RE: [columbia_heights] Graham/Council again assists Organic Market for Col Hts
- This is great news. How does this bill differ from those introduced and past previously on Emergency including the one this time last year by CM Evans."SUPERMARKET TAX INCENTIVES CLARIFICATION EMERGENCY ACT OF 2008"http://www.dccouncil.washington.dc.us/images/00001/20080122121120.pdfAnd then introduced passed and signed by the Mayor in January 2009"NEIGHBORHOOD SUPERMARKET TAX RELIEF CLARIFICATION EMERGENCY ACT OF 2008".My guess is that legislation keeps expiring, why not a permanent law? If another Bill needs to be introduced can it include incentives around local hiring and maybe a partnership with local High Schools. I noticed unemployment in August '09 for Ward 1 was 9.7% up from 6.3% in August '08.William
From:"Jim Graham" <grahamwone@...>
Sent: Wednesday, October 7, 2009 9:33am
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Subject: [columbia_heights] Graham/Council again assists Organic Market for Col Hts
I am glad to report that yesterday I introduced and the Council passed legislation to help an organic market to locate in the DCUSA retail center . This bill will ensure that Ellwood Thompson’s -- a full-service, organic, natural and sustainable food store -- will receive tax relief benefits that are available to every qualified supermarket in DC.
Ellwood Thompson’s is dedicated to high-quality products, supporting local farmers and the community. It signed a lease with DC USA Operating Co., LLC for space in the DC USA Shopping Center in Ward 1. The construction of their supermarket space was delayed due to the downturn in the economy. The is the second time the council passed this bill. The earlier measure was about to expire, and so this action was necessary. the legal action pertained to the fact that--unlike many supermarkets--this one is not free standing and is part of, and within, an existing development. So some technical changes were needed.
I am told that the plans for this supermarket are again underway. Our latest report is that Ellwood Thompson’s has submitted construction diagrams to the developer and they are awaiting approval.
With the passage of this bill, the Council is again doing all it can to make this happen.
Bests, Councilmember Jim Graham
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