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%

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