March 10, 2010

What’s That on the Grassy Knoll?

At the corner of Fifth Street and Oakdale Place, at the very edge of the Howard University campus, sits a fenced-in grassy knoll.  The site is across the street from the hospital and sits just outside the historic district boundary.  About a year ago a sign planted on the site announced the pending arrival of new houses.  The sign came down many months ago and nothing much happened.  Sure, Howard mowed the lawn, but not much else happened.

On Christmas Eve, Howard University sold the two lots for $250,000 each to Bowie-based Tito Construction Company LLC and just last month DCRA issued building permits for the two lots  (#B1000822 & #B1000823). Each permit states the scope of work as


The lots are much larger than every other lot on the block and these two two-unit houses will likely be spacious.

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2 Replies

  1. wow, even more new houses for ledroit park. this new resident density should help convince businesses that the neighborhood is a good place to open up shop in.

    IMGoph - March 10, 2010 @ 12:01 pm
  2. This comment has nothing to do with the article above, but I wanted to share it.

    A recent article from the Washington Business Journal gives hope that new developmentis coming our way. It looks like the project formerly known as “broadcast one center” really will be moving forward with the United Negro College Fund buying half of the office space. See the following link:

    Lets make sure the full council does the right thing in April, and approves the UNCF subsidy package!

    Kyle - March 12, 2010 @ 5:25 pm

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