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Grocery, Retail, Residential Planned at Howard University Town Center

by Borderstan.com — January 25, 2013 at 8:00 am 3 Comments

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Howard Town Center on George Avenue NW ready for a make over? (Allison Acosta)

From Allison Acosta. Email her at allison[AT]borderstan.com.

Plans are in progress to revive an underused property across from Howard University Hospital at Georgia Avenue and V Streets NW. The development, known as the Howard University Town Center, would encompass 2100-2146 Georgia Avenue. Plans include a 41,000 foot grocery store, a 15,000 foot apparel store, a national or regional bank, and 445 apartments with 320 underground parking spaces. Eighty-eight of the apartments, or 20%, would be dedicated for affordable housing built to the same standard of quality as the market rate units.

Fresh Grocer, a Philadelphia-based chain that focuses on urban locations, has signed on to anchor the site.

This project has a long and somewhat complicated history. Last December, the City Council voted to extend a tax abatement to the project, despite city Chief Financial Officer Natwar Gandhi’s analysis that no tax abatement is necessary to move forward the financing for the project. Now Mayor Gray must decide whether to include the abatement in the DC Budget for Fiscal Year 2013 or 2014.

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  • http://distcurm.blogspot.com/ IMGoph

    It’s criminal that they’re planning to completely demolish these buildings, and not opt to adaptively reuse them. It would make a greener project, and it doesn’t hurt that they both have handsome facades.

    • jacksom

      I agree 100% with IMGoph. I hope thay incoporate those building into the new development. I would hate to see those attractive buildings demolished.

  • Jacksom

    I agree 100% with IMGoph. I hope they incorproate the current buildings into the new development. It would be a crime to have these attractive historic buildings demolished.

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