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14th and Quincy St, NW

From a press release:

“DC’s hot real estate market is going to sizzle now that Zusin Development’s (Zusin) and Sivan Properties’ latest residential and retail project in North Columbia Heights has broken ground. Located at 14th and Quincy Streets, NW, this 30,000 SF building combines 3,000 SF of ground-floor retail and four levels of residential space. Zusin turned to CORE, a prominent Georgetown-based architecture firm with award-winning residential and retail/hospitality design practices, to create their latest project.

“We always enjoy working with the Zusin team,” said CORE principal Dale Stewart. “On this project, we are glad to be designing a building that brings much-needed 2-bedroom 2-bathroom units, affordable housing, and flexible retail space to this flourishing DC neighborhood.” CORE previously designed the renovation of 433 Massachusetts Avenue, NW for Zusin.

14th and Quincy Street’s 20 units all have two bathrooms and an in-unit washer/dryer. Residents will share a well-appointed lobby, a roof deck, indoor bicycle storage, as well as underground and surface-level parking. Specific interior design finishes will be finalized later in the construction process.

“The design is a blend of modern aesthetic and traditional materials on a prominent corner lot. We hope its understated simplicity adds value to the architectural fabric of the neighborhood and the retail base provides additional convenience for its residents,” said CORE’s project architect Christopher Peli. “We’ve also included a commercial kitchen hood exhaust shaft through the building in case Zusin has a small restaurant tenant in the future. It’s important to make new-build retail space flexible so that future renovation costs are minimal.”

14th and Quincy Street will have a primarily red-brick exterior with striking floor-to-ceiling glassy, cantilevered bay windows that will maximize views across the city. The building’s main entry and residential bays are accented with rich, dark bronze-colored aluminum panels. A glass canopy shelters the recessed residential entry, which is also surrounded with terraced landscaping.

“Every time we work with CORE, we appreciate that they listen to what we want to do – then guide us through DC’s complex zoning and building process to a successful result,” said Zusin Development’s president Ilya Zusin. “Their deep understanding of how DC works cannot be underestimated.”

CORE is working with Maddox Engineers & Surveyors (Civil), Rathgeber Goss Associates (Structural), and Capitol Engineering Group (MEP) to complete construction of the 14th and Quincy Street project.”

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Rendering of 3707 14th St, NW courtesy of CORE

Formerly C&K Motel half demoed:

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“Kale, 1 habañero (soon to be many more), several tomatoes, lots of Thai basil, and an insane amount of chard! Some of Ledroit Park community garden’s bounty”

If you have a great haul, beautiful tomato or something like that, send an email and a couple photos to princeofpetworth(at)gmail with your neighborhood and garden haul in the subject line and I’ll pick a few winners a week (free PoPville t-shirt or tote bag.)

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From the DC Taxicab Commission:

“The DC Taxicab Commission feels it is important to recognize the efforts of staff, drivers, owners and operators, riders and the public for making a positive impact within the District’s public vehicle for hire industry. Highlighting these individuals and raising awareness of their good works will hopefully provide inspiration and encouragement to all to continue to put forth their best. These actions serve as examples to motivate the continued contributions to improving the quality of service that should be expected from our industry. The Commission is delighted to honor those who have gone beyond the call of duty. Select the Commendation links below to read more.

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Special acknowledgement of exemplary service provided by taxicab drivers and DCTC staff.

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Special acknowledgement of taxicab driver Charles Coles – Yellow Cab B456

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Special acknowledgement of taxicab driver Daniel Haily – Grand Cab E067″

“Dear PoPville,

A pedestrian was struck outside my office this morning – adjacent to the Hart Building. I did not see it happen. The car (and driver) that struck her was there with a visible dent in the front left bumper, though I cannot confirm that this was from the accident. Police were immediately on the scene and an ambulance shortly thereafter. She was not moving. This intersection can be pretty chaotic in the morning and the Capitol Police do their best to keep traffic flowing. I wanted to check with the community to see if there is an update on her condition. Those who saw it happen and those passing by were very visibly and understandably shaken up, as am I. I hope she will be ok.”

@dcfireems tweeted:

“Pedestrian Struck – 2nd St. NE and Maryland Ave. NE – Units on scene.”

and another reader sent word around 9am:

“Heads up: police have blocked off E St NW between 10th and 11th streets.”

@dcfireems tweeted:

“Pedestrian Struck – 1000 block of E St. NW – Units enroute.”

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Photo by PoPville flickr user wolfkann

From DPW:

“The District Snow Team (Department of Public Works and Department of Transportation) will go into a full deployment at 8 pm Sunday, March 16, putting more than 200 plows on District commercial and residential streets by 10 pm. Precipitation will start Sunday as rain then turn to snow after 9 pm. About 2-4 inches of snow are predicted before the storm ends Monday night after a rain/snow mix. The forecast calls for sub-freezing temperatures overnight Sunday into Monday with a high of 32F on Monday and 43F on Tuesday.

“Here we go again, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day,” said DPW Director William O. Howland, Jr. “We encourage everyone to be aware of road conditions and take the necessary precautions as they travel, whether on foot or by motor vehicle.”

He noted that DPW’s residential street sweeping program will be suspended Monday and Tuesday, March 17 and 18. “The same dump trucks we use for street sweeping are the same trucks we use for snow removal. Staff is spending the weekend converting these trucks back to snow vehicles,” he said. Enforcement of street sweeping parking restrictions will be suspended as well.

Residential and commercial property owners are asked to apply an abrasive such as non-clumping kitty litter, rock salt or deicer before the storm begins. They also should be aware that sidewalks must be cleared of snow within 24 hours of the end of the storm.”