Convention Center Retail

From a press release:

“Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, announced today it has hired Streetsense, a multidisciplinary design and strategy firm specializing in retail, restaurant, hospitality, and real estate solutions, to lease retail spaces around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The brokerage team working on the project consists of Director of Retail Strategy, Jared Meier; Director of Investment Sales and Leasing, Roy Hill; and Retail Strategist, Michael Johns.

Capitalizing on the spirit of Events DC’s ‘Bring Your Imagination’ campaign, this new partnership will activate retail spaces on the exterior of the Convention Center, consisting of 11 retail locations, totaling approximately 19,000 square feet.

“The vacant retail spaces in and around the Convention Center present a tremendous opportunity to invigorate the community,” says Max Brown, board chair for Events DC. “Engaging the local neighborhood is one of our top priorities and we are focused on finding the right retailers to fill the available space to continue the revitalization of Shaw, and connect the corridor from U Street down to NY Avenue.”

Events DC is focused on bringing in the right mix of vendors, including restaurants, services and local merchants to serve both local residents and event attendees.

“There is positive momentum to bring our vision to life – in fact, our partner Streetsense has already hit the ground running,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “They have been actively pursuing exciting new concepts for retail at the Convention Center and, as a result, we are in discussions with several amazing prospects that we believe our customers, residents and visitors to the Convention Center will thoroughly enjoy.”

Streetsense is recognized as a top design, brokerage, and strategy firm, known for its involvement in high-profile projects such as the upcoming Collection at Chevy Chase and the DC Vibrant Streets Toolkit, and work with influential clients including JBG, Mike Isabella, and The Ritz-Carlton. The firm is also well known for integrating market analysis, urban planning, architecture, branding, and retail strategy. The brokerage team has played an active role in real estate transactions throughout the Shaw and Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods, and have established the immediate area as a food haven for the city.

Current plans for the area include exploring the modification of existing retail storefronts, offering neighborhood-serving goods and amenities, and repositioning the fascia along 9th Street NW by incorporating artistic elements, murals and vertical plant installation.

“We are thrilled to join Events DC in this endeavor and remain enthusiastic about the area’s growth and long-term potential,” said Marc Ratner, chief executive officer of Streetsense. “We look forward to making a constructive impact on the community and the cityscape of the Convention Center.”


Thanks to a reader for sending:

“set to open in the new gigantic 601 Mass building in mount Vernon square.”

Previously we learned:

“SoulCycle Mount Vernon will feature a 62-bike studio, home to the signature SoulCycle workout, and an expansive SoulCycle lifestyle boutique, selling SoulCycle’s original clothing collection. Additional rider amenities include full men’s and women’s locker rooms with three showers each, multiple bathrooms, and locker area.”

601 Massachusetts Ave, NW

811 4th Street Northwes

This rental is located at 811 4th Street, Northwest. The listing says:

“Fresh paint – new carpets!! metro = 4 blocks, Penn Quarter, GW Law school, City Center, restaurants & shops all close! hardwood floor, 10ft ceiling, carpet in bedroom(s) – den can be converted to bedroom. reserved covered parking. tenant pays electric only. 24 hr concierge, fitness ctr + fab roof deck. 3% rent increase after each year.”


You can see more photos here.

This 2 bed/2 bath is going for $2,900/Mo.

465 K Street, NW

Yesterday when we spoke about the on again, off again Rays Hell Burger Too spot a couple readers mentioned they saw some action at the former Kushi space that closed in Sept. 2014. Yesterday the Washington Business Journal found out who is coming:

“The chef [Michael Schlow, Tico and the Riggsby] has signed a lease for the 4,000-square-foot space, according to sources familiar with the deal.”

Updates as he gets closer to opening and more details are revealed.

4th and N Street, NW

Hoagie House was nominated for a horse’s ass award back in Nov. 2010, showed signs of promise back in 2013 and got a vacant property notice back in April. Now back on the market:


And price recently got reduced too – it’s yours for $2,295,000:

“One of the only development opportunities left in a prime location. Total lot Sq Ft is 6377 Sq Ft. Redistribution of lots allow for a build out of approximately 13,000 sq ft. Existing structure on 2100 sq ft lot. 2 additional empty lots one of 2267 sq ft and one of 2000 sq ft. Curb cut allows for parking as well. Numerous development possibilities. In the heart of booming Shaw/Mt Vernon Sq.”

1251 4th Street, NW

via google maps

From MPD:

“At approximately 0350 a.m. today, Third District units were dispatched to the vicinity of the 300 to 400 blks of M Street, N.W. for the sounds of gunshots. No victim(s) were located. However, shortly thereafter, a male individual walked to a nearby hospital and reported that he had sustained a gunshot injury to his hand while walking in that location. No suspect description was provided. Anyone having information related to this offense is asked to contact the Metropolitan Police Department on 202/727-9099.”