From the May 2009 Glover Park Gazette:
Loud rooftop carousing has come to Glover Park—not at Town Hall, but at a mostly-empty building one block south of there. This winter, while Town Hall awaited permission from the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration to serve liquor to seated patrons on its roof, the hulking tan stucco apartment house at 2136 Wisconsin opened its doors to paying guests for all-night, all-you-can-drink music, art, and dance events.
People who live or work nearby say they first noticed the parties in February. Speaking on condition of anonymity, one observer said the events happen several nights each week and frequently last until dawn. Revelers arrive and leave through the rear of the building, which backs onto a shared parking lot. The cover charge tends to be $25 or $50, but inside, it’s open bar, according to online invitations discovered by the Glover Park Gazette.
The building’s location is typically kept secret from party invitees until after they have RSVP’d, but the venue blew its own cover on April 3 when it hosted a public and widely publicized art show and dance party billed as “the grand opening of Wisconsin Overlook.” Police and ABRA inspectors were called to the raucous scene, but they did not stop the party, even though its organizers had no license to sell alcohol, according to ABRA spokesman Bill Hager. The agency has no jurisdiction over residential buildings, Hager explained.
The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, however, could well have jurisdiction. To run any sort of business in D.C., you need at least one government license, and 2136 Wisconsin doesn’t have any, says DCRA spokesman Mike Rupert. A private nightclub, even one that charges at the door rather than by the drink, would likely need a business license, a liquor license, and a certificate of occupancy, among other licenses. Rupert would neither confirm nor deny that a DCRA investigation of the property was underway.
No investigation may be necessary to quiet things down, though: our sources report that, between the police visit on April 3 and our deadline one week later, they saw no party activity at the building at all.
Building owner David Cameron could not be reached for comment, but he told us last fall that he was about to lease the long-vacant property to one tenant, who would then sublet it. According to a sign on the door, the property is managed by GreenLight International, LLC. Calls and emails to the company went unanswered, except for one emailed response that read, “Ok sorry. Do we know each other?”