Future Tenley View Site Makes Slow Progress
Tenleytown residents are understandably impatient to see progress at the site of the former Babe’s Billiards and future home of the mixed-use development Tenley View. This project has been over a decade in the making. While demolition work began at the end of October and there is a steady stream of debris filling the lone dumpster in front of the building, neighbors have been frustrated by a lack of visible change to the site.
Much of the existing structure will be retained, with strengthened foundations, and incorporated into the new building. According to an email from Andrea Gourdine, Douglas Development Corporation project manager, only 4614 Wisconsin Avenue will be torn down. Demolition of that portion of the site should be complete by the end of November.
Phase I of construction of the new building is still planned to begin after the new year – assuming Douglas Development receives the necessary permits in time. Gourdine writes: “As of right now both our foundation strengthening and building permit have been filed, we are waiting for the District Department of the Environment to review both our phase I and II applications so we can move the review process along.”
For those who want to see the future of the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Brandywine Street, this is a rendering of what the project will look like upon completion. More illustrations are available on the project website.