Earlier this month, the District began restoration of the historic Strand Theatre. Located in the heart of Lincoln Heights off of Nannie Helen Burroughs Avenue, the landmark theatre has been vacant for over 50 years. The stabilization is being funded by the The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, in partnership with Great Streets and the DC Department of General Services. Mayor Gray spoke to the significance of this redevelopment project in his 2014 State of the District Address:
“We’re laying the groundwork for future development all over the city, and especially right here in Ward 7. Just last month, the District began restoration of the historic Strand Theater – which has been closed since 1959. Think about that, folks – this community asset has been closed so long that a tree was literally growing through the roof of the building. My administration has committed to the revitalization and repurposing of this property in order to better serve the needs of Ward 7 residents. The District’s investment in the Strand Theater will not only create new retail opportunities, but it will also improve the streetscape and stimulate additional development nearby.”
The restoration of the Strand will also be a focus of the upcoming Start It In 7: Ward 7 Entrepreneurship Week March 17th-March 21st, coordinated by the DC Office of Planning. The week-long schedule of events will include activities, tours, and workshops for business owners, aspiring entrepreneurs, artists, retailers, investors, and residents interested in the economic potential of Ward 7. To learn more about the Strand Theatre, CLICK HERE.