July 10, 2019 at 2:50 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
DC Eagle building sold
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The DC Eagle’s owners put the building at 3701 Benning Road, N.E. up for sale earlier this year. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.)

The building in which the DC Eagle gay leather bar has been located for more than two years was sold on June 4 by the Eagle’s owners for $1.5 million, according to information published online by the D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue.

DC Eagle co-owners Ted Clements and Herb Kaylor-Hawkins told the Washington Blade in March they put the Eagle’s building at 3701 Benning Road, N.E. up for sale to generate needed revenue with the intent to lease the building from a new owner and to continue operating there.

Clements and Kaylor-Hawkins couldn’t immediately be reached this week to confirm whether a lease back agreement was reached with Estervara LLC, the company that Office of Tax and Revenue records show is the new owner of the building.

The fact that the DC Eagle has remained open and has continued to operate at the Benning Road building since the June 4 sale of the building indicates the new owner has agreed to let the Eagle remain in the building at least for now.

The Tax and Revenue office shows that Estervara LLC lists its D.C. address as 1228 31st Street, N.W. in Georgetown. But an official with a local property management company that manages the Hamilton Court office and residential complex at that address told the Blade no company by that name rents space in the office-residential complex.

It couldn’t immediately be determined whether Estervara LLC operates in one of the residential apartments or in an office held by another business tenant at the complex.

D.C. Office of Tax and Revenue records show that on June 11, one week after the Eagle building was sold, the Eagle paid the city $49,588.63 in property taxes for the Benning Road building. The records show that $13,973.60 of the total paid was for property taxes for the first half of 2019 and the remainder was for property taxes owed for 2017 and 2018.

Clements and Kaylor-Hawkins told the Blade in a March 1 interview that the Eagle encountered financial problems over the past year and a half that were being overcome by plans to sell the building and a decision to expand the Eagle’s appeal to all segments of the LGBT community in addition to the leather crowd.

The two said new attractions include drag shows, circuit style dance parties, the admission of people 18-20 years old on certain nights, a “ladies night,” and other activities that have resulted in an expanded customer base.

“So it’s a great space,” said Clements in the March 1 interview. “We’re utilizing it and business is going real good.”

Meanwhile, the building in which another D.C. gay bar is located, The Green Lantern, was put on the market for sale in February. The online real estate listing site Loopnet.com shows the Green Lantern building at 1335 Green Court, N.W. was still on the market for sale as of this week.

Green Lantern owner John Calameco didn’t respond to a request from the Blade for information about his plans for the bar after the building is sold.

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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