Thursday, July 31, 2003

K&S Liquors
The final hearing will be tommorrow (6/30) at 1pm
in the ABC Hearing Room
941 N. Capitol St NW
Washington, DC

I hope that all will attend, your support is needed.

K&S Liquor Store, Protest Hearing
Prepared by Brian Gehman

You have already heard from others testimony to the indirect effects
that K&S Liquor has had on:
1. the quality of life issues for residents of the neighborhood,
including crime, vagrancy, trash, litter, etc.
2. the drain on Metropolitan Police Department resources, due to
patrolling, apprehensions, and arrests.
Having lived in the neighborhood since 1989, I could provide additional
examples and evidence of the above, including some very recent

However, today I am presenting to you an analysis of the economic
impact K&S Liquors has had on the District of Columbia's tax revenue. By
the time I am complete, I believe you will agree with my thesis that the
District of Columbia has more to gain financially by not renewing the
license for K&S Liquors.

You have already received reports and testimony to the fact that
patrons of K&S Liquor gather on the corner where the liquor store is located
(between the 300 and 400 blocks of Florida Avenue, NW) and the
adjoining side street (1700 block of 4th Street, NW). You have also heard
reports that most of the patrons don't live in this immediate neighborhood
(i.e. the surrounding blocks). You have already seen evidence of the
crime, vagrancy, trash and litter resulting from those patrons, and K&S
Liquor's inability to control such, and fundamentally their lack of
concern towards what occurs outside their bullet-proof glass of their
store, and their lack of initiative to do anything about it (even removing
the advertising and boxes located by the windows inside their store so
they could see what is going on and call the police).

The facts I am bringing to you reflect verifiable impacts of the above
problems. They are the results of the problems already identified -
the crime, vagrancy, trash and litter of the patrons. For each
protestant here today that is optimistic that the neighborhood would improve if
the liquor store is shut down, there is at least one person who has
already voted with their feet that the neighborhood would never change for
the better. Those are the persons who decided to NOT live in the
neighborhood, and have already left.

The facts are clear, and you can verify them yourself. Of the
residential houses (excluding commercial establishments and vacant land without
houses), there is currently a significantly higher rate of vacant
houses immediately surrounding the liquor store than in both (a) the
surrounding neighborhood and (b) within the entire District of Columbia

· 300 block Florida Ave, NW South side (block where the liquor store
is located):
50% vacant
· 400 block Florida Ave, NW South side: 71% vacant
· 1700 block 4th Street, NW East side: 50% vacant
· 1700 block 4th Street, NW West side: 33% vacant

According to U.S. Census Bureau data, there are 274,845 housing units
in the District of Columbia. The same source states that the District
of Columbia has 248,338 occupied housing units. I calculate the occupied
housing units to be 90.36% of the total, or less than 10% housing units

Comparable surveys of vacant housing merely one block to the East,
South and West beyond the above-listed blocks plagued by patrons of the
liquor store reveal data in line with the U.S. Census Bureau data for the
entire District of Columbia. In other words, absent the effects of the
liquor store, this neighborhood is pretty average in terms of vacant

· 200 block Florida Ave, NW South side: 9% vacant
· 400 block R Street, NW both sides: 13% vacant
· 300 block R Street, NW both sides: 27% vacant (slightly higher due
to two houses for sale being vacant)

· The 500 block of Florida Avenue was not surveyed as this is in a
different neighborhood, and is across the major route of Rhode Island
· The North side of Florida Avenue was not considered as many of the
patrons stay on the South side of this busy street, except at times to
cross to the gas station.
· 4th Street takes a jog North of the liquor store, and continues on
the other side of the major intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and
Florida Avenue, which is in a different neighborhood. Consequently, 4th
Street North of the liquor store was not considered.
· 3rd Street just North of the Liquor store has no residential houses
before it crosses Rhode Island Avenue and enters a different
· The style of houses on R Street is very similar to the style of
houses found on the 1700 block of 4th Street, so two blocks on R Street
(one block south of the liquor store) were used as comparables for the
surrounding neighborhood.

It is very conceivable that by not renewing the liquor license and
permitting the liquor store to be shut down, the patrons would no longer
have reason to loiter in the neighborhood. Prospective households
considering moving into the District of Columbia would more likely consider
the neighborhood a viable option if the patrons were not present, along
with the crime, vagrancy, etc.

