Georgia Ave. Redevelopment Tries to Mix Old with New

March 2, 2011  |  

(Washington Examiner) — The latest piece in a large-scale plan to redevelop Georgia Avenue in the District may look like the swanky retail and residential buildings that pushed out some mom and pop stores along the 14th Street corridor, but supporters say that’s not what will happen there. The Vue, a 112-unit residential building with 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, is planned by Neighborhood Development Co. for the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Morton Street and is scheduled to go before the District’s zoning board Thursday. Neighborhood Development’s Jason Vargas said the cost of commercial leases in the new building, which will include garage parking, likely will price out most businesses now at the site, which is now a small shopping center.

But the D.C. company’s other projects in the area have significant affordable-housing allotments, and Vargas said the company has worked to attract locally owned tenants who provide needed neighborhood services. Yes! Organic Market, for example, moved into the ground floor of the Residences at Georgia Avenue near the Petworth Metro station.

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