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Thursday, September 27, 2007

SMS: Shaw Development Update Meeting Tonight!

In case you haven't already heard and marked your calendars for tonight's meeting, here are the details from Alex Padro:
The fourth annual Shaw Main Streets Development Forum will be held on Thursday, September 27, 2007, at 6:30 PM at Shaw Middle School, 925 Rhode Island Avenue, NW, in the Percy L. Ellis, Jr. Auditorium. Presenters from the developers and government agencies responsible for major projects along 7th and 9th Streets in central Shaw will share the latest designs for and information on the O Street Market, Kelsey Gardens, Convention Center Hotel, City Center/Old Convention Center Site, Broadcast Center One, Howard Theater, and other projects. Participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions about these plans.

In addition, the results of the latest Shaw Main Streets Desired New Business Survey will be announced. The survey, conducted both online and via printed surveys distributed throughout the neighborhood, will help guide the attraction of new businesses to existing and new retail spaces in Shaw. Past surveys led to the attraction of business types now in place, including banks, sit-down restaurants, and coffee shops.

Admission to this event is free, and no reservations are required. For more information, visit or call 202-265-SHAW.


ML said...

Interesting meeting last night. Though a lot of what was presented has been seen before, the presentations give you the feeling of continued momentum with these projects.

Here the highlights from what I recall:

Chip Ellis noted that Radio One on 7th above the metro should break ground in Feb. 08'. When I asked him if there any risks that could cause the timeline to continue to slip he said there were none (hopefully) and things should go forward. Also the Post has a commentary on this project today:

Roadside has submitted their PUD application(?) for O Street Market with the city within the last couple of weeks. They have to go through some process with that in getting community buy-in to the PUD and city approval, and then of course they are looking for tax incentive financing (TIF) from the city. Armond Spikell indicated that the TIF was particularly needed for the amount of parking they are proposing to build. When asked about the timeline, he felt the PUD approval would happen by early next year, the city would agree to the TIF and they would break ground in Aug. 08'. What I didn't ask, but should have was, "what happens if the TIF financing doesn't come through or doesn't come through soon?" I wonder if that sends them back to the drawing board.

The Kelsey Gardens team was there as well (Metropolitan) and they gave a presentation short on details, other than noting that all 54 low income units from Kelsey will be replaced and available to those tenants for up to 50 years. Next steps for them are to get a zoning variance, which I recall reading might be problematic given the drastic difference in scale related to surrounding buildings. No timeline given and no mention of when current tenants will move out of the current structure or when it will be demolished.

Old convention center site folks were there too (Hines/Archstone) and showed their plans. Anticipate late 2008, early 2009 ground-breaking.

Alex P. had a several other updates on smaller projects but I don't recall the details.

Martin and Kevin were there as well with a camera, so I imagine they'll have a video up at and more details, as will the Shaw Main Streets site.

Shaw Rez said...

Thanks, ML! I copied and pasted your comment into its own posting so all could see!