Mott’s Market Is on the Market Again!
by Hilary Russell
The neighborhood coalition to save the historic corner grocery store at 223 12th Street, SE, has been galvanized by the new “For Sale” sign at this address. As Capitol Hill Corner reported (https://bit.ly/3rje3Ee numerous neighbors established an LLC (limited liability company) and made a serious bid to buy the building in April. The winning bidders were long-time Capitol Hill residents Amit and Veronique Singh – not, as rumored, a developer. This couple found a larger, three-unit building on G Street, SE, that they prefer very soon after and closed that sale on May 31. That’s why 223 12th Street is back on the market. Evidently, there’s nothing wrong with the building, which is now listed for $1.35 million—$100,000 more than the April price.
The coalition is ramping up to make another serious offer that preserves a valued neighborhood resource and prevents its potential conversion to condos. A meeting hosted by Jordan LaCrosse on June 2 ran numbers and confirmed the coalition’s commitment to buy the building and rent the store space to a vendor who shares the community’s values. The core group pledged to reach out immediately to new and existing supporters, put up new signs, and get press coverage.