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Last week, at an October 23rd ANC2C meeting, local developer Debbie Smith trotted out some architectural plans for a new day spa to be located at the corner of 7th and P Streets NW in Shaw. This wasn’t the first time the ANC heard of Smith’s proposal.
She casually announced her intentions at a June meeting, to a not-so-glowing reaction. One commenter suggested this “very crucial parcel” be developed as affordable housing or space for restaurants or some “really good coffee shops,” according to clips posted online.
Commissioner Kevin Chapple says the ANC did not take a position on Smith’s plans. At this point, he’s heard of one other developer interested in the space: Banneker Ventures is considering plans for a block-long development in the area with commercial and residential properties.
Other notes from last week’s meeting: According to Smith and the representative from her architectural firm, the proposed “home-grown” day spa (Smith’s words) would have three levels of commercial units, which would include a first-level barber shop/hair salon, a lower-level dermatologist office with some yoga space, a relaxation room, with amenities for users, manicures, make-up studios, and massages areas. The top floors of the building would have several residential units.