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The new owner of 2136 Wisconsin Ave., a tan stucco building formerly known as Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen, got a little ahead of himself when he began advertising the building’s six condo units for sale, according to Najuma Thorpe, a spokesperson for the Department of Housing and Community Development. We reported in January that Virginia businessman Seung Lim had posted a “for sale” sign on the property, but Thorpe says that Lim has not yet applied to the city for authorization to convert the building to condos. D.C. law forbids owners from selling condo units until they are legally registered with both DHCD and the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.

Thorpe says she has spoken to the owner through his attorney, and “it seems they will work to ensure they are compliant with the Condo Act.” As of this morning, the for-sale sign on the property is down.

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From the March 2012 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Bad news for sandwich fans: Potbelly isn’t coming. The quirky chain eatery had its eyes on the former Vespa space at 2233 Wisconsin Ave.—and even secured a building permit to renovate the vacant storefront—but it never signed a lease and “is no longer pursuing this location,” according to spokesperson Jennifer Jaacks.
We have no idea why this particular lease wasn’t signed, but since Vespa closed in 2008, we’ve heard of several businesses that were interested in leasing the space but couldn’t seal a deal. It’s almost as if the landlord, Oliver Carr Properties, doesn’t want to rent it. (A Carr representative did not respond to our request for comment.)

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From the April 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

2317 Wisconsin Avenue, the former home of Margarita’s Mexican restaurant, has been listed for sale, as-is, at $1,315,000. (Here’s the sales flier.) According to Realtor Eugene Kenney of Cushman & Wakefield, the vacant 2,646-square-foot storefront property was listed on Thursday, March 24, and had already been shown to several prospective buyers by the following Tuesday. Though the Margarita’s kitchen has largely been dismantled, he says, all the interested parties were looking at the building as a potential restaurant.

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From the April 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

We hear a high-end furniture store has been considering leasing 2209 Wisconsin Ave., vacant since the Mobili modern furniture store decamped more than three years ago. A representative of the property management company tells us no lease has yet been signed.

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From the April 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

There’s still no tenant for the old MyerEmco space at 2241 Wisconsin Ave., and the building’s owner now tells us he may sell the building. “There’s a lot of interest in the property,” says Paul London, who owns the complex that includes not only MyerEmco, but Glover Park Hardware and Washington Sports Club at 2251 Wisconsin Ave.

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From the March 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Three parties have expressed interest in buying 2136 Wisconsin Ave., says a representative of the vacant building’s owner. But so far there are no takers for the hulking tan apartment house, formerly an unlicensed entertainment venue known as Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen.

Lately, observers have noticed some construction going on inside the building, whose expansion in 2007 was never fully completed. But the owner’s representative, Frank Amantia of Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, says the work is minimal. “These are repairs that were necessary in order to protect the building from water infiltration, in addition to minor work to ensure the safety and security of the building,” Amantia says. “Nothing has been done relative to the completion of the living spaces.”

The building’s former resident, X*, faces several charges relating to a party in the building in September 2009—one of a string of events at which a cover was charged and alcohol was served without benefit of a liquor license. He was scheduled to be arraigned on these charges on January 19, but did not appear in court. The judge then issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

* Name removed 12/16/18

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From the January 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The party was in 2009, but the hangover continues. More than a year ago, X* was charged with selling alcohol without a license during a networking event at his then-home, the clunky tan apartment house known as The Vixen and Wisconsin Overlook (2136 Wisconsin Ave.). In November, the case against him was dismissed—for the second time. But prosecutors immediately reopened it and added three new charges related to the same incident.

Last January, X pled not-guilty to one charge of unlicensed alcohol sales at one in a string of paid, open-bar parties at the now-vacant property. That case was dismissed last July when the lead prosecutor and a key prosecution witness were both unavailable to appear at trial. The Office of the Attorney General refiled the charges, but the court had trouble finding X to serve a new summons. (After being evicted from the foreclosed property last spring, he moved to Miami, our sources say.)

On November 22, the case against X was again dismissed when prosecutors failed to bring his case file to a court date. But the following week, the case was reopened with a vengeance. In addition to one count of selling alcohol without a license, X now faces charges of operating a business without a license; operating a public hall without a license; and failing to obtain an occupancy permit. X’s arraignment is scheduled for January 19.

UPDATE: After X failed to appear for his January 19 arraignment, the judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

* Name removed 12/16/18

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