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P Street Pictures in Perspective_101711

P Street Pictures in Perspective_101711

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April 28, 2012To: Tom Birch, ANC and Charles Eason, Jr., ANC
My name is Bob Enzel and I’m the primary Trustee for the building that houses P Street Pictures
and 7-11. Permit me to provide a short introduction of myself and some basic facts that may be of assistance in understanding why P Street Pictures was given notice to vacate
I am a native of Georgetown. Our family has lived in this area for 80 years. I went to Corcoran PublicSchool, Gordon Jr. High and Western Sr. High. I can show you where every little store was located and in manycases identify who owned them. The block that housed P Street Pictures and 7-11 had a barber shop, shoe shineparlor
and Reed’s Electric Company
 
before Reed’s
moved to Wisconsin Avenue. Around the corner on Twenty-Seventh Street, The Diamond Cab Company operated its taxi cabs. In days past, Georgetown housed the Ledo andDumbarton movie houses, Murphy
’s Five &
Dime, Galliher & Huguely Lumber Yard, Ladd Mills Esso and the original
Georgetown Boys Club…
 
I’ve
mentioned only a few of the more well-known businesses that
moved or goneout of business to show that
change is normal
. Not one business situated on either side of P Street between 26
th
and 27
th
was there in the sixties, except the 7-11.
The corner of 27
th
& P Street was a vacant lot that housed a mulberry tree and was used as aparking lot until the lower half of the building was erected in 1949. The upper half of the structure wasadded by Russell Eldridge in 1965. The first stores that opened were Russ P
harmacy and Kay’s Food
Mart. Doc Russ passed away and the business was sold to Doc Schreibstein, who emptied the store onenight and walked out on the note and the rent, never to be heard from again. With the advent of thechain groceries
Kay’s Food Mart
went bankrupt in the early sixties. Both stores sat vacant for months,partially over-lapping.The Junior League opened The Thrift Shop in the former drug store in May, 1968 and the 7-11became a tenant in September, 1964. The Thrift Shop bought and eventually moved into the buildingacross the street (currently vacant). The store was then rented as an office to Potomac DevelopmentCompany who had an inexpensive long-term lease. They subsequently sub-leased it to P Street Picturesat a much higher r
ent and pocketed the difference. As the saying, goes, that’
s business. When Potomac
Development’
s lease expired the Trust leased it to P Street Pictures for 3-years, with a 3-year option.When the option expired in 1998, P Street Pictures was offered a new lease, refused and opted to stayon as a month-to-month tenant. Several times between 1998 and 2010, P Street Pictures was offered apermanent long term lease. Judy Schlosser, their president opted not to sign a new lease, but preferredto keep her options open and we were able to accommodate her. A month-to-month lease permittedher to give a 60-day notice to vacate at any time and she preferred this option. The 7-11 remained as aviable tenant, a good neighbor and continues to serve the community as the only grocery store within 4blocks in any direction.This building is in a Trust and a
Trustee’s
duty is to administer the Trust and protect the Trust
sassets
. The Trust accommodated Mrs. Schlosser’s financial situation for a
number of years, but as PStreet Pictures became a financial burden the Trustees felt it incumbent upon them to make a change.
 
This is what brought about the
Trust’s
decision to terminate the month-to-month situation.
 
1. Mrs. Schlosser complained that her business was down 25% and she could not pay the rent.2. The Lease was
always
kept at below-market rent to accommodate her financial situation.3. Mrs. Schlosser paid the rent late every month for the past 2 years4 Mrs. Schlosser claimed her business was in dire financial condition, so the Trust allowed her to paythe rent in installments.5. The Lease called for a 10% late fee. This was never assessed even though it could and should havebeen assessed every month.6. The Lease specifically stated that the rent would increase annually based on the CPI-U Index. Thiswas never enforced.7. The P Street Picture Lease called for a proportionate amount for Real Estate Tax. Once again this wasannually waived.
8. The store’s air conditioner which was mentioned in a smar
my and totally erroneously article blamedthe owner. This was totally false. The Lease specifically stated that the air conditioner was herresponsibility. Once again she pleaded financially poor and the Trust bought her a new air conditioner.9. P Street Pictures was on a month-to-month lease (her choice) with a lease stated option by
either 
 party with 60-days written notice to vacate.10. In consideration for her upcoming religious holiday which would have fallen on the 58
th
day she wasgiven an additional month to vacate.11. She was also informed that any time during this 90-day period she wished to move she could withno financial penalty of any kind. It was her choice to stay to the last day.
12. The last month’s rent fo
r P Street Pictures was waived to help pay for her moving expenses. She didnot have to pay the October rent.13. As representative of the Trust I personally offered to help her move and find a new location. Thisoffer was disdained.14. Mr. Hailu, the manager of the 7-11 stopped by to commiserate and offer support. She verballyberated him, his wife and his kids, telling him that she would do all she could to have him fail and hisfamily starve. She misdirected her nasty comments against a very nice person.
So, let’s see. We have P Street Pictures in the form of Mrs. Schlosser constantly complaining about how
poor business is, paying her rent late every month, not paying any late fees, not paying her pro-ratashare of the real estate taxes, not paying the
CPI and she’s upset
because her month-to-month lease hasended.

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