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Two Properties Nominated for Horse’s Ass Awards in Truxton Circle

by Prince Of Petworth October 20, 2016 at 2:15 pm 11 Comments


“Dear PoPville,

I am writing to nominate these two properties on the unit block of Q Street, NW for the PoPville Horses Ass Award.

As you may recall, the house started to fall down earlier in the year and nothing has been done with either property since then.”


  • DC resident

    Was this the property where construction next door started to cause a collapse and the occupants were forcibly evacuated? If so I’d bet the entire thing is tied up in multiple lawsuits trying to figure out who is at fault, the owners probably could not do much to fix even if they wanted or were able to.

    • Truxton Thomas

      I believe so. I think there was also an online fundraiser for the tenants, which I I contributed to. Seems a little unrealistic and demanding to expect redevelopment so soon.

  • dc_anon

    Dunno if I’d nominate for horses ass this soon. There was construction on it last month iirc. Taking a while, but not idle and as others have said, probably a million and one lawsuits and the speed of dcra permitting

  • Sarah Najafi

    A real shame- these beautiful row houses should be properly renovated by licensed contractors and then sold to someone who has inevitably has been looking for something for a while– I.e shortage of inventory

    • anon

      Did you read the whole story?

  • thewaterlady

    There is a D.C. Erosion and Sediment Control rule for the exposed dirt that may be running off the property and into a storm drain (can’t tell for sure in the bottom picture but it looks possible). Properties less than 5,000 sq. ft. are exempt from requiring a full erosion & sediment control plan but this could still be considered an illicit discharge if sediment is washing off the property and directly into a storm drain. A citizen may phone in a complaint for this type of issue to the Dept. of Energy & Environment if it’s observed during/after a rain event or if you see evidence of it, such as sediment deposits on the street.

  • Andrea

    Hi all,

    We lived in one of three units in this house (Zack and I) until the collapse in February. First off, thanks to everyone in the community for your concern and support with the fundraising. We moved to a great place nearby and were able to replace what was lost. We are very content with how things worked out. I don’t know about any litigation because we are not involved in any, but I do know the permitting processes were/are very long because each had to be reviewed on an individual basis–rather than starting from the standard standing building or bare lot. We wish the owners and contractors involved all the best.



  • Amy

    This was my old house, used to live here until obviously the house collapsed. The construction company caused the collapse due to incorrect and cheap underpinning. Though the night of the collapse it down-poured and so they’re trying to blame the collapse on the rain. Funny right? They are most likely going or already out of business hence the lack of progress. I also had a fundraiser going and emailed Popville to help us since we were without a lot of necessities and well, a home, and Popville never responded or even helped us. They simply just posted about the collapse.


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