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From the September 2011 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The vacant beige behemoth at 2136 Wisconsin—the former home of an unlicensed party house known as Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen—has a new owner. On July 29, the property was sold for $2.5 million to “2136 Wisconsin Avenue Venture, LLC,” a company controlled by Seung Lim, according to a spokesman for the seller.

In 2009, the building came to the neighborhood’s attention when its lone resident, X*, held a string of noisy, open-bar parties there. X and other party promoters charged for admission without having secured a license to sell alcohol. In fact, the building was not even supposed to be occupied, because construction on a major renovation begun in 2007 was never completed.

In late 2009, the mortgagee, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, foreclosed on the property and took possession of it. X was evicted, and he still faces legal charges stemming from one of the parties—plus a $100 bench warrant for failing to appear at an arraignment in January.

Frank Amantia, an attorney for Mid-Atlantic, says he believes Lim plans to develop the building “in a manner consistent with the original plans filed with the DC government: four apartments above a commercial unit…. I think that Glover Park should be very happy with the results.” Lim could not be reached for comment.

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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.

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From the November 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

At 2136 Wisconsin Avenue—the blocky tan apartment house formerly known as The Vixen and Wisconsin Overlook—a caretaker has taken up residence, at least part-time. The uncompleted building has been vacant and for sale since its former tenant was evicted last spring, but lately neighbors have been noticing a car parked there overnight. “There are no tenants or squatters,” says Steve Loewy, an attorney for the owner, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union. “The only person ‘living’ in the property is someone who is simply watching the property to keep it free from vandalism and squatters.”

Meanwhile, former tenant X*, who held multiple paid, open-bar parties at the property last year, is still facing one misdemeanor charge of selling alcohol without a license. Though his case was dismissed in July because the prosecutor had a scheduling conflict, the Office of the Attorney General immediately re-filed the charges. X’s arraignment in the revived case is scheduled for November 3, but a summons sent to him in September was returned as undeliverable.

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From the June 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

The erstwhile Vixen (a/k/a Wisconsin Overlook) at 2136 Wisconsin—site of a series of paid, unlicensed open-bar parties last year—is listed for sale at $5 million. Each of its stories is also available for lease at $34.50 per square foot, according to the listing. [A sign posted at the property announces a sealed-bid sale, with bids accepted through June 30.]

The property last sold for $2.4 million to Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union at a foreclosure auction in October 2009. At the time, tenant (and party host) X* was still in residence and fighting for possession of the building. After losing a court battle, he moved away.

X will be back in town on July 13, though. That’s the date of his trial for selling alcohol without a license at a party last September. X faces a penalty of up to one year in jail plus a $1,000 fine.

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From the April 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

Pour beer out for The Vixen. In early March, tenant X* vacated 2136 Wisconsin, a.k.a. “The Vixen” and “Wisconsin Overlook.” For at least a year, X had used the boxy tan building as an unlicensed party house, a private fashion showroom, and—we have recently learned—the headquarters of a nascent clothing company called “Authentic, Original Gear.” [Link displays Google maps results for the address, cached on January 2, 2010.]

After a foreclosure last October, X tried to prevent the building’s new owner, Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union, from taking possession of the property. At a March 1 hearing, he testified that he had planned to use the still-unfinished building as a bed-and-breakfast.

Evidence presented at the hearing included two leases X had signed with the building’s former owner—a bankrupt corporation called 2136 Wisconsin LLC—as well as a May 2009 offer from X to purchase the building from the former owner for $2.4 million. But the judge was unconvinced that X had any legitimate claim against the building’s current owner, which won full rights to the property. Among other deciding factors, the former owner was not legally entitled to lease the property, and X does not seem to have paid any rent.

“It is clear to the Court that Mr. X was trying to ‘do business’ without any real appreciation for the legal requirements that apply,” wrote Judge Joan Zeldon in her memorandum and order. “He may or may not be a good businessman. He definitely has an entrepreneurial spirit.”

In a separate court case, X has pled not-guilty to selling alcohol without a license during a party last September. There is a status hearing in that case on April 12. X did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

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From the March 2010 edition of the Glover Park Gazette:

In a lawsuit over who should possess 2136 Wisconsin—the erstwhile party house known as “Wisconsin Overlook” and “The Vixen”—tenant X* failed to appear in court on February 12. As a result, his motion to assert his own claim to the six-unit condo building was denied. [X has since re-filed the motion.] X has said that building owner Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union is unfairly holding $20,000 of his in consideration of buying the property. The credit union says no such payment was made by X or anyone else.

Now, Mid-Atlantic is taking legal steps that could end in X’s eviction. On February 17, the credit union filed an affidavit to assure the court that X’s property-management firm, GreenLight International LLC, is not a person and therefore not in the military.

X has pled not guilty to a charge of selling alcohol without a license during a party on September 19, 2009. No trial date had been set at press time.

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From the February 2010 Glover Park Gazette:

Point, Mid-Atlantic. Three months after foreclosing on 2136 Wisconsin—the big tan box near Holy Rood Cemetery—Mid-Atlantic Federal Credit Union won a court order ending the possessory rights of its former owner and its former management company, GreenLight International LLC. On January 14, a judge ordered resident X*, the CEO of GreenLight, to provide Mid-Atlantic with “all keys and passkeys and passcodes” necessary to enter the building.

But X has filed a motion to assert his own personal right to possession of the building. X—who hosted multiple paid, unlicensed, open-bar parties at the property last year—has said that Mid-Atlantic is holding $20,000 of his in consideration of buying the property. Steve Loewy, an attorney for Mid-Atlantic, says that neither X nor any other potential buyer has given the credit union any amount of money in consideration of a purchase. X also alleges that the credit union violated protocol—and his rights as a tenant—while foreclosing on the property. Stephen Hessler, another attorney for Mid-Atlantic, calls those allegations “groundless.” The case goes to trial on February 12.

In a separate matter, X appeared in court on January 20 and pled not guilty to a charge of selling alcohol without a license during a $25-per-person party on September 19. (The building’s former owner, a bankrupt corporation owned by developer David Cameron, has yet to pay $4,000 in fines resulting from the same party, according to a spokeswoman for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs.) X faces a maximum penalty of one year in jail plus a $1,000 fine. A status hearing in the case is scheduled for February 19.

Meanwhile, X and Cameron are defending themselves against accusations of misbehavior in the complex bankruptcy filing of a D.C. day care center. The center, Nation’s Capital Child and Family Development, alleges that with X’s help, Cameron angled to unlawfully evict the center from its Northeast D.C. headquarters, after Cameron used a secret mortgage scheme to draw money out of that property for construction at 2136 Wisconsin. In legal pleadings, Cameron and X deny these allegations. A pre-trial conference in the case is scheduled for February 23.

The property at 2136 Wisconsin first caught the neighborhood’s attention last April, when a bash there billed as “the grand opening of Wisconsin Overlook” drew hundreds of well-dressed revelers (at $10 to $25 each), as well as police responding to noise complaints.

By September, invitations were labeling the venue “The Vixen,” and now we know why: X had set up part of the six-condo building’s interior as a private clothing showroom affiliated with The Vixen in Centreville, Virginia, a retail clothing store. [Below: the trademarked “Vixen” logo on a wall at 2136 Wisconsin.] Some of X’s parties included fashion shows and clothing sales, according to invitations and attendees. The building has none of the permits required to function as any sort of business, a DCRA spokesman has said.

X did not respond to an emailed request for comment.

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