Thanks to Thomas for sending us this link to Gallery Square’s leasing advertisement for 27K sq ft of retail. The drawings are very revealing as to what has been going on behind the scenes for the past few months.
The development includes the following buildings:
Vapiano (623-625 H St NW), China Doll + Lei Garden (627-631 H St NW), CVS (801 7th St NW), and Kam Fong Seafood Restaurant (807 7th St NW). What’s interesting is that 623-625 H St NW is owned by Doug Jemal, while the rest of the buildings are owned by Yeni Wong (Riverdale International). Unless the Vapiano building was recently purchased by Wong, this could be an indication of a partnership between the two developers.
The development will be completed in two phases. The first phase will include the CVS redevelopment as well as a ~25 unit condominium. We’ve reported extensively on the phase one aspect (including copies of public building plans). The second phase will consist of the 627-631 H St NW site redevelopment. It will feature a 3 level underground parking garage and will have 2 levels of retail and the rest will be office space.
Here’s a rundown of the clues gathered from the pics and 2009 timeline:
- Vapiano won’t be opening in the 623-625 H St NW location
Lei Garden and China Doll facades will be preserved Yeni Wong & Doug Jemal are possibly in a development partnership
- CVS will occupy the first floor and basement of the same building (after it’s rehabbed), leaving 3 more floors of retail available for lease
Pic courtesy of Transwesten Retail.