Sunday, June 12, 2016

45 Bates St NW-2016 update

This property at 45 Bates Street NW (Sq. 615 lot 292) has been vacant for a long while and I mentioned it last year on the blog but didn't provide detail.
This is the year for detail.
Cameron Properties of DC is listed as the owner and has been the owner since January 7, 2014, sorta. I'm looking at the ownership records and it is confusing to me. Going back to the late 20th century a Florence Johnson and an Olivia Davis were the owners. From what I could tell the house had problems. It seems that by December 2013 Olivia Davis was dead and her ownership passed to a Sterling Richardson. The 2014 transaction has a whole new cast of characters, Cameron Properties of DC (located in Silver Spring, MD) and someone named LJ Cavelli to whom Richardson sold his interest in the property. I'm guessing Florence Johnson can claim something, maybe.....
Why yes, yes she can. Doesn't matter that she's dead too.
This is is an example of why things remain f*ed up for a while, not to knock Ms. Johnson's estate's rights. There was some sort of court case in 2014.
Okay, so then that had to get cleared up.
Moving on to 2015.
DC Water has a problem and a lien.
In 2016, the property was condemned by DCRA, however DCRA has the address listed as 45 Bates St NE, not NW.
Also I'm not sure if there is a $200K or $900K loan out on this pile of bricks and land. If it is just $200K I'm sure this hot mess can be saved. If the other amount... *sigh*. In 2013 there was a permit to "Repair roof to replace shingles and repair water leakage. Replace windows and doors with potential to new frames and some brick repair while fixing windows and doors. Repair brick masonary as be needed in the back of house."Then the permit was extended in September 2014. If the higher loan amount is correct, one would think that would be enough to fix the place up if the money wasn't spent on dealing with a lawsuit from a dead lady, or whatever. Heck even that amount should cover the dead.
Speaking of money, the various owners have not paid a red cent in property taxes since 2011. They are a bit behind and as of this year are $113,230.91 behind in tax payments.

This is not going to get better anytime soon.

Do not suggest the city should take it over. If you are of this silly belief please walk over to the Langston School on the unit block of P St NW or over to 454 N St NW.

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