Shaw will have its renaissance yet. Earlier this week Alexander Padro, the President of Shaw Main Streets, provided positive updates on several long anticipated developments in the Shaw neighborhood. It should make for a busy summer and fall, beginning with Monday's groundbreaking for 1501 9th St., NW, a small development by a small business, Inle Development. It marked the beginning of the groundbreaking "season" with bigger projects, like the Howard Theater, set to follow shortly.
Inle's development will be home to Mandalay Restaurant and Cafe, a Burmese restaurant currently based in Silver Spring. Mandalay will have a ground floor restaurant with outdoor seating, a second floor bar and the remainder will be residential space for the restaurant owner and family members. The restaurant will open next summer.
Ellis Development Group and Four Points will break ground on August 22nd at the Howard Theater, marking the centennial anniversary of its opening. According to Padro, the team recently acquired and demolished a neighboring building and plans to seek approval for an alley closing so that the Theater will get a makeover and an expansion all at once. Construction should take approximately 18 months.
As we previously reported, Roadside Development will "break ground" on the O Street Market in September. At that time the developer will begin the process of bolstering and securing the existing structure with new construction likely to follow in "Spring of 2011." The two-block, mixed-use project will include 611 residential units, 86 of which will be subsidized by the city, senior housing, a 189-room hotel, a 516-space parking garage and 88,000 s.f. of retail: 57,000 s.f. Giant and 31,000 s.f. for additional vendors. The Shalom Baranes-designed project will cover two city blocks between 7th and 9th Streets, and O and P Streets and will re-open 8th Street.
Padro said this forward momentum is leading other developers, small and large alike to begin piecemeal work in other areas. Developers are "already investing in renovating some of the smaller historic buildings that are part of the larger projects." Little by little, one project at the time, Shaw's developers are bringing new energy to the neighborhood.
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