Reality is always a few days ahead of bureaucracy, so the Building Permits Feed
is telling us what our eyes have already seen, that digging is going on at the closed Exxon station at South Capitol
and I streets, excavating the underground gas storage tanks. I've heard no rumors about any impending development or sale of the land, but will of course post anything I hear (and if you know something about what's happening there, feel free to tell me
). The station closed in May 2006
, not long after its owner pleaded guilty to fraudulently double-billing government contractors more than $120,000 and was sentenced to 12-18 months in prison.