Area Residents Petition Against 14th Street NW 7-Eleven

by Tim Regan July 9, 2015 at 1:30 pm 2,027 19 Comments

14th Street and Florida Avenue NW

(Updated at 1:49 p.m. Friday with correct photo) A group of residents has launched a petition to block the possible addition of a new 7-Eleven store at 2300 14th Street NW.

“We are happily satisfied with the neighborhood retail services today such as: Streets, Smucker Farms, Yes Organic, CVS and Trader Joe’s, yet we are very concerned about [7-Eleven] entering our neighborhood,” reads the Change.org petition.

“We believe that [7-Eleven] will diminish and detract from our neighborhood, nor do we see it adding any value to our lives,” it continues.

Ezra Weinblatt, who filed the petition last night, says he and other residents at the nearby Solea condo building caught wind of the possible 7-Eleven coming to 2300 14th Street NW earlier this week.

Jim Dennin, the real estate broker for the property at 2300 14th Street NW, said he “could neither confirm nor deny” a 7-Eleven was coming to the property.

“We’re hoping to get enough support behind the opposition to compel them and demonstrate that the neighborhood would rather have a more local bodega, clothier or anything else,” Weinblatt says.

Among Weinblatt’s main concerns are the type of products sold at 7-Eleven.

“We not impressed by the processed and sugary foods that they sell,” adds Weinblatt. “The community is already served. It doesn’t fill a niche. We’re all concerned about the image that it brings.”

But doesn’t CVS sell the same kind of sugary foods?

“Well, CVS is already here,” says Weinblatt. “Everything that 7-Eleven sells is already being sold by every other business here.”

Though he didn’t include it in his petition, Weinblatt says he’s also concerned about people congregating in front of the possible store late at night.

“People hanging out at four in the morning on a street corner are not looking to pick up trash. They’re looking for trouble. We don’t want trouble.”

Weinblatt’s next step is to take the petition to his local commissioners at ANC 1B.

“We’re totally happy to see the landlord make money,” says Weinblatt. “We just want to see the community’s interests taken into that as well.”

Photo via Google Street View

  • AP

    If the community doesn’t want it it will go out of business!! Some people move in and want impose their values on others it isn’t right!!

    • Jack Stevens

      Who is imposing values, I see mixed ideas, values, races, cultures, and incomes at whole foods, people like quality, 7-eleven is not quality. Its just another place to get held up at 4am…no thank you. Time to get NYC style policing in DC and toughen up

      • Michael Paysour

        Yea lets stop and frisk, file false charges and just plan harass people that fit the profile. That means that I will not be able to come out of my 2 million dollar home without being properly dressed.

      • RS22

        At which Whole Foods do you “see mixed incomes”? And how, exactly, do you see it?

        If people were uninterested in 7-11, 7-11 wouldn’t be interested in moving here. The barely-concealed truth here is that the petitioners don’t want to have to look at or interact, in any way, with the people who are interested in patronizing 7-11. In the name of “community.”

    • Michael Paysour

      Most of the people that move in are very tolerant but their are a few that are snobs with less personality than a rock.

  • Alex L

    reminds me of the 711 in Columbia heights not too far away. Lots of trash, loitering, blocking sidewalk.

  • DM

    Between Mt Pleasant and Kenyon, 14th and Columbia, 12th and U, and 14th and Rhode Island there is no need for another 7-eleven so close by. They are all characterized by trash, loitering and panhandling. Furthermore, they do nothing to address a fundamental issue in DC: if you are below a certain income level then DC is a food desert (difficult to access healthful and affordable foods), and there is no reason to make it easier for low-income populations to procure slurpees and nacho cheese taquitos. As a community we need to pursue businesses that make people’s lives better, not worse, and the only ones who win in this situation are the developers.

    • ConcernedCitizen

      You’re right, what we really need to do is make it easier for yuppies to procure overpriced drinks and yoga lessons. Priorities, people!

    • Michael Paysour

      WOW, maybe we should have a church move into that spot

  • UrbanEngineer

    The picture in this article is of 2303 14th Street NW, across the street from where the 7-11 is supposedly coming.

    • Tim Regan

      You’re right–I just confirmed that with Weinblatt. I’ve made a correction to the article. Thanks for the heads up!

  • Srekken

    Hell yes! CVS and Streets have terrible hours. Getting basic goods late at night is really inconvenient in that location. I always end up walking to 7-Eleven up the street. Now when my 3 a.m. munchies strike, taquitos will be at my fingertips.

  • GetALife

    Talk about “the lower the stakes, the bigger the fight.”

  • Derek Ross
  • mldickens

    There hasn’t been jack in this retail space for years, right? Maybe if the residents are so torn up about it they need to talk to building management. It’s their decision who to rent to.

  • Chuck Wagon

    Please investigate the relationships between Fernando Murias & Robert Sweeney and the “Greater Washington Sports Alliance”, “Sports
    Collaborative, LLC”, “The Sports Alliance, LLC” (as well as their ties to the developer, Jair Lynch), and it should quickly become evident that something fishing is going regarding how they are owning/operating/leasing the space…

  • Michael Paysour

    it is likely the people that hang out around the 7 eleven will be the biggest concern. Now having a all night establishment will not get rid of the element you are looking to divert. I might be included in that undesirable element since I have a kind of weather look on a 6’2″ frame.
    Their is still a market in this health conscious world for the fast food 7 eleven provides. Not to mention the cigarettes. I was surprise to see just how many people still smoke.

    Ease up, if you are concern about the element out front of the store at 3 AM just notify the Metropolitan Police Department they are skilled in getting rid of people haven’t you noticed. They bagged and tagged a whole community to make way for gentrification.
    The more human thing to do is to try to make adjustments to the lives of people that might be part of an element that you might consider undesirable or suspicious. If you put as much effort into identifying the people that have fallen through the cracks and are now homeless or in need of some social service please lets do that. Because I have personally determined that some are suffering from mental illness. It is the more humane thing to do because you have no idea what life has in store for you tommorrow. There but for the grace of God go I.

    • RS22

      Thank you for writing this. As a neighborhood resident, I found the tenor of the petition and the comments in this article deeply troubling. The petition starts with declarations that “we are a community” and “we care about how our neighbors treat each other,” notions that are totally incompatible with the “ew, gross, people who look lower class” sensibility that animates it.

  • Steve

    The community is also interested in cheap food and drinks. 7-11 makes great coffee…during the day!!!! Why wouldn’t I stop there instead of grabbing a $4.89 latte elsewhere? Sounds like NIMBY, but dude should have bought in Palisades or McLean. … does he not know that he lives in an urban and populated area?


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