Capitol Park IV Condominium

CPIV Alert Archive

April 21, 2017
Residents: We need your help!
There has been a noticeable increase in rodent activity in our neighborhood.  The Association is agressively combating the problem, however we need your help.

While the trash pick-up rules are not changing, we ask that all residents who can possibly do so not put out trash before 5am on the day of trash removal (M,W,F).  With everyone's help, we expect to further reduce this problem. 

Thank you for your cooperation!


February 27, 2017
Board of Zoning Adjustment Public Hearing - March 1
The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 1, at 9:30 a.m. at the Jerrily R. Kress Memorial Hearing Room, One Judiciary Square, 441 4th Street NW, Suite 220 South, Washington, DC 20001, concerning the following application:

Application of the District of Columbia, pursuant to 11 DCMR Subtitle X, Chapters 9 and 10, for special exceptions under the parking requirements of Subtitle C section 703.1, and the RF-use requirements of Subtitle U section 320.1(a), and a variance from the height requirements of Subtitle E section 303.1, to allow the construction of a short-term family housing facility with a ground-floor health facility in the RF-1 Zone at premises 850 Delaware Avenue S.W. (Square 590E, Lot 800.)


December 5, 2016
Annual Meeting materials
Click on this link to view the Annual Meeting materials.  Items posted include the Board President's remarks, meeting minutes, reserve study and slide presentation.


November 15, 2016
Annual Meeting Proxy Form
The Capitol Park IV Annual Meeting is on Thursday, December 1st at 7 pm. The meeting will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church located at 400 I Street, SW. This very important meeting requires a quorum in order for business to be conducted and even for the meeting to begin.

If you do not think that you will be able to attend the meeting, or if you will not be there when it begins at 7 pm - please fill out the attached proxy form. This form is used ONLY for quorum purposes. If you do attend, you can collect your proxy and fully participate in the meeting. 
To complete the proxy - please fill in your unit number, sign and date the form, and have a witness sign the form and include his/her address. Please fill in all spaces marked with an "*". 

Once the form is complete you may email it to CPIVcondo1973@gmail.com or drop it by the site office at 741 Delaware Avenue, SW.  Your form must be received in the site office by 4 pm on Thursday, December 1st to be counted. Thank you.


October 3, 2016
Flood Insurance update
FEMA has redrawn the flood maps for our part of DC due to the new 17th levee closure, and we are no longer in a high-risk flood zone.  Due to this, flood insurance is no longer required for Federally backed loans, and our Association no longer carries flood insurance for CPIV.  If you are contacted by your mortgage company concerning flood insurance, direct them to FEMA's website (https://msc.fema.gov), where they can enter your property address and confirm that our status has changed and flood insurance is no longer Federally mandated. 

Even though it is not Federally mandated, your insurance company may still require flood insurance as a condition of your mortgage.  If this is the case, you must bear the cost of the premiums.

Also note that being in a lower-risk flood zone does not mean that flooding in CPIV is impossible.  You may still want to carry flood insurance. 


August 6, 2016
Air Conditioning System
Some owners have requested that CPIV shut off the chilled water distribution system in order to have their AC coil, valves and piping replaced.  Unfortunately, we cannot shut down the chilled water system distribution system during intensely hot and humid periods.

This means you must wait until a break in the weather to repair your system.

Our system is most taxed when temperatures approach 100 degrees and humidity is high.  Getting the circulating water re-chilled is difficult when the units have warmed significantly.  Additionally, we know from experience that turning the central system off and on can result in the manifestation of mechanical problems.

Please have your unit’s AC system serviced from November through March, when our central AC plant is not operating.  Replacement and repairs within your unit can be done easily then, as we can be more flexible in draining the system.

Also, it is recommended that you have your furnace and coil inspected and cleaned every year.

