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Council Member Graham: Why is this Building Getting Torn Down?

by Prince Of Petworth June 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm 34 Comments

CM Graham writes in a message titled, Why is DC-HA Tearing down:

Old if not historic apartment building at 11th and Harvard? I know there is a good purpose coming—thye did tell me about that– and of course I know that the DC Housing Authority is highly independent of the DC government (a huge part of the problem)…

But why couldn’t the existing building have been used and preserved? Every time we tear up our historic fabric we must know that it cannot be reclaimed. I bet that building has been standing on that corner for 90 years.

Did DCHA consult with anyone on the demolition? Not me, I can tell you.

I am now asking DCHA Director Todman for an accounting of this. And, also, DCRA Director Majett whether all the demolition permits were in place.

We will be back to you.

We last spoke about this troubled building on June 1st. You can see what the building pre-demo looked like, here.

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