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Massive Apple billboard removed from the old mansion at 11th and K – Looks Like Renovation Ready to Start

by Prince Of Petworth January 7, 2016 at 2:25 pm 16 Comments

11th and k
11th and K St, NW

“Dear PoPville,

The wrap-around Apple billboard on the old mansion at 11th and K NW has been removed and it looks like the building is in the early stages of renovation. This article states that it will be incorporated into a new micro-hotel”

  • Jacksom

    I’m glad a developer has decided to renovate those buildings instead of tearing them down.

    • jcm

      That developer has been sitting on that building waiting for it to fall down for almost 15 years, all without ever paying the vacant or blighted tax rate. And he got a law passed to allow him to use it as a giant billboard, which presumably has paid the commercial rate property taxes. He’s no hero.

    • thedcyears

      It’s about time. Agreed owners no hero. This is one of my favorite bldgs in downtown. Glad to see some TLC!

  • DC

    I used to live at 1010 Mass Ave – Before I moved out, they indicated it construction on the Moxy (a new Marriott concept) would start in Q1-2016 – The hotel would take up the vacant lot next to this the parking lot behind that and include the (to be renovated) building pictured here.

  • Anon

    This would’ve never happened under Steve Jobs.

  • Truxton Thomas

    I remember first encountering this old building during a 2003 Hill internship that started before my housing did, which required that I stay a week at the hostel. I can’t believe someone has finally begun work on it.

  • Charlie

    Does anyone have a picture/drawing/painting/rendering of the building before it fell into disrepair?

    • Anon

      There’s a picture posted on the Ghosts of DC blog. Good luck searching.

  • redraiderdc

    From what I understand, from working across the street, is that development has stalled because the building has started to cave in on itself.

    • textdoc

      Ugh. Demolition by neglect.

  • stcohi

    Sheesh. This could have started a decade ago

  • JRR

    I agree that it’s good something is being done with this space, but a micro-hotel, really? Seeing the hostel next door and 11th and K Hotel (now noticeably vacant) across the street, this seems like a poor way to use this building.

    • Anon

      Really? I’ll bet that a “micro-hotel” would mint money at this location. Though the building would make for quite a luxurious bath house. Any takers?

  • mmm

    Long live Douglas Development. Land banker and tax non-payer extraordinaire.

    (Once their projects finally get underway, they do a good with construction, management, etc. But the wait can be so long.)

  • David G.

    I would love to hear DCRA’s explanation for why this property was never taxed at the blighted rate. There is no possible explanation other than: “we don’t apply that tax to powerful developers in this city. Those taxes are just for the little guy.”

    • ExWalbridgeGuy

      +1 this was an outrage

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