Other things you can do to keep your home cooler:

1.  Install enegy-efficient doors and windows;

2.  Have your ductwork cleaned;

3.  Close the blinds and shades on the south, east and west sides of your unit on hot sunny days;

4.  If you still have storm windows, make sure they are closed;

5.  Replace the filter on your AC unit as needed.  Some homes need filters replaced quarterly!

If you continue to have problems with the temperature in your home, please call Bruce Buelken at 202-484-5235.  He will determine if the problem is related to the chilled water supply to your unit (and are therefore the responsibility of the Association), or if you will have to call an AC contractor for replacement of or repairs to your unit’s system, at your expense.  While the Association does not endorse specific companies, here are several AC contractors:

Sani Air Conditioning    202-554-5528
HVAC Unlimited           703-455-6000
Capitol Boilerworks       703-573-6881


July 15, 2016
CPIV News Blast - Summer 2106
Click on this link to view the latest edition of the newsletter and stay up to speed with all of the terrific progress your Board of Directors is making on your behalf.


July 2, 2016
Waterfront Village Survey
WGNA membership has established Waterfront Village, an "aging in place" community movement.  They are surveying SW residents about needed services, and also potential volunteers who may help provide said services in the future.  This will ultimately benefit those owners/residents, age 62 and older.

People may be confusing this with the 3-question Initial Needs Survey they did early this year; this survey is far more comprehensive and will determine their initial services and dues structure.  The survey may be found at http://www.dcwaterfrontgateway.org/village.  Look for Community Survey link.


June 15, 2016
Revised Flood Map published!
Please follow this link to review FEMA's revised flood map which changes CPIV's designation from "Zone A" to "Zone X", effective September 14, 2016.  This revision eliminates CPIV's requirement to purchase flood insurance for the future!

Special Thanks to the Board and specifically our President Bob Hall, for pressing the various agencies to revise the map more expeditiously. 


April 5, 2016
"Responsible DC" Video
Click here to view a video produced by "Responsible DC".  It focuses on Mayor Bowser and her plans to replace DC General with several new Homeless Shelters.


April 2, 2016
Sign online petition for Shelter Plan Transparency
Click here to access the dchomelessplan.com page and sign the petition requesting that our Washington DC City Council think carefully and vote against the Mayor's bill so we can work on a better plan to end homelessness in our city.  Click on Take Action link to launch the petition.


March 19, 2016
CPIV Connection (Winter/Spring Newsletter)
Click here to access the private documents section of the website, where the latest issuse of
the CPIV Connection is located.  Special Thank to Bob Hall for pulling it together!


February 18, 2016
CPIV Letter to Mayor Bowser
Click here to locate the CPIV Board of Directors' Letter to Mayor Bowser and FOIA request associated with the proposed Homeless Shelter at 700 Delaware Avenue.


December 9, 2015
FEMA response to CPIV
Click here to locate the letter on our password protected page.

Our Board President summarized...The response from FEMA explains that the Flood Disaster Protection Act of 1973, as amended, places a burden on lenders to insure that federally backed or regulated loans are covered for flood insurance if the lender determines the property to be located within a Special Flood Hazard Area.  They go on to say that FEMA indirectly supports this goal by requiring insurers to obtain from property owners a written release for property removed from the SFHA by a Letter of Map Revision.  They conclude by saying that my interpretation of the rule is correct:  "Because a condominium association is comprised of individual property owners with shared insurable interests in the covered building, each unit owner with a mortgage must obtain the release."  FEMA offered no relief from this requirement.


December 4, 2015
Congratulations to our newly-elected CPIV Board!
Last night at our annual meeting, CPIV ownership voted to re-elect Dwayne Brown, Allan Holland and George Lentz, each for a 3-year term.  At an organizational meeting held directly after the annual meeting, the CPIV Board of Directors re-elected Bob Hall as President, Jay Gazlay as Vice President, Allan Holland as Treasurer, and Dave Reynolds as Secretary.  Please join us in congratulating them for volunteering their valuable personal time to serve on the Association's behalf, to see that your investment in CPIV remains strong.

In addition, here's a link to the President's Report on the pasword protected page.

