Monday, January 27, 2014

A Few Quick Items: L'Enfant Plaza Hotel, DC United Poll, SW Duck Pond Fundraiser


It was reported last week in the Washington Business Journal that the new owner of the L'Enfant Plaza Hotel is anticipating to begin a $30 million renovation in the spring. An affiliate of Sanford Hotels Group closed on the sale of the hotel in December from The JBG Companies. According to the article, the owners plan to bring the hotel up to four diamond status. From the article:
The renovation will include revamps of all the meeting spaces, the rooftop pool area, the lobby and associated food and beverage offerings. The room number is expected to stay relatively the same at 372, with the possibility that it will go down slightly if the upgrade of fitness facilities or the addition of a concierge lounge requires some of that space, Gibbs said. 

A Washington Post poll states that 59 percent of respondents are against using city funds to help build a stadium for DC United in Buzzard Point. Under the terms of the agreement, the city would spend up to $150 million to acquire land, do remediation, and make infrastructure  improvements to the stadium site at 2nd and R streets. The team would then spend $150 to build the stadium. The same poll revealed that 71 percent of respondents stated that the $650 million spent on a publicly-financed stadium for the Nationals was a good investment for the city.  A Housing Complex article's spin on the poll suggests that the poll question wasn't worded properly and that the stadium proposal is more popular than the poll results.

Update: City Administrator Allen Lew responds to the Post survey.

Rendering courtesy of Gensler 


The Neighbors of the Southwest Duck Pond will be having a Chinese New Year fundraiser on Thursday, January 30 at Jenny's Asian Fusion restaurant starting at 7pm. Tickets for the fundraiser are available online.

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