Posts Tagged ‘vacant property’

With Crises Looming, New Housing Chief Lays Out Her Strategy

Polly Donaldson could help the agency pivot toward tackling homelessness.

City Looks to Unload 36 Vacant Properties in Wards 6 and 8

About a third of the units developed would be reserved for households making less than 80 percent of the area median income.

Is the City to Blame for Anacostia’s Vacant Properties?

Anger at a public art installation led to an outpouring of frustration among Anacostia residents at the city-owned vacant property in their neighborhood.

City Solicits Developers for 27 Vacant Properties

In its largest disposition of city-owned property in recent history, the Department of Housing and Community Development offered up 27 vacant properties across six sites for development this week.
DHCD is aiming to convert all of the properties, which consist of 23 empty lots and four buildings, into mixed-income housing. For most of the properties, the agency specifies [...]

As Tax Bills Pile Up, an Abandoned House Continues to Languish

Last year, I wrote about a vexing issue that's left hundreds of otherwise desirable properties vacant around the District. Generally when a property is vacant, the city bumps the usual .85 percent residential property tax rate up to 5 percent; if it's deemed to be blighted, the levy increases to 10 percent. That's often enough to [...]

The Two Sides of Tax Lien Sales

In June, I profiled a house that's seen better days. The property, on Manor Place NW in Park View, has been boarded up for as long as anyone can remember. The city is unable to locate its owner, who appears to have died in 1988. He's listed on various documents as Irby L. Dickinson, Irby Dickenson, [...]

The D.C. Program Behind Those Vacant Properties

Cary Silverman has an excellent post this morning investigating the Home Again program, a project that the Department of Housing and Community Development started in 2002 to round up nuisance properties and dispose them to both for-profit and non-profit developers in bundles of five or more at a time. Under the disposition contract, the [...]

Armenian Genocide Museum Falls Victim to Property Taxes, Internal Strife

At a Board of Zoning Adjustment meeting this morning, the Armenian Genocide Museum and Memorial asked for and recieved a two-year extension on its application to start construction at the National Bank Building on 14th Street downtown–also recognizable by its "Hahn Shoes" awning. The Business Journal's Michael Niebauer finds out why: They've been hit by [...]

Wheatpaster Hits Calvert and Connecticut

You know your building has been boarded long enough when someone decides to use the plywood for a canvas. Over the weekend, a large wheatpaste showed up on the northeast corner of the intersection of Calvert and Connecticut, a piece of prime retail space that has been empty for months now. A similar paste also [...]