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A reader writes:

“86-year-old Petworth resident Sarah Wright enjoying a near-perfect, mid-summer afternoon in her secret garden. She and husband, Earl, 87, a retired Howard University employee, have tended to the organic garden for about 40 years. “But his health no longer allows for that,” she said Friday.”

Ed. Note: Hoping someone can take over the reins so Mr. and Mrs. Wright, and others, can continue to enjoy the garden for years to come.

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Thanks to all who sent links to the WAMU story:

“A planned renovation of a number of rowhouses in the Grant Circle area of Petworth has sparked a particularly virulent fight between a developer and a group of residents, prompting a $25 million lawsuit in which the developer says residents abused the city’s historic preservation process to delay permits he needed to renovate and expand the homes.

Individuals with knowledge of the situation in Grant Circle say that Woodruff and Wright had been concerned with Gross’s vision for 7 Grant Circle, the house next to theirs, after he laid out his plans to expand it and convert it to two condos. They claimed to D.C. regulators that they were never presented with proper plans for the project, nor did they sign off on Gross’s plan to expand the basement by digging down beyond the existing floor.

In his lawsuit, Gross denies claims that he did not provide plans to Woodruff and Wright as required by law. Still, the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs delayed permits for Gross’s expansion of 7 Grant Circle, and also issued a stop-work order for the property. No work has been done on the house since earlier this year.”

Read the full story here.

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3607 Georgia Ave, NW courtesy EatsPlace

Ed. Note: I’m also hearing that folks are starting to see serious progress at the Filipino Restaurant, Bad Saint on 11th Street.

From an email:

“After a super popular pop-up at the Washington DC food incubator EatsPlace, Kalye is back! Kalye’s Filipino street food will be at the EatsPlace every Thursday, Friday, Saturday from August 7 through January 2016. To complete his visionary team and develop the original concept, Chef Red Garcia has brought Chef Paolo Eleazar to the kitchen. Kalye means street, and Garcia and Eleazar are bringing street food from the Philippines to Washington DC. Enjoy authentic Filipino food like pork belly barbeque, sisig (grilled and charred pork meat), crispy pata (braised and then deep fried pork), sizzling mushrooms, and chicken inasal (spice marinated crispy grilled wings).

Dinner will be served thurs/fri/sat from 5:30 – 10:00 PM, and the EatsPlace bar, The Drinkubator, will be open late and serve, among other drinks, Red Horse, San Miguel Light and holla-holla, our version of the shave ice dessert. Walk-ins are welcome, and no reservations. Catering is available because who doesn’t need sisig at their shindig? EatsPlace is located at 3607 Georgia Avenue NW, a block south of the Petworth metro.

Check out Kalye’s menu (more…)

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@dialeidoscope tweeted us:

“.@PoPville heartbroken! this building on Georgia and Randolph lost its lovely tower gazebo structure. Decapitated!”

Ed. Note: The gazebo part suffered some serious damage after the earthquake of 2011.

Another reader writes:

“Wondering if you saw the recent news about the plan to demolish the Latney Funeral home, on the corner of Georgia and Randolph, to make way for a 20-unit residential building.

It appears that in addition to demolishing a beautiful, if slightly rundown historic home, they are also seeking a variance to avoid the off-street parking requirement which will only add to the already congested parking. I live around the corner and have not seen any public notices about the application for a variance.”

From a press release:

“The Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) granted MMg for a variance from the off-street parking requirements, to allow the construction of a new six-story, mixed-use building containing 20 dwelling units and ground floor retail at 3831 Georgia Avenue, N.W. in Petworth.

Murillo Malnati Group, submitted this self-certified application on May 1, 2015, for the property located at 3831 Georgia Avenue, N.W. requesting a variance from the off-street parking requirements. MMg was represented by Christopher Collins and Jessica Bloomfield of Holland & Knight; Bill Bonstra of Bonstra Haresign Architects; and Osborne R. George of O.R. George Associates, Inc.

The project received conditional support from D.C. Department of Transportation (DDOT) and the Office of Planning (OP). The Board also received 41 letters in support of the application from residents located in close proximity to the Site. Additionally, The Board also received a letter from Zach Teutsch, Single Member District Commissioner for ANC 4C05 (Ex. 50), who expressed his support for the project and described the importance of transit-oriented development and the value of creating additional density near the Metrorail station.

DDOT’s report stated that it has no objection to the requested variance with the following transportation demand management (“TDM”) measures: For rental apartments provide complimentary annual bikeshare, complimentary annual car-share membership subscription or $100 Metro SmartTrip card for the tenants of each unit for the first ten years.

The Site is situated in the Petworth/Georgia Avenue neighborhood of Washington, D.C., which is an area that is highly walkable and rich in public and private transportation alternatives. Petworth has seen significant new residential and retail development, which has resulted in the area’s emergence as a vibrant urban neighborhood. The Site has excellent public transportation options, with convenient access to the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metrorail Station, multiple Metrobus routes, car- and bike-share facilities, on-street bicycle routes, and safe pedestrian infrastructure. One of the conditions of the variance requires MMg to make off-site parking available for two additional parking tenants if necessary.

MMg will demolish the existing building on the Site and construct a new six-story, 70-foot mixed-use retail/residential rental apartment building. The building will include approximately 1,488 square feet of ground floor retail and 20 residential units on floors two through six. The cellar will incorporate retail storage space and a bicycle storage room. The ground floor residential lobby will be accessed from Georgia Avenue, and the retail use will be accessed from Georgia Avenue and Randolph Street. Two at-grade parking spaces will be located at the rear of the Site and accessed from the public alley. The proposed project complies with all of the applicable provisions of the GA Overlay District, and the proposed uses are consistent with the Site’s GA/C-3-A zoning designation.”

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This rental is located at 912 Shepherd St, NW. The listing says:

“Great Location In Petworth — Top Floor, Bright 1BD, 1BA, Hardwood Floors, W/D, Gas Range.

This Top Floor 1 BD, 1 BA Condo is an Ideal Home with its Convenient Central Location and Large Windows. Just 2 blocks from the Georgia Ave/Petworth Metro, 1 block from YES! Organic Market, Safeway, Qualia Coffee, The Pitch and Chez Billy. Hardwood Floors, Gas Range and Stainless Steel Appliances including W/D and Dishwasher. A/C. Garaged Parking is available at additional cost.”

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You can see more photos here.

This 1 bed/1 bath is going for $1,900/Mo.

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201 Upshur Street, NW

Slash Run kinda reminds me of the Red Derby when they first opened. Meaning – it is freaking awesome. Unpretentious. Trying but not trying too hard. Good people. Delicious burgers. Great beer list. A freaking huge score for this end of Petworth. I was able to attend an early preview tasting last night and even though I had sky high expectations from the folks that brought us Bar Charley, El Chucho etc. – they exceeded my expectations by far. And my wife says the portabello burger was delicious too. Also they have a kids menu. And the inside – is just right for a casual burger spot:

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Lots more photos including a peek at some beer and burgers after the jump. (more…)