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Demolition drama at future Walmart site

September 8, 2011 - 02:32 PM
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Some Ward 4 residents responded with anger to reports that demolition had begun on the site of the future Georgia Avenue Walmart. First reported by The Brightwoodian, it appeared that the roof had been razed off the Brightwood Car Barn even though the appropriate permit had not been issued. The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs investigated and confirmed that a permit had not been issued for demolition on the site. Immediately, Ward 4 Thrives, a Walmart opposition group, penned a release about the developer’s “flagrant disregard for due process.”

Now, Michael Neibauer of Washington Business Journal reports, it seems the drama stemmed from a simple error. Rockville-based Foulger-Pratt, Walmart’s developer for the Georgia Avenue store, did apply for a permit—but for the wrong address. The demolition began at 5927 Georgia Ave. NW, but the permit was for 5919 Georgia Ave.

A DCRA-issued stop-work order from Wednesday was lifted today. A DCRA spokesperson said the incorrect address should have been caught when the application was submitted.


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