Videos of new buildings at the Wharf
Check out these awesome videos!
800 Maine Avenue SW
1000 Maine Avenue SW


November 7, 2015
CPIV Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars!  CPIV's Annual Meeting will be convened on Thursday, December 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church on 4th and I Streets SW. 


September 10, 2015
CPIV Certificate of Insurance
Click here to access the private documents section of the website, where CPIV's 2015
Certificate of Insurance is located.


August 29, 2015
New Rules
The following rules were recently adopted:
Bicycle Storage
Dry Exhaust Ducts and External Dryer Lint Traps
Outdoor Fuel Burning Devices


July 18, 2015
Wharf Fish Market makeover
Here are the proposed plans to remake the Wharf Fish Market.  Click on this link to view the video and slideshow via the Washington Business Journal.

CPIV Connection Newsetter (Summer 2015)
Click on this link to view the latest edition of the newsletter and stay up to speed with all of the terrific progress your Board of Directors is making on your behalf.


February 20, 2015
CPIV Security Camera Surveillance Rules and Regulations
Click here to review CPIV's Security Camera Surveillance Rules and Regulations.

Join CPIV Yahoo! Group
If you want to communicate online with your fellow CPIV unit owners and neighbors, clck on the following link and join the CPIV Community Yahoo! Group => http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CPIVCommunity/


January 1, 2015
CPIV Letter of Appeal to DC Water
Click here to review CPIV's Appeal to DC Water, which includes a request for an Administrative Hearing.  See initial letter to DC Water posted below (Oct. 25).


December 19, 2014
Responses from DC Water and FEMA
Click here to review the response to CPIV from DC Water, and click here to review the response from FEMA.


November 30, 2014
CPIV Letter to FEMA
Click here for CPIV letter to Mr. Craig Fugate regarding the completion of the 17th Street Levee, including a request that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) expedite the redrawing of the DC flood maps now that the Levee is complete.


November 6, 2014
CPIV Opposition to DDOT plan connecting Third Street SW
Click this link to launch the second letter CPIV submitted to DDOT on October 22.


October 25, 2014
CPIV Opposition to DC Water Impervious Fee Desigation
Click this link to launch the letter CPIV submitted to DC Water on October 20.


September 10, 2014
CPIV Connection (Summer/Fall Newsletter)
Click here to access the private documents section of the website, where the latest issuse of
the CPIV Connection is located.  Special Thanks to Felicia Couts and Bob Hall for pulling it together!

CPIV Certificate of Insurance
Click here to access the private documents section of the website, where CPIV's 2014
Certificate of Insurance is located.


August 1, 2014
CPIV Opposition to DDOT plan connecting Third Street SW
Click this link to launch the letter CPIV submitted to DDOT on July 31.  In addition, here's a
link to the moveDC draft plan that calls for connecting Third Street from E Street to G Street underneath the Southwest Freeway (I-395).

Randall School Update
Click this link to launch the Washington Business Journal article that highlights the exciting development that's coming to our neighborhood.  Be sure to check out the 9 photos!


May 20, 2014 Swimming Pool Pass Info
The swimming pools located at Capitol Park Plaza (201 I St SW) and Capitol Park Towers
(301 G St SW) will open soon.  CPIV residents can use the pools, but must obtain separate passes at each location. 

Please follow the links below to locate the neccessary forms to obtain a pass at either the 201 I St, or 301 G St pools. Forms are also available at the CPIV site office.  You can also contact the apartment management offices directly; 201 I St – (202) 488-4500, or 301 G St - (202) 479-3908.
In addition, the nearest public (and free) pool is located behind the Randall school at South
Capitol and I Streets SW.  For more information, please contact (202) 727-1420.

201 I St SW Swiming Pool Info (awaiting updated forms)
301 G St SW Swiming Pool Info (awaiting updated forms)


February 21, 2014
Visitor Parking Pass Info
Those seeking to obtain a DDOT Visitor Parking Pass for our neighborhood should review the memo from our Board President via this link

In addition, here's a link to DDOT's blog with more information.


