The Bloomingdale (for now) blog added an update regarding the Harris Teeter at 3rd & M Sts NE, upon which I wrote a post. According to IMGoph’s update, cited directly from the comments section of his blog, Alan Kimber, ANC Commissioner, 6C05, posted a response to one of his own posts stating “…My *understanding* is that Harris Teeter has made some level of commitment to locate at 1st & M Street NE. It is not clear how firm the commitment is, and my understanding is that a lease has not yet been signed (these things take a while). I do know for a fact that they pulled out of the (non-binding) “commitment” they had to locate at 3rd & H Street NE.”
Either way, whether it is Harris Teeter or Ellwood Thompsons that may be replacing the lease as Harris Teeter backed out, the neighborhood is in dire need for a full-service grocer other than what is available at H and 6th (?) NE.
As an aside, I have been speaking with the owner of Ellwood Thompsons, Rick Hood, about their expansion into DC. They are working with a local retail broker and are in great hands. As of our last conversation they were looking at three possible areas, Columbia Heights & DC USA, the location at 3rd & M NE, near Douglas Jemals Uline Skate Arena and possibly upper NW DC.
As many of you seen the articles about development on H St NE, this hot-spot of development shows more promise than most of the entertainment and shopping strips anywhere else in the city…with the exception of a few.
According to a Bisnow.com article, H St will prosper in more ways than one can imagine…
1-proximity to Union Station/Amtrak
2-proximity to Metro Rail
3-dense retail and shopping
4-upcoming trolley line in 2009
5-DEVELOPMENT (Landmark Lofts & Senate Square – Rentals)
6-DDOT “Great Streets” initiative will invest $30 Million in improvements
7-height restriction limits
On top of what going on at H St, with in several blocks are some of the cities largest developments, including Douglas Jemal’s Uline Skate Arena at 3rd & M St NE, the Marriot Hotel at New York and Florida Ave, the ATF Building, & Akridge’s proposed condos at Union Station.
This is one place I would keep my eye on over the next two years.
This morning a good friend of mine (and my financial advisor) Mario Gabalda with Ferris, Baker, Watts, sent me an article from the Washington Business Journal relating to Douglas Jemal’s newest adventure at the former Uline Ice Skating Rink.
According to a Washington Business Journal staff reporter, Prabha Natarajan, Douglas bought the Ice arena for $6 million back in 2004 from Miguel Uline who operated the facility as an ice rink since 1941. Jemal now owns both the arena and the lot next door.
His plans now include turning the former ice arena sight into DC’s newest entertainment district complete with retail, residential, office and night clubs. What makes this project so unique is not just that his proposed plans include 1.3 MILLION square feet of potential develop-able space, but the new venture also includes the newest partnership of DC, with Wilkes Company.
Why Wilkes Co? If you look at the map, you’ll see that they just happen to own the building across M St NE and were en route to breaking ground when they scrapped their plans to partner with Jemal. WHO WOULDN’T?
Jemal and Wilkes hired Beyer Blinder Belle Architects and Planners LLP from none other than New York to head the planning and development for the site. Their history includes several projects similar to this including the Watchcase Factory Redevelopment in Sag Harbor, NY and a complete architectural study of our Capitol, including lighting, mechanics and aesthetics.
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What makes this area so unique is the proposed redevelopment of the New York Ave, Florida ave intersection just in front of the new ATF building where Wendy’s restaurant is being torn down to install a traffic circle as well as the recent closure of the Sunoco Station for proposed condo development. In addition, Marriott’s just broke ground at their hotel site next to Florida and Union Station. Its going to be a mad house over the next few years!!!!!
Jemal is known for revitalizing many others areas of the city including Cleveland Park, 7th St NW @ the convention center, the upcoming Brookland project and more than several Class-A buildings downtown. I only blog on him every other day!