Hot off the press... Miss V just saw the following tweet from Councilmember Alexander:
CMYMA: Big box retailer coming to Ward 7? Stay tuned!Hmmmm... I wonder who it can be and where. The Minnesota-Benning Project has been underway since the groundbreaking back in May. But that project only has 23,000 SF of retail. Perhaps this means something is actually happening with Skyland. At a community meeting in August 2009, the development team mentioned they were talking with Target and Walmart. The community wasn't jumping for joy with Walmart. As a matter of fact when Walmart was mentioned the meeting quickly went downhill. Given Walmart is looking to develop a location in Ward 5, I doubt they would locate to Ward 7 too.
Oh the suspense is killing me.
UPDATE 11/16/2010 11:21 PM
I was tweeted that Walmart's urban model is 20,000 SF, which means Minnesota-Benning Project is a potential location.
UPDATE 11/16/2010 11:38 PM
After a lively discussion on twitter, CM Alexander decided to give us a hint:
CMYMA: @carrieann hint: not at Skyland.***wipes brow*** I was having flashbacks to the Hillcrest Community Civic Association meeting last year when Walmart was mentioned.
UPDATE 11/16/2010 11:48 PM
Commissioner Brown introduces East Capital Gateway as a possible location.
Anc7c04: What would be opp for walmart or other urban model store to locate @ East Cap Gateway; innovative anchor needed.This is all speculation of course. The actual location should be announced soon.
UPDATE 11/17/2010 11:39 AM
According to Mike Debonis from Washington Post:
In Ward 7, execs are eying the Capitol Gateway development at the city's eastern corner.