Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A meme to an end


1215 and 1213 Good Hope Rd SE in historic Anacostia. Formerly an Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse. This storefront is across the street from the DC Department of Housing and Community Development and a few steps from the new 11th street bridge. A great opportunity to bring much needed dining, retail, or an entertainment venue to the neighborhood. 

Highlights of the block: Honfleur Gallery, The Gallery at Vivid Solutions, The HIVE 2.0 and the Anacostia Arts Center

Challenges of the block: Vacant storefronts like this one, currently owned by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development

Most memes are amusing but where I live and work there is nothing funny about blight, unrealized retail and development opportunities, and a general lack of action. If you would like to create your own east of the river meme go HERE.  I would be happy to share reader meme submissions on CHotR.

12:40PM UPDATE:
One of my friendly and informative Twitter followers (who happens to work at DHCD) would like me to clarify that 1213 and 1215 Good Hope Rd SE "is not currently owned by DHCD." He was kind enough to provide a snapshot of the real property tax assessment for 1213-1215 Good Hope Rd SE so I am including it below.  You can't say I am not fair! :)


I still would like to see 1213 - 1215 Good Hope Rd SE put into some kind of use soon. It would be a nice change from the empty storefronts next door. 





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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

My dream would be a coffee/bike shop to open in up in one of these vacant storefronts.

Once Nurish opens up at the arts center, I'm hoping it will be successful enough to move into its own, larger, space.

Time for a change said...

That block is literally right off the 11th Street Bridge & gives a first impression of the neighborhood. Maybe with time (sooner than later), there will be new additions that will fit in nicely with the new Arts Center & the Honfleur gallery.

Carlene said...

Does it mean someone has to pay $511k before anything can be done with it? Or is that the property's value?

The Advoc8te said...

That property and the ones next to it have a multi-million dollar tax lien on it from the IRS. The property is assessed at $500k in value but in truth the lien has to be either paid or released from the IRS. That is why the properties have been vacant for so long. All the vacant property in Anacostia has a story -- or a landlord who is either absent or waiting for a big payday when they eventually sell.

Now I have heard rumors on who bought/buying that property but I am going to zip it until proof hits the street. :)

Anonymous said...

Coffee shops, bike shops, antique/junk stores, boutiques, record shops, stores selling vintage stuff, flea markets, farmers markets, independent businesses, etc. I might be dreaming. But I can see it all in Anacostia. It WILL happen one day.

Ezra said...

If there is some truth to the rumor someone bought the place, I am sure I will read about it here, first.

h st ll said...

"Coffee shops, bike shops, antique/junk stores, boutiques, record shops, stores selling vintage stuff, flea markets, farmers markets, independent businesses, etc. I might be dreaming. But I can see it all in Anacostia. It WILL happen one day."

Is this a joke? Anacostia has about half these RIGHT NOW! The n'hood can and will improve, but come on.

Not trying to be snippy, I really don't understand this comment.

Anonymous said...

Just did a search on this property using the DC website. It shows that the city purchased the property for $900k in November, 2013. Any clue what plans might be in the works?