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Rendering of 2140 Wisconsin CondosFrom the May 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The luxury condo building going up at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. now has a name: Elyasi Place Condominiums. The building is scheduled for completion in late summer. According to developer Zak Elyasi, asking prices for the six units will run from $400,000 for two ground-floor units to $1.1 million for two penthouse units with private rooftop decks. Above and below are architects’ renderings, courtesy of Zak Elyasi.

 

Interior, 2140 Wisconsin Ave

Penthouse deck, 2140 Wisconsin

 

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Brown paper Chick-fil-A 5/4/2014

The former home of the Lado language school, next door to Breadsoda (2233 Wisconsin Ave.), has accumulated some perplexing signs on its papered-over storefront. Along with two copies of an electrical permit issued for a different building—2218 Wisconsin Ave., the future home of Mad Fox Brewing Company—the ex-Lado entrance bears the logo of Georgia-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A.Chick-fil-A logo at 2233 Wisc

A Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs spokesman could locate no building permit application or DC business license for Chick-fil-A. We’ve made an inquiry with Chick-fil-A’s corporate headquarters and will update when they respond.

UPDATE: We’ve heard no response from Chick-fil-A, but a representative for the landlord, Carr Properties, tells us that the vacant space has not been leased. “We will be sure to remove anything that has been posted to the doors,” she says.

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From the April 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

A building permit for a rooftop deck at The Mason Inn (2408 Wisconsin Ave.) was issued on February 7, and the deck should be under construction soon, according to tavern co-owner Fritz Brogan. “Due to the building’s age and some other logistical issues, construction planning has been more complicated than we originally anticipated,” Brogan says, “but we’re eagerly awaiting the day that our neighbors can enjoy cool drinks on a warm day upstairs.” Brogan expects the deck to open this summer. The new outdoor space will seat 51 patrons, according to the permit.

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From the March 2014 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Oscar Amurrio has applied for a permit to add a restaurant to his home at 2138 Wisconsin Ave. The mansard-roofed brick rowhouse, which has for years been obscured by a blue construction fence, sits next to the vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin where developer Zak Elyasi is building eight luxury condominiums. On the other side of Amurrio’s property is 2136 Wisconsin, a tan, blocky architectural monstrosity that now houses SunBrite Windows and Doors on its ground floor and rental units above.

Amurrio, whose father was born in Spain, says he plans to build a front addition to his home that would house a Spanish restaurant on the ground level. The second floor would house Amurrio’s decorative plastering business, Eight Brothers, and the upper floors would include two dwelling units. The building would have a modern glass-and-limestone façade, in keeping with the glass-front condos going up next door, he says.

In October, the city government issued a stop-work order to Amurrio for doing foundation work on his property without a permit. He filed his building permit application on January 9.

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“A clearly reluctant D.C. Department of Transportation has tentatively agreed to restore Wisconsin Avenue to six traffic lanes in Glover Park,” writes Elizabeth Wiener in today’s Northwest Current. “In the spring, the agency will remove the newly painted median strip that was designed to slow traffic and protect pedestrians on the busy commercial corridor.” In her story, Wiener reports at length on the testimony at a December 4 hearing on the road’s configuration called by Ward 3 City Council member Mary Cheh.

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From the December 2013 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

In late October, construction on a high-end condo building at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. spurred next-door neighbor Oscar Amurrio, the proprietor of Eight Brothers Development (2138 Wisconsin Ave.), to shore up his building’s foundation—and that, in turn, led to a stop work order for Amurrio.

“My walls were cracking,” says Amurrio, who showed us about a dozen six– to 12–inch cracks in the plaster around his house’s front windows. “I had to do emergency work to underpin my house.” Amurrio excavated and placed cement and rebar not only under his current structure, but along the perimeter of a future front addition, he says. City officials visited the site and ordered Amurrio to stop until proper permits were obtained. That’s fine with Amurrio, he says, now that his building is stable. Amurrio says he is now working with an architect to design an addition with a limestone-and-glass façade.

