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by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 4:35 pm 13,387 73 Comments

(Updated at 6:05 p.m.) Ruz Uz, a new restaurant serving Russian-Uzbek cuisine, is coming soon to the current Ballston Art and Framing location (formerly Daily Deli) at 1000 N. Randolph Street.

Rus Uz hopes to open later this month or early December, co-owner Igrokhim Rakhmatullaev tells ARLnow.com. The eatery will seat about 36 people inside and 20 people outside on the seasonal sidewalk cafe, he said. It will serve authentic Russian-Uzbek cuisine like plov, a rice dish, and borscht, a beetroot-based soup, as well as Russian wine and beer.

The business will be moving from Alexandria, where it exists as a catering company. Rus Uz will be primarily a restaurant, but will continue to do catering on the side. The company has catered for the Hillwood museum, the World Bank and for numerous weddings, said Rakhmatullaev.

The catering business has been “very successful,” according to Rakhmatullaev, leading him and his partners to the decision to open the restaurant. Other than Russia House, a restaurant and lounge near Dupont Circle in D.C., no other restaurant in the area specializes Russian-Uzbek cuisine, he said.

(Cafe Assorti, at 1800 Wilson Blvd in Rosslyn, serves traditional Russian dishes. The restaurant’s web site is currently unreachable.)

Rakhmatullaev said he hopes that the restaurant attracts members of the local Russian and Uzbek communities, as well as diners looking to expand their culinary horizons.

“I’m assuming people would like to try something different, something new,” he said.

The interior of the restaurant will feature traditional Russian decorations, Rakhmatullaev said. In the kitchen will be head chef and co-owner Bakhitiyor Rakhmatulleav, who has cooked for visiting heads of state at local embassies, according to Rakhmatullaev.

Photo courtesy Amelia Liebhold

by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 3:00 pm 9,103 37 Comments

Users of the Four Mile Run Trail will be able to connect directly, and safely, with Potomac Yard within a few years.

This weekend, the Arlington County Board is expected to approve an agreement with VDOT to design a trail connector from the Four Mile Run Trail to Potomac Avenue in Arlington. Potomac Avenue runs from Crystal City to the shops and new residential developments in the Potomac Yard section of Alexandria.

Currently, the Four Mile Run Trail connects with the west side of Route 1. One would then have to cross the busy thoroughfare to get to Potomac Yard. A steep, informal dirt path that connects directly from the trail to Potomac Avenue also exists, but can be difficult to climb.

County officials say the new trail connection will be accessible to those with disabilities.

“The trail connection will provide an ADA compliant multi-use trail connection between the Potomac Yard development on the north side of Four Mile Run (Arlington County) and the Four Mile Run Trail which is also on the north side of Four Mile Run (Arlington County),” wrote Shannon Whalen McDaniel, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Environmental Services. “The new trail connection will replace a informal dirt pathway (goat path) that currently exists along the steep embankment between Potomac Yard and the Four Mile Run Trail.”

The design and engineering for the new trail connection is projected to cost $250,000. Of that, $190,000 will come from federal funds and $60,000 will come from Arlington County. The actual construction of the trail connector hasn’t been funded yet, but is expected to be complete no later than 2016. No construction date has been set.

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by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 1:15 pm 10,567 17 Comments

This periodic sponsored Q&A column is written by Adam Gallegos of Arlington-based real estate firm Arbour Realty. Please submit follow-up questions in the comments section or via email.

Question: We are purchasing a home in Arlington and want to know what we should be able to ask the sellers to fix as a result of the home inspection.

There isn’t a set standard when it comes to asking for repairs. However, I can provide some tips that may help you decide for yourself.

If you are buying new construction, I highly recommend a home inspection even though many buyers will forgo this step in the home buying process. In my experience, builders are willing to take care of any reasonable request. It is your opportunity to get the home as close to perfect as possible. Even the smallest cosmetic blemishes are fair game. If the builder thinks you are taking your requests too far, I’m sure he or she will let you know.

When it comes to resale properties, things changed a little bit in 2012. The standard purchase contract was updated and paragraph 7 was modified. Previously it required that the following items be in normal working order at the time of settlement:

  • heating
  • air-conditioning
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • appliances
  • smoke detectors

There is no longer this minimum standard unless you add it to the contract yourself. More pressure is placed on the home inspection and your ability to convince the seller that he or she should agree to your requests.

