There is a building permit for alterations and repairs posted at the empty building at 14th and W that at one point was going to be demolished (second item). The post says it was going to happen in the next few days, which obviously never happened since that’s from June.
The building permit says that there will be new floors, new fire stairs, new electrical systems and new fire alarm systems, as well as being fully “sprinklered” (direct quote). The building permit lists the owner as Beni LLC. A search on Google turned up a DC government document (PDF) listing another property in Columbia Heights owned by the company as delinquent in property taxes and up for sale in 2008 and more information about the building permit (PDF). It will be nice to see this space not completely falling apart and maybe something good will come out of the space.