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A Crate & Barrel “CB2” Store at 14th & R?

by Borderstan.com July 9, 2009 at 4:00 am 1,894 3 Comments

Crate & Barrel's CB2 store on North Avenue in Chicago. (Photo: CB2 Web site.)

Crate & Barrel’s CB2 store on North Avenue in Chicago. (Photo: CB2 Web site.)

(Note: dcist picked up the story first from WBJ.) Is Crate & Barrel thinking about opening one of its CB2 stores in Borderstan at 14th and R NW where the Central Union Mission is located (and supposedly moving to 65 Massachusetts Avenue NW)?

Maybe… possibly… we’ll see. According to the weekly Washington Business Journal:

Furniture retailer Crate & Barrel is looking for space to bring its CB2 store to D.C., according to a source familiar with the deal. CB2, which is aimed at a younger and more urban market than Crate & Barrel, is considering taking space along the 14th Street NW corridor in a planned office-retail project at 1350 R St. NW. The project is being developed by Jeffrey Schonberger, principal at Alturas Real Estate Interests LLC.

Read story at WBJ.

By the way, did you catch this paragraph in the WBJ story?

Central Union Ministry currently operates a homeless shelter on the property, at the corner of 14th and R streets, but sold it to Schonberger in 2006 and is negotiating with the city to move its operations into the former Gales School at 65 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

What’s up with the “negotiating with the city” business? I thought it was a done deal that the Mission was moving to the 65 Mass. Avenue location.

  • I can’t tell you how happy this makes me – I live at 14th and R and I am not happy about the Central Union Mission

  • Downtowner

    The CB2 store should be located downtown – at Metro Center in the Woodies Building, along with West Elm.

  • The Mrs. and I also live at 14th and R, but don’t share similar feelings about the Mission as Mr. Piltdown. I do feel that the time for it to move on has come–a shelter in the midst of a rapidly developing neighborhood is really a poor fit for all involved. But the Mission has been serving the city for a long, long time, and they keep their area clean and secure. Don’t get me wrong: my preference would be to *not* live down the street from a homeless shelter, but as far as shelters go they’ve been very good neighbors. I wish them all the best with their pending move.


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