I think it’s great that the D.C. Board for the Condemnation of Insanitary Buildings has taken action regarding a very visible holder of a large portfolio of decaying historic vacant buildings, Shiloh Baptist Church. To date, the following vacant Shiloh properties have received condemnation notices from the board: 1543 8th, 1600 8th, 1528 9th, 1532 9th, 1534 9th, and 1536 9th Street. Two of Shiloh’s vacant properties remain untouched by the orange notices: 1526 9th and 1533 9th Street.
Shiloh is not alone in holding onto properties blighting our neighborhood. On a short walk last night with the renewshaw.com mascot, I noted several properties that are surely condemnation-worthy but that remain un-marked. Michael Sendar’s properties at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue, 9th and Q Streets and the property at 1512 8th Street both lack their own bright orange condemnation stickers presently, and both look to be at least as offensive as the Shiloh properties (annoyingly, 1512 8th remains unsealed despite several complaints filed in April!). I am sure many others exist throughout the neighborhood, but these are just the ones most accessible to me. When will all of these properties come under scrutiny by the board?
On an unrelated note, my walk last night also took me up the 1400 block of Columbia Street (between 9th and 10th Streets). If you’ve never been down this block before, you must make your way over. It is incredibly quaint and beautiful; a really idyllic enclave in Shaw. In spite of the shade, there's a patch of sunflowers growing in one of the treeboxes; I look forward to checking them out in full bloom shortly.