Let's dip into the What's the Deal With....
mailbag for some more non-ballpark-related content. Reader M has asked about the garage on the northeast corner of First and K
, which remains in place while JPI's 909 at Capitol Yards
starts to rise up around it.
This is actually a very simple question (and is precisely the one I envisioned when I started WTDW)--the owner, Davood Miraizee, refused to sell to JPI. He's quoted in a big Post piece from 2005
about not wanting to leave his spot. (Quick chats I've had with him have included slightly more, um, colorful language.)
So, JPI is continuing to build the 237-unit apartment project around him (and no, they won't be building on top of the garage), and as far as I know at this point, he's not going anywhere. But with a 2009 projected tax assessment of $1.47 million for the site (up from around $200k when he bought the lot), you do wonder about the economics of his staying put. As is the case with Positive Nature
around the corner, assessments in the area are skyrocketing, which would seem to make it hard for any of the few small businesses still operating to stick around much longer. (The cab company and garage just across First Street
from A1 is leaving at the end of this month, its land purchased last year to make way for DRI's 99 I Street
If you have a What's the Deal With
question, drop me a line
, though it might be a while before I get to it.
And, coming tomorrow--a WTDW on a very high-profile project.