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
BUILDING A NEW 3-FLOOR WITH A CELLAR 2-UNIT FLAT STRUCTURE.
The lots are much larger than every other lot on the block and these two two-unit houses will likely be spacious.