H Street Businesses Complain of Parking Crackdown Around Still-Closed Streetcar — District parking enforcement have towed more than 300 cars and issued more than 1,000 tickets for streetcar-related parking violations, which business owners say have hurt business. [Washington Post]
Preservation League Seeks Historical Designation for Railway Express Building in NoMa — The D.C. Preservation League has nominated the Railways Express Agency Building at 900 2nd St. NE for historical preservation in an attempt to preemptively protect it from alteration as part of the Union Station expansion. [Washington Business Journal]
Southwest Building Camden South Capitol Abandons Plans for Ground-Floor Retail — Camden South Capitol, the building that opened on the corner of SOuth Capitol Street and O Street SW in 2013 has abandoned plans to put a restaurant on the ground floor, receiving a permit to build five additional apartments instead. [SWTLQTC]
Books by Local High School Students to Be Released Thursday — Reach Incorporated, a program that hires teenagers to be elementary school reading tutors, will release four children’s books written by local high school students on Thursday. [Hill Now]
Congressman Blamed for Capitol Sledding Ban — A “Congressional grump” is to blame for enforcing the ban on sledding at the Capitol Building, a source tells Roll Call. Aides to House Appropriations Chairman Harold Rogers and Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran denied any involvement by their bosses. [Roll Call]
Streetcar Tickets Issued So Far — Between mid-July 2014 and Feb. 18, 640 tickets were issued to drivers who blocked the streetcar path on H Street NE and Benning Road NE. [Washington City Paper]
Overturned SUV Kills Pedestrian Near Chinatown — A man died after an SUV lost control and flipped onto the sidewalk at 4th and H streets NW about 5 p.m. yesterday. A second pedestrian was hospitalized with serious but non-life-threatening injuries. It’s not clear yet if the driver will be charged. [NBC Washington; FOX 5]
D.C. Fashion Week on H Street NE — Hill Rag photographed some of the top looks at opening night of D.C. Fashion Week, which was held Wednesday in the closed Rainbow store in the largely vacant H Street Connection strip mall. [Hill Rag]
Rose’s Luxury Named ‘Most Outstanding Restaurant’ — The acclaimed Barracks Row restaurant Rose’s Luxury has gotten another honor; it was named the most outstanding restaurant in the U.S. by GQ. [GQ]
Mayor Muriel Bowser declared an official end to the D.C. Snow Emergency at 2 p.m., which resumes regular parking rules and taxi fares. But dozens of drivers were ticketed for not moving their cars out of the paths of plows.
D.C. towed 132 vehicles that were illegally parked between 7 a.m. and 1 p.m. on snow emergency routes, Bowser’s office announced. The tickets cost $350, plus a $20 per day storage fee, as the city warned drivers last night. Snow emergency routes on the Hill include Constitution Avenue, Independence Avenue and H Street.
The city impound lot is closed today because D.C. government is closed. To find your car, you can call 202-541-6083 or visit this website.
In other snow day news, Metro restored more bus service as of 1:30 p.m. Metro trains are still running on a Saturday schedule.