Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Update on Bacon Funeral Home on 14th: fix it or else


At the recent ANC 1A meeting there was a presentation from Bacon Funeral Home. As you may recall, Bacon has been building a new facility next to their existing one at 3447 14th Street NW. The new building has been under construction, if you want to call it that, for I don't know how many years now and nothing has been done to it in forever. It's a cinder block eyesore and to put it charitably, it looks like shit.

So I was glad to see that there was an agenda item at the meeting with an update. I wasn't able to go unfortunately, but ANC 1A05 commish Laina Aquiline provided a summary.

Basically, Deidre Lee, Bacon's office manager, talked about problems they've had with contractor credentials, the city's Dept. of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), financing, and the change in ownership/management to a young generation of the family. All have contributed to the delays. 

The DC Building Authority has given them a 60-day stay for them to get their act together or the city will condemn or "remedy" (as in fix up or knock down, I believe) the building. Bacon's plan is to demolish the existing facility (the one that's open) and replace it with a parking lot.

Obviously this doesn't sound like an ideal plan, and we'll see if they can make that 60-day deadline.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

A parking lot? I hop to god they lose the property during "remediation" or whatever

Anonymous said...

What a fuckn idiot....I guess you want another trashy ass noisy bar there.

Anonymous said...

Speaking of funeral homes, I've often thought of which one I would use if I or one of my family died? All the funeral homes in DC look pretty run down. Might be an interesting topic of discussion.

David said...

I absolutely do not want the owner to lose their property, unless they choose to sell... Not a fan of a parking lot unless its accessed from the alley and not visible from the street. In the meantime, why not temporarily improve the facade until construction can resume with something like this?

Anonymous said...

@David..very thoughtful !

But I am just wondering why so many of the new residents of CH are such assholes and feel like they have th right to dictate or impose what they want on property owners...sure I don't like shitty looking builidings no more the the next resident, But we all know unless you have ddep pockets or a great lawyer with inside track at the DCRA nothing gets done in a timely basis.Furthermore I am a little sick and tired of the arrogance and sense of entitlement that many of the new residence of the "New Columbia Heights" display.Anything from letting they dogs shit and piss on neighbors lawn to riding their damn bikes on predestrain filled sidewalk or running red lights.

Anonymous said...

It seems to me that if they manage to make the construction site into the new funeral home, that having a parking lot next door would be a good idea. It will keep funeral parking off the street.

Anonymous said...

@ anonymous:

"why so many of the new residents of CH are such assholes and feel like they have th right to dictate or impose what they want on property owners"

They're called zoning laws, they've been around forever, and they exist for a reason. We all live in a community and what one person builds on their property affects all of us, whether through simply hurting property values or actually putting others' safety at risk. We've seen the recent collapse of the neglected house at Monroe and 11th and a number of neglect-related fires, which endanger us all.

"But we all know unless you have ddep pockets or a great lawyer with inside track at the DCRA nothing gets done in a timely basis."

That doesn't seem to be the problem with Bacon's monstrosity, where I haven't seen work done for years.

"Anything from letting they dogs shit and piss on neighbors lawn..."

Your rant is going even farther off topic here. I own a dog and never let it walk or do anything on other people's property, and in my 7+ years in DC have never seen anyone else do that either. Can you cite specific instances where you've seen this happen? Even if you can name one or two times, is this the most pressing issue affecting our community? Since moving to CH I've had a gun held to my head and my property taken - I'm a little more concerned about that than a little natural fertilizer for someone's lawn. Are you just upset because the "new" residents actually walk their dogs, instead of leaving them tied up in squalor in their shit-filled yards like many of the "old" residents do?

Pudu said...

A parking lot? Screw you, Bacon Funeral Home.

Louisa said...

Not that really bad for funeral.

PJ said...

The owners may be tired of the business. They will need funding to fix the place. Selling the business to a new undertaker who has the money for the extension is a better option.

Anonymous said...

I just recently lost my Mother, I was shocked to see the condition of the current building inside.Sad for a company so long in business.
Services were very pooooooooor!!!!!!


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Anonymous said...

Yeah the furneal home is ran down the owner now is keeping all the money for himself i know personal i lived around there all my life help work there asked for a job he hires crack head wow fuck bacon

Anonymous said...

Yeah the furneal home is ran down the owner now is keeping all the money for himself i know personal i lived around there all my life help work there asked for a job he hires crack head wow fuck bacon