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Area Vacant and Blighted Property List for August 2012

September 5, 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.

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Area Vacant and Blighted Property List for March 2012

March 28, 2012

DCRA has just released its bi-annual vacant property list.  You can view the entire list for the first half of 2012 here. The  DCRA Office of Vacant Property web page also has additional information on how to report  vacant and blighted 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 August 2011 to March 2012, the following changes are noted:

  • There are currently 9 blighted properties compared to 12 in August;
  • There are currently 32 vacant properties compared to 20 in August;
  • 12 properties — 8 vacant and 4 blighted — have been removed from the list in the last 6 months;
  • 5 properties currently classified as blighted were on the August list; and
  • 11 properties currently classified as vacant were on the August list.

Below is a map of 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 August 2011.

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Another Vacant Building Changes Hands — 756 Park Road Auctioned Off

November 16, 2011

756 Park Road, NW

For those that don’t walk down the 700 block of Park Road that often, here’s some promising development news. 756 Park Road was up for public auction on November 10th along with 10 other District properties. While it was not on the most recent Vacant and Blighted list, it certainly looks to me like it should have been.

More importantly, it could indicate the eventual rehabilitation/redevelopment of the site. Next door, 754 Park Road also shows signs of renovation. While most people think of shiny new buildings on Georgia Avenue as the primary opportunity to provide additional housing in the community, I contend that there is room for an additional 3,500 residents in Park View just by fixing up the vacant apartment buildings and houses that are currently here.

The neighborhood was largely built out by 1940 and had a population of 8,367 in 1950. It currently has a population of roughly 4,913, or about 3,454 shy of its Census high. With the exception of Park Morton which actually added capacity to the area, the vast majority of the residential housing stock has remained unchanged.

Because of this, as existing housing comes back on-line and new development is added to Georgia Avenue, I expect that in the next decade Park View could approach density levels not seen sixty years.

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Vacant and Blighted Properties List Soars in 2011

September 7, 2011

732 Lamont is listed as a pending blighted property, which it has been for years. However, recent renovations and improvement have clearly improved the property

Last week, the Washington Business Journal reported that District properties designated as either Class 3 (vacant) or Class 4 (blighted) rose dramatically this year. This year’s tax roles show an increase of 671 properties on the vacant list, up to 1,115 properties from the 444 Class 3 properties listed during the first half of this year. Class 3 properties are taxed at $5 per $100 of assessed value.

An additional 243 properties are listed as blighted (including properties being appealed or pending the status) and will be taxed at the Class 4 rate or $10 per $100 of assess value. The full DCRA list of vacant, exempt, and blighted properties can be found here.

Below is a map of where the vacant (green), blighted (red), or vacant and blighted (purple) properties are in the Park View neighborhood.

While it’s nice to know where our local vacant and blighted properties are, it is also useful to know how our neighborhood compares to the rest of Ward 1 and how Ward 1 compares to the rest of the city.

430 Manor Place, NW. Listed as vacant since 2006. Finally listed as blighted in 2011.

Here’s the good news — Ward 1 doesn’t seem to be too bad off compared to the rest of the District, having 73 (9%) of the listed vacant property and 47 (10%) of the listed blighted properties.

Here’s the bad news — Within Ward 1, the Park View neighborhood has 24 (33%) of the listed vacant property and 12 (26%) of the listed blighted properties. While numerically this might seem low, for a relatively small neighborhood within Ward 1 I find these percentages to be alarmingly high.

Yet, the numbers might indicate that District agencies are doing a better job of addressing problem properties than they have in the past. The change in status of 530 Manor Place from vacant to blighted occurred this year after engaging DCRA on issues of rats, unsecured property, and lack of yard maintenance. But then again, other properties such as 610 Newton Place which are equally blighted, do not appear to be on any list as vacant, exempt, or blighted.

610 Newton Place, NW, has been in disrepair for a few years now. Future plans for its development is not known at this time

Graph comparisons showing how the Wards rank against each other are after the jump. (more…)


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