From a press release:
Mayor Vincent C. Gray joined officials from the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) and DC Water today to mark a major step in an ongoing flood-mitigation project in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods, and to urge residents to take preventative steps to protect their property in advance of summer storms that may cause flooding.
“Today is another step forward for the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods, which historically have suffered through significant flooding during large storms,” Mayor Gray said. “We have already implemented several immediate efforts to mitigate the flooding, and are implementing longer-term solutions to ensure that these neighborhoods do not continue experiencing repeated street flooding and property damage due to heavy rainstorms.”
Next week DDOT will begin a construction project to install a five-foot-wide storm sewer line in the median of the 100 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. This project, which will last three months, will help remove stormwater from the roadway and store it before slowly releasing it into the sewer system.
“When it rains, community members in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park have historically had to worry about flooding,” said DDOT Director Terry Bellamy. “Today we’re taking a major step forward in addressing this problem.”
Throughout the last century, the historic Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods have experienced occasional street flooding and sewer backups during intense rain storms. Last year, however, four major thunderstorms caused repeated flooding and prompted officials to take a closer look at what District agencies and property owners could do to protect property. Mayor Gray appointed a task force last August to study the problem and recommend solutions.
“Last summer we had more intense rainstorms with flooding than in the previous 10 years combined,” noted DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins. “We began investigating right away and joined the city task force to investigate creative solutions. This year we want to be sure everyone is aware of both what we are doing and what property owners can do to minimize flooding during heavy rains.”
City Administrator and DC Water Board Chair Allen Y. Lew added, “The ultimate engineering fix is coming in 2022 with the massive Clean Rivers Project, but in the meantime we identified a number of actions that can help these neighborhoods.”
The Mayor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park issued a final report earlier this year. It found that these neighborhoods, which were developed at the turn of the 20th century when sewage conveyance was a relatively new concept and the population was less dense, were suffering from a sewer system that was simply too small to accommodate today’s needs. The report included 25 recommendations to mitigate flooding, including short-, medium- and long-term solutions in the following categories: engineering, regulatory, code revision and operation and maintenance components.
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247 Florida Avenue, NW
Well this might be the best new name (following in the footsteps of Seafood & Crab) for a restaurant I’ve seen – Meat & Foods. A recent liquor license posted out front says:
“Neighborhood restaurant serving house made sausages, sides, coffee and beverages with seating capacity for 12 patrons and total occupancy load of 12. Sidewalk café with 4 seats.”
Sounds promising. Also nice to see this long vacant retail space finally get filled. Revitalization of Florida Ave continues forward.
6th and Florida Ave, NW
Bistro Bohem is located at 6th and Florida Ave, NW.
I happened to leave the house yesterday afternoon just as the bidding was about to begin for 1952 2nd Street NW, which is a house in very poor condition on the Ledroit Park side of 2nd St. It ended up selling for $625,000 + 6%, so about $660,000! A real-life example of the economics of the real estate market right now, and why row houses get ‘flipped’ into two units. I guess they will spend $200-300K on renovation, which means they will need to make well over a million selling it.
Do you have any information about the so-called “House of Secrets” house on the 500 block of T Street NW — apparently, some kind of speakeasy / underground club that has been in and out of existence for like the past 25 years. Apparently, it looks like a normal house from the outside, but is set up as a club on the inside. Such a weird place to have a club given how residential it is. Def been some problems with it recently, like this double stabbing that happened during a recent event there. Current and historical info appreciated.
One member of the Ledroit Park listserv shared an ABRA press release from 2004:
After a lengthy investigation by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA), on March 14, 2004, members of ABRA’s investigative unit and officers from the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) entered into a private residence known as House of Secrets at 507 T Street, NW.
The investigation of this private residence was initiated after ABRA received information that the residential home was operating as an unlicensed after hours club. Additional information was also received that the listed location was hosting parties for hire and included events in which underage drinking of alcoholic beverages, gambling, drug use, and sexual conduct was occurring. The owner of the residence was later identified as Mr. Ralph Woodson.
On March 14, 2004, 507 T Street, NW was found to be operating as an unlicensed establishment. Specifically, it was determined that Mr. Woodson was selling alcoholic beverages without an ABC license, making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the age of 21, and in possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute. Mr. Woodson was arrested by the MPD for selling alcoholic beverages without an ABC license, making alcoholic beverages available to persons under the age of 21, and for possessing marijuana with intent to distribute.
Anyone know how far the history goes back?
Dysfunction Junction chronicles the most forlorn, baffling, and wonderful crossroads of our fair city. Ben Ball is a transportation nerd in his spare time. He lives in LeDroit Park. Ben previously wrote about Union Station-Georgetown transit options.
L’Enfant didn’t think this far ahead. If you look at his original plans, there’s a conspicuous white space at the point where Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Florida Avenues are supposed to meet. Unfortunately, that triangle is still terra nullius of a sort. The difference is that it’s now a concrete wasteland instead of a natural one. What would be the made up acronym for this noticeable hole in the fabric of gentrification? Rhoflosey? New Rho-ida? Jerida Island?
There are three gas stations in a row on that stretch of Rhode Island Avenue. You’d think that the invisible hand of the free market would cause at least one of them to go bust, but that’s where you’d be wrong. You’d also think that the zoning office or local ANC would have said something, but apparently not. Hess seems to do the best business of the three, possibly because it has a hidden Dunkin’ Donuts which I only noticed after months of walking by. BP is the station of choice for the neighborhood drunks and ne’er-do-wells, who like to hang out across the street and take naps on the grassy knoll. Valero wins the award for sketchiest looking market.
