by Prince Of Petworth March 21, 2018 at 6:55 am 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user Tim Brown

In addition to DC Public Schools being closed and a Snow Emergency in effect starting at 9am (don’t park on a snow emergency route) – more closures from ALERT DC:

“DCHR reports the District of Columbia Government will be CLOSED for Wednesday, March 21, 2018.”

“OPM reports Federal Offices in the Washington, DC area are CLOSED for Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.”

“On Wednesday, March 21, 2018 the DC Courts will be open on an emergency schedule only. Just arraignments and juvenile new referrals will take place. Jurors need not report.”

From DCPL: “The Library is closed today March 21 due to weather, but visit http://dclibrary.org/godigital 24/7. Stay safe and warm.”

From the Smithsonian:

“Due to the snowstorm, all our Capital Region museums and the National Zoo will be closed today except for National Museum of American History and National Museum of African American History and Culture, which will open at 10 a.m.

From NWS: “6:00 AM: A band of heavy snow is lifting northeast that will quickly make travel hazardous. Temperatures are below freezing in most locations, so exercise caution even if precipitation is light.”


Meridian Pint (Columbia Heights) opens for brunch at 11am.

Updates on more as we get them.

by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 10:22 pm 0

901 New York Avenue, NW

Back in December we learned that Capitol Hill’s beloved Bagels and Baguettes had plans to reopen near the Convention Center/City Center. I’m happy to report that it’s legit and coming soon signage has been posted:

Updates as they get closer to opening when you can expect:

Former Capitol Hill location:

236 Massachusetts Ave, NE

by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 6:16 pm 0

IE Make sure you’re not parked on a snow emergency route!!

From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser deployed her DC Snow Team at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon to pretreat the District’s primary, secondary and National Highway System routes in advance of Wednesday’s forecasted precipitation. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning on Wednesday to be in effect from 2:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. In addition to the pre-storm anti-icing operation, the DC Snow Team will be monitoring the storm throughout the night into morning and will begin plowing roads as necessary. Residents and motorists can register to receive important weather alerts from the District on their devices by signing up for AlertDC at alertdc.dc.gov.

Due to the likelihood of significant snow in the District, Mayor Bowser has declared a Snow Emergency in the District in effect from 9:00 a.m. tomorrow through 7:00 a.m. on Thursday. A Snow Emergency means that motorists may not park vehicles along corridors designated as snow emergency routes, which are posted with red and white “Snow Emergency Route” signs. To locate a towed vehicle, call (202) 727-5000.

Property owners – residential and commercial – are reminded that they are required to remove snow from their sidewalks within the first eight hours of daylight after a snow event ends. Residents who are homeowners and live in their own homes and are age 65 or older and/or living with a disability may be eligible for an exemption from this requirement.”

From DC Public Schools:

“DC Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, March 21, 2018 due to the snow emergency.”


“Metro is preparing to fully deploy resources in response to an expected winter storm that could significantly impact travel on Wednesday, March 21. Based on the current forecast, Metro is advising customers of several service changes, including bus service that will operate on a Moderate Snow Plan.”

by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 2:55 pm 0

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by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

I live in Columbia Heights and a bunch of my neighbors are struggling with a renovation. There is a home on Kenyon Street that was a single-family home for at least the last 2 decades – and likely more. Many of us old timers in the neighborhood knew the previous owner and had been in the home on multiple occasions.

A developer purchased the property in 2015 for $900,000. It needed to be gutted and completely redone

He submitted drawing/plans to the city shortly after purchasing the home, showing the property was a 4-unit building with kitchens on every floor. These plans were false. Several people have signed affidavits stating that this was a single-family home and we submitted those affidavits to DCRA. One of these people lived there up until shortly before it was sold to the developer. The house was in no way a 4 unit building, but DCRA wrote a determination letter stating that since the property was always 4 units – the developer could rehab and renovate the property as such. (so he essentially lied to get permission to convert a single family home to a 4 unit building) He received permits to do this work in the summer of 2017. The interior of the home was been completely demolished and the back ½ is missing. Now there is no way to tell how many units there were.

As a side note – but deserving of a “bullet point” nonetheless….there is one electric meter, one gas meter and tax records show it was taxed as single family home.

DCRA issued a stop work order on September 17th, 2017 because they learned that the adjoining neighbors on both sides were not served any construction documents along with the neighbor notification form that is required by the city, to give both adjoining neighbors a chance to see the plans and make sure the structural integrity of their own homes are protected.

The crux of the issue lies with an old C of O from 1966 zoning the house as an apartment house. Neighbors want the developer to build 2 units, not 4 as the city granted him, and in January of this past year DCRA retracted their permission for him to build 4, but granted him the right to do 3, even though this is now a zone where a maximum of 2 units can be built. This was their explanation: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth March 20, 2018 at 1:55 pm 0

This rental is located at Ordway and Connecticut Ave, NW. The Craigslist ad says:

“$1800 / 1br – 800ft2 – Small Town in the Big City

Comfortable 1 bedroom flat, fully furnished and equipped including wifi. Gas cooking, washer dryer, dishwasher, flat screen TV, and more. Also, most all utilities included. One needs only clothes and a laptop to be at home. (more…)


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