Ex-Resident Sues Georgetown Retirement Home

The current state of the former Q Street senior residential complex called the Georgetown. Photo by Richard Selden.

Charging misleading practices amounting to a violation of tenant and consumer rights, as well as financial injury, Beatrice Alexander, a former resident of the Georgetown, a retirement residence at 2512 Q St. NW that closed last year, has filed a lawsuit against the Holladay Corporation, according to a letter released to the press Nov. 16. Holladay was the facility’s owner and operator.

The 96-unit complex was closed in 2016 for what residents had been told by letter would be a “$12 million overhaul and renovation …  to bring it up to date and restore it to a first-class facility.” The letter informed them that the building would have to be closed for approximately one year and that the company would incur the costs for local residents to move back. The current rent was to be honored, with no more than a three-percent annual escalation.

But just a few months later, the more than 100 senior residents who had moved out were informed by letter that the Georgetown would be converted into luxury apartments and cease to operate as a senior living facility. The letter “subsequently implied that re-admittance of former residents would not be permitted as originally promised,” according to a spokesperson for the plaintiff.

At press time, it was not known if other former residents were expected to join the lawsuit as plaintiffs.

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