July 19, 2013
Randall School Building Setdown Report


May 24, 2013
Need a Swimming Pool pass?
The swimming pools located at Capitol Park Plaza (201 I St SW) and Capitol Park Towers (301 G St SW) will open soon.  CPIV residents can use the pools, but must obtain separate passes at each location. 

Please follow the links below to locate the neccessary forms to obtain a pass at either the 201 I St, or 301 G St pools. Forms are also available at the CPIV site office.  You can also contact the apartment management offices directly; 201 I St – (202) 488-4500, or 301 G St - (202) 479-3908.

In addition, the nearest public (and free) pool is located behind the Randall school at South Capitol and I Streets SW.  For more information, please contact (202) 727-1420.

201 I St SW Swiming Pool Info 2013 (click link to view)

301 G St SW Swiming Pool Info (click link to view)


March 20, 2013
Randall Park rejunivation and development
The following documents are posted in relation to proposed rejuvination and development of CPIV's beloved Randall Park.
Randall Letter to Mayor Gray

ANC6D-02 Map

Statement of Interest on Randall Park rejvenation

Garber-Kaminski KIPP Support


August 7, 2012
Guest parking passes
Did you receive your guest parking pass from DDOT this year?  Last year's pass expired in July, yet several CPIV unit owners did not receive a new pass in the mail.  If you need one contact Mr. Harvey Damon (email - damon.harvey@dc.gov, #202 671 0493), Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.


August 4, 2012
Need help choosing an Entry Door Color? In case you are thinking about painting your entry door, here are suggested color pairings endorsed by the Corcoran that you should consider when painting your main entry doors => CPIV Color Matching Chart (click link to view)


February 25, 2012
Parking Fee Increase
Please be reminded the CPIV Parking Space rental fee increased from $80 to $85 in January 2012.  If you wish to stop using your designated space or want to request another one, please contact Mr Buelken in the site office.


August 15, 2011
Fire Safety Discussion
On Saturday June 25th, several DC Firemen aboard DC Engine #7 pulled into Capitol Park IV to participate in a 30-minute discussion addressing fire safety issues.  The event was spearheaded by Kathy Hoppe (a CPIV resident), and a dozen interested unit owners and residents were in attendance.Here is a short list of tips shared by the fireman:If you discover a fire in or near your home:• Dial 911• Take a deep breath and collect yourself• Do Not Panic• If you are in your bedroom and believe the fire is in your home. and decide to stay in the house until the fire fighters arrive, place a towel under your door• Check for heat by touching the door with the back of your hand, not your palm• Open a window to let in fresh air, unless smoke is coming in from outside• Jumping should be a last resort• Callers can expect DC fire fighters to arrive in about 2 minutes Prevention Tips• Maintain smoke detectors on every floor in your home• Maintain a CO2 detector near your furnace• Maintain a fire alarm in your children's bedroom with your recorded voice (as opposed to a beep) to alert them• Keep a cell-phone nearby• Keep a fire extinguisher on every floor of your home• Purchase a chain ladder that can be quickly unrolled outside your window to facilitate a quick escape• Plan for 2 escape routes from your home• Call 311 for more fire prevention tips


June 4, 2011
Guest parking passes
Did you receive your guest parking pass from DDOT this year?  Last year's pass expired in March, yet several CPIV unit owners did not receive a new pass in the mail.  If you need one contact Mr. Harvey Damon (email - damon.harvey@dc.gov, #202 671 0493), Policy Planning and Sustainability Administration, 2000 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009.


May 28, 2011
SW Wharf debut video
Check out the SW Wharf debut video that was released on May 23 in Las Vegas, at the RECon annual meeting of International Councl of Shopping Centers.


April 10, 2011
CPIV on Metrocentic
Check out this complimentary article on CPIV! (click here to view)
If you have any interesting articles to share addressing Capitol Park IV, please share them with us via our mailbox (cpivcondo@aol.com)


January 19, 2011
Holiday Decoration Removal
This is just a reminderhat any holiday decorations on the exterior of units or on common elements throughout Capitol Park IV must be removed within 30 days of the holiday to which the decorations pertain.


