Capitol Park IV Condominium
CPIV Alert Archive
September 18, 2022
Rubell Museum DC opening 10/29/2022
The Rubells announced the launch of a second museum, the Rubell Museum DC, which will open to the public on October 29, 2022. The museum will present exhibitions of works, drawn from the Rubells’ unparalleled and ever-expanding collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, and site-specific work by American and international artists. Residents of Washington, DC will receive free admission to the museum.
July 25, 2022
Enhanced AC Option
Some CPIV units need help cooling the upper floors in warmer weather, so a trusted contractor recommended an economical alternative to traditional AC window units. A few residents recently installed the Infinity Register Booster Fan and are pleased with its performance. The devices are available from Amazon for $70 via this link:
May 4, 2022
Virtual Call with MPD First District
CPIV held a virtual conference call with DC MPD First District to discuss crime in our neighborhood. Click here to view.
December 15, 2021
Visitor Parking Passes from 2020 expire on 1/15/2022
The hardcopy Visitor Parking Pass you may have been using from 2020 will be expiring on 1/15/2022. DC has a new online system "ParkDC" (https://www.parkdc.com) that must be used going forward. We recommend that you become familiar with it!
October 19, 2021
Virtual monthly meeting update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CPIV monthly meeting is being conducted online. CPIV unit owners must log into the BuildingLink home page for call-in details.
March 12, 2021
Access CPIV 2021 Spring Newsletter here.
February 19, 2021
Waterfront Village Vaccine Appointment Help for Seniors
The Waterfront Village has successfully helped its members make appointments for the vaccine and would like to offer that assistance to other members of the Southwest and Navy Yard community who still need to secure an appointment. While there are a limited number of volunteers, they will match as many older adults with one of their skilled schedulers as possible. Please contact the Village on 202-656-1834 if you would like help securing an appointment.
January 13, 2021
COVID 19 Vaccination Information:
Go to vaccinate.dc.gov today to register and make an appointment for a vaccination.
December 11, 2019
Here's a link => https://dcha.us/category/15 to the brand new presentations given on December 10 by the four finalists in the competition to rebuild Greenleaf as a mixed-income community. Of particular interest is the proposal from Greenleaf District Partners, which proposes possibly using the sliver of land east of the twin towers, between CPIV and the freeway (where the twin towers trash is held) as a build-first site. If you have been following the Greenleaf saga, you will remember that the city has agreed not to tear down the first Greenleaf building (the Seniors mid-rise on I street) until a replacement building is finished. Westminster is another option as a build-first site in two of the four proposals.
November 18, 2019
Visitor Parking Permits (2020)
Unit owners who wish to obtain 2020 Visitor Parking Permits must request them directly from the DC Government => https://ddot.dc.gov/page/visitor-parking-pass-program
August 1, 2019
CPIV News Blast - Summer 2019
Click here to locate the latest edition of the CPIV newsletter.
October 26, 2018
The Kiley at 4th & G Street SW - Construction Letter
Click here to review the letter that describes the activity related to the development of The Kiley apartment building on the northwest border of our property.
April 4, 2018
Revised Recycling Guidelines
Click here to review CPIV Memo.
Click here to review DC Guidelines.
January 22, 2018
Please Replace Old Fuse Boxes!
In an effort to maintain the safety and security of our residents and community, the Board continues to encourage all unit owners to replace aging electrical fuse boxes with circuit breakers. Electrical fuse boxes have not been acceptable in the US Electrical building code for new installation in decades. Click here for the full memo.
December 12, 2017
NBC News4 interviews CPIV
Here's a link to the NBC News4 story aired on December 11, where our Treasurer (Allan Holland) was interviewed with respect to DC Water's Impervious Area Fee. Great job Allan!
October 23, 2017
No Dogs allowed in Fenced Playground Area: It's the Law!
The CPIV playground is designated for children only, not dogs. However, there are some owners and residents who are allowing their dogs inside the fenced playground area. This is a violation of the DC Municipal Regulations Animal Control law 900.5 which states:
"No person owning, keeping, or having custody of a dog in the District shall permit the dog to go on private property without the consent of the owner or occupant of the property."
The law further states that violators "shall be punished by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars ($300), or by imprisonment not exceeding ten (10) days." (DCMR 900.9).
The Association has instructed its DC police officers to enforce these laws when violators are found with dogs inside of the fenced area.
Please be respectful of the playground. It is the only designated, sanitary place for children within CPIV. Dogs have access to all other common grassy areas within CPIV. In addition, there is a dog-run at Lansburgh Park, which is conveniently located beside the police station at Delaware Ave. Street, SW, which is only 2 - 4 blocks from CPIV, depending on where you live.
The CPIV Board of Directors thanks you for your cooperation on this very important matter.
April 21, 2017
Residents: We need your help!
There has been a noticeable increase in rodent activity in our neighborhood. The Association is aggressively 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!
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 energy-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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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