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  • Anonymous

    So I guess this is all set to go? I was under the impression the new development still needed some zoning approvals?

    Hope this rolls right into construction and doesn’t just become an empty lot for months/years while all the zoning/financial/permiting issues are worked out.

  • Anonymous

    My son is scared of the construction equipment. Though all he does all day at home is play with excavators.

  • Anonymous

    It’s a real shame they weren’t able to save any of the historic elements.

    • CJ

      What historical elements?

      That place was a dump.

      Not everything old is worth saving.

    • saf

      I agree – I loved that theater. I wish the lobby at least could have become part of the new building’s lobby.

      • I’m guessing not much was left.

        • saf

          Actually, the lobby was almost entirely intact.

    • From the architectural rendering posted, it looks like the original corner theater entrance will indeed be reused or recreated in the new building. And the demolition crew certainly seemed to be proceeding carefully as they removed those entrance elements and their framework last week.

  • Anonymous

    What a pain this will be for parents at HD Cooke. It’s already difficult around drop-off and pick-up time. Not to mention the noise of construction, distracting all those little highly-distractible brains.

    Growing pains, I know. Still gonna be a lousy year as far as the school is concerned.

    • anon

      I don’t get the whole thing with parents driving their kids to school. Does D.C. not have school buses?

      It seems like this is a common practice even in jurisdictions that do have school buses. Is it that parents don’t think it’s safe for their kids to walk to school (if they live close enough) or to take the bus?

      • Anonymous

        DCPS does not provide school bus transportation.

        • anon

          Good to know. Thanks.

        • Anonymous

          Doesn’t DC provide a discount for the metro train and bus instead for the students?

  • Johnny

    Wow. I have to say it’s kind of refreshing to hear about a development and then see it break ground right away. Unlike so many projects mired in nimby nonsense, dragged out for years before ultimately being built one story shorter as with the Adams Morgan Hotel. Any idea when this is set to deliver? I for one think it’s a good thing. It displaces nobody and adds units to a desirable neighborhood. Sure I would have preferred the old theater be resurrected but you can’t save them all and they aren’t the money makers they once were.

    • Chris in Eckington

      I’m pretty sure it’s a “by right” development and didn’t require much (if anything) in the way of variances.

  • What an eyesore for years. Glad it’s finally getting an overhaul.

    • 1 down, ~10,000 DC eyesores to go! Still no movement on my personal favorite, the future home of Bacon Funeral.

    • Amen! Amen!

      Good riddance to a real piece of blight, hello and welcome new development!

  • petwurf

    man, I remember going to see the English Beat (and a slew of other bands) here back in the day. Dank and dark, theater seating upholstered in Wrigley, sticky floors . . . . . . Time marches on.

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