This Tuesday, the D.C. Zoning Commission unanimously voted for the extension of the planned Showplace ICON theater in Navy Yard by two years. Despite this extension, D.C. developer Forest City Washington — the same developer behind The Yards — stated that the first luxury cinema complex in the southeast quadrant of Washington, D.C. will arrive on time.
The plans are for a 16-screen, 1,500-seat movie theater with wall-to-wall screens, premium sound, and deluxe leather recliner seats. The new facility will also feature exclusive VIP levels, a full bar, and a parking garage with 320 spaces.
In July 2015, Curbed reported that construction was slated to begin in early 2016 with a delivery by early 2018. With this new extension, construction is hoped to begin by the end of 2016 with an opening late 2018.
Before construction can begin, DC Water will have to relocate a portion of its operations to a site in Prince George's County, according to a recent press release. If DC Water doesn't relocate within the developer's timeframe, construction and delivery will be delayed.
The site is located near First Street SE and N Place SE, only one block away from Nationals Park. The location is currently occupied by DC Water.
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