July 3, 2018 at 2:55 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Bachelors Mill building sold at auction
Bachelor's Mill, gay news, Washington Blade

Bachelor’s Mill in 2002. (Washington Blade archive photo by I. Hope)

In a little-noticed development, the D.C.-based Alex Cooper Auctioneers company announced that the building at 1101-1104 8th St., S.E. near the Washington Navy Yard in which the gay bar Bachelors Mill has been located since 1988 was sold at a public auction on May 24 for $3,275,000.

The announcement says the sale was part a foreclosure proceeding recorded on April 24 against the holder of the building’s mortgage.

Community Life in the DMV, an online newsletter that covers news of interest to the African-American LGBT community in D.C., was the first to report the sale in its July edition. The newsletter, published by longtime gay activist Courtney Williams, says Bachelors Mill is the last remaining black-owned gay club in the city.

Public land records from the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue show that the sale of the Bachelors Mill building was finalized on June 20 and that the new owner is a company called Northeast Management Consulting LLC located at 3399 Benning Rd., N.E.

When contacted by the Washington Blade this week, an official with the company refused to comment on the company’s plans for the building or whether it would allow the Bachelors Mill to continue operating there.

David J. Lewis is listed as the owner of the Bachelors Mill on the club’s liquor license filed with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration. Lewis couldn’t immediately be reached this week for comment.

“At this time, no plans have been revealed by the new owners as to the future of the club,” the Community Life newsletter reports. “In the meantime, the club is still open and operating as of this writing.”

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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