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So Much for Mushrooms for the Former Murry’s Grocery Store in Park View

by Prince Of Petworth May 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm 15 Comments


3400 Georgia Ave, NW

“Dear PoPville,

Have you heard anything about the 3400 block of Georgia Ave? The mushroom farm seems to have never taken off (in fact I don’t think they even moved into the space).

Even that Spanish grocery seams to have stalled. According to PIVS their latest permit was cancelled. What’s going on?”

A staffer with CM Nadeau’s office sends OP:

“I wanted to let you know that the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) has confirmed that both the properties you mentioned, 3400 Georgia Ave NW and 3412 Georgia Ave NW, are currently classified as vacant.”

  • Count Pheasant

    Dang! I’ve noticed the mushroom farm hasn’t been back at the Mt P farmers market this year and was worried the business might have folded.

    • Apple Merchant

      Hello from one of the apple merchants!

  • Longfellow

    On the plus side, it’s become a very popular drinking spot.

    • ParkViewneighbor

      can totally give Midlands a run for its money.
      Midlands is however way behind in drug use

  • mmm

    I never thought I would say this, but I am really missing Murry’s. What’s the word from Zuckerman and Partners?

    • Bobert

      Mum.

    • Anony

      Seriously, I agree with that exact sentiment about Murry’s. The place has been a disaster ever since it closed and Zuckerman Partners took over!

  • mmm

    at the very least they could cut the grass and clean the garbage that piles up every day.

    • jonah

      If the grass/weeds end up over about a foot you can put in a 311 request for grass mowing on it as a vacant property. In theory DPW will take care of it and bill the property owners.

      • textdoc

        The limit is actually 10 inches. DCRA handles enforcement for private space (like somebody’s yard), and DPW handles enforcement for public space (like the area between the sidewalk and the curb).
        .
        Usually DCRA doesn’t do mowing until after issuing a notice to the owner. I think the owner gets 1-2 weeks to remedy the problem, and if nothing happens, DCRA mows and issues the owner a $75 fine.

        • textdoc

          Interesting — they’ve now changed the limit to 8 inches:
          https://dcra.dc.gov/grassseason
          .
          Note that the regulations forbid grass/weeds that are above 8 inches OR that are accumulating trash OR that are harboring rats, etc. So the grass/weeds don’t have to get to 8 inches tall to be reportable.

  • j

    What a bummer. I wish they’d just let a food truck or something use the area. This area could use some additional options, and perhaps it would discourage people from doing drugs out front of both of them in plain view. (Doubtful, but one can hope :)).

  • jcm

    Not sure which info Nadeau is using, but neither property is vacant in the real property database. Address: 3400 GEORGIA AV NW SSL: 2894 0911 is Tax Class: 002 – Commercial. Address: 3412 GEORGIA AVE NW SSL: 2894 0076 is also Tax Class: 002 – Commercial. And both of their current tax bills are assessed at $1.65 per $100.

    • Ben

      Asked this to Nadeau’s office. He replied “The properties located at 3400 Georgia Ave NW and 3412 Georgia Ave NW were recently registered as vacant properties with DCRA. The vacant property tax class will be changed approximately by the end of June or the beginning of July for the second half of the 2017 tax year. ” I guess we shall see….

  • Anony

    The owner of Good Sense Farms (Zacharia Curtis) was not a good tenant (i.e. the Perch space), continually had ‘events’ on the property with extremely loud music. When asked by neighbors during the events to tone down the speakers which were honestly deafening, Curtis completely ignored requests by multiple neighbors on multiple occasions.

    Never informed the owner (Zuckerman) about the events and was a net burden to the surrounding community (that is hard to say when it is an abandoned building) . I wish this had been different as it had a lot of potential but sadly that was how Good Sense chose to operate.

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