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WBJ: Kushi on pace for Feb 26th opening

The Washington Business Journal’s Top Shelf blog provided a sneak peak at what they promise to expand into a larger preview of Kushi next week. The big news is that owner Darren Norris told Top Shelf his new izakaya restaurant at City Vista is on pace for a February 26th opening. Follow the Top Shelf link for eight snapshots of the ongoing construction of the interior.
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WaPo: Where We Live

The Mount Vernon Triangle is showcased in the Washington Post’s Where We Live feature this month. Look for it in the print edition of Saturday’s Real Estate section.

The article entitled From seedy to sought-after: D.C.’s Mount Vernon Triangle becoming urban village was contributed by the editors of Urban Turf.

Excerpt:

“As of the first of the year, fewer than 100 new units will be available and all one-bedroom units are projected to be gone by March,” said David Mayhood, president of the Mayhood Company, which markets and sells condos. “With no new condominiums under construction, the current inventory will be gone by mid to late 2010.”

Photo Credit: Josh Howell Photo (via WaPo)

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Robbing (with) the vault

Last June the condominiums at 555 Mass were sent five years worth of bills by the Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) for Vault space rent. These bills totaled over $150,000 and 555 Mass was afforded only 10 days to provide payment. Bewildered by these enormous bills arising from seemingly nowhere the condominium’s UOA was forced to raid their operating capital to comply with payment. The building’s leadership has since spent time researching how these taxes were calculated and questioning how the developer (JBG) was allowed to leave them holding the bag.

Underground parking; 555 Mass was charged > $1500/parking space/year for their 23 vault parking spots

What is a vault?
A vault is an underground storage area which extends beyond the building owner’s property and into a public area, such as a sidewalk or roadway. Vaults are commonly used to extend underground parking garages and to house electrical transformers and other utility related uses.

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Paving on K Street

I find when I drive on the 400 Block of K street my car sounds like it has a flat tire. The asphalt doesn’t look to the eye like it is in awful shape yet I hear thud-thud-thud at regular intervals when driving the block. Anyone else have the same experiences?

400 Block of K Street looking East

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Organization Workshop tonight at 5th Street Hardware

5th Street Hardware’s Organization Workshop is taking place tonight from 7-8:30PM. The workshop features a session with with interior-design pro Rosyln Ashford of ra reDoes Rooms. The event is RSVP and may no longer have capacity but if you’re interested try contacting rachel@acehardwaredc.com to sign up.

The RaRoom’s blog states the following about tonight’s session:

Ashford will share lots of great organizing and decorating tips for attendees and especially information on how to incorporate a closet system like Schulte into a bedroom, kitchen pantry or hall closet effectively. She also will have tips on organizing and displaying your current possessions in a clutter-free way, a skill she practices while staging vacant properties in the DC area. Feel free to bring photos/measurements of your closet for personalized advice on how to maximize the space and use of your closets.

Even if you can’t make it tonight keep in mind that in February all Schulte Freedom Rail products for closet organization are 20% 30% off at 5th Street Hardware.

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