THIS WILL BE DISCUSSED AT THE NEXT ANC MEETING, WEDNESDAY, APRIL 5,
2006 – 7 PM – THE WASHINGTON PLAZA HOTEL
Dear LCCA Members, My Neighbors and Friends:
I’m sorry to have to share this news with you, but I’m hoping you
will agree to support me in my current predicament:
I’m facing a very serious situation with the builder next door, one
that risks putting me out of business, if they’re allowed to go
through with the sidewalk and street closures they say they have
obtained permits and ANC approval for .
I found out Friday (03/31) morning from Holladay Corp., builders of
the “Matrix” site, that they have a permit to close off the
sidewalk, a curb and a traffic lane (i.e. sidewalk, plus 2 of 3 car
lanes) for the next 2-3 months NONSTOP, in order to carry out heavy
duty work on their construction site.
Every time they block the sidewalk and the street off to operate
their crane or larger machinery (which they have done for 1-2 days
at a time in the past months), my sales take a nosedive, because all
pedestrian and car traffic to the store are severely impeded.
The prospect of making this a permanent situation for 2-3 months,
without any passage for pedestrians, even when Holladay is not
working there (evenings and weekends) means my business will be in
jeopardy. I have asked Holladay to at least work with me and other
businesses/residents by re-opening a passage for pedestrians on
evenings and weekends, and they are not cooperating.
There are precedents on this very street, in fact on this very block
btw. Q and P Streets, with other builders providing at least a
jersey-barrier protected passage for pedestrians, a passage that was
available at all times, not just on their off-time. Holladay tells
me they can’t do the same on their site. I find this hard to
believe, considerig what I (and most of us in the neighborhood) have
witnessed at other construction sites here over the past two years.
I have called the City government to see if this is an acceptable
situation and an inspector is coming on Monday (April 3) to take a
closer look at their permit and what exactly Holladay is doing. To
the City government, I’ve also mentioned that with 2 of 3 traffic
lanes blocked and no access to the sidewalk, people are getting on &
off the bus (there’s a bus stop right outside my bookstore, SE
corner of 14th & Q) in the leftmost traffic lane of the street, as
the buses can’t pull into the stop. The lady I spoke to at the
Office of Infrastructure Oversight said this closure sounds wrong.
We shall see what, if anything, gives.
In the meantime, I wanted to share this alarm with you.
I am working with the wonderful folks at the ANC and LCCA to get
Holladay to redress their current plans. It seems Holladay Corp. may
not have been as forthcoming with this dire situation to the ANC
(when they applied for ANC approval of the closures and how this
would be executed). The attitude I encountered talking to Holladay
this past Friday is very different from the spirit of cooperation
promised to me and to the ANC.
I’m sorry to be breaking this news to you, but my bookstore is
truthfully facing a threat to its continued viability.
I hope that I can alleviate the situation. If I have to move on to
signature-collection or petitions, I hope I can turn to you for
I’m trying my best to get to a solution without having to bother all
of my wonderful neighbors and supporters. I’m hoping that inspectors
and public officials can see the need for a more moderate approach
to these closures. This is not just a question of the bookstore’s
viability, it’s also a question of public safety and public access
that affects all of us as we move between Q and P Streets: with our
heavy shopping bags, strolling our pets, navigating our strollers,
If my current efforts don’t work, you will hear from me, as I will
have to ask for public support of my demands.
– Candida Mannozzi –
Candida’s World of Books, LLC
1541 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
tel. (202) 667-4811
Tue-Sat 10-10, Sun noon-8