The flow of development making its way down H Street, NE, will soon reach 13th and H Streets, a condemned two-story "office" structure at 1381 H Street that its owners hope to tear down to make room for something better. What, we don't yet know. Owner Clifford Utley has filed for a raze permit; once approved, NSD&E Inc. will pull down the dilapidated building, and Utley can set to work revitalizing his lot with a new mixed-use building, likely composed of ground floor retail with office space above. By the time a new development emerges, H Street might even have a functioning street car (legal disclaimer: don't count on that).
Utley, owner of construction company Utley Mechanical Inc., told DCMud he had previously tried to obtain permits to renovate the structure, but there was just "too much red tape" required to save the deteriorating building. Utley said his decision to raze and rebuild was partly due to what he called "exorbitant taxes" he had to pay on the property last year. The property's tax assessed value is $190,000 and has been taxed under 10% vacant property rate. According to records from the Office of Tax and Revenue, in 2009, Utley paid over $28,000 in taxes, including some back taxes and related charges.
Though his plans are still rather vague, the erstwhile developer said he is moving forward with his efforts to raze and start over. Over the next few months, Utley indicated he would figure out the financing. Then find an architect, then create a development and building design, then proceed. Seems to us as good as done. Utley assures us he will do something with the property pretty soon.
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