Friday, February 29, 2008

Anacostia on the Rise

(get excited)



From the Washington Business Journal:
George Curtis III, whose family's furniture company built the 19-foot high chair at V Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE, is teaming with D.C.'s Four Points LLC on a planned 1.5 million square feet of new development in the heart of Anacostia's blighted business district.

The project envisions development of 9.5 acres -- nearly eight city blocks -- on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue around the big chair, a neighborhood landmark since it was installed in 1959 and whose survival over the decades has made it a symbol of the area's resilience.

The plans include 855,000 square feet of offices, 500 residential units, 165,000 square feet of retail, an eight- to 10-screen movie theater and a grocery store.


More on this ridiculously exciting news later today...

images courtesy of the Washington Business Journal

4 comments:

IMGoph said...

so this means the death of a lot of parking lots? that would be awesome.

daplushman said...

Wow, that is great news. Ok, now that we got the excitement out the way, lets see if it really happens as planned. I really hope it does but we've been promised things before......

Caren said...

Today's installment of Ira Glass' NPR show, This American Life, featured the issue of gentrification in DC in the second act. It was fascinating, and I'd love to know how you balance positive economic growth and development with the reality that this displaces certain people. I'm not a regular reader of this blog, so perhaps this is a topic you've discussed here, but I thought you'd be interested in the show (you can hear it on the website.)

DG-rad said...

thanks, caren!

another friend of mine also recommended the show so i will definitely be listening when it hits the online airwaves.