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The always responsive Reuben Pemberton at DCRA's Office of Vacant Property had this to say when I emailed him:
Here's the whole sad, sorry story of the building. In 2009, I wrote about it being vacant. Later I learned that the owners owed $130,000 in back taxes (!), which led me, Jim Graham and others to hope that it would go to tax sale, meaning somebody who actually would redevelop it could have a chance to buy it. I then learned that the owners had died, and it went to two sisters, who disagreed on what to do with it -- one wanted to sell it and one didn't. That's why it sits abandoned.
There has been some crime in the building, as well. Then we learned that unfortunately, the owners paid the back taxes in May 2011.
In all, it's a sad story. Here's a big building that could be really nice (see above) sitting empty in a neighborhood with a real need for more houses. I hate that this kind of crap happens.