05/23/14 10:25am

DCHA Statement on Park Morton shooting:

“DCHA owns and manages housing for low-income families. We’ve invested millions of dollars in enhancements, such as lighting and fences. In addition, we have invested in an infrastructure of more than 1,200 cameras across the city designed to supplement law enforcement’s efforts to investigate crimes when they occur. At the time of the shooting the onsite camera equipment was operating but the recording equipment was engaged in a software maintenance routine so the footage caught on camera was not recorded.

A psychopath walked to a playground and fired a weapon hitting two people, including a precious child, and countless others were traumatized. The perpetrator should be tracked down and jailed for a long time. We know MPD is doing their part with the criminal investigation and we’re doing what we can to assist them. Tragically, horrific reports like this are made in communities too often.”

-Richard White, Director of Public Affairs & Communications for DC Housing Authority”

05/20/14 9:22pm

From MPD:

“At approximately 7:24 p.m., MPD Third District units were dispatched to the 600 blocks of Park Road and Morton Streets to investigate the sounds of gunshots. Upon MPD’s arrival, two victims were located with injuries consistent with gunshot wounds and transported to area hospitals. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Metropolitan Police Department on 202-727-9099. Thank you.”

UPDATE from MPD:

“The Metropolitan Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying and locating a person of interest in connection with an Assault with a Dangerous Weapon (Gun), which occurred in the 600 block of Morton Street, NW.

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, at approximately 7:22 pm, an adult male and a juvenile female were at the playground located in the 600 block of Morton Street, NW, when an armed male subject entered the playground and began shooting. Both the adult male and juvenile female sustained a gunshot wound. Both shooting victims were transported to local hospitals with non-life threatening injuries.

The subject is described as follows:

Black male armed with a silver handgun, mid 20’s, approximately 5’4’’ tall, medium complexion, light goatee, wearing a black skull cap, black hooded sweatshirt, black cargo pants or black jeans, black timberland boots and black sunglasses.

The Metropolitan Police Department is offering a reward of up to $10,000 to anyone that provides information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons wanted for committing this shooting. Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the police at (202) 727-9099. Additionally, anonymous information may be submitted to the department’s TEXT TIP LINE by text messaging 50411.”

04/14/14 12:25pm

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3301 Georgia Avenue, NW

Last week we heard the STIX food truck would be opening up a brick and mortar spot in Petworth. This caused a lot of excitement and folks were eagerly awaiting word of where. Sadly the news is not that sweet. Turns out they won’t be opening up in Petworth, nor will it be a completely new spot, they’ll be serving breakfast and lunch at Mothership located at 3301 Georgia Avenue, NW. Still good news but very different from the original impression.

04/01/14 5:00pm

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Wangari Gardens is located on a 2.7 acre space, bordered by Irving St. NW, Kenyon St. NW, and Park Pl. NW.

“Spring Kickoff Event
Sunday, April 6, 12 – 4pm
Come to our garden opening event to celebrate the start of spring!

PLOTS AVAILABLE
Fill out a plot application and learn how you may be eligible for a reduced fee.
COMPOSTING COOPERATIVE
Learn about our latest compost initiative and learn how your food scraps can help feed the garden.
LEARN ABOUT OUR NEW RAIN GARDEN!
DC Water will introduce the rain garden that has been installed on site.

Garden Orientation
An orientation session will take place at 1pm. Attending an orientation session is required for all plot holders or potential plot holders. Orientation sessions will be held every Sunday throughout April at 1pm. Make sure you attend a session!”

03/04/14 10:22pm

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3118 Georgia Ave, NW

A new tavern is coming to the former Ma Ma’s Southern Cuisine space which closed back in October (formerly Hadiyah Cafe before that.) A recent liquor license placard has been posted that says:

“This is a new “C” Tavern with a Summer Garden. The establishment will serve coffee, small dishes and alcoholic beverages, while offering ping pong tables for use by patrons. Establishment will offer entertainment from DJs and musicians.”

Awesome!

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looking north on Georgia towards Kenyon

02/28/14 11:00am

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Hipchickindc is a licensed real estate broker. She is the founder of 10 Square Team and is affiliated with Keller Williams Capital Properties. 10 Square Team is a popville.com advertiser. Unless specifically noted, neither she nor the company that she is affiliated with represented any of the parties or were directly involved in the transaction reported below. Unless otherwise noted, the source of information is Metropolitan Regional Information Systems (MRIS), which is the local multiple listing system. Information is deemed reliable but not guaranteed.

Featured Property: 630 Quebec Place, NW
Legal Subdivision: Columbia Heights
Advertised Subdivision per Listing: Columbia Heights/Park View
Bedrooms: 4 Baths: 3.5 Parking: Driveway/Street Ownership: Fee Simple
Basement: Yes, Fully finished with front and rear exits
Original List Price: $849,900.
List Price at Contract: $849,900.
List Date: 1/22/2014
Days on Market: 5
Settled Sales Price: $837,500.
Seller Subsidy: $0.
Settlement Date: 2/14/2014
Bank Owned?: No Short Sale? No

Original GDoN post is: here.
The original listing can be seen here: here. To see pics, click on the camera icon after opening the link.

Purchased in August 2013 for a settled sales price of $452,000. (list price was $349,500), the property was renovated by Walnut Street Development and back on the market in January. This recently settled sales price over $800,000. represents a significant benchmark in price appreciation for the east side of Georgia Avenue NW.

The one and only time a property had sold in Park View over $800,000. was back in 2006. Otherwise, the next highest price point hit was in the high $700,000’s, in September 2013. You can see all of the sales in the Park View neighborhood that were listed over $500,000. here.

Inventory all over the city has been very tight and there is a large pool of buyers trying to buy before mortgage interest rates head up further. I don’t expect to see this intensity change any time soon. The Spring market is anticipated to be very seller friendly, with another potential push up of DC home prices.

The listing agent was Bobbie Morrocco with M Squared Real Estate and the buyer was represented by Erin Mendenhall of Century 21 New Millenium.