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Monday, May 21, 2007

Coverage of Shiloh Continues

As Anon pointed out, DCist has started a “Shiloh Properties Watch” covering Shiloh’s compliance with the order to perform certain repairs to several (but unfortunately not all) of their vacant properties on 9th Street. . I’m sure DCist's coverage of the situation will be both entertaining and informative. . . and may even involve a happy hour.

If anyone missed it, Mayor Fenty weighed in this weekend on the Shiloh condemnation situation, urging that the properties be renovated as "fully operational townhomes."

The Washington Post also covered the story on Friday here.

Finally, Fox 5 did a piece on Friday night regarding Shiloh's poor stewardship of its real estate holdings, viewable here.

Shiloh owns several other vacant properties in Shaw in seemingly analogously poor conditions that are unaffected by last week's condemnation notices. Hopefully Shiloh’s entire portfolio of vacant property will be subject to similar measures of accountability soon. And hopefully all of this is getting the attention of the likes of Michael Sendar. . .

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Let's include getting the attention of Warren Williams (owner of old liquor store eyesore at 7th and Q - now a popular hangout for all kinds of goings on!)as well...

http://www.binformed.com/entry_detail.cfm?entryID=77

jmc39 said...

Following up to anonymous' comments . . . add Reverend Carter to the list of slum lords. Carter owns the old pizza place at the end of 9th Street at Rhode Island north of 1538 9th Street NW (Carter G. Woodson house) . . . the DCRA building permits in the window have allowed that property to evade nuisance classification and potential condemnation.

Reverend Carter is "gentrifying" the father of black history (Carter G. Woodson) by Carter's unwillingness to sell the property to the National Park Service to be included in the Woodson museum and effectively speculating with counter-offers way, way, way above market price.

Shaw Rez said...

Very good calls, anon and JMC.

While I don't want to distract DCRA/DC Gov from the heat they are FINALLY applying to Shiloh, hopefully their successful remediation of Shiloh's decades of neglect will serve as an example for dealing wiht the many other bad stewards throughout Shaw.

Mr. Ray said...

Park Service said they would not take crazy old Rev. Carter's place by emminent domain. Not sure that would prove useful anyway, since the Park Service needs a decade, at least, to "investigate" the Woodson site before considering installation of a museum -- oops-- historic site. However, it is curious, JMC, how the city targeted the four Shiloh properties next to the church and none of their other properties, Rev. Carter's shell, or Sendar's rotting eyesore next to me.