Tuesday, March 11, 2008
A Wilson Yard Dream
A blighted neighborhood in Washington D.C., Columbia Heights, recently became home to the first Target store in the District. A renewal and redevelopment project for the neighborhood, named DC USA, created a pedestrian-friendly development for the neighborhood.
This is the description from the developer: "DC USA is a 540,000 square foot retail and entertainment complex being developed on the west side of 14th Street between Park Road and Irving Street in Columbia Heights. The dramatic three-story complex will be anchored by the 2-level Target of approximately 180,000 square feet and will include high quality specialty retailers, larger big box uses, restaurants and various other entertainment and recreational uses in an architecturally distinguished structure. Other large tenants will include Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Marshalls, Staples and Washington Sports Club. DC USA will enhance the shopping and entertainment opportunities currently available in the District. DC USA is a pedestrian-oriented retail destination where most of the stores will be entered directly from the street. The 4.9 acre site has 500 feet of frontage along 14th Street, 225 feet along Park Road and 500 feet along Irving Street."
See an article from Forbes about the significance of this project.
The most startling aspect - it was proposed in 2004 and completed in early 2008! Wilson Yard - proposed in 2003 and construction not even started in 2008 with 2010 as the latest projected opening date.
By Cub Reporter - March 11, 2008