As reported by Carol Joynt, there is a group of Georgetown residents leading an effort to bring a bookstore/community gathering place to Georgetown, and the iconic Politics and Prose is interested in being part of it.
Politics & Prose, the popular Cleveland Park bookstore that has made a name for itself with often news-making “author talks,” is considering opening its first branch store in Georgetown. “We were approached recently by a group who are very interested in having us open a branch in Georgetown. We’re definitely interested,” Bradley Graham confirmed to Washingtonian…The location under consideration, Graham says, is the old Georgetown Theater building.
GM has been aware of this effort for a while, and it really seems like it has a chance. But plenty of challenges remain. The theater has been on the market for years, with an originally quoted price of $4.9 million. The cost to rehab the building will also be fairly steep. And that’s where you may come in.
The working idea is that the project will be financed with crowd-sourcing. There’s some precedent in Georgetown for neighbors stepping up to keep a beloved institution around: the effort to guarantee the future of Scheele’s market was built on neighbor contributions.
The challenges remain, but the individuals behind the effort, including BID CEO Joe Sternlieb, are dedicated and have a clear vision for what this could mean for residents and the business community.