Update on 469 Luray Place, NW

Stop work order at 469 Luray Place, NW

A month ago on May 18th I posted about 469 Luray Place … a property that originally needed some TLC and repairs. But rather than do that, the developer that purchased the property decided to go another route and has created quite the problem property. In fact, I see no way for this property to recover.

Last month I was perplexed because the bay windows of the property had been removed. Since that time, the open wall and all the windows on the west (Warder St.) side of the building have been completely cinder blocked in (see photo below).

In contacting DCRA to find out just what is going on at this property, the following is the report I received in reply:

[An Inspector] has been to the property four times in an attempt to make contact with the contractor. The first time was on 4/13/11 when a Stop Work Order was posted for not obtaining a Plumbing Permit.  The Plumbing permit was obtained the next day for installation of interior fixtures. The next three times the Inspector was  investigating  the masonry wall constructed on the side after removal of the bay window.

Permit B1104274 was issued on 2/28/11 for “Interior Work Only”.  [The] Inspector … has attempted to obtain a copy of the approved plans to verify exactly what construction was permitted. The demolition of the bay window and construction of the masonry wall should appear on the approved plans.  Often the description on the permit does not include everything approved for the project. However, we have not been able to obtain a copy of the plans nor has the contractor been at the site to view the approved plans.

There is a Foundation permit in review , but no permit has been issued for the foundation.  At this point, the Inspector … issue[d] a [Stop Work Order] for working beyond the scope of the permit, since he cannot verify what has been approved. The owner will then be able to appeal the SWO by reviewing the approved plans with the Hearing Officer at the Administrative Hearing.

469 Luray Place, June 15, 2011

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6 Comments on “Update on 469 Luray Place, NW”

  1. Cliff Says:

    Don’t worry Kent, in a few days the property will be cleared and there will be no record that there was ever a problem…trust me.

  2. Katherine Says:

    So we were walking by the other day and noticed how large the side yard is… large enough, in fact, for another house. Is that possibly what the contractor has in mind?? That would fit with the entirely filled in side of the existing house.


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