June 16, 2010

Several Groundbreakings in August

Developers of several large projects in Shaw adhere to the Macbeth method when promising groundbreakings: tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow.

But this summer is shaping up— keep your fingers crossed— to be a constructive one for Shaw. After decades of disinvestment, decay, and neglect, much of Shaw’s physical environment has already healed.  Some star-crossed exceptions include the area around the Shaw Metro station’s north entrance, which emerges from the ground to a large empty lot, a row of boarded-up shops, a vacant Hostess factory, and a vacant theater.  A terrible first impression of Shaw.

If action is eloquence, then the poetry begins in August.

August 22, 2010 – Howard Theatre

After false starts and a tumbled marquee, the Howard Theatre’s renovation is expected to commence on August 22, 2010, the centennial of the theater’s opening.

August 2010 – UNCF Headquarters

It seems like only yesterday Radio One unceremoniously withdrew from the Broadcast Center One project to be built at the Shaw Metro’s north entrance.  Lo and behold, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) swooped in to fill the void.  The District cemented the deal by offering UNCF $5.1 million in tax abatement and relocation subsidies.  The project will include 50,000 square feet for UNCF’s offices, a college information center, as well as 180 (or 133?) housing units.  Work on the project will also commence in August 2010 and finish sometime in 2012.

September 2, 2010 – O Street Market

Just down Seventh Street between O and P Streets is the shell of a Victorian-era market designed by German-born Washington architect Adolf Cluss.  The project includes condos, apartments, senior housing, a hotel, parking, retail, and a new Giant to be built behind the extant walls of the old market (rendering above).  The project will also re-establish Eighth Street NW between O and P Streets NW.  Construction will begin on September 2 and the current Giant will close and be demolished early next year.

Categories: Development Projects, Howard Theatre, O Street Market, UNCF
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2 Replies

  1. I hate to be Debby Downer, but I’m not getting my hopes up until I see shovels in the ground and dirt actually moving! Too many false starts with these projects. Also, from the renderings, it looks like the existing buildings on the “block of blight” will be incorporated into the new UNCF project. But there are still retail tenants occupying some of this retail space. Will these tenants be forced to vacate within the next few weeks? Perhaps they are only on month-to-month leases at this point.

    AP - June 17, 2010 @ 12:07 pm
  2. I hear you, AP. All three project have been perennial promises.

    According to the developer’s site, every building but the Chinese carry-out on the corner and the adjacent store are part of the project. I believe that means that only the salon is left.

    Eric Fidler - June 17, 2010 @ 11:30 pm

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