Back in Sept. 2011 an Arthur Treacher fish and chips opened up in the former Ken’s Carryout space at 4th and Florida Ave, NW. In Dec. 2011 we noted that they added Bulgogi. In Nove. 2012 they added wings – so this was a truly unique Arthur Treacher’s featuring fish and chips, bulgogi and chicken wings. Now they are wiping the slate clean. It is Aurthur Treacher no more – today it is known as Lunch Yaki and will serve exclusively Japanese and Korean food. They also are opening up the space inside a bit (it’s still pretty small) and adding a few tables. All in all I think this is a very good move. Looking forward to trying out the new fare!
Hoping to add patio seating in the next 30-45 days after going through the permitting process:
“Excellent Space for Doctors Lawyers Lobbyists w/Washington Presence Extra Luxury Commercial Office Sp w/Approx 1100 SQ FT w/Top of the Line Finishes Available Aug 1st Occupancy Kitchen w/SS Appl Granite Counter Tops 42″ Cab’s HW Flrs Exquisite Tile ThruOut 2-Extra Large Offices Plus Study/Computer Rm/Reception Area 3 Short Blks to Metro Rail Sta Historic Howard Theatre Logan/U Sts Rest’s Shops”
I’ve always been curious about this building. You can see more photos here.
This 1100 square foot office is going for $2,100/Mo.
A manhole exploded Sunday morning around 10am at 5th and Florida in the same exact instant that a car was driving over it – with the effect of catapulting the car up and forward. The car eventually crashed in the light pole at the north west corner of the intersection. I was returning from the gym so did not see the conditions of the driver but my neighbor reports it did not look good.
The corner was closed for a bit until they took the driver away in ambulance and removed the car… Not a good adventure! I remember these events were common a few years ago but I thought Pepco fixed it at the time! Very scary!
“@PoPville ever hear any news on the shooting in Ledroit Park last Friday?”
On June 15, 2013, at approximately 0207 hours, two individuals were discovered by Third District Officers suffering from gunshot wounds in the 400 block of V. Street, N.W. Both individuals were transported to local hospitals with non life threatening injuries. In addition, an individual was stopped in the vicinity and three guns were recovered.
The suspect in this case is a juvenile with a violent history and we are working with the Office of the Attorney General on the prosecution of this case. I have also included the United States Attorney Roger Kemp who is the Third District Community prosecutor.
It would be helpful at sentencing if be community would write a Community impact statement. USAO Kemp can assist with the impact statement.
There was a second suspect involved and we are looking for any assistance with this case. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099.
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.
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.
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.