- CityCenter DC won't have room for the Kastles once construction starts. (Image: Courtesy Hines)
Last anyone heard, the massive CityCenter DC redevelopment at the site of the old convention center will break ground this April. Then again, we've been through this dance before, and developer Hines has yet to announce a single major tenant for the project (although word via the Post of an unnamed foreign investor willing to put nearly all the money up front makes that much less of a concern). But if you're looking for a good sign things really are on track, here's one to try on for size: via Southwest, The Little Quadrant that Could, it looks like the Washington Kastles are starting to get serious about securing a new place to play next summer:
Elinor Bacon from ER Bacon Development mentioned they are in negotiations with the Washington Kastles World Team Tennis organization to move their stadium to the Hogate’s site at 9th & Water Street after demolition of the restaurant is complete this winter.
This is the spot where the old Hogate's restaurant used to sit at 800 Water St. SW, where demolition kicked off in August. It's been slated for some kind of temporary use once the parcel is cleared, while it waits for the big Southwest Waterfront redevelopment to get going (which is still a couple years away, at a minimum).
Kastles spokeswoman Katie Young says she doesn't think the team is ready to announce anything just yet, and notes that "every year it's been a toss-up of where the stadium will be." Still, the Kastles have erected their temporary stadium on the parking lot at the old convention center site for the last three years in a row, so word that they're taking a serious look at alternatives is good news for CityCenter DC watchers.
And for Southwest residents, take a gander at what else may be in store for the former Hogate's lot over the next two years or so, again courtesy SWTLQTC:
Some of the interim uses mentioned for the site outside of tennis matches include a seafood festival, events with the Capitol Yacht Club, a sock monkey day for kids, and A-Cappella concerts, but the first event planned for the space will revolve around the National Cherry Blossom Festival in March. Hoffman-Madison Marquette Waterfront will seek the ability to serve wine and beer at both 7th Street Landing and “9th Street Park”, since the Kastles already sell beer & wine at their downtown stadium and the development team heard from the community that 7th Street Landing would be a more enjoyable experience if beer and wine were available.