So with that in mind, it is very exciting to have construction and repairs finally underway. That said, The Advoc8te can't help but wonder (and perhaps worry) about what impact this new arrival will have on the local pharmacies and small retailers in the neighborhood. Grubbs Pharmacy Southeast is less than 100 yards away with Neighborhood Pharmacy across the street. For decades, big brands have avoided Anacostia like the plague. All of the community's needs had to be met by the small business owners who invested in Anacostia and served its residents when no one else wanted to call Anacostia home. So that said, The Advoc8te worries about the fate of our small business owners and hopes -- and frankly prays -- that this newest arrival won't signal new departures. One thing that is sure to be welcome -- jobs for local residents. So with that in mind I try to remain cautiously optimistic.
FYI -- The Mayor's office just rereleased an RFP for the development of the Anacostia Gateway Community which is comprised of the buildings around this one. No idea who this Walgreens would effect that project or the proposals that had already been submitted for it. Last year a request for interest was released with several proposals submitted. It looks like none of the prior proposals was selected and a solicitation is back out.
Including some photos I took of the Anacostia building including some interior shots of the demolition in progress