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Written by Charles Allen   
Thursday, 06 September 2007

Waterside MallFor Southwest residents, most know that the demolition and renovation of the Waterside Mall is finally close at hand. For several months, you've seen the trailers being set up to accomodate the CVS and Bank of America during construction, and as of last week, the relocation to the trailers is complete.

As a result, representatives from Vornado/Charles E. Smith and Forest City Washington have annouced that the mall will close as of Saturday, September 8th and that the final day pedestrians will have access through the mall will be this Friday, September 7th. There had been earlier announcements that the mall would close sometime between September 8th and 15th.

Here's the announcement by Mr. Gordon Fraley, the Development Manager for the project: 

As you know we have been working for some time to relocate CVS and Bank of America to temporary buildings along M Street... Once they are relocated, it will hopefully take 1 – 2 months to acquire the necessary raze permit for commencing demolition.  In the interim period, the following activities will be taking place:

  • - Complete interior demolition and abatement
  • - Disconnect all utilities
  • - Continuation of the pest control program
  • - File all required clearance letters with DCRA
  • - Mobilization for commencement of demolition
Once the raze permit is in place demolition and new construction will proceed immediately.  We currently anticipate the first phase of construction opening as early as late 2009 and being phased on over the first half of 2010. 
Other changes to operations that will coincide with the closing of the Mall include:
  • - The Watkins security office will be relocated just behind the new Bank of America. Signage will be posted identifying their new location.
  • - When the Mall is closed between the 8th and 15th of September, the parking north of the mall will also be closed.
  • - Retail parking on the south side of the site will be limited to 1 hour and monitored by Watkins.
  • - Metro and Safeway access will remain as is during the initial phase of demolition and construction.  More details on construction around the metro will be provided in advance, prior to commencing any work.

Anyone with questions about the project and the plans can contact Mr. Gordon Fraley at (703) 769-1101, or David Smith at (202) 496-6600.

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2007-09-07 11:54:06
I am interested in hearing the plans as I live down the street on the SW side-- what will be coming to our neighborhood?? Who will be constructing it?
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