Housing Complex

Vacant Property Auction Buyers Revealed!

One of many auction properties: 3004 13th Street, N.W.

The Department of Housing and Community Development has finally released the list of buyers from its D.C. vacant property auction, held Jan. 30.

So now you can know if your new neighbors are low-key residents, who just found their perfect fixer-upper project...Or developers with possibly other things in mind.

I wrote a lot about the auction around the time that it occurred. First I talked about the properties garnering the most attention before the event. Then, I wrote about the highest-selling buildings. Then, I wrote about why renovations could be even more painful than your normal, average, dump-transformation projects.

This morning, I also received a press release announcing a public hearing regarding the auction's buyers. It will take place on March 19 at 441 4th Street NW (One Judiciary Square) inside the Old Council Chamber.

Here's the entire press release from DHCD:

DHCD announces public hearing about auction properties

Washington, DC) – The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) announced on Friday a public hearing concerning the proposed disposition of the vacant properties auctioned by the District on January 30. The hearing will take place on Thursday, March 19 at 6 p.m. at 441 4th Street NW (One Judiciary Square) inside the Old Council Chamber.

The purpose of the hearing is to notify the public about the selling of the properties, to identify the buyers of the properties, and to give District residents the opportunity to present their views concerning the sales.

Individuals who would like to present oral testimony at the hearing are encouraged to register in advance either by e-mailing Andrea Lee at Andrea.Lee@dc.gov , or by calling 202-478-1355. Please provide your name, address, telephone number, and organization affiliation, if applicable. Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) relay service is available by calling (800) 201-7165. A sign language interpreter and language translation services are available upon request by calling Pamela Hillsman at 202-442-7251. Individuals who require language translation should specify their language (i.e. Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese-Mandarin/Cantonese, Amharic, or French). Language translation services will be provided to pre-registered persons only. The deadline to request the services of an interpreter is seven (7) days prior to the hearing.

Written statements will also be accepted at the hearing and by mail addressed to: Leila Finucane Edmonds, Director, DC Department of Housing and Community Development, ATTN: PADD, 1800 Martin Luther King Jr., Avenue SE, Washington, D.C. 20020 no later than 4:45 p.m. on Friday, March 20, 2009.

The Property Disposition Agreements for each property and a buyers list are available on DHCD’s website at http://dhcd.dc.gov/dhcd/site/.

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