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From the Mayor’s Office:
“Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Tax Increment financing (TIF) funds – totaling over $50 million – and broke ground at the new Northeast Heights, located at the Minnesota Avenue, NE and Benning Road, NE corridor in Ward 7. Northeast Heights is designed as a destination location to include mixed-use development consisting of new and reimagined retail, dining, and residential spaces. A primary anchor of the development is the relocation of the Department of General Services (DGS) headquarters, to be located at 3924 Minnesota Avenue, NE. Mayor Bowser was joined by Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent C. Gray, representatives from Cedar Realty Trust, the Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, Asland Capital Partners, Administration officials and members of the community.
“With this project, we’re using all of the tools in our toolbox – our DC Government leasing power, over $50 million in TIF funds, and we’re in an Opportunity Zone,” said Mayor Bowser. “With an assist from DGS, this development will bring new opportunities, new jobs, and new amenities to the residents of Ward 7. We look forward to when the construction is done and when we can cut a ribbon to what will be a remarkable asset to the community.”
Northeast Heights is part of the Mayor’s East of the River leasing strategy that includes using District government buildings as a catalyst for economic growth in communities currently experiencing underinvestment and needing retail, including grocery stores. Through this partnership between the District and Cedar Realty Trust, approximately two million square feet of the corridor will be transformed to revitalize and boost the Ward 7 economy. The project will include a new full service supermarket and over a hundred affordable housing units.
A joint venture partnership has been formed with the District, Cedar Realty Trust, Asland Capital Partners and Goldman Sachs for phase one of the project which will include a new six-story, 257,000 square foot office building that will serve as the DGS headquarters and be leased by the District.
“I am pleased that the Department of General Services, currently located at the Reeves Center on U Street, N.W., is relocating its headquarters to downtown Ward 7, a potentially flourishing area. This move is going to bring nearly four to five hundred jobs to Ward 7. Moreover, East River Park, soon to be known as the grocery-anchored Northeast Heights, located adjacent to the new DGS headquarters, was included in a bill I spearheaded to bring more full-service grocery stores and amenities to this area. This and other vital projects in the ward will have a catalytic effect on increasing neighborhood amenities and creating new jobs for Ward 7 residents. I am hopeful and excited about today’s groundbreaking and the accelerated economic development DGS’ move to Ward 7 will bring,” said Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent C. Gray.
“One of Mayor Bowser’s top priorities is to create more inclusive economic growth in Wards 7 and 8 to improve the quality of the lives of our residents,” said Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development John Falcicchio. “Fueled by a new $50M commitment from Mayor Bowser, Northeast Heights will help us provide residents every opportunity to rise and will soon house the new headquarters of the Department of General Service as well as new residential, good access points and retail opportunities.”
DGS will occupy 239,800 square feet of space to accommodate approximately 400 members of its workforce, include 300 parking spaces for an initial lease term period of 20 years. The building will seek a minimum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified Silver rating or above.
“DGS always stands ready to support the District, in the buildings we produce for our city employees and residents, and maintaining those properties year around, said DGS Director Keith A. Anderson. “I am exceedingly proud that DGS can now support Washington, D.C. in this unique way, by calling Ward 7 our new home headquarters for our workforce.”
While DGS is synonymous with building many of the District’s government portfolio, this building is not a DGS project but, rather, is a privately owned building in which DGS is leasing office space. The project is still in the early phases and the owner, Cedar Realty, along with their JV partners and fee developer, Trammel Crow, are working with the District on building features.
“This groundbreaking not only launches the new, innovative headquarters for DGS, but also signifies the revitalization of a historically underserved neighborhood in Ward 7, ” said Robin Zeigler, Chief Operating Officer at Cedar Realty Trust. “As the future of Northeast Heights takes shape, we’re excited to create a dynamic, mixed-use destination that will spur economic activity and serve as an asset for the surrounding community for generations to come.”
Completion of the DGS headquarters is anticipated for winter 2022.”
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You are cordially invited to the Embassy of Austria for a thrilling evening with Mozart. What a better way to spend Christmas and Hannukah! Our full orchestra and lead singers, some of whom sing at the Met, will appeal to teens as they begin their journey to the classics! We expect to be sold out soon…..
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Under the Gracious Patronage of H.E. Petra Schneebauer, Ambassador of Austria
Julien Benichou, Conductor
Kevin Short as Figaro
Manna K. Jones as Susanna
Stephen Powell as Count Almaviva
Laquita Mitchell as Contessa
Anna Kelly as Cherubino
Maggie Polglaze as Barbarina
John Gibney as Bartolo
Leah Heater as Marcellina
Christopher Jon Hartung as Antonio & Don Curzio
Narration provided by Robin Phillips
Embassy of Austria
3524 International Court NW
Washington, DC 20008
Doors Open/Cocktails 6:30 pm
Performance including Intermission 7:15 pm
Wine Reception with Heavy Hors d’oeuvres 9:15 to 10:30 pm
Box Seats $250
Orchestra Reserved $150
Seniors (over 65 years old) Unreserved $80 [sold out]
Students with ID $50
Come solve a crime that took place in Takoma Park 130 years ago!
HouseMouse Books and Vintage is excited to announce the debut of Escape the Bookshop II, our new limited-run escape room experience. Escape the Bookshop II is a unique group puzzle game that is based on a real crime that took place in Takoma Park around 130 years ago. It is designed and created by HouseMouse to be played in our atmospheric little bookshop. This is not your typical corporate escape room and makes for a memorable evening out with friends or family!
Bookings are now open for game dates in January through April 2024. The game generally takes place Wednesday through Saturday at 8 PM but special arrangements can be made upon request. It is designed to be played by a group of 3 to 6 people (ages 16+) and lasts for one hour. No prior escape room experience is needed to enjoy the game.
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