D.C. data suggests Ward 6 has plenty of room left to grow.
The 20002 zip code alone contains more than 17.2 million square feet of vacant land, according to data released today by the D.C. Office of the Chief Financial Officer. More than 29 percent of vacant land in that area — which covers the northern portion of Capitol Hill, part of Hill East, the H St NE corridor and NoMa — is owned by the federal government.
The 20003 zip code — which covers the southern portion of Capitol Hill, most of Hill East and Navy Yard — has far less empty space, at just over 1 million square feet. The 20024 zip code, which covers the Southwest waterfront, has more than 2.8 million square feet of vacant space, the data shows.
The D.C. finance office calculated the amounts of vacant land using the District’s real property tax database. A big caveat on the data is that it includes parks, train tracks and other space we likely wouldn’t want to develop.
About 19 percent of all land in the District is vacant and unimproved, according to the data. Sixty-six percent of this land is owned by the federal government.
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