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2136 Wisconsin For Sale, 1/3/13Four residential condo units at 2136 Wisconsin Ave.—the onetime home of an unlicensed party venue called Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen—are now for sale, according to a sign on the property. A year ago, owner Seung Lim posted the same sign on the unsightly tan building, but back then he had not yet filed the appropriate paperwork to divide the building into separate units. In mid-November, that paperwork was filed, according to the Department of Housing and Community Development. Lim did not respond to our call asking the price of the units.

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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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2136 Wisconsin, the long-vacant tan renovation once used as an unlicensed party venue called Wisconsin Overlook and The Vixen, is for sale by its new owner, according to a sign on the property. Last July, the foreclosed building sold for $2.5 million to “2136 Wisconsin Avenue Venture, LLC,” a company controlled by Virginia businessman Seung Lim.

UPDATE: We spoke to Lim, who has been finishing the building’s six condominium units, left incomplete in a 2007 renovation. No new building permits have been issued for the property, but Lim says that’s because the work is minor and in keeping with plans previously approved by the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. “We do not touch the wall; we do not do anything about the electric. We just refinish it,” he says.

The condo units are for sale individually, and the property’s first-floor retail space is for lease, Lim says. Interested parties can call Lim at 703-499-4494.

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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.

* Name removed 12/16/18

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