As Si eluded to in yesterday’s Square 451 post, Douglas Development is also aiming to create an assemblage on Square 450 (which is just outside MVT’s official boundaries).
RED=Square 450; BLUE=Square 451
Square 450 has many Douglas Douglas development records in the DC Real Property Assessment database. Jemal owns nearly all of the south facing of the 600 block of L Street. On New York Ave he’s bought out properties like 56 year dining institution A.V. Ristorante. However Square 451 still has more holdouts than it’s neighbor to the south.
Midas at 625 New York Ave NW;
notice charming ‘No Parking Will Be Tow’ spray painted on garage door
The music venue Warehouse Nextdoor, at 1017 7th St NW, had it’s final show on Aug 5th citing untenable property taxes. This area had a cluster of buildings involved in the Capital Fringe Festival. Very popular Moroccan restaurant Marrakesh also occupies a building on this square.
I’m far more conflicted about development on this square. Several of the entities on this block have great authenticity. It would be a big step backward to replace these institutions with the corporate chains that tend to go hand in hand with the high rents of new construction in prime locations. I’m sure the obstetrician on 6th Street has helped many people but somehow potentially losing an infamous restaurant and arts community feels like a bigger loss.
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