RRED IN DC Says: “Mini Union Market” Planned for 1401 PA Ave SE Condo/Retail Project
by Larry Janezich
Saturday evening, Barred In DC broke the story that CAS Riegler developers plan to create a mini Union Market to occupy the ground floor retail space in the mixed use condo/retail project at the old New York Pizza site at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE. According to Barred, the concept tentatively includes: a coffee/sweets shop, beer hall, cocktail/wine bar, food market (taco bar, pizza stand, and an Asian Fusion stand and a sit down restaurant. For the full story, go to Barred In DC here: http://bit.ly/2t8y6ZK
If it comes to fruition, the food and drink retail plan will bring with it several concerns for the community. Among these is the seeming affirmation of the conventional wisdom that food and alcohol retail is becoming the only viable retail on Capitol Hill. In addition, the issues associated with food and drink retail on Barracks Row – trash disposal, rodent, noise, and odor control – will need to be addressed through Settlement Agreements with ANC6B. There will likely be changes in traffic patterns and parking availability – as it is, the developer is providing 50 parking spaces for the 174 condo residents, anticipating that a majority of occupants will depend on public transportation. Will that be true for patrons of the Market?
In a related matter, DDOT is currently considering three different proposals for redesign of the PA Ave/Potomac Ave intersection and the Potomac Avenue Metro Plaza. See here: http://bit.ly/2qQ0OJe (ANC6B supports the “Ellipse” design)