Thursday, October 22, 2015

45 Bates Street NW

This post is just a place marker of sorts that may or may not be followed up.
Within ANC Bradley A. Thomas' SMD report was something about the Vacant/Blighted Properties Task Force listing three properties that were vacant. One was 1530 3rd St NW, which has been written about here. The other two were 227 Bates St NW and 45 Bates Street NW.
45 Bates Street has been vacant for a while and is boarded up. According to the DC Property Tax database 45 Bates is owned by Cameron Properties of DC, Inc with a PO Box in Valrico, FL. This company obtained the property in 2014 for $50K.$103K is owed in taxes, and so it appears this is being taxed at the vacant rate.

227 Bates Street NW

This post is just a place marker of sorts that may or may not be followed up.
Within ANC Bradley A. Thomas' SMD report was something about the Vacant/Blighted Properties Task Force listing three properties that were vacant. One was 1530 3rd St NW, which has been written about here. The other two were 227 Bates St NW and 45 Bates Street NW.  From the exterior 227 Bates doesn't look very vacant.

Friday, October 9, 2015

509 O Street NW up for sale

For sale o stFinally. Okay not final till someone decides to buy it and fix it up.
509 O Street NW, the vacant property of much trouble and strum and drang is up for sale. Not a realistic price I think, but who knows. Maybe there is a group of investors with more capital than sense or maybe they can negotiate the $1.2 million price tag down.
Yes, finished the property may be worth well over 1.2 million but a shell.... Yes, this is a million dollar neighborhood. There are some condos around the corner that sold for a million. But they have parking. All the million dollar condos have parking. This has no parking. I don't know, well I don't think, it has any alley access, so trash day, that would be interesting for future residents.
UPDATE- This post was accidentally not posted till 10/9/15 and was written 9/21/15. Since then the property is off the market. Not pending. Just withdrawn from the market. Back to the drawing board.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Langston and Slater DC Government's Demolition by neglect

100_0400.JPGScott Roberts of Bloomingdale has on the BACA blog part of an article from the Washington Business Journal mentioning these two buildings.

Langston has been closed for like, ever.

Slater. Slater had/has some children's care inside that crumbly building. I'd shift some of the responsibility to the tenants on its state.

There are several other buildings throughout the city that are in good locations where the city lets the buildings rot. Giving them a historic designation did zero in making them functional. It just makes them more expensive to repair.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Why no Vacant Sticker for 234 Florida Avenue NW?

First, I do not mean to pick on Mr. Behzad Hosseinkhan. I say this because I have criticized him before regarding another property (1721 4th St NW) when I was doing the blog. He seems to be a nice enough person.... So I feel sorta bad, but not bad enough to make an observation.
His property at 234 Florida Avenue has sat vacant long enough without paying the vacant tax rate. Don't let the sign outside fool you, in practice, it is not available. Back in 2012 two ladies thought of opening a wine bar at this location and they were to call it Snitcheye. But they were having difficulties with the owner, and the deal fell through. Word was the owner (I guess Mr. Hosseinkhani) was difficult. Residents were sad. We were sad because we wanted a wine bar and not have to cross Florida Avenue.
Okay fast forward to 2014 or accurately, 2015. A couple of people, mainly a brother and sister team and their gang of foodie friends (who already had a restaurant on H St NE) feasted their eyes upon the corner of 3rd and Florida. First they approached the owner of 234 FL Ave. That fell through, then they decided that the crumbly disaster of a building across the street at 300 Florida Avenue was a much better deal. The rumor with this was he wanted too much money for the space.
And lastly, I walked by a space on North Capitol where I knew the upper apartment space was occasionally occupied and the lower space was dealing with some ABRA/ permitting limbo issues, and it was slapped with one of those pretty yellow vacant stickers. So why not do the same with 234 Florida?
Okay the particulars. The owner used to live or still lives in DC, has owned the property for a while and the tax bill goes to a P.O. Box in 20009. PIVs says there are three permits associated with this address. The first one was issued in 2010 to repair windows and brick walls. The second in 2013 to make adjustments and dig out the basement. And the last one was a year later in 2014 for plumbing and gas.
To my knowledge nothing has been in that location since my residence in the Truxton Circle neighborhood. So let's say a little less than 15 years. It's been vacant long enough.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Vacant Stickers- 1539 4th St NW

