Archive for May, 2013

Living Wage Bill Clears Committee, Heads for Full Council Vote

A controversial bill to require large retailers in the District to pay a "living wage" sailed through a key D.C. Council committee vote this morning, setting up a vote in the full Council.
The Large Retailer Accountability Act was introduced in January by Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and received a contentious hearing in March, with members [...]

Morning Links

9th Street continues its development momentum. [UrbanTurf]
What the Eisenhower Memorial can learn from the Lincoln. [DCist]
Massive power outages. Cicada invasion to blame? [WJLA]
Park Service dodgy over who controls Pennsylvania Avenue. [WashCycle]
Metro to replace failing platforms at Minnesota Ave. and Deanwood. [WBJ]
Amend our zoning regulations and we'll get the next Steve Jobs (or something). [GGW]
Hidden dangers [...]

For a Few Dollars More

After a few years of tightening purse strings, the D.C. Council passed a record $12.1 billion budget last week—about $800 million more than the 2013 budget—with a final vote scheduled for June 18. The new cash comes courtesy of the District’s growing population, which has increased the city’s income and sales tax bases and driven up [...]

Orange Makes One Fix to Living Wage Bill, But Problems Remain

At a D.C. Council hearing in March, one of the principal objections to proposed legislation that would require certain retailers—those that bring in at least $1 billion a year and have a D.C. store of more than 75,000 square feet—to pay a "living wage" was the unfairness of the size requirement. Why, witnesses asked, should Walmart [...]

Franklin School Draws Interest From Four Developers

The Franklin School isn't the easiest property to develop. The gorgeous 1869 building has a central location on 13th Street NW, but it has the potential to scare off developers in several ways. First, it's crumbling. Second, both the exterior and parts of the interior have a historic designation, meaning that developers can't significantly alter [...]

Morning Links

Neighbors fight Skyland/Walmart project. [WBJ]
Ibiza Night Club for sale? [PoPville]
RGIII drops $2.5 million on a Loudoun County home. [WBJ]
More details on the Mom's Organic Market coming to Hecht's [WBJ]
Sequestration's not as bad as we feared. [Post]
Biking's not just for white people. [Atlantic Cities]
Retailers can lease St. Es pop-up space for $1/month. [WBJ]
Today on the market: [...]

Boomtown Brats

The New York Times’ Ross Douthat looks at D.C.’s new high-rises and sees “a city running on exploitation,” the wealth of which “is ultimately extracted from taxpayers more than it is earned.” In the paper’s Sunday magazine, Annie Lowrey takes readers on a tour of “Washington’s Economic Boom, Financed by You.” Fox News’ Sean Hannity [...]

St. Elizabeths Development Gets Underway With Pavilion Groundbreaking

The ballyhooed development of the St. Elizabeths East Campus finally took a turn for the tangible this morning with the groundbreaking of the site's Gateway Pavilion. The structure, set for completion this fall, will host an array of interim functions, including casual dining, a farmers market, and arts events.
“Today is a day I have long [...]

With $50 Million in Hand, NoMa Looks to Close “Parks Deficit”

What happens when a neighborhood forms in a place where no one planned for it? You end up with a shortage of neighborhood amenities—in NoMa's case, parks. The formerly desolate area was targeted for development last decade as little more than an office park, with a desirable location near Union Station but no real plans [...]

Hecht’s Gets Its First Retailer: Mom’s Organic Market

Douglas Development has big plans for the Hecht Company warehouse development it's bringing to New York Avenue NE in Ivy City, but up to now it's lacked one crucial component: tenants. Douglas is seeking tenants for the 500,000 square feet of office space it's putting into the old Art Deco warehouse, and the company's executives [...]