“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

DC8703536 - Exterior (Front)

This unit is located at 3220 17th Street Northwest. The listing says:

“**1ST BROKERS 7/28 12-2PM** WOW! Stunningly handsome 2BR/2BA corner unit at the Argyle! Best of Mt. Pleasant w/ 14 windows (some w/ windowboxes), woodfloors thruout, granite/marble open Kitchen, marble/travertine Baths, great closets (MBR walk-in) & addt bsmt storage. Small bldg w/ low fee, onsite manager/super, AMAZING roofdeck, elevator, pets OK, solar energy & bike rack! OFFERS DUE 5PM WED”

DC8703536 - Interior (General)

You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $549,900 ($319 monthly fee.)

Exterior (Front) -

This unit is located at 3426 16th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Spacious condo in the historic district of Mt. Pleasant. Charming historic “Wardman” building with rooftop deck; walk to Columbia Heights Metro, shopping, and Rock Creek Park. The unit features gorgeous crown molding, two balconies, updated kitchen and bathroom, an extra large master bedroom and HVAC! The building has a private park providing beautiful green space in the city.”

Family Room -

You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $414,900 ($369 monthly fee.)


“Dear PoPville,

May I nominate a property in Mt. Pleasant for the Horse’s Ass award on Popville? A developer is trying to flip 1756 Kilbourne Place NW – he wants to convert the rowhome into condominiums, including popping up a new third story, which would be the first on the street – so the neighborhood is already furious (yes, the common story of development in DC right now). Adding insult to injury is the fact that he has let the property become completely blighted. There are open windows, waist-high weeds, trash, busted concrete, etc. The property did get slapped with a yellow “vacant property” notice, but that does not seem to have inspired the developer to do any maintenance work.”


“Dear PoPville,

There’s construction in my neighborhood, and this rolling debris container has been parked for quite sometime – For 2 weeks past the expiration date of their emergency no parking sign. This is in Newton St NW in Mt Pleasant. I’ve tried contacting the Department of Transportation, a few days ago. And it seems nothing has been done.

Parking is tight in my neighborhood and the workers try to block parking overnight every night with trash cans and caution tape. The construction vehicles have Maryland tags, and it appears that they park all day every day with impunity. (Which is interesting because the parking enforcement in my neighborhood is normally very strict, and the street parking only allows 2 hours for non residents.)

I also want to add that I believe that their permit is for 3 spaces but they routinely try to block off 4 to 5 spaces, and it’s unclear from the placement of the signs exactly what 3 spaces they are blocking.”