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7-11 Now Back On for O and Wisconsin

Back in October, Carol Joynt broke the news that a 7-11 was coming to the corner of O and Wisconsin (the old Doc Dalinsky’s). After this news was released, GM heard through the grapevine that the deal fell through. Well now GM hears that it’s back on.

GM heard that the reason the original deal fell through was that 7-11 was going to have to sink hundreds of thousands of dollars into renovating the space and was demanding either to be paid for those renovations or receive the space rent-free. The property is owned by the large Donohue family. With such a large family, it’s hard sometimes for agreements to be made which appear to be bad deals (e.g. offering a retail space on Wisconsin Ave. for no rent). According to GM’s source, the deal just couldn’t be made and the plans were shelved. Continue reading

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Some New Retail Comings and Not Comings

 

GM has learned of a few new retail developments. Nothing Earth-shattering, but some good news in it.

The first one is that something called Alex and Ani (+) Energy is moving into 3070 M St. This is apparently a “bangle bracelet” store. This seems to be more of the same for Georgetown (stores where young women spend their parents’ money). But this space is not huge so it’s not exactly a big opportunity loss.

The second is that Cady’s Alley is adding a Bonobo’s Guideshop. Bonobo’s is a primarily online retailer of men’s clothing. But they do have a couple brick and mortar stores (including one in Bethesda). This would be their sixth such store. Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Sandy didn’t appear to cause too much damage around Georgetown, as far as GM could see walking around yesterday. Did you suffer any damage?
  • Carol Joynt is reporting that another 7-11 is planning on opening up at the corner of O and Wisconsin.

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ANC Preview: 7-11 Edition

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Next Tuesday (NOTE THE DAY CHANGE DUE TO HALLOWEEN), ANC2E will meet for its November session. One thing you may not know about ANC meetings if you don’t attend them is that normally the most interesting stuff is right at the beginning. And this month, that rule continues to apply.

This month, in this slot are two developments that have grabbed attention recently: the 7-11 expansion and the West Heating Plant.

GM’s not sure what the ANC is going to have to say about either of the two items. The 7-11 doesn’t sell alcohol and isn’t subject to a voluntary agreement, so it’s not like it needs approval to expand into the P St. It will ultimately need OGB review for whatever signage or awnings they ask for, but that’s probably not what the ANC wants to talk about now. Either way, could be interesting.

As for the West Heating Plant, this is something a bit more in the ANC’s wheelhouse. They probably just want to make the public aware the the GSA is planning to sell it. GM’s heard nothing about any possible bidders, but it’s still early.

Another early treat: DC U.S. Attorney Ronald Machen and two of his AUSAs will speak. Last month: the Mayor. This month: the U.S. Attorney. How can they top this in December?

Among the other items, only one jumps out at GM as being potentially interesting. A new restaurant called M Cafe has applied for a liquor license. They propose to be located at 3236 Prospect St. Here’s what the application says:

Contemporary bistro serving Italian food and cuisine, including salads and desserts.  No Entertainment provided. Sidewalk Cafe with 50 seats. Seating capacity is 120. Total occupancy load is 140.

The outdoor cafe part of the plan sounds like it could be controversial, since Prospect street is one of those battleground streets where bars and neighbors are seemingly always battling each other. Look for round one to start at the meeting. Continue reading

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Landlord Invokes Herring Hill Past in Decision to Evict Storeowner

The long standing Georgetown shop P St. Pictures is closing. As related in this article last summer, the shopkeeper, Judy Schlosser, has been told to vacate the shop-space that she has occupied for 28 years.

Losing a shop like this stings, but it gets a lot worse when you find out that the future occupant of the space is just the 7-11 next door that wants to expand. It’s just another example of big chain moving in and pushing out a small independent shop.

At least, that’s how GM pictured it until he read a letter sent to the ANC commissioners from Bob Enzel. Enzel is the trustee for the property at issue. He argues that the story that has been presented to the community isn’t accurate. He provides his side of the story, stating that Schlosser had a long list of outstanding debts that were unpaid or simply forgiven.

This is clearly a he-said-she-said situation–as stories like this often go–and GM is not in a position to settle it here. But it was the rest of the letter that GM found fascinating.

First of all, Enzel isn’t some distant landlord with no attachment to the area, cashing checks. He’s a Georgetown native and it sounds like he knows these streets like the back of his hand:

I am a native of Georgetown. Our family has lived in this area for 80 years. I went to Corcoran Public School [ed. note: he's talking about the Corcoran elementary school at 1219 28th St., which was the white elemtary school in this part of Georgetown until it closed in the 1950s], Gordon Jr. High and Western Sr. High. I can show you where every little store was located and in many cases identify who owned them. The block that housed P Street Pictures and 7-11 had a barber shop, shoe shine parlor and Reed’s Electric Company before Reed’s moved to Wisconsin Avenue. Around the corner on Twenty- Seventh Street, The Diamond Cab Company operated its taxi cabs. In days past, Georgetown housed the Ledo and Dumbarton movie houses, Murphy’s Five & Dime, Galliher & Huguely Lumber Yard, Ladd Mills Esso and the original Georgetown Boys Club…

He continues by pointing out that 7-11 is more a part of the neighborhoods history than any other store still open: Continue reading

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Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Tony Hawk stopped by the Apple store yesterday.
  • P St. Pictures kicked out so 7-11 can get a little bigger.

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