Monday, December 21, 2009

Playing Catch-Up on News and Whatnot

- In an issue of Real Estate Bisnow last week, there was a story about the progress at Arena Stage. Nothing really new here, but it's a good opportunity to mention that at last month's SWNA meeting, it was announced that there will be a black-tie grand opening gala on October 25, 2010 for the expanded theater complex. The day before, which will be a Sunday, there will be a community day homecoming event that is open to the public and will result in the closure of 6th Street in front of the theater. Next year will be the 60th anniversary of Arena Stage, which makes the planned celebrations surrounding the reopening of the theater that much more special.

- I wasn't able to make it to last week's ANC 6D meeting, but Commissioner Sobelsohn passes word that the ANC voted 6-1 to drop their protest of Safeway's petition to obtain a Class B liquor license for their new store at Waterfront Station. If approved by the Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration (ARBA), Safeway will be allowed to sell wine and beer at their new store

- Last Wednesday, the Washington Business Journal had an article about how Patriots Plaza lost out on a potential lease with a federal tenant. Instead of moving to Patriots Plaza or other buildings around town, the IRS will move to a building in NoMa just north of Union Station.

- Last week, the Zoning Commission approved a request to extend the PUD for the old Friendship Baptist Church site at 700 Delaware Avenue after the ANC approved it in November. Developer Steve Tanner plans to convert the historic church into office space and construct a small residential building adjacent to it. The site’s redevelopment hinges on what will eventually happen at the neighboring Randall School site, where the Corcoran is looking for a developer partner to re-purpose the school building as a college and construct apartments behind the building.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

What or where is "NoMa"?

SWill said...

NoMa stands for North of Massachusetts Avenue. It's the neighborhood north of the Captiol & Union Station, but west of Gallaudet University.

Marc Elliott Levy said...

Please don't use developer terms like PUD. Many of us don't know what that means. What does it mean, by the way?

SWill said...

via Google search: According to Allbusiness.com, a PUD or Planned Unit Development is a zoning classification that allows flexibility in the design of a subdivision. Planned Unit Development zones generally set an overall density limit for the entire subdivision, allowing the dwelling units to be clustered to provide for common open space.

Marc Elliott Levy said...

Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Never underestimate the IQ of your audience! tee hee. Thanks for the NoMa reference.