Based on my calculations attached to this report, I estimate that each
household would bring an additional $3,191 in tax revenue to the
District of Columbia, beyond the real property taxes the District of Columbia
is already receiving. There would likely be additional uncalculated
financial benefits to the District of Columbia, because (a) real property
tax assessments would increase if the vacant houses were renovated, or
at a minimum maintained in livable condition, and (b) annual vehicle
registration fees and excise taxes from the purchase of automobiles of
those residents.

The three problem blocks listed total 31 residential houses. If the
vacancies were reduced to merely 10% in these three problem blocks alone,
I estimate it would result in 12 new households, or a minimum $38,292
in additional tax revenue to the District of Columbia. (This is
reflected in year 2000 dollars, not adjusted upward for inflation to reflect
year 2003.)

There would likely be little downside risk to the District of Columbia
in terms of lost revenue because patrons could purchase their liquor at
other venues in this same neighborhood, just blocks away.

Not renewing the liquor license of K&S Liquors so that additional
households would move into the high percentage of vacant houses would be
consistent with the Mayor's goal of bringing an additional 100,000 new
residents to the District of Columbia.

K&S Liquor, Protest Hearing
Residential Vacancy Rates for Blocks closest to liquor store
Prepared by Brian Gehman

Address # Street Name Status

300 Block Florida Ave, South Side
300 Florida Ave, NW Vacant - renovation in process
302 Florida Ave, NW
304 Florida Ave, NW Listed as vacant in DC RPT database, no gas meter
306 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows
308 Florida Ave, NW
310 Florida Ave, NW
312 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (Kuumba Kollectibles)
322 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (K&S Liquors)
Total residential: 6
Residential vacant: 3
Vacancy rate: 50%

400 Block Florida Ave, South Side
400 Florida Ave, NW Commercial (Ken's Carry Out)
402 Florida Ave, NW
404 Florida Ave, NW
406 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-door open behind locked gate
408 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-board over lower window
410 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows
412 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-renovation in process
414 Florida Ave, NW Vacant-boards on windows

Total residential: 7
Residential vacant: 5
Vacancy rate: 71%

1700 Block 4th Street, East Side
1709 4th Street, NW
1711 4th Street, NW Vacant-for sale
1713 4th Street, NW
1715 4th Street, NW
1717 4th Street, NW VACANT LAND-NO HOUSE
1719 4th Street, NW Vacant-no front door, renovation in process
1721 4th Street, NW Vacant-front door open for several months

Total residential: 6
Residential vacant: 3
Vacancy rate: 50%

1700 Block 4th Street, West Side
1700 4th Street, NW
1702 4th Street, NW
1704 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-tall weeds
1706 4th Street, NW
1708 4th Street, NW
1710-1712 4th Street, NW
1714 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-renovation in process
1716 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years
1718 4th Street, NW Vacant for several years-renovation in process
1722 4th Street, NW
1724 4th Street, NW
1726 4th Street, NW

Total residential: 12
Residential vacant: 4
Vacancy rate: 33%
[ Thu Jul 31, 08:09:33 AM | MM Maxwell | edit ]
Chain Reaction & ShawEco Village
July 30, 2003, 8pm

Please come support the Shaw EcoVillage EcoDesign Corps and Chain Reaction Programs. Listen to bluegrass music by the Rock Creek Ramblers and enter a raffle to win prizes from generous businesses like Coppi’s Organic, Cafe Nema Restaurant, the Warehouse Theater and others! Proceeds go to further the efforts of Shaw EcoVillage.

TONIGHT! July 30, 2003, 8pm
Velvet Lounge, 915 U St., NW, 1 block from the U St. Metro (green line)
$5 at the door
21 and over please


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7. Make-up session!

*Tuesday evenings, 6:30-8:30pm, starting August 5, 2003 (exception- class Weds., September 3)

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In the EcoDesign Corps, high school students participate in internships or fellowships where they apply their critical thinking skills to solve real-life community issues. Participants focus on the following areas: Clean Water, Air and Land; Community Pride & Identity; Health and Wellness; Equitable Development; Public Space; and Transportation.

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