Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The mystery of 38th Street SE continues

If you've been following my blog you know that 2250 38th Street (vacant lot on 38th between Suitland Road and W St SE) has been the bane of my community for the last four years.  If you want to get caught up on the history it was discussed June 2009, July 2009, August 2009, Wednesday Stews, and March 2011. We had a small victory in March when DPW came out to clean it up.  And even August 2011.

So here it is November 1, 2011 and I'm still complaining about this property.  DDOT released a new tool that allows you to find public space permits throughout the city.  Naturally I plugged in 2250 38th Street SE into the tool to see if they have a permit to have their construction fence along the edge of the sidewalk.  There is no permit, but also not sure they need one.

I decided to look in DCRA's permit system to see if they still had a building permit.  The permit expired in January 2010.  The owner is listed as IDS DC Inc with an address of 30195 Holts Landing Road, Dagsboro, DE 19939.  According to the IDS DC Inc website, the home was scheduled for completion Spring 2011 (and we know that didn't happen).  DCRA tweeted to me that IDS DC Inc had their business registration revoked in DC.

I did a google search the Delaware address and found 30195 Holts Landing Road is a single family residential house that was sold in a tax sell in December 2010.  When I looked up the information in the Sussex County, DE tax record, I found a new set of owners.

Update: According to the DC OTR database the owners are current on their property taxes for the property.

In summary, the property with a half build structure is owned by a non-existent company registered to an address that has new owners.

Now I'm left wondering:

  • Who the heck owns the property?
  • Are they current on their property taxes?
  • What are the options for the community?

Basically, Ms V wants the construction fence sitting along the sidewalk removed, demolition of the foundation (i.e. return back to natural state), the property to stay trash free, the shrubbery to be maintained so it doesn't block the sidewalk, and world peace.  This isn't too much to ask for, right?

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