Radio One Pulls Out; Shaw Metro Still Barren
We reported a few days ago that the developer for Media Center One (a.k.a. Broadcast Center One), a mixed-use project slated for the area around the Shaw Metro, had inked a lease with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Good news for the long-delayed project.
Now the Washington Business Journal reports that the main tenant, Radio One, has inexplicably decided to stay put in the glitzy media town of Lanham, Maryland.
Though the development team says the project will go forward, we have trouble believing they can secure additional financing until they sign a replacement tenant.
At the previous ANC1B meeting, a lawyer representing the development group announced the group’s intention to convert 50,000 square feet of apartment space into office space. With Radio One out of the picture, perhaps they can revert the 50,000 square feet to apartments.
What’s most upsetting is that in January 2008, the District offered $23 million in subsidies to lure Radio One to the city. Two years and two months later, the land still sits vacant while Radio One just wasted two years of the taxpayers’ time.
We hope the developer finds a replacement soon, but unless the city is able to transfer the subsidy to another commercial enterprise, any struggling firm may balk at the District’s ridiculously high 9.975% corporate income tax rate— especially when Maryland and Virginia only charge 8.25% and 6.0%, respectively.