Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Cleaning Up an Eyesore


This is the scene at the vacant lot at 14th and R streets next door to Miss Pixie's, otherwise known as the future home of a condo building being developed by Loford, LLC and Habte Sequar of Sequar Development. The space will eventually hold over 30,000 sf of residential and retail development.

While it is waiting to become home to yet another high-end condo building however, the lot is currently home to a disgustingly large amount of filth, garbage and rodents.

In case you're wondering, it is indeed Mr. Sequar's responsibility to keep the lot cleaned up, which--from the looks of the lot--is not a priority for him.

For those interested in dealing with such situations, your first step should be to do as I did, and submit a request through the Mayor's Call Center. Should the city receive enough complaints about the condition of the lot, DCRA and the Department of Health can send out a team to clean the lot and bill the owner. The Department of health also maintains a Rodent Control and Enforcement staff to deal with rodent problems throughout the city.

At any rate, it would be nice to be able to walk down 14th Street and not have to encounter scenes such as this:

9 comments:

Alex M said...

You are the best blogger in our neighborhood. Thank you.

Joel said...

I liked it when it was a somewhat less-trashy subject for my lame attempts at abstract photography:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightboxdc/2708061429/in/set-72157594165854184/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lightboxdc/2708198799/in/set-72157594165854184/

Anonymous said...

Oh, the horror!

Anonymous said...

yeah but where's the homeless guy who lives on the corner (across from the homeless shelter) going to keep his tarp??

Anonymous said...

I agree with you on this as I’m a big believer in the “broken windows” theory on crime prevention.
Related to that, can business be designated blighted and hit with the 10% property tax? The old cleaners on the other corner (14th and Q)is a perfect candidate: crumbling facade, broken windows, graffiti, decaying public space, etc.

Emilio Marty said...

I live in the 'hood, walk by that corner almost every day, and noticed how trashy it is becoming. Will make a call.

Anonymous said...

thanks for the info.

Anonymous said...

Why is Sequar being singled out? As far back as I can remember that lot has always been somewhat forlorn. Did anyone complain about the previous owner? Just sayin.

Mr. 14th & You said...

"Why is Sequar being singled out?"

Because he is the owner of the property.