Living with Giant/Cathedral Commons Construction – Update #12

May 3, 2015

Although it sometimes seemed as though it would never happen, construction work on the Cathedral Commons development is nearing completion. Of course, fit-out work by the tenants is ongoing, and some of it will last well into the fall. And tie-in of the water line will continue to disrupt Wisconsin Avenue for at least another month. Leasing of the 13 “lofts” above the Giant, the 124 apartments in the North Block, and the eight town houses on Idaho Avenue — at pretty impressive rents — is underway.

Discussion continues about how best to achieve the limited community parking benefits included in the Zoning Order. These benefits — whose objectives are to help local businesses prosper and to prevent parking on neighborhood streets — are provided in the form of (a) 30 spaces for free validated parking, including at peak hours, by non-project merchants on Macomb Street and (b) 30 spaces for overnight parking by neighbors within two blocks of the development (made available for 6-month periods by lottery). Details of these arrangements remain to be worked out.

Some of the tenants are already open for business; others (Barcelona Wine Bar and Raku) will be opening soon. A new tenant — the spinning studio Zengo — has been signed up, and a large user on the second floor of the South Block is expected to be announced soon. Bozzuto is looking for a “fast casual” restaurant, ideally one that serves breakfast, for the North Block. The rotunda at the corner of Wisconsin and Newark and the “flatiron” at the corner of Wisconsin and Idaho are still awaiting prime tenants.

For more details, see the minutes of the April 1st meeting on the ANC3C website. The next Liaison Committee meeting is tentatively scheduled for May 6th at 6:30 pm at the 2nd District police station. The public is welcome.

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