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Wheaton...As the Next Adams Morgan?

Just Up the Pike blogger Dan Reed zeroes in on a quote from a recent Gazette article about Wheaton's residential boom.

 

Could Wheaton one day look like the lively D.C. neighborhood Adams Morgan?

Just Up the Pike blogger Dan Reed explores the possibilities--his starting point, this quote by developer Leonard Greenberg from a recent Gazette article:

“To me, Wheaton should be more of an Adams Morgan, more of a village-like environment,” said Greenberg, who added the many apartment projects were an encouraging sign. “The reasons why places like Adams Morgan are popular is that they are high-demand areas where there’s lots of activity. You have young people living in accessible locations. Wheaton needs to be a place where people want to go, not just go to work and leave at the end of the day.”

Reed compares photos of what Adams Morgan looks like and what Greenberg's company has built. He points out the vacancies in retail buildings that Greenberg has constructed in Wheaton, as well as the disgruntled former tenants he has left in his wake. 

And Reed doesn't forget the businesses that fear they will be displaced by higher rents after redevelopment:

Vibrant neighborhoods also come from a mix of old and new. If we want downtown Wheaton to become Montgomery County's answer to Adams Morgan, we should retain existing businesses, be they a pupusa shop or a vocational school.

Read the rest of the blog post on Just Up The Pike.

Diane January 12, 2012 at 11:51 PM
But it's still Wheaton...there's alot more that will need to change before I'd consider it a high-demand area!
Charles L.Garris January 13, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Can't wait to see the new multi-story apartment complex and Safeway Store in Wheaton. Should be good for local businesses.
Rachel Young January 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I agree with Reed that communicating with local businesses and including them in redevelopment is essential. What I think makes Wheaton a wonderful place is its unique multicultural character. I don't want to see that sacrificed just to cater to the whims and fads of the mobile younger generation (myself included!). It's not as simple as "out with the old and in with the new."
Malcolm Wilson January 13, 2012 at 02:03 PM
It's funny that coming up on almost two years since the article about the leases at Georgia Crossing was written and maybe half the place is leased now? You won't draw the small business in this economy with "Bethesda" rates. If you can get office space in K-town for $21-25 why come to Wheaton? There is so much vacant space there. I would love to see Wheaton "revitalized" but it has to be attractive (financially) for people to make the leap.
Sheng January 13, 2012 at 02:06 PM
umm...I dont understand why anybody would want to live above a restaurant on a busy (= noisy) street, and not to mention the building itself is probably really really old. With that in mind, I think the Greenberg's company was building the right thing. I do have some issues with the high rent, simply because wheaton doesnt have a lot of downtown residents yet. Charging higher rents will make sense once the "apartment boom" really happens and I think those upcoming apartment buildings will really help. Personally I can't wait for the new Safeway to open.

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