|2004 Official DC File Photo of 1001 11th Street NW|
Welcome to 1001 11th Street NW, just two blocks west of the Washington Convention Center smack in the middle of Logan Circle and downtown. It's the perfect location... for billboard blight.
Back in the day, this was the home of General Harrison Allen, according to Victorian Secrets. After helping push back Lee at Gettysburg, Allen entered politics first in Pennsylvania and then in the new Dakotas.
“In General Allen's Washington, the most fashionable addresses were on K Street NW. However, the most elite mansions were slightly west. The more easterly blocks of K Street were more the province of complementary-styled townhouses clustered about a flamboyantly turreted central house. An outstanding example, the nine Second Empire houses of Mount Vernon Row, stood at Tenth and K Streets NW. The house, listed as 1017 K Street, appears to have been a mini-version of a row, with complementary-styled smaller houses at 1015 K and 1001 Eleventh Street attached to either wing.”
|Official DCRA Photo of Approved 75' x by 30' Billboard|
The billboard, I mean, special sign, I mean, mural at 11th and K is 75 feet long and 30 feet high. It wraps the building, which is likely deteriorating underneath, while the owner likely brings in tens of thousands of dollars of advertising revenue each month. The property is recorded with the District for store/miscellaneous use.
|11th and K Streets Today|
The property has tripled in value since Jemal purchased it seven years ago - it is assessed by the city at $1.9 million. Although Jemal must rake in the dough on this property, his company still seems to have a history of repeatedly being late in paying its already low taxes, then paying fines. In fact, the property was listed for tax sale in 2007 after it came up over $25k short.
By the way... wonder how Van Wagner got its self-serving legislation through? Look no further than campaign finance records. In 2005, the advertiser contributed $10,000 to Jack PAC, the now defunct slush fund of Councilmember Jack Evans. Most likely, this was a reward for shepherding through the legislation. Van Wagner also maxed out with a $1,000 contribution to the Evans' campaign in 2003. While Evans took the lions share, others benefited. Van Wagner contributed $2,000 and $1,000 to the reelection campaigns of Mayor Anthony Williams and Chairwoman Linda Cropp in 2001. Councilmembers Harold Brazil and David Catania received smaller donations.
Isn't it about time to get rid of the mural at 11th and K, save this historic building, and return it to productive use?