Friday, August 08, 2008

Major Tweeking for Tewkesbury


The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development just announced that four developers have submitted proposals for the redevelopment of a vacant 1950s-built, 26-unit apartment building at 5425 14th Street NW in Brightwood.

Known as the Tewkesbury, the building has been cited for over 100 violations since it was vacated in 1980's. DC bought the property for $3 million from Vincent Abell, one of the 20 less-than-savory landlords sued in April for code violations on rental properties.

Blue Skye Development, LLC and The Educational Organization for United Latin Americans Spanish Center, Mi Casa, Inc., PML Real Estate, LLC, and 14th Street Partners, which includes UrbanMatters Development Partners LLC, Northern Real Estate Urban Ventures, and Emory Beacon of Light, Inc. responded to the District's May solicitation for the 30,000 s.f. property.

The District would like to see senior or, you guessed it, mixed-income housing for the site, but did not specify whether or not the units had to be condos or apartments. Over half of the units must be affordable.

“This property has been a blight on the neighborhood for more than 20 years,” Deputy Mayor Neil O. Albert said. “The response to our solicitation clearly shows that the development community -- just like the residents of Brightwood -- is eager to get this property back into productive use.”

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

How Kafkaesque that our beloved Mayor allows filth like Vincent Abell to sit on this blighted thing and then get a check for $3.2MM for his troubles-score one for abell.
ps: its 6425.

Anonymous said...

This is a Joseph Abel building. Designed in 1944, finished in 1952. International style, featured in national architectural journals at the time. Four-story walk-up, some units as big as 3-bedroom. Restoration using federal rehab tax credits would make it a jewel again.

 

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