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Archive for December, 2009

McMansion Watch in East Silver Spring – From Condemned to Almost Done?

701 Easley Street in 2002
Most of East Silver Spring still has “normal sized” older houses.  The few McMansions or new infill construction that we do have REALLY stand out. 
One example on Easley street is the “McMansion with no windows”  It started out as a small bungalow home built in 1928 between 2 other similar houses.  The home had a larger and deeper than average lot size of 12,180 sq ft. 

It was torn down sometime ago and remained a big watery mud hole with trash and debris in it for a few  years.  I once walked by the lot and noticed they were still getting junk and other mail delivered to 701 Easley, it was strewn all over the front of the mud hole. While it was still just a hole, it caused a lot of concern and complaints from the adjoining neighbors and the neighborhood in general. 

I though they’d never build anything there.  Then all of a sudden a huge foundation went up in 2006.  The picture does not do it justice – it is ENORMOUS.  I couldn’t wait to see what it would look like when it was finished.  I thought it would certainly stand out amongst the smaller old bungalows on the Easley August 2009street.

Fast Forward 2+ years from this original post and photo about the house and this house still looked the same – except for the CONDEMNDED notice on the front door from Montgomery County. The notice was posted in June or July of this year (2009),  most likely because of the many complaints from the neighbors.
                                 
Photos of the condemned house with the sign in
August 2009 

WOW – The house looks a lot better this week – but the same condemned sign is still on the front door from this past summer. 

Finally after almost 5 years that original sink hole it is starting to look like a decent house!

Easley Street 12/09

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