Posts Tagged ‘skyland town center’

Gray Said the Living Wage Bill Would Kill More Than 4,000 Jobs. What Are They?

In Mayor Vince Gray's statement accompanying his veto this morning of the living wage bill, Gray claimed the bill would have killed "more than 4,000 District jobs in just the first few years alone" (emphasis his). Gray attributed this number to Victor Hoskins, his deputy mayor for planning and economic development. But with Walmart threatening to scrap plans [...]

Walmart Spokesman: All Stores Are Back On

Walmart will resume work on all five of its planned stores in the District if the D.C. Council does not override Mayor Vince Gray's veto of the living wage bill, according to a company spokesman.
Walmart threatened in July to scrap three of its planned D.C. stores and reconsider the other three if the Large Retailer Accountability [...]

Don’t Hold Your Breath for Bulldozers—or Walmart—at Skyland

The D.C. Historic Preservation Office sent out its regular "raze applications" email yesterday afternoon. But this edition of the email was dominated by addresses on Alabama Avenue SE, Good Hope Road SE, and Naylor Road SE—all part of the long-anticipated Skyland Town Center development.
The city selected a team led by the McLean-based Rappaport Companies to [...]

The Pull-Out Method

When Walmart announced in late 2010 that it was planning to open stores in the District, two schools of thought quickly defined the ensuing debate. There were the unions and activists, who said Walmart pays exploitative wages and undercuts local businesses. And there was Walmart, which said, essentially, no, we don’t.
This week should have been [...]

Walmart Pullout Threatens to Claim Another Victim: Skyland Town Center

If the living wage bill getting a vote in the D.C. Council today becomes law, Walmart says it will cancel three of its six planned stores in the District. And if Walmart cancels those stores, the city will lose out on one of its most anticipated development projects altogether.
Developer Gary Rappaport tells the Washington Business [...]

Councilmember: Walmart Canceling Plans for at Least Two D.C. Stores

This post has been updated.
Walmart has decided to cancel plans for at least two of its planned D.C. stores in response to the living wage bill passed by the D.C. Council last month, according to Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander.
"Walmart is pulling out of Skyland and Capitol Gateway, and I'm pissed off," says Alexander, referring [...]

Judge Rules in District’s Favor on Final Skyland Eminent Domain Case

In other judicial news, the city has cleared its final eminent domain hurdle in its effort to redevelop the Skyland Shopping Center in Ward 7.
Mary Rose Greene owned 8.5 acres of property located a block from Skyland. In 2005, the city offered her $943,000 for seven acres of that property as part of its Skyland [...]

What the District’s Building in the Next Six Years

Peanuts for the Central Library.

I'm still digesting the $6 billion, no-new-taxes budget that Mayor Vince Gray dropped on Friday. The first headline grabbers were attempts to raise revenue: Extended hours for alcohol sales, new automatic speeding cameras, a centralized system to make sure you've paid your taxes and fines, and more performance parking. Then [...]

Court Sides with District in Thorniest Skyland Case

Now that Skyland Town Center has landed an anchor tenant—which all but assures financing and other leases will follow—the only thing left in the way of getting the project done has been removing the folks who remain there. Year by year, lawsuits have been won by the District or settled, and the remaining businesses are [...]

D.C.’s 5th and 6th Walmarts Will At Least Get Urban Design Right

You may have heard by now about Walmart's plans to open two more stores in D.C.: One at JBG's Fort Totten Square at South Dakota and Riggs Road NE and another in Ward 7's Skyland Town Center. You might feel overwhelmed by that many Walmarts coming to our little city, frustrated that there's still no [...]