07/22/14 3:10pm

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1400 block of Shepherd St, NW

Thanks to all who sent emails about the Washington Post article It’s pop-ups vs. solar panels on Shepherd Street NW in Columbia Heights:

“But Shepherd Street’s residents now face an unexpected obstacle to their environmentalism: pop-up rowhouses potentially blocking their solar panels’ access to sunlight. Two Shepherd Street homeowners with solar panels are especially upset because one rowhouse is slated to grow to three stories right in between them.”

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TV crews getting in on the action

06/02/14 3:55pm

Kenyon between 13th and 14th St, NW

Thanks to all who’ve been sending emails and updates about the pop up above on Kenyon Street. One writes:

“We’ve been watching progress on Kenyon between 13th and 14th. Looks like they will be keeping part of the spire so that’s good. Builders say it will be three separate condos. Interested to see finished product.”

And nearby the old building at 13th and Park Rd, NW has been completely razed. You can see renderings for the new condos coming here.

13th and Park Rd, NW June 2014

Prior to Demo:

13th and Park Rd, NW February 2014

04/28/14 3:50pm


A reader writes:

“Sold for $590,000 in June of 2013. They beat out more than 10 offers (sold in 3 days!), offered all cash and paid more than $120,000 over list. The house had been owned by two families since it was build in 1922.

The house needed significant repairs (new electrical, plumbing, some structure work on the sleeping porch, etc), but had gorgeous woodwork (immaculate floors, gorgeous pocket doors, trim, etc). It has since been gutted, basement dug down, and now a third story added. The permit reads:

“Renovation of a single family dwelling and convert it into three apartment units, Remove all interior partitions and exterior rear wall, Install new partitions, new electrical, new plumbing and new HVAC systems as per plans.NEW REAR 3RD FLOOR ADDITION,ROOF TOP DECK WITH SPIRAL STAIRS,NEW EXTERIOR CO”

Neighbors are not pleased as this kills the symmetry of this beautiful block.”