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From the Examiner, at the very end of an article about the mayor's amended 2010 budget (which "slashes previously approved earmarks, hikes fees, and eliminates numerous capital projects to close a projected $150 million shortfall"): "And the mayor is seeking council permission to spend $85 million on the outright purchase of 225 Virginia Ave. SE, an empty, 421,000-square-foot warehouse that the city has leased for $546,000 a month since mid-2007. The Fenty administration, having ditched earlier plans to use the building, has failed to find anyone willing to take over the lease, which has now cost the city more than $13 million."
If you want to wander through the budget yourself, it's online. In the Fiscal Year 2010 Budget Support Amendment Act in the Nature of a Substitute*, there is on page 44 Subtitle X, "Purchase of 225 Virginia Ave. SE," with this wording, should the council choose to approve it: "[T]he Council approves the exercise by the Mayor of the purchase option contained in the District's sublease dated December 15, 2006 between Washington Telecom Associates, LLC, as sublandlord, and the District of Columbia, as tenant, for the real property located at 225 Virginia Avenue, S.E., known for tax and assessment purposes as Lots 21, 36, 37, and 831 in Square 766 (the "Property"), and the Mayor may enter into a contract to purchase the Property in an amount not to exceed $85 million, exclusive of the costs of settlement, subject to the availability of budgeted and appropriated funds."
Also, in Chapter 2 of the Agency Budget Chapters, on page 442, you'll find this: "Within the past year, the District twice reached tentative agreements with private entities to assign the District's rights and obligations with respect to unoccupied leased property at 225 Virginia Avenue, SE. In large part, due to the dramatic slowdown in real estate markets and, particularly, the scarcity of affordable credit for real estate transactions, the tentative agreements failed to result in the transfer of the District's lease for this building. The District now plans to prepare the building for a public purpose."
Right now I don't know anything more than this--don't know what plans the city has for the buildings, and don't know how excited the council is going to be to spend $85 million on it when cutting jobs and services elsewhere in the city's budget. But maybe there's some sort of accounting sleight of hand that my unbudgetary mind isn't familiar with. (Bonds? PILOT/TIF funds from projects elsewhere in the city? Bake sale?) The current assessed value for the four lots that make up the site is just a smidgen under $84 million.
If you want to stroll through the tales of this building back to the first news of the city's lease, you can read my previous 225 Virginia blog entries, and/or check out my project page with photos and links.
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MJM says: (7/19/09 3:55 AM)
Why do I have a weird feeling that given the way DC runs it govt that it will purchase the building, tear it down and then build something new on the same spot?


SomethingBetter says: (7/19/09 9:09 PM)
If the city plans to buy it and then sell it later for a profit, that makes sense.

I certainly hope they don't turn it into a city government building. The cost of renovation isn't figured into the $85M and who knows what other costs there are.

Also, the surrounding buildings will be mainly residential and not a good place to locate a municipal building


G St says: (7/20/09 10:49 AM)
JD - do you have photos from inside this tomb? Thx


JD says: (7/20/09 11:03 AM)
Nope, no pics from inside. Yet!


Scott says: (7/20/09 11:49 AM)
That building is like the Wonka factory recently. About two dozen kids or more on the "Mayor's Conservation Corps" enter every day, work on something (supposedly) for several hours, then leave. What are they doing? Does anyone know? I thought they might be cleaning out debris until I realized there haven't been any dumpsters being filled up outside.

Are they cleaning floors with toothbrushes? Wandering the halls?


Justin says: (7/20/09 2:25 PM)
Growing hydroponic ... things.


G St says: (7/20/09 4:20 PM)
Perhaps Mayor Fenty will be moving into this structure? Think of the parties he could hold there! (And only a short walk to Cornerocopia and 5 Guys).


Scott says: (7/20/09 4:40 PM)
Maybe growing hydroponic things in 225 VA Ave is Fenty's short-term solution to the DC budget crisis.


SomethingBetter says: (7/20/09 11:27 PM)
$85M to buy and $85M to renovate that building! There's got to be a better way to spend $170M of DC taxpayers money.

Hopefully the terrible conditions in lending wil save the city from itself.

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