As reported here, the building which houses Scheele’s Market is for sale. The Scheeles are pitching the property as an opportunity to convert it into a single family home. Not surprisingly, this has caused much consternation in the East Village. However, The Georgetown Current brought some reason to hope last week. But this burst of hope is coming from a very unlikely source. Find out why after the jump.
Georgetown resident Marc Teren has had more than his fair share of run-ins with the real estate authorities in town. In 2006, the ex-executive of Newsweek and Washington Post’s online division, purchased the Williams-Addison house at 1645 31st. St. Since then he has fought a long battle with the neighbors, the ANC, and the HRPB to try to sub-divide the mini-estate. This has won him few friends in the neighborhood, and moreover he’s lost pretty much every decision.
So, needless to say that in the East Village, Teren’s reputation, at least when it comes to real estate matters, is not exactly lofty. So with this background, it probably caused a good deal of cognitive dissonance when it was reported that Teren is the most likely new owner of the Scheele’s Market property and that Teren intends to keep the property operating as a market should his offer be accepted.
Teren was quoted in the article stating that “if successful [in purchasing the building] I intend to keep Scheele’s as a continuing neighborhood institution.”
Teren says that he’s a customer himself and that he has an interest in preserving the market. So it would appear that his actions are genuine and not some sort of Hail Mary attempt to win-over the neighborhood to his plans for the Williams-Addison house. Either way, it will be interesting to see this story play out and it’s good news that the chances of the market surviving are brighter than they appeared a few weeks ago.