Have you heard anything about this notorious corner? Back on November 5, 2015, you reported the placards showing Ambar was coming and there was demo work done but it as been vacant/abandoned for months now. Would love to know what is going on with this prime space.”
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.”
(The image looks northeast from the intersection of 8th and V Streets, NW.)
This is a painful horse’s ass nominee, from ANC Rep Jonah Goodman, with it’s own website:
“Welcome to 414 Shepherd St
This is the story of what happens when development goes wrong and the District of Columbia is unable to respond. This is all happening right now at 414Shepherd Street, NW, Washington DC.
View the full Property Information Verification System Report (PIVS).
The current significant issues are:
Structural damage to both neighboring properties
Erosion under neighboring properties and in neighboring yards due to both lack of foundation and lack of soil retention
Standing water in the basement of the property
Large hole / hazard in the front yard only mitigated by one piece of caution tape
Health issues / concerns to pregant neighbor as children of neighbor
Open property in front and backyard used to dump trash
General neighborhood blight”
Read the full correspondence with DCRA here.
May I nominate a property in Mt. Pleasant for the Horse’s Ass award on Popville? A developer is trying to flip 1756 Kilbourne Place NW – he wants to convert the rowhome into condominiums, including popping up a new third story, which would be the first on the street – so the neighborhood is already furious (yes, the common story of development in DC right now). Adding insult to injury is the fact that he has let the property become completely blighted. There are open windows, waist-high weeds, trash, busted concrete, etc. The property did get slapped with a yellow “vacant property” notice, but that does not seem to have inspired the developer to do any maintenance work.”
A reader writes:
“This property at the corner of Parkwood Place and Holmead was demolitioned in December 2013 and has been without a back wall since last summer.”
Does anyone know what the waka is going on with 3228 Hiatt Pl NW? When it was last featured on PoPville back in 2011, it was nominated for the Horse’s Ass, which may have spurred on the property’s owners to achieve even greater levels of decrepitude. Rather than just letting it rot, they’ve been actively tearing off architectural details, and making and then “patching” mystifying holes in the brick facade and window openings. It’s sad to see what’s been done to this once-handsome building, and I can’t find any recent info online about the property.
I’m not normally a historic preservationist hand-wringer type, but walking by this building almost daily puts it on my mind a lot. My curiosity finally got the better of me, so I thought I’d ask around.
Thanks for any insights!”
A reader writes:
“I walk past 1325 Irving Street NW every morning on my way to the metro and it always makes me so sad to see its shuttered and shattered windows. It has been this way for a year or so, I believe. I wondered if any of your readers know what’s going on with the property?”
Another reader digs around and finds:
“The house is owned by several family members, maybe also some kind of church or organization as well; that seem to be having conflicts over what to do with it.
Meanwhile – more galling – the house opposite – 1334 is STILL vacant!”
Georgia and Euclid St, NW
The former Lambda Sub Shop was nominated for Horse’s Ass award Feb. 2nd. Not sure if it’ll help (higher tax rate?) but just noticed this:
Also noticed it’s apparently a death trap:
This is the (former) Labamba Sub Shop, on the northwest corner of Euclid Street and Georgia Avenue NW.
From the tax records, it looks like this property was purchased or perhaps foreclosed upon by one “Uniti Bank” in late 2009 or early 2010. (The recordation date is 1/14/10.) I don’t see any indication that this property is being taxed at either the vacant rate or the blighted rate.
And it gets even more curious from there…
I had never heard of Uniti Bank. The street address in the tax records — 2479 18th Street NW — puts it in Adams Morgan, in the building that houses the takeout place North Sea. The door to the left of the North Sea entrance says “Tech Printing” in the Google Street View photo, and the sign for the third floor says “PINKY,” which I think is a manicure joint. No sign of Uniti Bank.
The website for Uniti Bank shows only three offices in California — no offices anywhere near D.C. Hmm…”