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Archive for December, 2014

The owners of Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) thought they had a deal to renew their lease, owner Gina Schaefer told the Georgetown Current. “The landlord decided at the last minute to lease to someone else. It felt like the worst part of business.”  The store, which opened in 2005, plans to close in mid-January.

Schafer said the shop is actively looking for a nearby location, and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Jackie Blumenthal told reporter Brady Holt that she was looking for ways to help make that happen. “This will be a terrible thing for the neighborhood if they go,” Blumenthal said.

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Glover Park Hardware (2251 Wisconsin Ave.) will close in mid-January because it was not able to come to terms with its landlord on a new lease. But the store’s owners are looking for another location nearby, assistant manager Olen Hopkins tells us: “They are trying diligently to keep us in this area, but it’s all still kind of up in the air.”

The hardware store negotiated its original lease with the building’s previous owner before opening in early 2005. But the complex was sold in 2013 and is now a joint venture of Altus Realty, Chesapeake Realty Partners and Ellisdale Construction. The three partners are building an apartment complex at the rear of the property, on what was formerly the hardware store’s parking lot.

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The Mason Inn (2412 Wisconsin Ave.) is investigating the possibility of a move next door into the vacant former home of JP’s Lounge (2408 Wisconsin Ave.). The bar’s owners will appear before Advisory Neighborhood Commission 3B at its December 10 meeting to discuss the proposal.

“Mason Inn has a tavern license…as well as permission to offer live-music entertainment and to serve alcohol on a roof deck,” the ANC’s agenda notes. “This move will make it impossible for the JP’s nude dancing license to ever be used in Glover Park.” The same landlord—a group of members of the Alafoginis family—owns both buildings. We hear from knowledgeable sources that no lease has yet been signed.

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More than 100,000 Salvadorans in the D.C. region are expected to apply for three-year deportation relief next spring, and the Salvadoran Consulate (2332 Wisconsin Ave.) is scrambling to staff up and launch suburban satellites to handle the crush, the Washington Post reports.  “It is our duty to do whatever we can to help people apply,” vice consul Sunny Soto told the newspaper. “They’re going to need passports, birth certificates, marriage licenses, help with children’s school records. It’s going to be a documentation flood.” In November President Barack Obama announced a plan to shield up to five million undocumented immigrants from deportation and allow those with no criminal record to work legally in the U.S. The application period will begin in May, the Post reports.

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