With Vacant properties on my brain due to the Class 3 tax discussion, I happened to peruse the DCRA's Winter 2009 Vacant Property List, accessible here. Oddly, I noted that only one of Shiloh Baptist Church's vacant properties, 1600 8th Street, appears on the list. Stated differently, the following Shiloh properties do not appear on the list: 1543 8th Street, 1526 9th Street, 1528 9th Street, 1532 9th Street, 1533 9th Street, and 1534 9th Street.
Disturbed, I looked up all of the properties in the online Real Property Assessment Database and found that six of the seven vacant properties on 8th and 9th Streets, NW, owned by Shiloh are no longer listed as vacant Class 3. Here is a table I made showing what I found in the online tax database:Something smells rotten -- how did these properties get re-classified when they are all clearly vacant still? Is Shiloh not going to have to pay Class 3 vacant property taxes on these highly visible properties that are blighting our neighborhood?