Is this the real future of the Penn Branch Shopping Center located at the intersection of Pennsylvania Ave and Branch Ave??? I had a chance to meet with John Gogos, who is the real estate broker for this property. He said that the existing building will be getting a new face along with other improvements. There will be two new pads located in the existing parking lot. This looks much better than the eyesore that is there now.
Mr. Gogos and I talked for about 30 minutes. I'm a little disappointed that there is no space available that is big enough for a sit down restaurant like Fridays. However, there may be enough space for something like a Boston Market or Chicken Out. The one thing about this neighborhood is there are no sit down establishments, unless you count McDonalds. I'd take a Boston Market over another more traditional fast food chain.
Hopefully, Mr Gogos will be able to woo Dunkin Donuts or Panera Bread into one of the new pads. That would be great for the neighborhood. There is nowhere along Pennsylvania Ave from the Maryland border to the River to get a cup of coffee. NO STARBUCKS.... PLEASE.
I'm excited at the possibility that this project may move forward. The anticipated completion date is December 2010.