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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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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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