Many sellers think their home is in perfect condition so it is never easy to convince them that they should pony up for repairs on a home they are soon leaving. It will help your cause if your inspection report contains the following:

  • Well written descriptions of the issues found.
  • A typed report that is easy to read and share.
  • Photos of the issues found.

You should prioritize your list. If there are items you are planning to replace anyway or don’t mind fixing yourself, put them at the bottom of your priority list. I find that sellers are much more reasonable when they feel that you are also being reasonable with your requests. Sometimes this means focusing only on the major concerns.

Additional Tips:

  • If you have concerns about items that are cosmetic, include them in the initial contract as an addendum.
  • You are going to have a hard time convincing a seller to replace an item that is at the end of its estimated life, but working properly. You may want to consider purchasing a home warranty to cover these types of items if they fail within the next year.

Also take into consideration that if the seller makes the repairs, they are likely to do so at the least possible expense.  You may want to ask for a credit so that you can have more control over the quality of repairs. If you go this route, be sure to check with your lender first to be sure they will allow a closing cost credit.


by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm 5,852 32 Comments

The Arlington County Board is scheduled to consider an expansion of amplified music at the Westover Market beer garden (5863 Washington Blvd).

In June, the beer garden was granted a permit to allow amplified outdoor music on Saturday nights. In response to the market’s request to expand amplified music to three nights per week, county staff is recommending the County Board meet the business half way and grant a permit to allow amplified music two nights per week — on Fridays and Saturdays.

Only one neighbor has complained to the county about the amplified music, according to the staff report.

“No formal complaints have been made to the Zoning or Code Enforcement Offices since amplified entertainment was started one night per week in June 2012,” staff noted. “Staff has received informal complaints and concerns by one neighborhood resident. However, the applicant has been found upon investigation by staff to be compliant with the Noise Ordinance, and compliant with all conditions of approval.”

Westover Market also requested permission to operate the beer garden year-round, but staff concluded that such a move would require a change in the Zoning Ordinance. The ordinance requires all outdoor cafes in the county to be “seasonal” in nature — typically open from April to November and closed in the winter.

The Board is expected to consider the amplified music request at its meeting this coming Saturday, Nov. 17.

by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 10:35 am 5,344 31 Comments

Two elderly women were taken to the hospital Friday night after an SUV rollover accident on Carlin Springs Road near Route 50.

The accident happened around 5:30 p.m. The women, driving in a hybrid Ford SUV, were attempting to take the ramp to Route 50 when they were T-boned by the driver of a Mercedes sedan, according to Arlington County Police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. The vehicle rolled onto its side and against a light pole.

Firefighters had to extricate the women from the SUV using non-traditional means, Sternbeck said, since the roof of the vehicle was leaning against the pole. The women suffered minor injuries and were taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

No charges have been filed against either driver at this time, Sternbeck said.

Photo courtesy Steve Young

by ARLnow.com November 13, 2012 at 9:05 am 4,383 30 Comments

Veterans Day Ceremony in Clarendon — Local VFW and American Legion posts jointly organized a Veterans Day ceremony at the Clarendon War Memorial on Sunday. At the annual remembrance ceremony a wreath was laid for Lance Cpl. Niall Coti-Sears, who was killed in Afghanistan this year. [MyFoxDC]

Reeves Farmhouse May Be Sold — The Arlington County Board is expected to decide whether to sell the historic Reeves farmhouse, at auction, for residential use. The county had been looking for ways to save the farmhouse for public use, but rejected a proposal to use it as a learning center, apparently due to the proposal not adequately providing for the high cost of needed repairs and renovations to the house. [WAMU]

Historic Status for Green Valley Pharmacy? –– Next month Arlington County Board members are scheduled to consider a proposal to designate the Green Valley Pharmacy a historic landmark business. The pharmacy opened in 1952 at 2415 Shirlington Road, in the neighborhood now known as Nauck. The county’s Historic Affairs and Landmarks Review Board supports the historic designation proposal. [Sun Gazette]

Shirlington Tree Lighting Two Weeks Away — Shirlington Village will hold its annual Christmas tree lighting event on Tuesday, Nov. 27. [Shirlington Village Blog Spot]

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99


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