809 Upshur Street, NW in 2017
From an email:
“Long story short, a developer is threatening to block our only means of egress from the back of our building. Timber does not have access to the alley, so all deliveries, trash, and most importantly our fire escape all come from the back and then use this side sidewalk. The developer was not interested in coming up with an amicable solution, and instead told us to build a stairway over the top of the building.
This sidewalk has been there for decades and has always been used as a means of egress. I was hoping someone might have some good insight on how to stop this, so we can continue to operate safely and effectively!”
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Petworth and DC at large, we need your help! A developer is threatening to block our access to the back of Timber by blocking off the walkway that goes to the back. If you don’t know, we do not have access to the alley. We bring the trash out through this side , bring our deliveries through the back, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY USE THIS AS A FIRE EXIT! When we told the developer this, he flippantly told us to build stairs over the building…We honestly don’t know how this is legal! If anybody has any insight or knows a way we can fight this, please each out at [email protected] We need your help!!!