4 Responses to “WaPo recaps saga of 433 Mass”

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  1. a few good community uses come to mind…

    1) downtown community center
    2) pocket park
    3) volley ball court

  2. FourthandEye

    For me it’s difficult to forsee a commercial use that generates a lot of trash. This location has no vehicular access to an alley and only a 3 foot wide pedestrian access to the rear. Therefore a dumpster in the rear is prohibitive. I’ve seen some establishments around the city create a dumpster enclosure on the sidewalk (like Louis Rogue) but I doubt the neighboring Mass Ave properties will concede easily to that.

  3. All Joking Aside

    Is it possible for the D.C. (Federal) government to claim eminent domain and turn this property into a bicycle/electric charging station.

  4. Jeremy

    Eminent Domain is not a tool that allows government to grab land for free. That’s a misconception. The government has to pay a market rate to purchase the property. In this case that would be atleast the $715,000 that the auction buyer was willing to pay for it.

    I would not want to see $700,000+ in tax money spent to purchase this land for a bike station or other niche public use. The private market will eventually develop this land into something that will contribute positively to the block. But the Spriggs family is too clueless and too emotionally invested. Progress won’t arise until they are no longer on the deed.