On our stretch of Connecticut Avenue, change is not a stranger. But the rate of change seems to have accelerated in recent months.
Since late 2011:
- Walgreen’s has opened.
- Jake’s American Grille has opened its basement Boiler Room bar/arcade.
- WAMU has announced it’s buying 4401 Connecticut and moving in by this time next year.
- IntelSat is reportedly thinking (again) about selling its headquarters and moving out. (BizJournals.com)
- New restaurants Sushi Para and the 876 Cafe have moved in next door to Walgreen’s. (Watch this space for an upcoming profile of the husband-and-wife team behind 876.)
- UDC has put a chain link perimeter fence around the large plaza at Connecticut and Van Ness, in preparation for a new student center. (ANC Commissioner Adam Tope writes about the plans for the Forest Hills Connection.)
- Clover Market has closed. A former teen employee will write about his time there.
- New sidewalks are going in along the Avenue. The crew seen below, across the street from the Day’s Inn, got started with the jackhammer at 7 a.m. one recent morning. The hotel’s guests probably enjoyed that. We’re certainly going to enjoy the new sidewalk, now free of cracks and holes.
- And Pet Needs is closing on Saturday, April 28th, perhaps sooner if it sells off its inventory before then.
We look forward to covering the changes along the Avenue as they unfold.