August 7, 2010
Revised Window & Glass Door replacement
The CPIV Board of Directors approved the revised Window & Glass Door Replacement - Process and Form.  Please be sure to review it.


July 5, 2010
Phone or Text Crime Tips 24/7 (click link to view)


March 10, 2009
Condo Board Can Foreclose for Delinquent Fees
In case you missed the Benny Kass article (clink link to view) in the Washington Post on February 14th, we have provided a link for you.  It's a particularly insightful article that describes several options for unit owners to consider to avoid this action.  However, please note that the CPIV Board of Directors is taking all measures necessary to protect Capitol Park IV from those who decide not to pay the fees they owe the Association.


June 7, 2008
Landlords Beware!The Board would like to remind owners who rent their units that Shea Management offers a background check of potential residents for a nominal fee of $30.  The Board suggests owners take advantage of this service so they do not unwittingly lease their units to those who have a history of not paying their rent.  Please note the District of Columbia protects these individuals for several months and it’s very difficult and costly to have them evicted without a significant cost and time investment on the unit owner’s part.


November 14, 2007
Do You Rent A Unit?The Board wishes to extend a friendly reminder to owners who rent their units, including those who rent a tandem unit.  Article IX, Section 2 of the CPIV bylaws, entitled Leasing Restrictions requires owners who rent their units to provide management with a copy of the lease and lease addendum.  To date, management has received only 6 leases and 2 lease addendums. 

It is important that owners who rent their units comply with this provision of the bylaws, so they will not be subject to fines as the Board reviews the list of those who are not in compliance.  Please take a moment to review your records for compliance. 

Here's a copy of the CPIV Lease Addendum (click link to view)


September 27, 2007
Thinking about purchasing and installing New Windows?

Many of our unit owners have replaced their windows over the past few years, which has mostly served to improve the value of our property. However, a few of these owners replaced their windows with a style that does not meet with CPIV standards.  Consequently, these owners were notified by Management that they will carry a stipulation in their resale packages stating that unless they resolve this issue, the next unit owner must replace the windows.  This of course, will affect the selling price of their units.  If these unit owners had checked with our property manager and obtained approval from the Board as set out in our policies, they could have avoided this costly mistake.


July 28, 2007
Here is the CPIV Security Survey 2007!

CPIV residents are encouraged to copy and paste it into an email message, then complete the survey and email it to -> cpivcondo@aol.com

Name:  ____________________ Address: ____________________

Dear CPIV Resident:

Here is your chance to share personal feedback concerning our current CPIV Security arrangement.  As described in past meetings and newsletters, we have 2 security services working in tandem to monitor our property.  One is the pre-existing security guard, and the other is an off-duty DC police officer.  We would appreciate you completing this survey and returning it to the CPIV Board of Directors by August 30th.

Part 1 - Please designate your answer.
1.  Do you support having the CPIV DC police pilot program?  Y or N   2.  Would you like to see the program continue?    Y or N
3.  Have you seen the policeman during the day?    Y or N
4.  Have you seen the policeman at night?     Y or N
5.  Noticed an increase in crime/incidents since the program began?  Y or N
6.  Do you feel more secure with this program in place?   Y or N
7.  Would you prefer more hours during the day?    Y or N
8.  Would you prefer more hours during the night?    Y or N
9.  Have you had a chance to talk with the officer?    Y or N
10.  Would you support a small increase in condo fees to enhance the program?
  Y or N     Please explain why:
Part 2 – Comments (Optional)
1.  How do you feel about paying for more hours to support an armed officer on CPIV property?

2.  What are some of the topics you discussed with the Police Officers when/if you have encountered one of them?

3.  What is it that you would like to see more of from this program if it is continued?

4.  Describe your feelings when you see the pre-existing non-armed security service guard.

5.  Describe your thoughts when you see one of our armed off-duty DC Police Officers.


Thanks for your help in our attempts to make CPIV a safer place to live!!!
CPIV Board of Directors                                 


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