Whole Foods is *not* coming to the Blue Castle--I've confirmed this with Preferred Real Estate Investments, Inc.
, the owner of the Blue Castle.
In this week's The Hill, Duncan Spencer reports
(scroll down a bit) that it's "confirmed" that a Whole Foods grocery store is coming to the Blue Castle at 8th and M
. There's no mention of it on the web site of the castle's owners (Preferred Real Estate Investments, Inc.
), but we all know that SOME web sites are better at updating with new information than OTHERS! Back when the sale was announced
, the owners said they'd be trying to get Whole Foods and a national bookstore chain. Am trying to track down some confirmation. Meanwhile, Spencer's column
also mentions two other Near Southeast items, one being the Anacostia Riverwalk and the issues with it running along the Navy Yard
's waterfront (i.e., right now no one can get to it without going through the Navy Yard gates and showing ID). The article also says that the Southeast Federal Center
financing has not been settled between GSA and Forest City Washington
, although I thought it indeed had been back in June of 2005 when the development agreement was signed
. Spencer also says that no SFC construction is expected for at least a year and a half--but the recent article
from Shopping Center Business
magazine quotes a Forest City representative as saying that "bulldozers will be moving by the end of the year at Southeast Federal Center." So make of all of that what you will.