Concerted Effort to Address Problem Rental House on Park Road

One of the issues I’ve been working on lately is a problem rental property located on the 400 block of Park Road. Fortunately, I’ve been working on this issue with 1A Commissioner Rashida Brown, MPD, and the Office of the Attorney General (OAG). The house is a group house that currently has Howard Students living in it. This isn’t the problem. The problem is this group likes to host parties with some regularity that start late, are advertised on social media with a lot of guests, and involve a lot of public drinking, etc.

This past weekend was worse than the others. In addition to the loud late night partying, it also included an assault and gunshots. The MPD announcement is below:

On May 7, 2016, shortly after midnight, Fourth District officers responded to the 400 block of Park Road, NW, for a shooting inside of a residence.

An adult male victim was located on the sidewalk suffering from serious facial and head injuries. An investigation revealed that the victim had been assaulted during a party inside the residence. The victim was taken to a local area hospital for treatment of his injuries. It was also determined that an unknown suspect had fired a handgun inside of the location, causing all of the individuals in the house to flee. At this time, it does not appear that anyone was struck by the gunshots.

WJLA 7 also picked up the story with the following report:

Howard park rd

Currently, the  OAG is treating this as a nuisance property, and working with ANC 1A, Howard University, MPD, and neighbors to restore harmony back onto the street. Certainly, loud parties that are regular events and involve public drinking … and recently assaults and gunshots … need to be brought under control. This is especially true in residential areas where both newer and long-term residents expect respectful neighbors.

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2 Comments on “Concerted Effort to Address Problem Rental House on Park Road”

  1. Angry Parakeet Says:

    What a mess. Once advertised on social media it is no longer mostly Howard students. I’d wager that the residents are charging $. Is this how President Obama’ commencement speech earlier that day is to be honored?

  2. Zachary Paul Levine Says:

    I wonder if this house is why few people park within half a block of the intersection of Park Pl and Park Rd, especially on weekends. I know several people who have had their cars vandalized (windows broken, ignitions smashed, tires slashed) while parking near that house.

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