District Line Daily: Developers Want Fannie Mae HQ Designated as Historic

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The buzziest news about the massive redevelopment planned for the Fannie Mae headquarters, a 10-acre site on Wisconsin Ave. NW, has centered on a supermarket. Wegmans, producer of extra-large grocery utopias, will open its inaugural D.C. store underneath the headquarters building as early as 2021. But the project is also notable for how it will reuse an existing structure. This summer, the developers filed an application with D.C.’s Historic Preservation Office to designate the red brick headquarters, built in the mid-1950s, as a landmark. Why would a for-profit development team pursue historic preservation when it has the option to demolish an old building in favor of new ones?

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Georgetown University officials find three swastikas painted and carved into campus elevators. [NBC4]

  • Meet the woman who, for nearly 40 years, has brought her life-sized Jesus mannequin to Capitol Hill every week. [Washingtonian]

  • Will Amazon really consider opening a D.C.-area campus? It’s too soon to know. [WBJ]

  • Learn how to interact with urban coyotes from an expert. [DCist]

  • The Jefferson Memorial is getting cleaned with lasers. [WTOP]

  • DDOT will pay $20 million over the next five years to replace street signs. [NBC4]

  • Workers sickened during WWI chemical weapon cleanup near American University. [WTOP]

  • Man killed in March Congress Heights shooting had been targeted before. [Post]

  • Enjoy a gorgeous weekend before Hurricane Irma shows up next week. [Post]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C. is no longer a “high risk” job training partner, Dept. of Labor says. [Post]

  • Contract talks between Metro and its largest union stall. [Post]

  • While Wiedefeld prepares to release ominous report to WMATA board on Monday. [WAMU]

  • Map this: digital tool allows you to design your own Metro map. [DCist]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • “If it’s good enough for Obama, it’s good enough for me.” Lightshow talks his hometown love of D.C. [Post]

  • Four local musicians (including your arts editor) discuss how they balance their professional lives with music. [DC Music Download]

  • D.C.-area rapper 30 Glizzy fatally shot in Baltimore. [Post]

  • Film review: The IT remake is fun as hell. [WCP]

YOUNG HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Go behind the scenes at the National Zoo to learn how they feed the animals. [WCP]

  • Houston’s Truluck’s Seafood, Steak Crab House is coming to K Street NW. [WBJ]

  • Upshur Street in Petworth seemingly became a dining mecca overnight. [Post]

  • The consultant world loses two to the local cider game. [Washingtonian]

  • France isn’t the only nation to thank for modern fine dining. [Eater]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Berkshire Hathaway affiliate purchases Long Foster, region’s largest brokerage. [WBJ]

  • Competitive real estate market in a neighborhood along North Capitol Street. [Post]

  • Development team changes designs for West Heating Plant in Georgetown. [UrbanTurf]

  • Should cars be allowed again on a street near Eastern Market on weekends? [GGW]

  • How rents in the D.C. area have grown since 2016. [Curbed DC]

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