Funding Approved for 3145 Mt. Pleasant St, NW – Very First Horse’s Ass Award Nominee

Great development from Council Member Jim Graham’s Web site:

I am pleased to announce that last week, the Mayor recommended, and Council approved, a loan of $4,137,000 from the Community Development Block Grant Program to acquire the old Deauville Apartments at 3145 Mount Pleasant Street.

Located at 3145 Mount Pleasant Street, the Deauville was a historic building that was destroyed by a five alarm fire in March 2008. As a result of the fire, the tenants were relocated . We had all been working hard for years up until that time in order to overcome the nefarious actions by the slumlord who owned the property. Those actions were obviously set back with this fire.

This loan approval is an essential step towards redeveloping and rehabilitating the property. We appreciate the hard work of the Mayor and his staff in making this possible. The Mayor has been with us on this since the first hours of that devastating fire. The strong interest and support from ANC1D has also made a huge difference. And, of course, the tenants and housing advocates have stood strong in their determination to become the owners of 3145.

This loan will be used to fund the acquisition of 67 units of affordable housing in Ward 1. Forty of these units will be occupied by the original displaced tenants.

I look forward to putting this horse’s ass award nominee behind us and I can’t wait to post photos when progress takes shape!

Remember if there is no progress at all by March 2011 that’s when we start the revolution

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  • Finally!

  • Hey racist Tea Bagger… oh sorry, “fiscal conservative”. I guess I was just jumping to conclusions the same way you do with low income latino residents. Can we debate if there’s too much affordable housing subsidized by other residents’ taxes in ward 1 – yes. Should be we civil about it – yes. Are you being civil about this – no.

    I’d rather live next to the buiding you just described any day, than next to where ever you live!

  • Thanks PoP for removing “fisal conservative’s” comments! If you want, uou can remove mine too as they are no longer relevant.

  • I am glad that some action is being taken But I would like to know what happened to the slumlords? Did they get off scott-free in exchange for selling the shell to the tenants association?
    Also are the 40 tenants who plan to move back into the building buying or renting these units? Will these be affordable rentals or condos? If condos couldn’t the city have pushed to have the remaining 27 units rented or sold at market rates so they could actually recoup the loan amount and add some more residents with disposable income to the MTP street corridor? I’m all for affordable housing but why does it have to be all affordable housing?

  • Please don’t let the city be negotiating a mutually agreeable price with the slumlord. Condemn/eminent domain/take that b-tard!

  • I’d like more details as well. 4 mil. is a lot of money, What do we know about DC community development block grant city agency? Any track record? Any more specific plans? Did the owner collect insurance after the fire? Does he still have any ownership claims? Does the original tenant association? Who will ultimately “own” the building? and who will be overseeing the money bag?

    • All good questions. I do not think there has been one success story here of a group of low-income tenants buying their units so that the building is owned by the tenants. Really, why should they be expected to own? A good rental situation is better for people who don’t have a long-term job and do have many young children. So who will own the building? And what did that sleazoid landlord get?

      • the landlord lost his building outright. he lost everything.

        that building is going to cost a HELL of a lot more than $5 million to build. I know someone who bought a private house for $2 million. Think about it.

  • I was living across the street when this place burned down. I’d actually been call trying to get an apartment there, but the owners never returned my calls. Guess I got lucky. Hope something nice but affordable moves in.

  • I can’t think of a better way to spend 4 mil in DC! The only more creative/productive way that I can think of it to make little tiny captain and admiral sailing hats out of 100 dollar bills for all the rats that infest the streets, staple them on, and have a massive parade. Oh the education and safety benefits for the rats and everyone else would be astounding!

    • So off-topic, but the visual of the rat parade with tiny hats completely cracked me up. Thanks for the laugh!

  • That fire wasn’t all bad. Post-fire the 42 only stops 3 times in the space of 4/10ths of a mile instead of 4 times.

  • How long ago was the fire? How many days is it on the Horses Ass list?

    Is there a composite Horses Ass list so we can track these things?

    That funeral home shell on 14th tops my list!

  • How long ago was the fire?

    March 13, 2008.

  • Not the more cost-effective use of $4 Million tax dollars! Affordable housing is goverment newspeak for housing projects/aka pjs or d’hood. More pj’s will mean even more trash in the streets (as if Mt. unPleasant isn’t filthy enough already), more drunks on the sidewalk, likely increase in property and violent crime etc.

  • Lots of good news for Mt. Pleasant today – it’s about time that stretch of street looked nice again.

    • well check back in 2015 when they’re still working on it and the construction estimate ballooned from $4 million to $12 million.

  • Ooooh – let’s have one of those “DC-Inspired Recipes”. How about Cilantro-Pine Nut Pesto? That soap/penny taste is SO DC! ;-D

    (For the record, I am a cilantro lover, not a hater)

  • Glad to finally see some movement on this! Good news!

  • Doesn’t the CHeights/MtP area already have more than its fair share of low-income housing? Where’s the big initiative to build low-income housing in Georgetown, Glover Park, etc.?

    I’m not poo-pooing low-income housing altogether — just that efforts to preserve numbers of units in this area seems wrong-headed and preserves segregation and concentrated poverty, when a better idea might be to spread the low-income housing around this city, particularly in areas that depend on a low-income workforce to make their lah-di-dah lifestyles work.

    • That presumes that financing would be available if the property would to be re-developed as “non-affordable.” I suspect that, in this instance, “affordable” is better than the alternative. The big issue is who will be managing this building – – hard to think it could be worse than the previous slumlord, but….

    • How much affordable housing is too much affordable housing?

      DC’s unemployment rate is nearly 12% overall… We have more than 12,000 homeless persons in the city… 2,400 foreclosures in 2009… 45% of condos occupied by renters… And the stats are worse the farther east you go (and especially over the river).

      The real question is: Why would we want more 555 Mass / 1010 Mass / The Flats at Union Row / Park Triangle Apartments / Hip Edgy Flats to move into NW?

      If there’s an opportunity for affordable housing in NW DC, that’s an opportunity to counter the trends of “segregation and concentrated poverty.”

      (I know you were partly just trying to whip on Gtown a bit – and I fully support that – but there’s more to the story.)

      • because new buildings rock, what you describe sucks, and the only fair way to distribute housing is via an auction where the person who wants the property the most pays the most for it.

        There is no opportunity for affordable housing in DC. A friend of mine had a lease on a rent controlled apartment she sublet. She had a 6 figure salary and decided to spend a year in Vietnam. She sublet her apartment to someone else and pocketed $100 per month profit which went a long way in Vietnam.

        Everyone who gets affordable housing finds a way to profit from it by renting it out at market rates because that is human nature.

        Do you know any grandchildren who lived in NYC at Grandma’s rent controlled place while Grandma lived, long-term, in Florida?

        “affordable” housing works zero percentage of the time.

        • You’re confusing “inexpensive housing” with true affordable housing. Your anecdote about a friend subletting a rent controlled apartment while she spent a year living abroad is miles away from the fact that there is a great need for the expansion of subsidized affordable housing for those truly in need.

          While what I describe might “suck,” those are the facts of life in DC. You clearly are among the 88% with a job and the 578,000 with a home. And – gosh darn it – you’re not gonna give a penny to someone else, right? ‘Merika!

          (Also – I think you’re being sarcastic with this huge property auction… At least – I hope you are.)

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