Tuesday, October 21, 2014

11th and K St NW- Vacant for over 20 years

This building has been vacant for over 20 years. How do I know this? Back in the 90s when I was going to grad school in New England, some friends and I came to DC for winter break. I stayed with my aunt in Maryland and they stayed at the Youth Hostel nearby. There are two vacant buildings in this photo though one is semi-being used as a billboard for the new iPhone 6.
1015 K Street (0342 0053) and 1001 11th St NW (0342 806) are listed in the tax database as belonging to " JEMAL'S BULLDOG LLC". Seriously Jemal? You're naming projects after pets? Is this project a dog? Anyway, as a Jemal Douglas building they may sit for another 20+ years.
It is taxed at the commercial rate since they are commercial buildings. Though vacant forever, tax records say the parcels came into the Jemal Empire in 2003 and 2005. They are next door to parcels 004 and 005, 1009 and 1011 K Streets NW, also listed under Jemal's Bulldog LLC.
Once seeing the name Jemal it is pretty much pointless to see if it is being taxed at the vacant rate, because it isn't and it doesn't matter, because Douglas Development only develops when they darn well feel like it and no increased taxes will make them budge.


Kay Akinsinde said...

Hey there, I've been following your blog for a couple of months now. Do you by any chance know how to go about finding out how to purchase an abandoned property in DC? There's an obviously abandoned duplex unit in my neighborhood where I'm currently renting. DC office of tax and revenue hasn't had contact with the listed owners since 2006 and since then its been designated as blighted and accumulated over $100K in taxes. Its been included in the Tax sale a few times but hasn't been sold. The presumed owners have an address in SC according to tax record but a quick search shows no one currently residing in SC under that name. In summation, is it even feasible to track down who this belongs to? Or is there some way to purchase it and strike a deal with DC on the back taxes owed?

Mari said...

Short answer, no.
Long answer, start with searching the title looking for liens and other claims on the property. There are a lot of properties banks own in DC that the banks haven't bothered informing the city about (I can think of two properties), nor have they completed foreclosure procedures because the banks don't want to be bothered the back taxes and other fees without a plan to dump the property.
You could try the tax sale route but you'd want to speak to a lawyer who has experience with foreclosing on tax sale property before going that route.