Around the time when Justin Bieber becomes eligible for Canadian Medicare, the streets in this area will be redone in order to create a major streetcar transfer point. For now, though, the pavement on Florida Avenue is starting to look like a sine wave. It’s going to need some help sooner rather than later.
After careful thought and observation, I’ve come to the conclusion that the source of this area’s problem is the LeDroit Park post office. It should be a neighborhood amenity, but the limited weekday hours throw that right out the bullet-proof window. You’d think a facility like that couldn’t possibly justify its operating costs, yet it somehow avoided the last round of cuts. It was that valuable to someone. (Eleanor Holmes Norton, perhaps?) The USPS holds the lease on that property through 2016, in case you were wondering.
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Featured Property: 1871 3rd St NW
Legal Subdivision: LeDroit Park
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: LeDroit Park
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 4 (Actually two units…3BR/3BA in the upper unit & 1BR/1BA in the basement unit)
Original List Price: $849,650 (Previously listed in 2012 for $879,900)
List Price at Contract: $850,000
List Date: 1/11/13 Originally listed 03/29/2012
Days on Market: 187
Settled Sales Price: $850,000
Seller Subsidy: $26,661
Settlement Date: 3/18/13
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No
Original GDoN post is: here.
The listing can be seen: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.
There was some confusion evident from the original Good Deal or Not (GDoN) comments. Although this two unit property is built in the style of a carriage house, it is not located in an alley. The land that this new construction property sits on was subdivided from the lot belonging to 1873 3rd St NW, which is one of the original LeDroit Park detached homes designed by James McGill.
As mentioned in the comments, the property was assembled quickly using modular construction. Whereas “assembled quickly” does not sound all that sturdy when it relates to a structure that someone might live in, I’ve known several architects over the years who thought modular construction could produce very effective buildings.
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391 Rhode Island Ave, NW
Wow, I think it’s turning out awesome. What do you guys think – thumbs up or down?
Here’s a reminder of what Frazier’s looked like when it was covered in formstone.
Thanks to Paul for sending the beautiful photo taken last night.
2nd and Florida Ave, NW
One reader passes on some scuttlebutt about the renovation that has started at 1700 2nd St, NW:
“Rumor has it that it will be 9 one bedroom apartments and then a restaurant on the ground floor. As is the nature of a rumor I can’t confirm any of this… but just seeing that this place is getting attention is great news.”
And thanks to another reader, Caitlin, for sending the photos. Stay tuned for more info and updates on the renovation as construction progresses.
This house is located at 1910 4th St, NW:
The listing says:
“Enchanting as peak cherry blossoms.Flawless total renovation of a 3br/3ba porch front classic.Mouth-watering epicurean’s kitchen w granite counters,island & wine cooler.Show stopping master suite has a double vanity bath wi private toilet rm.Marble baths,hand crafted built-ins & chic desk niche. Pristine private deck & terrace oasis. Separately metered luxury income unit w complete gourmet kitchen”
You can see more photos here.
This 3 bed/3.5 bath is going for $789,900.
The reader writes:
It is located at 300 Florida Ave NW… there are several building permits in the window, but there hasn’t been any substantive work done on the place in at least a year and from the PIVS documents it looks like they “planned” to start construction back in 2006 with the issue of their first permit to turn the building into a restaurant. However, it just sits vacant these days. The basement windows are all broken, and I can only guess that this property needs serious work inside. Giving credit where credit is due… PIVS does have a new permit for “supplemental/plumbing and gas” issued on 1/30/2013, but forgive me for being skeptical of the sincerity of this request. The number of building permits issued in the past doesn’t give me any faith that work will start soon.
391 Rhode Island Ave, NW
This rental is located at 321 Elm St, NW:
The listing says:
“Experience the best DC has 2 offer! This lovely, fully furn, 3 br, 3 FP home sits in LeDroit/Howard U area. The loft br highlights this fine home with skyllights, deck,& stainless steel stove&frig. The community gaden in rear allows for quiet enhoyment. Located neat the Howard Theater, U St Corridor, Embassy Row, GA. Ave, etc. What U want is just blocks away. Come see 4 youself!!!!”
This 3 bed/ 3 bath is going for $3,780/Mo.
From a press release:
The Mayor’s Task Force on the Prevention of Flooding in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park has issued its final report, announced City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, who co-chaired the task force with DC Water General Manager George Hawkins. The report is available online at www.oca.dc.gov.
“Completion of this vitally important analysis of the causes and possible solutions to the flooding in the Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park neighborhoods is yet another indication of how seriously my administration took this problem,” said Mayor Vincent C. Gray. “Flooding has been a problem here for several decades. City Administrator Lew, Mr. Hawkins and the community worked together brilliantly to identify solutions – many of which have already been implemented – and after only a few months, we are on our way to resolving one of our most pressing infrastructure needs.”
Mayor Gray established the task force in late August and in December announced that the District and DC Water would immediately proceed with the most significant Task Force infrastructure recommendation. The $600 million Northeast Boundary Neighborhood Protection Project will be completed in three phases, with the first portion being the construction of two new water storage tanks at the McMillan site to hold a total of up to 6 million gallons of stormwater. Flow will be diverted from feeder sewers adjacent to the McMillan site, capturing stormwater before it arrives in Bloomingdale and LeDroit Park and reaches the sewer system. This will help reduce the excessive pressure that currently causes sewer backups and overland flooding during heavy rainstorms.
“The Flooding Task Force Report is a shining example of how citizens and government working together can solve long-standing problems,” said Lew. “While the Task Force has completed its work, the District and DC Water are just beginning. We will continue to work with the community as we implement the various recommendations.”
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