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Chase Bank To Open In Historic Anacostia As Neighborhood Experiences Retail Transformation

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JPMorgan Chase will replace a local restaurant in Historic Anacostia with a bank branch as part of its D.C. expansion. The deal is the latest in a series of major regional and national companies planning moves to the Southeast D.C. neighborhood that is poised for a major transformation in the coming years.

Landlord Curtis Investment Group signed the nation’s largest bank at 2200 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE, the storefront where Uniontown Bar & Grill closed its business in recent months. Within three blocks of that space, national coffee giant Starbucks and regional restaurant chain Busboys and Poets are preparing to open their first east-of-the-river locations, and multiple developments are planned that will bring new housing and office space to the historic neighborhood.  Charles Wilson, a former ANC commissioner and head of multiple Anacostia neighborhood groups, first reported on his blog that Chase would replace Uniontown, and Curtis Investment Group confirmed it to Bisnow. Wilson said Uniontown was having problems and became less popular among neighbors in recent years, so people were not too disappointed to see it close, but he said many wish it had been replaced by another restaurant.  “It’s mixed feelings, because we’re losing a restaurant in a neighborhood that desperately needs more sit-down restaurants,” Wilson said.

“There are three or four banks within less than a square mile — Bank of America, PNC Bank and Industrial Bank — so you begin to ask what’s the value of another banking facility … another restaurant or café or some type of eating facility would have been great.” JPMorgan Chase announced in September it would invest $10M in driving economic growth in Wards 7 and 8, D.C.’s most historically underserved communities. Wilson said the new branch could be a positive if it helps spur more investment.  “Any time you have another banking partner who wants to make sincere investments in projects like the 11th Street Bridge, there’s definitely good things to come out of that,” Wilson said.

Busboys and Poets, a restaurant chain known for opening in parts of the city undergoing dramatic change, began constructing its Anacostia location in October 2016. The opening date has been pushed back multiple times, but neighborhood business leader Duane Gautier said he sees people working on it every day and expects it to be open by the spring. Busboys owner Andy Shallal did not immediately return a request for comment.  Gautier is CEO of Arch Development, an Anacostia-based nonprofit that runs multiple business incubators and art galleries in the neighborhood. He said Busboys will be a big step up from Uniontown and could create momentum for additional openings.  “I think it’s a positive, but it’s not going to be the savior of Anacostia, which it has been touted to be,” Gautier said of Busboys. “It will draw in people. A couple local restaurants are happy it’s moving in because people will come down and go to Busboys but not always, so we think it’s going to spur other small cafés and restaurants.”

Read more at: https://www.bisnow.com/washington-dc/news/neighborhood/chase-bank-to-open-in-historic-anacostia-as-corridor-experiences-retail-transformation-91855?utm_source=CopyShare&utm_medium=Browser

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Walk with MLK PeaceWalk, Co-Founder and 4-Time ANC and “DC Council, At-Large Candidate Keith Silver” in the 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

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Walk with Keith Silver, MLK PeaceWalk, Co-Founder and DC Council At-Large Candidate at The 39th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. PeaceWalk and Parade! Monday, January 20, 2020.

MLK Day Events PeaceWalk kicks off 9 a.m. at Black Worker Center 2500 MLK Avenue SE.

MLK Parade Starts at Anacostia Park and Good Hope Rd. SE from 11:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. 

The “Silver for DC Council, At-Large” Contingent will meet up at  9:00 a.m at the Black Worker’s Center (the staging area) at 2500 MLK Ave. SE (across from the Anacostia Subway Station)

All DC Residents and Especially Children with Parents are welcome to join

This Link will take you to the “Time-line/Schedule of MLK Events”  on Monday, Jan. 20th

https://mlkholidaydc.org/

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Coffee☕️&Crank💪🏽 w/ DC’s own Dj Frank the Crank White {1-17-20} topic: Welcome to MLK Weekend!

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