1909-1913 MLK Jr. Avenue SE

1909-1913 MLK Jr. Avenue, SE

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These contributing buildings in the Anacostia Historic District are owned and managed by the DC Housing and Community Development (DCHCD) Agency. Left vacant and abandoned for years by DCHCD, they are a clear case of the District Government failing to comply with its own laws with regards to demolition by neglect. The very apparent disregard by DCHCD was evidenced by the buildings receiving no repair after a structural assessment was done in 2004. In addition, the buildings have been left open to the elements and to vagrant activities; the most certain consequence of this negligence was a fire that gutted and damaged the buildings’ rear and interiors in August 2005. Most recently, DCHCD has filed for permits to demolish these buildings. The removal of these turn of the 20th century buildings would remove what may be the earliest commercial block of the district and would cause irreparable damage to the integrity and character of this district.

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