Friday, September 25, 2009

Progress on Stalled Dumont


Mt. Vernon Triangle's DuMont Condominium's 559 units at 401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, have sat lonely and vacant since the project was substantially completed a year ago. Lender PB Capital issued a foreclosure notice in December when the developer, The Broadway Group, failed to secure enough deposits to meet the lender's demand. Mt. Vernon blog The Triangle first reported resolution in the form of a sale to Ideal Realty Group (IRG), which specializes in multifamily and distressed/bank owned properties.

The IRG website lists the 559-units at the Dumont as "under agreement." According to one commenter on the Triangle, at a Mount Vernon Square Neighborhood Association meeting, Bill McLeod of the Mount Vernon Business Improvement District (MVBID) confirmed the sale. You can bet all those new tenants (whether owners or renters) and the potential for retail would be welcome news to the MVBID.

No one at IRG was available or willing to comment or confirm the sale. While there is currently no sale recorded, the September 18th release of a mechanics lien is further evidence of a deal. A representative at Custom Glass Services Inc. was unwilling to comment about any sale agreement, but confirmed the company had a lien on the property that was resolved through a payment from the general contractor, James G. Davis Construction Corporation.

It is unclear if the Dumont, designed by Esocoff & Associates as condominiums, would be sold as such or rented as apartments.

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