Hi PoPville Members,
we are doing a major renovation to our Georgetown rowhouse that includes basement excavation, staircase relocation, major layout changes on the second floor, addition of bathrooms, window replacements, etc.
Does anyone have any idea on the cost of the architectural work for this kind of project? We feel like our current architects are overcharging us. Do we really need to pay separately for mechanical/plumbing/electrical drawings? So far the bill is close to 10K.
Can a church legally earn revenue by having cell phone towers on its roof? I thought churches were exempt from taxes so that’s why they rely on donations. This is Lincoln Park Methodist. (photo attached)
I had my kitchen completely redone by a contractor and designer. They chose all elements based on my expressed design style. My one request made over and over, including in writing in an email, was that the countertop material be low maintenance. Instead, I have a top that etches no matter what I do. 18 months after installation I have big and small water spots, glass and bottle rings, etc. I think it looks awful. It is apparently an expensive natural quartz countertop. I am told it will cost me $5,000 to replace with a different material with a similar look.
Any thoughts on what I should do? Options other than full replacement? Any way to cover etched spots? I am very sad every time I look at it.
I’ve noticed a lot lately that Metro buses will sit running for hours at a time at the Petworth Metro station, and probably at many other stops around town. This also happens a lot every night when buses aren’t even supposed to be running (i.e. 3am). It makes it very difficult to sleep with my house windows open because of the diesel fumes and the noise. I don’t understand how this is necessary if schedules are managed better. Is there any valid reason why this is happening?
I know that pop-up discussions are not novel here. They are the bane of many DC residents and the delight of the many contractors and realtors, who are undoubted overrepresented in these blogs. Nevertheless, this recent pop-up in the 1700 block of New Jersey Ave NW is just not troublesome because of its proposed height. It is disturbing because of the material the contractors are using in the immediate proximity of the Valero Gas station on the corner of New Jersey Ave NW and Rhode Island Ave NW.
I have averred on several occasions that the reason we have blocks of brick rowhouses and not blocks of wooden structures is because the wooden buildings were deemed too ease to catch fire and too prone to spread fires, once engulfed in flames. We had several fires in the 1700’s and 1800’s, including the Great Fire of London, that prompted people, like Ben Franklin, to support the creation of the modern fire department and better building codes. Indeed, building codes required buildings to be built with three course of brick party walls which greatly reduced the chance of fires spreading quickly.
This current structure under construction, which hovers above the Valero gas station, evidences how quickly we forget the lessons of the past and are willing to brush aside safety concerns. We should not allow cheapness, laziness, and greed to trump safety concerns, lest we repeat that past.
This green wood structure, abutting a gasoline station does not have a setback on the side wall, i.e., the gasoline station side. Its construction suggests that the builders have no intention of including anything type of masonry-separation wall between this five-level structure and the gasoline station directly below it.
While the modern code ‘allows’ construction using such materials because fire-rated drywall and similar materials can be used, fire-rated drywall is not brick. Put simply, we don’t have enough faith in it to construct fireplaces out of it. Fire-rated drywall and aluminum siding are not cinder block, brick or concrete.
I cannot believe that D.C. inspectors are blind to the very serious danger that the height and construction materials of this particular building pose given its location. In short, any building abutting a gasoline station should be required to use material with a much higher level of fire protection that that of fire-rated drywall and aluminum siding.
My bike was stolen out of my backyard Friday night. It’s a emerald-green Jamis Satellite Comp road bike. It has a silver bottle cage, caged pedals, and (at the time) front and rear headlights and small saddle bag.
We live in Petworth, just a few blocks east of the metro. Our rear gate, which is normally closed, was stuck open and the thief walked into the backyard and walked out with the bike, probably triggering our motion spotlight on the way in.
If anyone sees it, I would appreciate it! It’s a little dirty and has some scratches on it, but I wasn’t prepared to give it up yet.
Our Pepco bill for February is $356, this is about $80 more than in January which was already extremely high for our two bedroom one bath condo. The bill states that our usage is about $270 (for ‘New electric supply charges-SOS Provider) which is approximately the same as last month’s bill (and already outrageous), however this month there is an added $85 charge (for ‘New electric distribution charges-Pepco’) which was not there before. We also have a Nest thermostat which is supposed to decrease our energy use, but our bill is going up every month significantly. Every bill states that it is an actual reading, but it doesn’t seem right either. We also went on Pepco’s website and realized that the chart stating what we’ve paid over the last four months (we moved here in November) does not match up to what our bill was (see attached screenshots). I don’t know what to do at this point, but I do know that $356 is way too much to pay for a 2 bedroom condo. Not to mention that our house has never been above 64 degrees this winter in an effort to minimize the bill. Do you know what this ‘New electric distribution charge’ is or if there is any action we can take to get our bill lowered to a reasonable price? Are there any other competitive providers who do not go through Pepco, or are they the only choice? Any advice is welcome!
