SWBID held its inaugural Chairman’s Breakfast event on Wednesday morning at Arena Stage. This was a coming out party of sorts for SWBID, which has been busy behind the scenes getting the organization set up. SWBID's boundaries are roughly from the National Mall to M Street north-south and South Capitol to 15th streets east-west. Several entities are involved with SWBID, including Vornado, GSA, the JBG Companies, Forest City Washington, Hoffman-Madison Waterfront, Boston Properties, MetLife, and others. SWBID's Board of Directors are made up of Geoffrey Griffis, Chair; Jessica Schoen, Vice Chair; David Smith, Vice Chair; Monty Hoffman, Treasurer; and Thomas Cicotello, Secretary.
Nicholas Rodriguez and Eleasha Gamble sing a duet from
Arena's hit production of Oklahoma! to start the program.
There were many statistics about SWBID shared at the event, including the following:
- SWBID, at 851 acres is the largest BID geographically in the District – for comparison, the Downtown BID contains 639 acres.
- 5 hotels, 2 museums, 3 churches, 21 residential projects with 1,200 units, and a new public library are in the development pipeline within SWBID.
- 19K people live within a mile of Arena Stage.
- 60K people work in the BID; by 2018 that number will increase to 69K.
- There are 959 hotel rooms in SWBID; by January 2018 the number of rooms will double.
- There are 21M SF of office space in SWBID; GSA owns or leases 15M SF.
- 39K people use L’Enfant Plaza Metro station, more than Union Station.
- 110K people came to see the SW Waterfront fireworks show at this year’s Cherry Blossom Festival.
- The Museum of the Bible, which is opening at 4th and D streets in 2017, expects 3 million visitors during its first year of operations.
The five goals of SWBID are the following:
- Implement a Clean Streets program.
- Partner with District and Federal agencies to make the area more walkable.
- Work with cultural and hospitality partners to keep occupancy levels high.
- Direct the launch of the SW Ecodistrict.
- Make the area a safe and great location for business and an attractive location for residents to live.
|A certificate was awarded to SW resident Terrence Williams.|
SWBID organized a test clean up of 4th Street last month, but in the coming weeks, the cleaning crew will be in uniform doing regular clean ups around the BID.