WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- A new Walmart is coming to D.C.
Tuesday, Mayor Vincent Gray signed the lease for the store in Ward 7. The store will anchor the long-awaited Skyland Town Center at the intersection of Good Hope Road, Naylor Road, and Alabama Avenue SE. The shopping center will also feature neighborhood retailers, restaurants and residential units, say city officials.
According to Gray's office in a press release on Tuesday:
"More than a decade ago, the District embarked on a path to acquire and revitalize the blighted Skyland Shopping Center, which for years was poorly operated and never met the retail needs of the residents of Wards 7 and 8. With more than 40 parcels to acquire spread out over 15 different property owners and 29 different tenants, residents had little luck with their efforts to coordinate redevelopment of the shopping center on their own.
"In 2002, the District, through the National Capital Revitalization Corporation, intervened and began its acquisition of the Skyland site. The Gray Administration worked to clear all legal issues and resolve all tenant-relocation concerns. Mayor Gray, city officials and members of the development teams held a ceremonial groundbreaking event at Skyland to highlight the start of construction work in March. To date, more than 90 percent of the site has been demolished. The District has invested approximately $40 million in the project for the purposes of acquisition, tenant relocation, property management and legal fees."