Dear PoP – What’s Going on with old Alliance of Concerned Men Building?

“Dear PoP,

I was hoping you could do an update of the building at 11th and Harvard that once housed the Alliance of Concerned Men. As you probably remember, there was a fire in the building in January. Since then the windows have remained boarded up and it doesn’t appear there has been any work done to restore the damage from the fire. At various time the place has become a magnet for tagging and graffiti which the city thankfully removes. I thought it was interesting that the Alliance of Concerned Men sign that used to stand at the corner was taken down or removed not too long ago.

Does the group plan to return to building? Do they plan on making any repairs? Right now it’s bordering on a Horse’s Ass award since it’s stood boarded up for so long without any indication of repairs.

Any new info would be greatly appreciated by the residents of the neighborhood!”

According to Council Member Jim Graham: “it will be rehabbed as a seniors only building.” I’m trying to get confirmation from DC Housing Authority. Signs have recently gone up announcing trash removal (thanks to another reader for sending):

I’ll be sure to show new photos when/if it’s completed in August.

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  • Does “seniors Only” include the younger, but diabled crowd? The reason I ask is because a lot of “senior” public housing in DC also allows those who are disabled to live there. Now that shouldn’t be a problem, but I’ve spoken to senior residents who say that many of these disabled guys are actually drug dealing thugs who have been shot and understandably don’t have homes with families to take care of them.

    Even if they are in wheelchairs, they still have their thuggy friends come around and make life hell for deserving seniors who live in the building.

    So whose going to be the first one out there to stand up for the thugs and diss on our frail seniors?

  • Seniors? There’s a lot of stairs to the front entrance of that place and I doubt there’s an elevator in that building

    • the letter mentions that the building will be rehabbed for seniors, presumably with ramps and (although it’s a stretch to assume so) maybe an elevator.

  • Well if there are problems with drug-dealing thugs in the building, clearly all you have to do is get a hold of the Alliance of Concerned Men and they’ll come solve your problem. I hear they have some experience in that area of the city.

  • The building is in such hopeless condition, how can it be rehabbed? Notice the fairly new addition of the big steel angles bolted to the wall which has a major separating crack (not visible in picture, but quite visible when riding by)
    Senior drug dealers? They retire to the Claridge House on 12th.

  • What did the Alliance of Concerned Men use the building for?

  • Timely post because as I was riding by on the bus today I saw that the doors were open and a group of day laborers were filling up a dumpster with trash from the building.

  • Seniors only housing is blacks folks way of trying to stymie gentrification. Typically seniors looking for housing in this area will be older blacks. If you notice, the black churches will only build senior housing as it lets them discriminate in favor of seniors, allowing them to preserve their member base.

    • Yep, and it’s completely legal (except for any possible discrimination). I’d rather have them building senior housing, then letting the properties they own go derelict.

      HOWEVER, it’s also a way to funnel DC Government tax money to the church congregation via grants from the department of health services. Funneling money through HHS to district churches was something Gray is certainly in favor of.

  • It’s not just Gray. Read the article about Fenty campaigner (communications staffer for Rhee) taking church goers parking tickets to Fenty. Both seem to pander to anyone that will give them a cheap vote. See Fenty meeting Go Go bands using Ebonics to speak with black people.

  • I was on a jury trial where the plaintiff had been kicked out of her ex-husband’s tiny room in the middle of winter, he had senior housing in a large building on N Street. The guy could practically kick the opposite wall of his apartment from the couch. He was old, poor, and lived on Social Security. Anyway I would hardly begrudge him his subsidized housing. Dissing on poverty stricken old people strikes me as kind of mean?

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