I’m the same person that found a hidden room underneath my basement a few weeks ago. Over the weekend, my wife and I were cleaning out some of the items left in our house by the previous owners. We removed a picture from the wall and there was a locked safe behind it.
Of course we just have to get into this thing but don’t know where to go from here. I’m assuming a general locksmith can’t crack a safe so who should we call?”
This rental is located at 1604 25th Street, Southeast. The listing says:
“Wonderful Single family home in Hill Crest, New AC, new roof and siding, new windows, updated bathrooms and kitchen, new back deck. fresh paint, wood floors. sunroom , Very large back yard, storage, front porch. Minutes to the Capitol, accessible to transportation”
A little over 4 years ago, I purchased a new townhome in NE DC. These townhomes are considered affordable housing and were financed in part through grants from HUD; as a result, purchasers must be first time homebuyers and make less than a certain percentage of the median area income. Additionally, homeowners are bound by a number of restrictive covenants including an equity share provision for the first 10 years of ownership, and requiring the homes to remain affordable for at least twenty years (which means they cannot be sold at market rate before then).
So what’s the problem? The original townhome community was supposed to be a total of 63 homes. In 2012, 24 of the 63 townhomes were completed and then construction suddenly stopped. For the past three and a half years, we have been living in a half finished community and on an “active” construction site (the unfinished portion was simply fenced in; some owners walk out of their front doors and are staring directly at said fence). Amenities that were promised us when we first signed our purchase contracts, like off street parking spaces for all townhomes (which is included in the purchase paperwork) and a children’s playground, have failed to be delivered. Reasons for the failure to continue the construction have never been fully explained; the initial excuse was that the real estate market wasn’t doing very well but as to be expected, we are skeptical of such a claim.
To say that we are frustrated is an understatement. (more…)
“I have no parking signs for a moving truck next Tuesday, June 28. All this week, our street has had no parking signs for tree work, and that was supposed to run through the 24th. I went out there this morning, and all of the tree work signs now say it’s scheduled for the 27th-July 1.
I’ve tried calling the number on our permit multiple times and leave message after message, but I’m wondering if anyone knows what I can do. Can I just put up my signs along the others and keep a copy of the permit on the dash? Or does the tree work supersede everything.”
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202 shirts, one for each gun fatality in the Washington DC metropolitan area in 2015.
120 white shirts – DC
14 yellow shirts – Northern VA
68 blue shirts – MD”
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From Drew Swift, General Manager of Brookland Pint (on Sunday):
“Due to an unfortunate incident today, effective immediately, Brookland Pint has a new pet policy:
Pets are no longer allowed on the property under any circumstance. As always, and in compliance with ADA requirements*, service dogs and their handlers will continue to be welcome.
We understand and are sympathetic to the pet-owning portion of the Brookland community who relied on our patio as a welcome space for themselves and their pets. We have always tried to be as lenient as possible with regards to DC Health Codes** to accommodate everyone and regret that due to the events of today, we can no longer risk exposing our guests and staff to the potential hazards of substandard or inexperienced pet ownership.
Our purpose of writing is to explain this shift in policy and notify as much of the community as we can to prevent turning people away as a result of this shift.
This evening a 6-year old boy was bitten on the leg by a dog on our patio. A family was finishing their meal inside when the boy’s uncle went over to Filter for a coffee. On the patio, two women were sitting near the planters with their dog. Our pet policy up to this point has allowed guests with pets to sit around the edges of the patio, with the understanding that the pet needed to be outside the perimeter of the patio, marked by large planters. Inevitably, especially when food hits the table, some dogs creep past the planters and end up under the tables. This evening, two women had ordered their food, along with a hamburger to go that was brought out with the rest of the meal. They had cut up the burger and were feeding it to the dog under the table. The 6-year-old boy walked across the patio to meet his uncle at Filter, when the dog quickly became territorial, darted away from the table, and bit the boy on the leg. (more…)
This house is located at 1475 Girard Street, Northwest. The listing says:
“FIRST OPEN HOUSE 6/26 2-4pm. Fabulous new renovation, Enormous home, open floor plan, sensational finishes, all the bells and whistles! Two master suites, copious closets, decks, garage plus off street parking. Check out photos to really see beauty of renovation. Total SF just under 3000. Buyer should measure if important.”
I noticed from my window (Friday @ 8:24pm) people were posting signs. I couldn’t see what the signs said from my window but I took a picture of them anyway. This morning [Saturday] on my way to the airport I checked out the signs. They are all down the 1300 block of R st NW for “emergency” no parking with a reason “Shinola Detroit block party” starting Saturday at 9:30.
Can individuals really post signs 12 hours in advance for a “party” and subject citizens to ticket and towing charges and fines?”