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Hope Councilwoman Alexander Gets Her Bread

October 1, 2009, an informed neighbor told me was announced at the Penn Branch Citizens Association meeting at August 11, 2009, is the day [3] Penn Branch Center gets the wrecking ball. [If you haven't read my piece about PBC, please do so. Scroll down, and you will find it at the bottom of this page.]

The neighboring laundromat will go, and CVS will take the lot it presently occupies. Wachovia Bank will occupy a new structure that will be one of two set right on the sidewalk. The other will be *DUNKIN' DONUTS, ..I hope. It was also said at one of the Spring 2009 PBC meetings, that the developer, ICG Properties, had once intended to put a five-story, mixed use (condo/retail/office) building on Pennsylvania Avenue, which would have blocked the view of our montanita from that street. A few talks with my Brangler neighbors got it knocked down to TWO stories! Wow!

It was decided, earlier this year, that phasing in these new *developments was the way to go. Read more about that here.

At a PBCA meeting, a few months back, Councilwoman Yvette Alexander expressed interest in seeing a PANERA BREAD, there. Honestly, I did not know there was such a retailer, at the time, and I still know nothing about this shop, but, do like this hardworking lady (a Penn Branch native) enough to hope she gets her bread. Good luck with that, councilwoman!

Formidable folks in my neighborhood--tough, scrappy folks. Don't mess with Penn Branch.

That's as close to substance and hard reporting as I'm going to get, this week--you can almost smell real journalism here, if you use your imagination. Last weekend, I got some great pics of National Harbor (now, officially 'National Harbor, MD'), and I'm working on a fluff piece about it. Not really sure how to approach it, but am working on it.

Mel Dyer

*For the record, I haven't heard anything about a Dunkin' Donuts coming to PB. Again,..I have not confirmed information on Dunkin' Donuts or any other similar retailer coming to the new PB Center.

*I neglected to mention that GATED underground parking is slated to be part of this development, making it more difficult for jerks to clutter up PBC's lot with free commuter parking and scoot off downtown. Presently, the parking situation at PBC is a mess.

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