Hine Project News – 250 Samsung Employees Coming This Fall
By Larry Janezich
Eastern Market Main Street’s (EMMS) Board of Directors hosted an open house Wednesday night at Joselito Casa de Comidas – the traditional Spanish restaurant at 660 Pennsylvania Avenue. Chair Manuel Cortes said that the board had opted for a happy hour instead of a board meeting to allow organization members to interact with directors and each other.
During the mix and mingle, EMMS Executive Director Madeleine Odendahl told Capitol Hill Corner that up to 250 Samsung employees could be working out of the Hine project by Thanksgiving. She expects local restaurants will see a boost in lunch sales from the increase foot traffic. Samsung announced in July they would relocate their public affairs office and demonstration center to the 700 Pennsylvania Avenue location by late 2018. The demonstration center is where Samsung will show off their latest technology to potential government customers. Samsung will occupy 28,000 plus square feet – an entire floor of the office building. The move does not anticipate a retail outlet.
In other news about the Hine project, Johnetta Jordan, Director of Resident Services for the Hine project, says that 60% of the 128 residential units are occupied.
Eastern Market Main Street is a micro-chamber of commerce for the commercial corridors around Eastern Market. Its goal is to promote, retain, and attract diverse, small businesses. The officers of the Board of Directors include: Manuel Cortes, Chair; Mary Quillian Helms, Vice Chair; Terry McDonald, Treasurer; and Lona Valmoro, Secretary.