Work to Begin on Former Babe’s Site

Former Babe's Billiards Site

After standing vacant for almost eight years as a dark black eyesore in the heart of Tenleytown, the former Babe’s Billiards site is set to begin its transformation early next week.

Douglas Development Corporation, which owns the site, recently received a raze permit, and Project Manager Andrea Gourdine confirmed in an email that the “raze crew is expected to mobilize next Monday,” October 21.  This is a week later than the initial start date announced at the October 10 Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E meeting.

According to Gourdine, the new Tenley View project will proceed in three phases. Raze work will take about two weeks.  The first phase of construction will start toward the end of 2013, followed by the second in the first three months of 2014.  She cautions, however, that this timeline is contingent upon “[DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs] permit processing time.” During a presentation as part of the Coalition for Smarter Growth’s September 28 “Tenley: Top of the Town” walking tour, she also projected the Tenley View would be completed by October 2015.

Given how long the project has remained dormant, Tenleytown residents are cautious in getting their hopes up; several have written that they will believe construction is moving forward when they actually see work crews on site.

Upon completion, the new building will be home to 18,783 square feet of retail and 60 residential rental units.  Notably, the project will have no on-site parking for cars; it will include more than 70 bicycle parking spaces and a Capital Bikeshare station.  Through an agreement with ANC-3E, residents will be ineligible to receive Residential Parking Permits.

Further information about the project can be found on the Tenley View website.  Gourdine says that the website will be updated shortly to reflect the current status of the project.