Horse’s Ass Award Nominee?

I feel like this block of row houses on just north of Seaton on North Capitol St, NW has been cinderblocked up for years. And thus the nomination. Anyone know how long they’ve been cinderblocked up like this?

You can tell from the details (up top) that there’s lots of potential here:

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  • I think the cinderblocks are kind of new – if you look on streeview they are just boarded up. Regardless they are horses ass worthy.

  • There were lots of complaints from neighbors about people breaking through the plywood and squatting in these buildings before they were bricked up.

  • what are the odds these are owned by a church?

    • Not this time. It’s owned by a man named David Mead. He was going to develop it into condos, and appears to be in a foreclosure/lawsuit process. It’s on the vacant property list, at least.

  • Nice peregrine falcon though.

  • Yeah, and you should see the rear of it. Shitty graffitti everywhere. It was a squatter’s haven…until they bricked (vs. plywood) it up. They also finally fenced in the rear to stop it from continuing to be a depot for all sorts of shenanigans. We’ll see how long it all lasts. It’ll be interesting to see whether it ever gets developed. Perhaps once the fire house restaurant/bar endeavor 2 blks down on N. Cap. gets up and running this building will make a suitable place for hipsters to stumble home to…keep hope alive!

  • As mentioned earlier the bricks are fairly new. I believe they were put in there sometime in the fall of 2010.

    Anyone know if they bricked up the top floors around back yet? With the fire escape and everything it seemed kind of dumb to leave plywood on some of those upper floors.

  • They should raze these buildings and put in a nice park in their place. They do nothing but look terrible and take up space now.

    • I’m all for open space but in this particular instance, I think we’d be better served by condos. A park on North Capitol Street just doesn’t appeal to me.

      • Sweet, but that costs a lot of money, requires a bank, a developer, a builder, and buyers.

        All the city has to do to build a park is to raze the buildings, plant some grass and trees, and put some benches in.

        Since these properties are effectively abandoned – the park would take less time, less money, fewer lawyers, and would be just fine for the neighborhood in the long run.

        • There are attached buildings on either side.

        • Are you kidding me? There are already several parks in close proximity to this that are overrun with people drinking out of paper bags, passed out limply on the ground, etc. Check out the scene by the bus stop at Florida and North Capitol any afternoon. The last thing North Capitol needs is a park.

          • I know right.

            You aren’t taking into consideration that these buildings are over 100 years old in pretty amazing shape. They just need to be gutted and redone wit love and care (which does NOT cost a fortune – for all you naysayers)

            Also, you can’t get cooler than Crispus Atticus and sadly it sits empty more often than not so let’s not push another park just yet..

          • Oh right, and I thought the last thing North Capitol needed was blight. I guess I’m right, a park is a total waste.

          • *wrong

  • Put a bird on it!

  • These are going to be hipster condo’s. Just wait and watch.

  • Put a bird on it!

    also…did you just say “hispter condo”? I am merely curious, but is it the bricks, the foundation, the stoop, the street locale, the owners, or the people who decide they want to pass a few years in residence at that address that define this fine example of historic architecture as “hipster condos” in your eyes?

    • i’m going with off the beaten path location. that’s probably what makes a hipster haven a hipster haven.

      • I’d hardly consider North Capitol Street “off the beaten path,” particularly being…what… 5 blocks from one of the two most heavily redeveloped locations in the city over the past 5 years? And judging by the way the neighborhood has been changing with new retail establishments and a more diverse socio-economic resident base, I’d say whatever developer scoops it up and converts this one should do quite well. Just because you don’t live here, doesn’t mean the place sucks or is catered to some certain demographic. Rather, the neighborhood is friendly, pretty safe, and should provide some nice value increases for those who stay around 5 or 7 years. Just my 2 cents.

  • This looks like a completed NextGen development

  • +1,000

    I can’t believe that such a big building like this in such an accessable (and growing) location is just sitting empty. With the demand for houseing in this city I can’t believe that SOMEONE won’t buy it and flip it. It’s a damn shame.

  • Is it being taxed at the vacant rate in DC? DC needs to step up enforcement of that tax it may actually may motivate some owners to unload this crap. And apparently property tax is about the only think keeping DC more afloat financially these days so lets home it does go Condo and quick.

  • Make it public housing.

  • I believe the city is experiencing a budgetary shortfall to support the public housing already established. As much as the anti-gentrification faction might dislike it, increased property values and the resultant increased tax revenue is desperately needed to continue to pay for city services like public housing the costs of which rise at a faster pace than the current, and in some instances declining, assessed property taxes.

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