5 Responses to “Suggestions for Square 450/451”


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  1. Anonymous

    I think the “anchor” as such should be one large 9:30 Club type of venue, preferably converted from one or more existing buildings. DC currently has pent up demand for live music venues that can accommodate larger acts. This would be a perfect place for it.

    I also think there should be a strip of bars, but knowing Douglas they will be paying very high rents and that may discourage the less corporate entrepreneurs. We already have the Fado, Hooters thing going on further down on 7th. Also, U Street has cornered the market on the jazz crowd. Adams Morgan/Dupont/Gtown has the fratty vibe. So perhaps this area can cater to an older (26-40) crowd? Again, it’s an underserved market. But it will be competing with the increasingly established Penn Quarter for this crowd, too.

    It may be a poor use of valuable property, but paintball in one of the underground spaces could work too. It would be the only one I know of in the city…

    He would be wise to bring back a group like the Warehouse as an additional anchor as well. It would draw people into the neighborhood.

    And one thing that’s definitely needed: a HUGE sports bar. Along the lines of Bailey’s in Ballston or Crystal City Sports Pubs. The proximity to Verizon Center would make it attractive before, after and during games. It would also draw well (potentially) from the Convention Center if it was strategically located/highly visible.

    The office space is necessary in order to work as an “entertainment district” as you mentioned. It will also put eyes on the street during the day and bring more lunchtime traffic to the surrounding streets.

  2. DG-rad

    other than that article a year ago, is there any movement on this. i pass this almost every day and it’s totally dripping with potential, yet i really don’t want it to lost it’s grittyness/cool factor… then again Douglas usually does pretty great work.

  3. fourthandeye

    @dg-rad – unfortunately there isn’t any movement that I’m aware of. We just hadn’t really discussed these Squares since the blog started so I wanted to spend a little time focusing on them.

  4. Silver Surfer

    Will there ever be any movement on developing these areas in the next year?

  5. Eddie

    What about a Jillians? It’s similar to and owned by Dave and Buster’s.