3058 Mount Pleasant St, NW

Update on yesterday’s news about the 24 hour laundromat moving in Mt. P. Thanks to a reader for passing on this email:

“First, the bad news…the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood will have one less laundromat. Now for the good news…
FIT360DC has a new home in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood,
just 3 blocks away!

That’s right, FIT360DC, celebrating it’s 2-Year Anniversary in October, will be moving to it’s new home this Fall, to 3058 Mt. Pleasant St NW, neighbors with EachPeach and Flying Fish. Our buildout of the former laundromat begins this week, with more space and equipment to better serve our regular members and visitors. Our mission remains as always to provide the Mt. Pleasant/DC area with the best in high-level functional training, accommodating athletes of all ages and abilities, supporting a 360 degree approach to fitness for sport, recreation and everyday life. Our service features will continue to include:

24/7 Membership Access
Small Group Strength Training Classes
Personal Training
Nutritional Counseling
And, Coming Soon…BOXING!!!”


“Dear PoPville,

After a long hiatus, I walked the trail off 17th St NW in Mt Pleasant by Rock Creek Parkway. I’m not sure what the park is called, but it’s a very well used area by joggers and dog owners in Mt Pleasant.

Over the weekend, I noticed that about a dozen trees or more have been tagged with graffiti and also maybe mutilated by knives. It was very disheartening to see a beautiful wooded area damaged by a bunch of punks. There have always been some sketchy elements hanging out there, but there was never any graffiti before. I went back a day or two later to walk my roommate’s dog, and I noticed that there was new graffiti as well – mostly new graffiti over the old ones.

I reported the graffiti using the DC 311 app. I have spoken with other users of the trail, so I know I’m not the only person who reported this. I believe the graffiti has been up for a few weeks.

I know there’s a crime wave in the city, and it makes me feel unsafe to walk this park. I think that the graffiti should be removed immediately and I’m hoping that the place is monitored by police.”

Ed. Note: I don’t necessarily think graffiti correlates with your safety (though I do think those, especially those who tag trees are jackwagons) but I also spotted this scene under a bridge in Rock Creek on Piney Branch Parkway that could be just kids but left me a little unsettled:


This house is located at 3214 18th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Sought after modern TH in great Mount Pleasant location. All glass floor to ceiling windows let the sun shine in. First floor family room w/FP opens to rear patio and garden, Upstairs is a living room, dinning room and light filled kitchen. 2BR/2BA on the third. More finished space here since the second floor is bigger than some of the others in the row. Pkg for 2 cars. Walk score of 90!”

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2.5 bath is going for $689,500.


“Dear PoPville,

We have a serious issues of concern in Mt. Pleasant surround the redevelopment of a house and lot at 1865 and 1867 Park Road NW. I’m forwarding an email that I just sent to Ward 1 Councilwoman Brianne Nadeau that covers concerns about a dangerous work site, though the issue is much larger than that. There are a lot of very concerned neighbors here.”

Dear Councilwoman Nadeau,

I am writing to you to inform about a situation of grave concern in Mt. Pleasant. I know that my neighbors, have also raised this issue with your staff, so I’ll focus on the part that is the most time-sensitive, i.e.the dangerous work site which currently exists.

As of today, 1865/1867 Park Road NW is a hot zone. There is a large pit in the back yard where the basement excavation for the addition to 1867 is being done. IN that pit there are nail-filled boards of all sizes that appear to have been removed from the house. A huge mountain of excavated dirt looms uncovered next to the gutted house. It is exposed to the elements and is likely contaminated with lead from the peeling painted sides of the century-old house. I’m not an engineer, but it looks like the foundation is not properly supported given that the land around it has now been removed and could lead to a dangerous collapse. Additionally, kids can easily access this work site as the fencing that was hastily installed on Monday has a open gap at the end. There are many many kids that live at this end of our beautiful alley, my infants twins being just 2 of them. We all fear for the safety of our children and neighbors. I have included photos so that you can see what I’m describing with your own eyes.

We, the neighbors, would like the reassurance that the developer is complying with DC regulations for the safe and successful rehabilitation of this property. We do not feel that the developers have been forthcoming and our concern is growing.

Speaking for my family, we are also concerned that our neighborhood contacts in the ANC and Historic Mount Pleasant have not sufficiently addressed our concerns throughtout this long and drawout process, leaving us feeling helpless.

Thanks in advance for your help getting this dangerous problem resolved.

See below for Council Member Nadeau’s reply:

“Thank you. I’m not seeing a violation jumping out at me from these photos but Claudia in my office will request that DCRA send an inspector. And of course if you see something that is an immediate threat you should feel empowered to call 911.

I would also recommend that concerned neighbors introduce themselves to the site manager. I will do the same next time I pass by.”

3221 Mt Pleasant Street, NW

Big, big, big update from the Washington Post Express:

Pimentel confirmed that the space will be the future home to Paisley Fig, the bakery adjoined to Room 11.

Big, big, big news for Mount Pleasant. I hear that a lease has finally been signed at the former Heller’s Bakery space in Mount Pleasant. Heller’s closed after 86 years back in December. I’m hearing that moving in will be a restaurant. I’m also hearing it is possibly a big name – multiple sources confirm that it will definitely be a restaurant and that we should be “very excited” about the plans. Update when details emerge. Any guesses?

Heller sign