|DC USA Update|
|Written by Columbia Heights News|
|Monday, 06 February 2006|
Last week, I heard a brief broadcast about DC USA on WTOP News Radio. It mentioned a few retailers that had signed on with DC USA, but the only one that was news to us was Modell's, the sporting goods chain. The source that it cited was the Washington Business Journal. I was unable to find the specific article that it referenced until this morning.
For the original article please click on the following links:
There isn't much new information in the article that we haven't already reported here. The following are tidbits of information that were news to us:
Discrepancies in the Article
There are some discrepancies between some of the information provided in the article and what we learned from talking to the developers.
The article also touches on Whole Foods Market. It states that according to sources, "Whole Foods Market was expected to lease about 25,000 square feet, but negotiations fell apart because Whole Foods needed its own parking area..." Based on what we've learned from talking with developers as well as Karen Riley of Whole Foods Market, 25,000 sq. ft. of retail space would have been much too small. Based on emails we received from Robert Moore, president of DCCH, DC USA developers are offering more than twice that amount, 53,000 sq. ft. You can read more about this here.
Whole Foods Market Petition
There is also mention of the community's petition to bring Whole Foods Market to DC USA. We have not been contacted by the writer of the article and there is no direct mention of Columbia Heights News. But it is still nice to receive a bit of publicity for the community's efforts. We have been urging supporters of Whole Foods Market to send emails to Karen Riley at to voice their interests. The number of people emailing Ms. Riley has trailed off quite a bit. The current count is 118. Again we urge you to email Ms. Riley to voice your support for bringing Whole Foods Market to DC USA. Availability of dediciated parking is still the major sticking point in the negotiations so we need to impress upon Ms. Riley that parking will not be an issue for most residents of Columbia Heights and surrounding neighborhoods. When you email Ms. Riley, please let us know by emailing us at so we can keep count. Alternatively, you may cc of bcc on the message you send Ms. Riley. Please go to our special Whole Foods Market section for more details.
The writer of the article is Erin Killian and her email is
. We will try contacting Killian to resolve some of the discrepencies in the article and perhaps get some more details.
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