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  • Nathan

    It doesn’t look like it was an exceptional building before…

    Too early to tell.

    • Bloomy


  • HaileUnlikely

    That building has been vacant and boarded up forever. Virtually any use of that building will represent an improvement. Some may wish for a greater degree of improvement, but as a neighbor who is tired of having a vacant boarded up building there, I’ll take what I can get.

  • Timebomb

    It doesn’t look like the old building looked good at all. Even if it was in good shape, this seems very likely to be an improvement. And probably a decent-looking building overall.

  • dc_anon

    w/ how exposed the structure and s&^$y wrap job on it, there’s going to be tons of rot issues in a few years if they aren’t careful. We saw one down the street that sat in a similar condition for 3mo suddenly get siding and sold. 3yrs later, they had to tear off the siding and rebuild what had rotted out.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Too early to tell. I have hope it will be nicely done.

    • Anon

      This project is taking a really long time. Not sure what the hold up is, but I pass this site every day and they rarely seem to be working on it.

      This building had been vacant for a long time, so as another posted stated, anything is good progress.

  • andy2

    Too early

  • textdoc

    It’s good that something is being done with the building, given what HaileUnlikely and another poster said… but the addition doesn’t look very promising so far.
    The original building is pretty plain, but at least it’s brick. I have a bad feeling we’re going to be seeing siding on the new portion, and already it looks awkward/incongruous to have bay windows/balconies on the top jutting out beyond the exterior wall of the original building.
    Maybe the balconies won’t look as bad when completed as they do now.

  • Honest Abe

    I’m not familiar with this building or location, but it looks like those bays/balconies are protruding out from the end wall of the building over the sidewalk? Is that even allowable under our zoning / building code?

    • textdoc

      Was wondering the same thing. (I assumed that there was space between the sidewalk and the building and that I couldn’t see it because of the angle of the photo.)

      • HaileUnlikely

        Hmm…not sure. I’ll make a point of noticing next time I go by there (which is most days – I live near here)

      • HaileUnlikely

        Report from the scene: the sidewalk is about 3 feet from the building structure, and the balcony (or whatever that third-floor projection will be) appears to overhang the sidewalk by about 2-4 inches (It is obviously difficult to eyeball 2-4 inches on third floor from sidewalk, but anyway, I think it does overhang the sidewalk, but only by a tiny little bit, since the building is set back 3 feet from the sidewalk.)
        Anyway, as before, I’m not super-impressed with this building, but it has been vacant for the entire 3.5 years I’ve lived around the corner and probably longer, and I’ll be happy when it isn’t vacant any more.

    • MUPpet

      it’s possible to have projections into public space. If it is indeed public space (it could be within a setback) there should be a DDOT permit for it. You could ask Matthew Marcou at DDOT, who is in charge of public space permits, or have your ANC commissioner do so.

  • Brightwoodian

    It sold in September of 2014. I Someone probably bought the old apartment building thinking they would do a quick flip and here we are. I don’t think we’ll see movement on this anytime soon. This looks anything but professional.


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