Archive for November, 2012

Anacostia Supermarket Sold to Virginia Investor, Who Hopes to Replace It With National Tenants

Anacostia's only grocery store is closing today, and it may soon be replaced by a combination of tenants that could include a organic food store, a fast food chain store, a dialysis center, a dentist's office, or a childcare center.
Good Hope Investments LLC bought the Anacostia Warehouse Supermarket building at 1918 14th St. SE on [...]

Morning Links

A visual comparison of Metro stations' passenger flows at various times of day. [GGW]
Joe Biden visits Costco, in GIFs. [NBC4]
Judge hears testimony on controversial Ivy City bus barn. [Post]
Miami-area residents spend the highest percentage of their income on housing and transportation; D.C. is lowest. [Atlantic Cities]
Mayor Vince Gray talks Costco, school closings, and people getting [...]

Council Committee Approves Tax Break That CFO Called Unnecessary

A D.C. Council committee approved an $11 million tax break today for the Howard Town Center development on Georgia Avenue NW—despite the fact that Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi deemed the break unnecessary.
The Council's finance and revenue committee approved the 10-year, 100 percent property tax abatement, plus three other tax breaks, in less than a [...]

Housing Chief Todman Weighs in on Capper/Carrollsburg

My column this week is on the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood around the Navy Yard Metro. It's a lively neighborhood these days, with three new parks and a rapidly growing restaurant scene. Many residents—newcomers themselves—think of it as a brand-new neighborhood, built from scratch. But there's a sad history behind the place: The Arthur Capper/Carrollsburg public [...]

HPRB Approves Spingarn Landmarking. Next: The Car Barn Fight

The Historic Preservation Review Board just unanimously approved the designation of Spingarn Senior High School at Benning Road and 26th Street NE as a historic landmark. But the central issue on everyone's mind wasn't addressed: what the landmarking will mean for the planned streetcar barn and training facility on the Spingarn campus.
Spingarn's landmarking is based [...]

Costco Opens. What Comes Next?

Washington, D.C., welcome to the era of warehouse retail.
The city's first Costco opened this morning in Fort Lincoln, near the intersection of New York and South Dakota avenues NE. Last night, Mayor Vince Gray, Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, and other notables wandered the aisles in a state of giddy excitement at the store's preview [...]

Gretchen Pfaehler to Chair Historic Preservation Review Board

Historic Preservation Review Board chair Catherine Buell is stepping down to lead a city development project and will be replaced by HPRB member Gretchen Pfaehler.
Buell was appointed to the board in 2008 and became the first female HPRB chair in 2010. After two and a half years, she's leaving both HPRB and her paying job [...]

Morning Links

LivingSocial layoffs unlikely to hit D.C. offices hard, given tax break deal. [CityDesk]
The city's seeking contractors to envision a post-Height Act D.C. [WBJ]
A Mary Cheh bill would let contractors buy passes to park on residential streets. [GGW]
The city is trying to lease out a Georgia Avenue building that's falling apart. [WBJ]
2012's best smart growth projects. [...]


The support crew had already removed the red carpet, so Mayor Vince Gray trod gingerly across the ice, from the Olympia ice resurfacer he’d been driving to the festive crowd of neighbors, public officials, and Washington Capitals cheerleaders. He stepped inside the airy Park Tavern restaurant for a snack of smoked salmon, charcuterie, and cider [...]

Anacostia Eviction Battle: The Salvation Army, a Former Mayoral Candidate, and the Shadow Campaign?

A battle is brewing over an Anacostia health center facing eviction—and it appears to involve an alleged central figure in the so-called "shadow campaign" to help elect Mayor Vince Gray.
The fight is between the Spirit Fitness Health and Wellness Center and the Salvation Army. Rev. Willie Wilson, the president of Spirit and a senior pastor at Anacostia's [...]