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Dupont Circle, the view from above ground.
Update: Sean Madigan from the office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development says he doesn’t expect the city to issue a request for proposals until January.
I missed the Dupont Down Under’s brief era of existence.
Back in 1995, the old trolley tunnels below Dupont Circle were transformed into a food court and retail space. Some fifteen months after opening, the place closed down.
Plans for a supermarket and a health club never came to fruition. It turned out the brainchild of the vision, a man named Geary Simon “had some undisclosed business credentials: He had twice been convicted of real estate and insurance fraud, and he’d topped that off by being convicted of telephone fraud while serving time in Allenwood Penitentiary in Pennsylvania,” according to a 2002 Washington City Paper story.
Since Simon’s time in charge, there have been lawsuits galore and various unfulfilled dreams and visions for the site. But this week, the Dupont Current reports that the city is getting serious about finding an occupant for the space.
At a recent meeting for Dupont Circle’s ANC, a representative for the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development said the city “expects to issue a request for proposals for the site sometime this month…Proposals would be due mid-February, he said, and a project could be selected as early as spring 2010.”
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