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Today was the groundbreaking for renovations at this dumpy Brightwood apartment building, located at 6425 14th Street, NW. The structure has been vacant since the 1980s. Blue Skye Development is doing a $4.6 million rehabbing job, which will result in 26 units—-14 of which will be affordable housing, according to a press release from the District.

Here’s more information from the city announcement:

Additional amenities will include a community room, roof deck, energy-efficient aluminum windows, and an elevator. The project will also include single-space parking garages on the ground level as well as outdoor spaces directly behind the building. The District expects the redevelopment of the property to be complete by March 2010.

Built in the 1950s, the four-story, 29,856 square-foot building had previously been vacant since the 1980s. The District purchased the property for $3 million in the spring of 2008 from disgraced landlord Vincent Abell, against whom the District filed suit in April 2008 for numerous building code violations.