WASHINGTON, DC—Although a host of stores are scheduled to open there this summer and fall, the ownership of L’Enfant Plaza officially took the wraps off is 20-month, $46 million renovation at the Southwest Washington property.
Among the improvements Chevy-Chase MD-based JBG Cos. made to the former cramped and dark center include modern staircases, brightly colored seating areas and plenty of windows to bring in light, according to the Washington Post.
“Everything is about natural light,” says Britt A. Snider, principal at JBG. “Before this, it felt more like a dungeon than a retail complex.”
Among the tenants scheduled to open this summer include Amsterdam Falafel, Phillips Seafood, Dress Barn and a 10,000-square-foot CVS, along with a hair salon, dentist and dry cleaners. In terms of eateries, Charley’s Grilled Subs will be the first new restaurant to open this week, with Panda Express expected to open soon.
JBG is also in discussions with a men’s clothier, fitness center and child care facility. The company is also overhauling nearby office buildings. In addition, the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel, which JBG sold last year to Stanford Hotels, is also undergoing renovation. See story in the Washington Post.