Parker-Gray Life

Life and goings on in the Parker-Gray

What’s the Story with FHA?

FHA loans are a popular mortgage option for buyers because only 3.5% of the sales price is required at settlement. However, the cost of carrying FHA loans has increased over the … Continue reading

April 4, 2013

Parker Gray Standards Meeting 20 June 2012

On last Wednesday evening, we had another Parker Gray standards meeting.  It was a marathon meeting, lasting from 6:30 to 10:30.  The meeting was planned to be long with the … Continue reading

June 25, 2012 · 1 Comment

Quick Link: Solar Panels and historic Preservation

As part of my normal reading I cam across the following Article: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/design/2012/06/can-solar-panels-and-historic-preservation-get-along/2364/ This is a well balanced article talking about historic houses and the balance between preservation and energy … Continue reading

June 25, 2012

Capital Bikeshare coming to Parker Gray

The other day when I was out with Al Cox, he mentioned that Capital Bikeshare was coming to Parker Gray.  I went to their website and was only able to … Continue reading

June 21, 2012

Kidnapping in Parker Gray: Updated

As you can see in the graphic below, yesterday a kidnapping was reported on the block between Madison and Wythe streets. I suspect that the kidnapping is related to a … Continue reading

June 21, 2012

Summer has arrived, Lock your car

Looking at the crime roll up, I can tell summer has arrived.  It is obviously too hot to stay sober.  As you can see below by all the light green … Continue reading

June 20, 2012 · 2 Comments

All about Doors, Part 2

I finally got out with Al Cox, historic preservation manager, to look at doors.  What we found was that original doors are very rare.  We found about a dozen doors … Continue reading

June 19, 2012

Progress on the Trolley and Admin Note

I just got an email from the President of the West Old Town Citizens Association.  It relates to a new trolley that will begin running from King Street metro station … Continue reading

June 14, 2012 · 1 Comment

Jefferson Houston Meeting recap

I did make it to the Jefferson Houston school meeting last night at the Charles Houston Recreation center.  I was favorably impressed.  It looks like the architects are coming into … Continue reading

June 6, 2012 · 3 Comments

Jefferson Houston, What was there?

There is another Jefferson Houston school construction meeting tonight.  From all the reminders you would think the future of Alexandria was going to be decided.  In order to fill in … Continue reading

June 4, 2012

All about Doors, Part 1

Doors are an important part of Architecture.  At least the historians think so.  I am struck by the fact that if it so important, why is the information so hard … Continue reading

June 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Shots Heard, Gun Found

On 23 May at 0200 in the morning (i.e. late late Tuesday night of last week) Alexandria police responded to a report of shots fired.  They found the gun.  They … Continue reading

June 1, 2012

Drawings of the Jefferson Houston School

The Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) have published drawings from the last meeting, just in time for the next meeting on June 4.  In combination with a planning commission meeting … Continue reading

May 31, 2012 · 4 Comments

Construction Update 29 May 2012

The trim pieces came in for 223 West Street.  The pieces under the eaves look great. Also it looks like the window caps have come in.  These pieces give an … Continue reading

May 30, 2012
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