Jarnell Swecker

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Done Deal: Wal-Mart Signs Lease to Anchor Skyland Town Center

The District and the development team behind the $220 million Skyland Town Center have finally locked in Wal-Mart as the anchor tenant, clearing a key obstacle that threatened to stall, or even stop, the project. Read more in the Washington Business [...]

What Remains of Skyland Shopping Center is Coming Down, but still no Wal-Mart Lease

We haven't heard anything from the Rappaport Co., WC Smith or the District since August when we last wrote about the Skyland Town Center, and the challenges faced by the development team to get that 18.5-acre, Wal-Mart-anchored, mixed-use project off [...]

And We’re Off at Skyland Town Center

Yesterday, the hardhats and shovels were out at the groundbreaking for Skyland Town Centerin Ward 7, as the project 25 years in the making finally kicked off. Read more at BISNOW.

Gray Breaks Ground for Skyland Town Center

Mayor Vincent Gray was back on his home turf Wednesday to break ground for the Skyland Town Center, a project that the Ward 7 community has sought for over two decades. Read more at WJLA7.

Groundbreaking for a New Skyland Shopping Center has Gray, Community Leaders Upbeat

Karen Williams has lived in her Southeast Washington neighborhood for years, but she has still not gotten used to one thing: driving from her home in Hillcrest to Maryland or Virginia just to purchase clothes, household items and other basic [...]

Skyland Groundbreaking March 12, but Wal-Mart Deal Not Done

D.C. officials and a team of private developers will break ground on the Skyland Town Center March 12, 14 years after the District first authorized redevelopment of the dilapidated Southeast shopping center. Read more in the Washington Business Journal.

Skyland Town Center Developers Modify Designs Ahead of Next Hearing

The developers of the Wal-Mart-anchored Skyland Town Center have modified their designs a bit to mollify the D.C. Zoning Commission ahead of a final vote. Read more at the Washington Business Journal.

As Wal-Mart Threatens to Walk, What’s Next for a Dying Shopping Center?

The Skyland Shopping Center in Southeast Washington is almost dead. Shops are shuttered and windows broken. Pigeons peck at torn awnings, and someone dragged in a mattress to crash on the floor of the closed post office. Read more at [...]

D.C. Council Approves ‘Living Wage’ Bill Over Wal-Mart Ultimatum

D.C. lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a bill requiring some large retailers to pay their employees a 50 percent premium over the city’s minimum wage, a day after Wal-Mart warned that the law would jeopardize its plans in the [...]

All Eyes Turn to Mayor as D.C. Council Adopts Living Wage Bill

The D.C. Council adopted on Wednesday a bill that will require D.C.’s largest retailers to pay a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour, setting up a possible veto by Mayor Vincent Gray or, perhaps, the exodus of Wal-Mart from D.C. [...]