1539 4th St NWI've been noticing lately bright yellow stickers on properties around the neighborhood declaring properties vacant.
That's helpful.
This vacant property is a 1539 4th St NW. It is owned by a C D Major of Forth Washington, MD since heavens knows when. It was determined vacant this year (yay DCRA). 

There  are others.

 The photo on the right I spotted on the 400 blk of N St NW. Unfortunately, I did not get the address. This had building permits and I by the time I noticed the ladder (and the guy on it) I had decided to walk away. But it is another example of the yellow vacant stickers going up around the city.

Vacant Signage on N St NW

Monday, April 13, 2015

Sometimes if you wait long enough

1211 10th St NWI'm a horrible procrastinator. I meant to post about a house on 10th St the seemed to be going nowhere. Then a week or so later I noticed that it had permits and construction seemed to be on it's way. So....  if you wait long enough with some vacant properties something will happen.
Maybe not this week.
Maybe not this month.
Maybe not this year.
Or even this decade.
But, eventually, something will happen.
Regarding 1211 10th St NW, pictured here. Permits were issued around this time last year to remove the load bearing walls, and another permit to turn it into condos or somethin' was issued in November. The BadWolfDC (not Dr. Who related at all) blog has documented the history of this particular property.
1435ish 11th St NW 2But I'm really excited to see is a property around 1435-1437 11th St NW. That place was vacant when I arrived in Shaw back in 2000. It was very vacant then. It was vacant when I moved to the Truxton Circle area of Shaw. It was vacant a decade later. Nothing was happening. Google's Streetview Time Machine shows that even in 2011 nothing was happening, except the building was attracting graffiti. Apparently 1431 11th St NW does not exist, but for permit purposes 1437 11th St NW does. Permits for that address go back to 2013. According to the DC Property Tax Database, the owners, Triad Builders LLC of Bethesda, MD have been sitting on this since 2009. Well I'm thankful that something, in the past decade or two is being done. The unfinished work thus far is a great improvement over what was there for heaven's knows how long.Sq338-lot41

Friday, March 27, 2015

328 T St NW- minor update

I mentioned this property last year in February.
It's still vacant.
It is still owned by Howard University.
But recently quoted in the Washington City Paper, the Howard University President said ground will break to restore the property in 6 months.
As of today there is nothing in the DCRA PIVS about a permit and it being in an Historic District means a little more work, so someone needs to start doing the paperwork now if anything that looks like real work on the ground is going to happen.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

DC Vacant Property in Anacostia falls down

See Art of Ward 8's post Mother Nature Takes Its Toll on Historic Anacostia.
The Washington City Paper has a longer article "After Historic Anacostia Facade Collapses, Neighbors Charge City with 'Demolition by Neglect'" and I have an address.
Mother Nature demolished the vacant properties but the City of the District of Columbia made it easy for her to do by leaving the structure open to the elements, for years. Looking at Google Street View's Time machine I see that in 2007 there was a little bit more 'there' there.
There appears to have been a roof. There were sides and a back.
June 2008 the sides were coming down. The roof was off and the interior, which looks a little burnt out, was exposed.
July 2008 most of the sides and the whole roof were gone.
2011 the property is mostly a facade with a steel bracing thing in the rear. We had the same thing going on at the O Street Market in NW DC.
Not much changed from 2011-2014.
Now 2015. Rubble. Now DC Government has a vacant lot.
Destroy a building in 8 years. Just add exposure and neglect.

Friday, February 6, 2015