Did A Wall Fall Down?


It’s not clear that a wall actually fell down.  It almost seems like they removed the bricks.  But I did see a stop work sticker on the door.  A reader mentioned this collapse in a comment yesterday and sure enough it looks terrible. It’s too bad because the site looked promising and those buildings had been boarded up for quite a while.

Previously a reader had written me:

“FYI – there are two condo buildings being developed on 7th street between Shepherd and Randolph. I think you profiled these two boarded up buildings in a previous post. In any event, I bumped into the developer on my walk to the metro. He was a nice gentlemen and said that he grew up in the neighborhood. According to him the condos should be finished in about 8-10 months. He said each unit will have two bedrooms. Looking at the building, I would guess no more than 4 condos for each building, but I’m no expert. Swing by the buildings…they got contractors swarming all over them most days.”

I hope they get their permits in order soon so that they continue the progress that was being made. So what makes a wall like this collapse? Is it poor workmanship or related to the crazy weather that we’ve been having?  Or is it possible that this was planned?

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  • It fell down. They did not properly secure it while the were digging it out to fix the foundation, then it rained and caused a little mud slide that caused the brick to collapse. Its ashame because they were doing quality work then messed it up with this big mistake. I don’t know why there is a stop work order, but I hope it gets resolved soon…

  • DCRA issued the stop-work order. Permit issues are being addressed.

  • I live right next door to those houses… and all of the bricks toppled off during that huge rain storm we had a couple weeks back. My car was parked right in front of it and was INCHES away from being hit by a bunch of bricks! yikes!

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