, walking his bike.”
“ANC 1C Votes Unanimously to Support Zoning Reform Barring Popups
This is a statement on behalf of the informal group of Lanier Heights residents whose campaign for zoning reform led to a vote by ANC 1C on December 3, 2014, to support a change to R-4 zoning:
Clearly the vast majority of Lanier Heights and Adams Morgan residents want to change zoning to protect the remaining 165 row houses against efforts to build them up and out and carve them up into multi-unit buildings.
Over the past two months, the ANC scheduled a series of public meetings devoted explicitly to the issue of whether a change in zoning would be the right response to the flood of rowhouse conversions in the Lanier Heights neighborhood, which represents the northeastern section of Adams Morgan, north of Columbia Road and east of 18th and Calvert Streets. Media reports of the controversy, in an understandable effort to be even-handed, have given equal weight to proponents both of reform and of popup development. But the public meetings have revealed that the overwhelming sentiment of the neighborhood is on the side of protecting the neighborhood against popups. The vast majority of the owners of Lanier Heights row houses that would be directly affected by the proposed change who have spoken, and indeed the vast majority of the residents of Lanier Heights apartment buildings, favors preservation of the neighborhood character of the inner streets of Lanier Heights. Specifically, the neighbors themselves want to preserve the rowhouses along such streets as Lanier Place, Ontario Place, and Argonne Place, along with parts of 18th Street, Ontario Road, and Adams Mill Road overlooking Rock Creek Park.
The owners of over 100 row houses have by now put their handwritten signatures on a petition supporting zoning reform, and hundreds more in the neighborhood have both hand-signed and joined an online petition. A copy of that petition, and supporting materials, can be accessed through our web site at http://lanierheights.info/?page_id=475. Despite a monthly door-to-door distribution of full-color, glossy, cardstock flyers by a few people calling themselves “Neighbors Against Down Zoning” so as to sound more weighty, only ten row house owners, and a few pop-up condo owners, have said they support keeping the current zoning.
Statements by ANC commissioners at last night’s monthly ANC meeting revealed that private email communications from their constituents reflected the same overwhelming tilt in favor of zoning reform. The attached resolution was passed late Wednesday evening December 3 by a unanimous vote of the ANC; concluding as follows: “Resolved that Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1C supports the proposal to change the Lanier Heights zoning designation to R-4 and will send a letter of support to the Office of Planning and Zoning Commission to that effect.”
Lanier Heights neighbors look forward to meeting with city zoning and planning officials and with the Zoning Commission to secure a vote in favor of this change.
Paul Alan Levy
Public Citizen Litigation Group”
and the other side:
“ANC-1C VOTES IN SUPPORT OF DOWNZONING LANIER HEIGHTS
The ANC vote came as no surprise.
The ANC was most interested in the opinions of the owners of the 165 unconverted single family row houses in Lanier Heights. They are the group that will be most directly affected by downzoning, since their property rights are on the line. They are the group that will be most directly affected by any new pop-ups. That was the view of the ANC.
The downzoning petition claims support from 99 of that select group while “only” 15 people who have signed our petition against downzoning own unconverted single family row houses. The 50 Lanier Heights row home owners who never publicly took a side on the issue weren’t a part of the ANC’s calculation.
Obviously, we disagree with the ANCs decision, but we understand why they voted as they did, based on their definition of who the true stakeholders are.
Our view is different. Those 99 petition signers represent just 60% of the affected home owners. Although that’s a majority, it is not an overwhelming majority. If only a handful of those 99 people change their minds or sell their homes and move, the percentage could easily drop down to around 50%.
While those slim percentages might be enough for the ANC, we think it is a weak result to use as a basis for taking away the rights of 100% of current and future home owners in Lanier Heights.
The ANC did their job as they viewed it. Now the downzoning petition will move on to the next step in the process.
We are encouraged that more home owners on Lanier Place signed our petition and put up yard signs in just the last few days.
To those who have a NEIGHBORS AGAINST DOWNZONING yard sign in your yard, keep it there. If you want a yard sign (or two or three) let us know. If you live in an apartment or condo in Lanier Heights and want signs for your yard or window, let us know. We think your opinion counts. Everyone who lives in Lanier Heights is a stakeholder.
Thanks for reading
Lanier Heights home owner”
Neighbors Against Downzoning
On Argonne Place NW, one of Adams Morgan/Mt. P’s hidden little streets, there’s a new developer monstrosity happening…call it a shove forward. This block has awesome Wardman-style porches, many with beautiful arches. The houses were built in 1920 and designed by Reginald Wycliffe Geare, the architect of the Lincoln Theater, and they are all nearly identical, but with little differences inside and on the porches. That is, until now, when the developer carving the house up into condos is seemingly turning the front porch into a room, blocking off everyone else’s view and light. It’s got this entire block up in arms and very upset, and I wonder if it’s going on in other places around the city. Help!”
Another reader tweets us:
“Visit Argonne Place, mid-block, to see the demolition of a 1920 Reginald W. Geare house. So sad. Not a popup, but an abomination.”
This morning at about 8:30 AM, a driver crashed into my building, at the corner of Quarry and Summit. (the same street where a car went down the small staircase a week or two ago). There was no damage to the house, but the car hit our gas meter, causing gas to leak out all through the building and outside. The fire department and police came, and everyone in the three apartments evacuated or was at work. The driver is fine too, and was there with us talking to the police. They are still clearing everything up now, and Washington Gas is shutting off the gas.
For reasons I don’t understand, the fire department decided to break in the doors of all three apartments to get in, to check for people inside, even though one apartment’s residents were all at work, and I and the residents of another apartment were standing outside, watching, and we knew no one was left inside. We just didn’t notice the firemen breaking in until late. There is doorframe and siding damage, and one apartment’s door was broken even though it was unlocked. We’re talking with the landlord about the damage, and I imagine there has to be way to get insurance compensation/ to file a complaint from the fire department. Has anyone else had a similar experience with the fire department?”
Ed. Note: I imagine the Fire Department has to err on the side of caution in cases like this.
On Tuesday, you published a message from NADZ, a group that opposes an initiative by a group of resident in Lanier Heights to rezone the rowhouses there from an R-5-B designation to an R-4 designation. ANC1C has not yet taken a position on the initiative, and accordingly, we look forward to eventually hearing the views of the affected neighbors, whether for or against. We were disappointed, however, to see NADZ make a number of inaccurate representations concerning our process in the message that you published.
By way of correction, ANC1C did not hold a meeting on Wednesday night. Rather, our Planning, Zoning, and Transportation Committee held a meeting on Wednesday night. The Committee held its meeting on the thirdWednesday of the month at the Kalorama Recreation Center. which is the same night, and the same location, where the Committee has held nearly all of its meetings for many, many years. The location has nothing to do with the Kalorama Citizens Association. All of our Committees hold their meetings at this location because it is one of the few spaces in Adams Morgan that are owned by the District of Columbia government where our Committees can meet without having to pay a fee. And the inclusion of the item the Committee’s agenda was not for the purposes of having the ANC take a position on the matter. Rather, the Committee invited staff from the Office of Planning to explain to the community and to the Commission how a re-zoning proposal would be handled by the District government bodies that have responsibility for such matters, and what ANC1C’s role in such a process would be.
We hope that all Adams Morgan residents who are interested in the Lanier rezoning issue will participate fully in the process as it unfolds. We also hope that all parties will refrain from mis-characterizing ANC1C’s actions.