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Housing and Home Ownership

Groundbreaking for 9th and N Street Development, 12/01/05
By Alex Padro
Nov 29, 2005, 15:33

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You are invited to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for The Exchange, a new mixed-use (retail/office/residential) development at 1301-1309 9th Street, NW, on Thursday, December 1, 2005, at 11:00 AM. This long-awaited development of a corner immediately adjacent to the new Washington Convention Center in ANC 2C01 is finally ready to move forward after over two years of zoning and historic preservation approvals.

The event is open to the public, and all are welcome to attend. Highlights will include remarks by Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans; coffee, hot chocolate, and pastries from Azi's Cafe; and music by the Shaw Junior High School Marching Band.

The project includes renovation of some of the oldest buildings in Shaw, with new construction at the rear. This project is an important one not just because it is adjacent to the convention center and will help continue the revitalization of 9th Street, but because it is an example of the commitment by Douglas Development to preserving our history. The buildings incorporated into the project were in such poor condition that an ordinary developer would have stayed away from them because of historic preservation restrictions. Only a developer with a passion for our heritage would undertake a project as expensive as this one and with such severe constraints.

For more information on this event, call Shaw Main Streets at 202-265-SHAW or

For leasing information, visit or call Norman or Blake at 202-638-6300.


Alexander M. Padro
Commissioner, ANC 2C01
1519 8th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-3205
202-518-3794 * Fax: 202-518-0078 * Email:

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