On Friday May 8, several members of the community learned that the 501 I Street SW site would be razed, and a raze permit had been granted on April 29, 2015. Required notifications were not given. Thirty days notice is required to be given to the community via public postings as detailed on DCRA’s Raze Permiting website (click here); 30 days notice is required to be given to the Advisory Neighborhood Community as detailed on DCRA’s Raze Guidelines (click here); and 10 days notice is required to be given to the Southwest Neighborhood Assembky.
Update 5/14/2015: A representative from Councilmember Charles’ Allens’ office was able to speak with a member of DCRA’s Commissioner’s office and learned that the razing at 501 I Street SW is being permitted under the raze permit in requested in May 2014. Razing will begin May 18, 2015. Despite numerous previous requests over the last two months, DCRA did not share 501 I Street SW permit information with neighbors. Shakespeare Theatre along and Erkiletian Construction Corporation neither posted notices about the impending razing nor notified property line neighbors or any other neighbors about the impending action. Neighbors have not had time to confirm the appropriate health and safety mitigations are in place. Last November 2014, an inspector from the DC Department of the Environment visited the site after being alerted to dust accumulating on adjacent properties. The Shakespeare / Erkiletian construction crew at the site was advised of how to accomplish their work using techniques that are not harmful to human health.