Area Vacant and Blighted Property List for August 2012
DCRA recently released its bi-annual vacant property list. The DCRA Office of Vacant Property web page has the complete lists of vacant and blighted property as well as additional information on how to report such properties. In determining whether a building is vacant, DCRA must consider whether the building has:
- low or no utilities usage;
- an accumulation of mail;
- a lack of furniture or window coverings;
- open accessibility;
- deferred maintenance, including loose or falling gutters, severe paint chipping, or overgrown grass;
- been the subject of neighbor complaints about the property; and
- been boarded up.
For those who are not familiar with the DCRA lists, the properties on them are not D.C. owned. They are privately owned. DCRA’s job is to enforce a set of regulations on the owners that makes it hard for them to own a vacant property. Vacant properties tax rates change from .85 cents per $100 of assessed value, to $5 per $100 of assessed value. Blighted property tax rates are $10.
In comparing vacant and blighted property in the Park View area from March 2012 to August 2012, the following changes are noted:
- There are currently 10 blighted properties compared to 9 in March;
- There are currently 16 vacant properties compared to 32 in March;
- 24 properties — 22 vacant and 2 blighted — have been removed from the list in the last 6 months;
- 2 properties — 1 vacant and 1 blighted — were returned to the lists after having been removed; and,
- 7 properties — 5 vacant and 2 blighted — were new to the lists
Below is a map showing where the vacant (green) and blighted (red) properties are in Park View. Sites in yellow indicate vacant and blighted properties that have been removed from the list since March 2012. Properties in purple were on the list in 2011 or earlier.