Building permit for 13th and W

Building permit for 13th and W

I  noticed this weekend that work has started on the long vacant building at 13th and W. Prince of Petworth speculated that there might be some kind of bodega-type business coming to it, but the building permit designates it as a residential (multifamily) space.

As you can see in the above picture, the building permit is for removing deteriorating roof materials, reinforcing rafters, and installing new roof decking. The owner is listed as Selma Blitzstein Trust, which through a Google search came up as the owner of the property via tax records, and not much else. And interestingly, the building permit expired last July, but I’ve seen no work on the building in the past 2 plus years. I’ve noticed previously that other establishments have been operating with expired building permits, so I don’t know if it’s just the way things go.