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  • Hma

    Permit said condos.

    Its been half torn down for a few weeks now.

    • Yeah, when the front door was accessible I walked up and saw it, three stories, five units.

  • ET

    I have to wonder if the developer wants the rest of that to fall in.

    • textdoc

      It would be a clever way of getting what would essentially be a raze permit for the cost of an “interior demolition” permit.

      • crin

        No. He wants to keep a remnant to keep the old lot coverage. If it all fell down or was razed the new building would have to be smaller to comply with lot coverage. As far as zoning officials see it this is a “restoration.”

  • scatcat

    I live right across from this and I’ve been watching it for weeks. Months? It’s been the slowest demolition I’ve ever seen. Do they have to keep the outer walls propped up like that to contain the interior demo, after which they will tear those down too?

  • Katya

    This development replaced a community church called Southern Bethany Baptist that hosted services for kids from the look of it and had a fair amount of traffic (including a band on the weekends). I asked a few people who were moving the church out in the fall and it didn’t seem that they had plans to relocate, which is very unfortunate. This is a direct example of condos buying out communities.

    • textdoc

      “This is a direct example of condos buying out communities.” Perhaps if the church was renting the space, it is… but are you sure they weren’t in fact the owners of the land?

      • SMDH

        SMDH. Have you ever heard of property taxes? Gain some perspective. textdoc, you need a reality check. The church could ‘own’ the property YET STILL lose the ability to afford to keep it due to rising property taxes or an unsustainable mortgage. Larger systematic forces are at play.

        • anona

          Churches don’t pay real estate taxes in DC. Please check yourself.

        • anon

          Churches don’t pay real estate taxes in DC.

  • KK

    Yep, they have closed off the sidewalk, taken up parking, and no progress seems to be made on the actual building. I also wonder about the monstrosity on 11th between Monroe and Otis, while that one is a house and got demoed faster, there is just so much crap left in the front yard that it always looks like a war zone. Does anyone know when it will be over and if it is even worth complaining to the city about?

  • Anonymous

    I’m going to guess that the plan has the word “luxury” in it.

  • dc_anon

    We’ve all seen this game before, ‘interior demo’ that keeps the exterior walls so their lot coverage is grandfathered in, followed by lots of ‘repair’ permits so its not technically new construction. Last step is to repair the old walls out of existence.

    • textdoc

      Or they accidentally-on-purpose let the facade fall down and then say, “Oopsie!”

  • JB

    I live across the street from this construction and yes, it has been slow. The church was on the market for over a year and with the original price-tag of $2 million – they knew very well, it would be a condo conversion. (They ended up selling for $1.45m) It serviced a community that almost exclusive lived outside of DC and had to drive downtown for services mid-week and on Sunday. When I spoke to members about the sale, it sounded like they wanted to move to a location that was closer to where its members lived and not disband the church. As for catering to kids, I rarely saw kids at this church or around this church – the Baptist church around the block on Park Rd. has a ton of programs for kids and families.


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