The construction at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. was not cited by the city in the matter, and its developer, Zak Elyasi, denies that his project had anything to do with Amurrio’s cracks or his actions. “Everything that I’m doing, I’m doing correctly, and it has passed inspection,” Elyasi says. “It’s textbook. My permits are all in place.” The building at 2140 Wisconsin Ave. will be a modern, glass-front structure with eight condominium units. It is expected to be completed in mid-2014.

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Elements Fitness and Wellness Center (2233 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 217) will celebrate its recent renovation with a public event on Friday, September 27 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. “Experience Pilates and Gyrotonic exercise, massage, Reiki, Feldenkrais, and other healing and body work methods Elements has to offer,” the invitation states. “Watch local dancers work, meet others interested in wellness, enjoy munchies and beverages and put your name in our raffle.” Prizes will include free Pilates sessions, free massages, and a 10% discount on “accelerated breakthrough” life coaching with Elizabeth Goll Lerner of Your Inspired Choices. For more information, call 202-333-5252 or visit elementscenter.com.

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While its rear parking lot is torn up to make way for apartments, Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) has added several services to make shopping there easier:

  • Personal shoppers: With 45 minutes’ notice, customers can call in an order and find it waiting for them at the cash register to be paid for;
  • Curbside pickup: By providing a credit card number when calling in an order, the customer can swing by and have the whole order brought out to their car at the curb;
  • Shop and pick-up: At the end of a shopping trip, the customer can go fetch their car and bring it to the curb, where staff will help load their purchases; or
  • Walking delivery: The store will deliver purchased items to customers within a quarter-mile radius of the store for free.

For more information, visit acehardwaredc.com. To call in an order, contact store manager Jay Rushing or assistant manager Noe Delgado at 202-333-6378.

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Earlier this month, the Board of Zoning Adjustment approved a variance that would allow a new apartment building to be constructed on Wisconsin Ave. with no dedicated parking spaces for tenants. While the plan does call for the construction of two parking spaces directly behind the building, the owners were still working on securing a legal right to access the spaces via an adjacent office parking lot.

The building, to be built on the long-vacant lot at 2140 Wisconsin Ave.—just south of W Pl.—would contain eight dwelling units. Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B supported the developer’s application, and no one appeared at a July 9 BZA hearing to oppose it.

Though parking is painfully scarce in the area, lot owners AE Tower LLC and RE Opal LLC made a compelling case for the variance in a written statement to the board. The narrowness and location of the lot do not allow for underground parking, the statement notes, and a front curb cut would create only one or two spaces—plus potential traffic hassles as parkers backed onto busy Wisconsin Ave. The large parking lot at the rear of the building is reserved for the office complex from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, though apartment dwellers would be able to park there after hours. The property is adjacent to several bus lines and is a few blocks from a Capital Bikeshare station.

Adding apartments, even without parking, would be preferable to leaving the lot vacant, the statement argues: “The proposed project would convert a long-vacant ‘eyesore’ property to a vibrant residential use. The design will greatly improve the appearance and character of this block.”

A building permit application is under consideration by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

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District Department of Transportation workers will completely remove a painted median strip on Wisconsin Ave. between Calvert and Garfield streets, reports the Georgetown Current in the Georgetown Dish. The surprise work began last week.

The decision to reopen the middle lane of Wisconsin Ave. to traffic was made “in the interest of pedestrian and vehicle safety,” chief traffic engineer James Cheeks wrote in a notice quoted by the Current. The median strip was added earlier this year in the name of pedestrian safety, but many have blamed it for long traffic backups on Wisconsin and additional cut-through traffic elsewhere in Glover Park.

City Council member Jack Evans, who represents Georgetown, has advocated removing the painted median strip all the way south to Whitehaven, but City Council member Mary Cheh, who represents Glover Park, told the Current he shouldn’t count on it: “’We’re not going to do that,’ said Cheh, who chairs the council’s transportation committee. ‘I don’t think we’re at the stage yet of throwing out all that work in Glover Park.’”

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