Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A Few Quick Items: DC United Deal, Waterfront Station Road Opens, L'Enfant Plaza Atrium

It was reported in Capital Business last month that members of the DC Council have been briefed on some of the details about the pending deal to build a new soccer stadium for DC United in Buzzard Point. From the article:
Two members were told that United would owe no sales tax on any commercial activity on the stadium footprint — including tickets, concessions and even businesses like restaurants that might locate adjacent to the stadium — throughout the team’s 30-year lease.
Property taxes would also be abated on a rolling schedule, according to two council members. For the first five years of the 30-year lease, the team would pay no property tax. For each subsequent five-year period, the team would pay an additional 25 percent of the tax normally due, with 100 percent owed for the last 10 years of the lease.
The city wants the team to build a stadium in time for the 2016 season at 2nd and R streets, adjacent to the gates of Fort McNair. The DC Council was supposed to receive legislation about the deal back in November according to the term sheet signed by the city and the team in July, but that date has slipped.

Rendering courtesy of Gensler

The private drive lane that runs in front of Safeway at Waterfront Station officially opened yesterday. The roadway serves Sky House East, which opened for leasing earlier this month. It is a one-way road that starts on M Street, runs north to the Sky House East garage entrance, then curves west past Safeway and meets 4th Street. On the other side of 4th Street, the roadway continues westbound to Sky House West and then loops south back to M Street. The western stretch of the road will remain closed until the other apartment tower is complete later this year. Caution signs will be put up near the Metro entrance to alert pedestrians about the opening of the roadway. The road will run west-east from 4th Street to M Street.

Progress is being made on the new glass atrium under construction in the plaza of L'Enfant Plaza. Phase two of the renovations to L'Enfant Plaza's retail promenade, including the atrium, is scheduled to open later this year.  The atrium will serve as the entrance to the retail area from the street and replaces the glass pyramid that used to be in the plaza. It will also allow more light to enter the retail promenade, which is partially below-grade.

Rendering of atrium.

Rendering courtesy of SmithGroup JJR

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