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Once a Likely Wal-Mart, New York Avenue Site Up for Sale

by Lark Turner

Once a Likely Wal-Mart, New York Avenue Site Up for Sale: Figure 1
The site. Courtesy Transwestern via The Washington Post

They had a deal with Wal-Mart. This fall, it expired. Now the property’s up for sale.

Owned by local taxi magnates, the 15 acres of land at 1801 New York Avenue NE (map) have been in the sights of a number of developers over the years. But none have been able to execute a project. Most recently, a developer struck a deal that would have included a Wal-Mart on the site, but that deal fell through in September and the Post reported today that the plot is now up for sale.

For some DC residents, that’s good news. Wal-Mart is an unwelcome newcomer to many after a spat over living wages, which ended when Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed a Wal-Mart-targeted City Council proposal to raise the city’s minimum wage to $12.50 an hour at big-box retailers. Wal-Mart warned that it might not open its doors in the city if the proposal became law.

It didn’t, and they did; the retailer has opened two stores in the District, including one topped by apartments, and a third store is in the works.

Wal-Mart told the Post that it would still like to open a store at any development planned for the New York Avenue site, but with the property for sale, the plans are up in the air.

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This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/once_a_likely_wal-mart_this_sites_now_up_for_sale/7996

6 Comments

  1. Kes said at 4:07 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2014:
    I believe you meant "a spat (petty argument) over living wages", rather than a "spate" over them (a sudden rush of something, like words or water). /pedant.
  1. Lark Turner said at 4:35 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2014:
    Hi Kes, You're correct! We've updated the post. Lark
  1. Alan P said at 6:09 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2014:
    Who owns the land in the northeast corner of the parcel, where New York and Bladensburg meet? Seems like the sale would go faster (and for more money) if the that corner parcel were included.
  1. No Condos said at 10:45 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2014:
    No Condos or offices.
  1. adam said at 3:32 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    Don't know who owns that corner, but it has a KFC and some kind of technical school on it.
  1. competition is good said at 9:58 pm on Thursday January 16, 2014:
    Welcome TARGET!

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