Monday, December 16, 2013

What is up with the ghost town on Yuma Street SE?

Last week I was heading over to the Ferebee-Hope Community Pool (which desperately needs a sign) when I encountered blocks of fenced and vacant apartment buildings on Yuma and 8th Streets SE. There had to be well over a dozen multi-family dwellings, most with boarded up windows. It was like a modern day ghost town and absolutely spooky.  I couldn't tell if the buildings were being prepared to be demolished or renovated. I'm not sure but perhaps this was a former (or future) public housing project? A few buildings near the corner of Yuma Street and 4th Street appeared to be occupied.

Does anyone know the story here? How long has it been this way? What are the plans for these buildings?

FYI - This subdivision isn't very far from the vacant 4th Street Vistas subdivision that went up for auction a few months ago.

UPDATE: According to a comment on this post these buildings have been vacant since at least since 2011. Further proof that Ward 8 lags behind the rest of the city when it comes to development.













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15 comments:

Betty Behrens said...

I remember thinking the same thing when I was at Ferebee-Hope for a training session - that was in 2011! Seems wasteful. I hope there is a valid excuse there ...

Anonymous said...

Supposedly they were going to renovate and bring back displaced residents. they have modernized some homes by Ferrebee Hope. DC Housing Authoriy is in charge of the properties. they start at 4th and Atlantic.

Anonymous said...

While I was on a mission to find out what was going on with the 4th Street Vista project I inquired about this as well.

I was told that the renovation had stop because the residence had filed some sort of lawsuit against the city.

Alan Page said...

BZA approved multi-family zoning for a re-development of Highland Dwellings "set to occupy the parcel of land bounded by Atlantic, Condon, Yuma and 4th Streets SE."

The units will feature geothermal heating, which is environmentally friendly and cost-effective as a heating method.

I tried to include a link to the October elevateddc [dot] [com]story from which that quote was taken, but I received an error message, so I assume you do not allow links to be posted here.

Alan Page said...

Sorry, my prior post was not helpful, that was for *4th* and Yuma. I re-read your post and see that I had the wrong intersection, you're talking about *8th* and Yuma. My apologies. The comment below the article about the development in question starting at 4th & Atlantic confused me a bit regarding which intersection you were discussing.

Alan Page said...

Actually, I looked at Google Maps and maybe the geothermal re-development affects the project you're talking about. 8th Street seems to be the eastern boundary of the project in question.

The Advoc8te said...

Alan you are awesome! Your comments put me on the right path. I was able to do some searches and found the article you were talking about.

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/housingcomplex/2010/08/12/overstimulated-federal-funds-mean-things-are-moving-fast-at-highland-dwellings/

My blog should allow links to be posted. Hopefully this one will go through.

Anonymous said...

You can look at page 53 here for more information http://www.neighborhoodinfodc.org/dcpreservationcatalog/dcpreservationcatalog.pdf

Anonymous said...

I remember that you recently started posting about development west of the river, esp in the Capital Rivierfront/Navy Yard neighborhood of Ward 6. Well, at the risk of putting you in a bad mood, JDLand just posted yesterday that there are presently 900 apartments units under construction immediately near the Navy Yard metro. That figure only includes active construction, not the project next to the Trapeze school that has fenced off its site to begin construction, or the next Phase of the Chelsea on NJ Ave that has signed the lease with Whole Foods and secured 87million in financing. If you include those, then you are looking at another 500plus units. One has to believe the development boom in the Navy Yard can only aid the prospects for Ward 8, right? (Hopefully).

Alan Page said...

The article I got the quote from (regarding Highland Dwellings' re-development) is http://www.elevationdcmedia.com/devnews/highlanddwellings_101813.aspx

Anonymous said...

Highland Dwellings, a 208 unit public housing property. Families were forcibly relocated, some to worse units in 2010 under the promise of renovation with guaranteed return. Many residents had been through this before and didn't believe they were going to return. Residents sued DCHA over illegal evictions. DCHA used their standard tactics of intimidation, harassment, and lack of transparency to try and get residents to drop the suit. A settlement was reached between DCHA and residents. The settlement stipulates the property is to remain public housing for a long time after renovations; stopping gentrification from reaching their community and preserving 208 units of true affordable housing. After settlement construction stopped. Some speculate the private investors pulled out after the settlement. A letter from DCHA dated October 2013 says construction will resume Jan 2014 and first phase of residents will be moved back spring 2014.

Anonymous said...

If you really knew your hood you would know the whole story and back story to this...

Appreciative Neighbor said...

I don't know how you do it Advocate. I have read this blog for over four years and it has been a great source of information, dialogue, and positive news! I know a lot of time and effort goes into doing this every single day and I appreciate it. I don't know where I would get my information from if not here.

Please ignore foolishness (see above) from someone who is probably complaining more and doing less. Clearly they are getting something out of this site as they come here. They only reason they would throw shade is that they are jealous.

Those who do, do and those that can't complain.

BTW -- I think those houses looks like a ghost town too!

Stacie said...

Has there been any updates on the vacant houses on Yuma Street? I was looking to buy a home in that area, and I was curious about all of the vacant homes in the area.

JaniceW said...

I drive past this property almost everyday and have not seen any construction being done to the property.