10 Responses to “Miller Copying moves to 6th Street”

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  1. Sam Farmer

    I think you have a typo in the entry. Shouldn’t it be “30-50 years”? ;)

  2. CJ

    Pretty depressing how much development has slowed in the area. These blocks owned by Douglas are unbelievably underdeveloped, and are really a big part in what is keeping this from being an even more popular destination. I hope that once the streetcar tracks begin to go down, it will spur some development. Have you tried contacting a Douglas rep to see what their actual plans are? I don’t really get it…I mean the foot track around Mt. Vernon Triangle is up 500% from just a few years ago, the convention center is extremely close by, and Chinatown has become such a popular destination. You’d think these development companies would want to jump into this area more quickly.

  3. FourthandEye

    Lending for big construction projects has been nearly impossible the last two years. Very few have broke ground in the district and in those cases the federal government was either a future tenant (DOJ in NoMA) or provided HUD money (Yale West, Capitol Quarter). Take 5th & I for instance – they have excellent tenants identified, the district provided the land, and thus far they still can’t secure financing.

    Things will eventually pick back up. But it’s more complicated than it may seem on the surface.

  4. Tony

    It’s funny how Jemal can buy up blocks and blocks of property, yet “they still can’t secure financing.” I find this all a little fishy. The U Street and Logan Circle areas seem to be able to pump out the bars, restaurants and retail, yet these Jemal properties sit vacant year after year with nothing going on with them. How is it that the MVT area, which is now bustling as CJ points out, can’t get developer financing, yet other areas of the city can?

    This is an entirely another matter, but I walked past this very corner last weekend at night and prostitutes were EVERYWHERE! I hope that in the very near future “they can now secure financing,” because this activity needs to disappear from our neighborhood!

  5. FourthandEye

    Buying the properties is a drop in the bucket compared to the total cost of construction. The properties probably cost less than $8-10 million and I’m sure they were bought on leverage. The construction of several 12 story hi-rises to fill out the entire square might require $400 million.

  6. Jemal never really got charged vacant property tax so he could slumbank indefinitely while holding out for top dollar. He also never sells a thing.

  7. Tony

    @Si – That’s the “fishy” part I was talking about. The city seems to be in bed with all of these vacant property owners. This needs to stop. The city could at least be earning revenue if there isn’t going to be any development on these parcels.

  8. Honey you are preaching to the choir. while we bemoan the blight we are forced to live with every day and the lost revenue, Mother Harriet is robbing DC Gov blind and all the Council can do is figure out how to tax & fee us law abiding good citizens to death. yikes that almost sounds gop-ish. So..yay for filing a vacant storefront & yay for keeping a local business in the area!

  9. Tony

    LOL! That is HILARIOUS… “Mother Harriet!” I’ll never forget her quote in the Post from the day of her sentencing. She actually said to the judge, “If you put me back in there, I could get you a check.” Argh!!!