A long abandoned house around the corner from us seems to be entering a rapid state of decay lately. Does anyone know something about the place on the west side of 9th between Allison and Buchanan? Recent winds have loosened the temporary material covering the structure and it does not look like it’s in good shape. Best I can tell from property records someone bought the house and got permits issued around 2008-2010 but a few stop work orders were issued and it was declared vacant in 2012. There don’t seem to be permits up now.
Is there anything we can do to get this fixed? Anyone else have experience dealing with similar issues? It looks terrible, is in increasing danger of falling down, and attracts strange people in the alley.
Neighbor near 9th
Last Thursday night 1/29/15 a black Honda Ruckus was stolen from 14th and Corcoran St. The bike was chained with the highest grade of Kryptonite motorcycle chain (NYC bike lock). Cut links of the lock were left on the ground. Their seems to be a well equipped thief with a diamond blade saw running around. If you happen to see a new black Honda Ruckus scooter in your neighborhood, please reach out.
Juniper escaped on Tuesday, January 6 at 6:00 PM from Emerson Avenue in McLean, VA 22101. If seen, DO NOT CHASE! Call 703-507-7166 immediately if you see her or hear of any sightings. Juniper is 12 lbs, 10 months and a black terrier mix. She is friendly but she will likely be scared. Update, 1/8: We have had a couple of solid sightings! Last sighting was near the church off of Dolly Madison close to Ballantrae Farm Dr.
I know kittens are a dime a dozen around here, but I found this kitten all alone under my friend’s porch in Delaware, during a flood, when he was only a few days old. He appears to have been abandoned by a feral colony. I’ve nursed him back to health, but I cannot keep him because my partner is very allergic. He’s a beautiful cat, with a gorgeous coat in shades of black, taupe, and grey. The vet says he is a Maine Coon/Tabby mix. At this point he is estimated to be about 8 weeks old, and is up to date on all shots (we can have the vet fax you his records). He plays and cuddles peacefully with our poodle, and has great litter box and house manners. He loves cuddling, will happily jump onto your lap for pets, and will try to curl up around your neck.
Please take this kitten home for the holidays!!! My partner is suffering horribly, so he cannot stay with us much longer and I don’t know what his fate will be otherwise.
FYI: I already called WARL and the shelters on both Georgia and New York Aves, they are both full and cannot accept any more cats. We are not willing to take him to a kill shelter, which are the only ones that seem to be willing to take him.
Please email legensalmon @ gmail . com, if you would be able to give this little guy a home for the holidays.
My bike was stolen out of my backyard on Sunday afternoon around 2:00 PM. I live in PTW at Gallatin & 7th St. It’s a black and silver Gary Fisher Tiburon hybrid women’s bike with Shimano brakes, a rear rack, and lights on the front and back. It has a U.S. House parking permit sticker and an Outdoors, Inc. sticker on the frame. Pics are attached.
My next door neighbors saw the two guys who stole it climb from their back deck over our fence and into our yard. We’ve filed a report with the police, but if you could please ask readers to keep their eyes peeled, I would appreciate it. It’s a distinctive bike (for people who know bikes, I guess) and I am so disappointed that it’s gone. If anyone sees it, please give me a shout at brittany985 AT gmail DOT com.
I’m hoping you can help me reunite this beach towel with its owner. On Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:10 PM, while traveling northbound in the bike lane on 6th St NE, I was hit by a large van turning left from 6th St onto M St NE.
Many people responded (and thank you to all of you), but one was nice enough to wedge her towel under me as protection from the hot asphalt. I was loaded into the ambulance and didn’t realize until going through my belongings after being discharged from the hospital that the towel ended up coming with me.
It’s blue and green and I’d love to return it to you – thank you so much for responding. Though I’d never wish the circumstances on anyone, it was heartening to see the response that the 6th & M corner provided. Thanks again.
Does anybody know where to celebrate the world cup champion tonight?