Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Salsa dance studio, Bikram yoga, more coming to 3232 Georgia


The 32thirtytwo building at 3232 Georgia Ave NW is getting a lot of ground floor retail. Neighborhood Development Company announced that Salsa with Silvia, a local Latin dance studio will be opening, as well as Bikram Yoga Petworth, Metro PCS, Medical Center Orthotics & Prosthetics, and Re/Max.

(I should note that despite being called Bikram Yoga Petworth, this is in Park View and not Petworth.)

Yoga and dance are good additions in my opinion, since they'll presumably generate a lot of foot traffic, while Metro PCS and the others are kind of ho-hum in terms of foot traffic. That said, at least it's not another 7-Eleven.

The building, at Georgia and Lamont, is an affordable housing building, meaning you have to have a certain income or lower to live there, which I think is a great thing for the neighborhood.

Here's NDC's press release about Salsa with Silvia (they emailed me separately about the other businesses.):
Number One Latin Dance Studio in DC introduces its new home on Georgia Avenue with Groundbreaking Event

Washington, D.C. – Salsa With Silvia, the Largest Latin dance studio in DC, will be gathering on Monday, November 9, 2015 at 4:30pm, with Neighborhood Development Company to celebrate the commencement of construction with a groundbreaking event.

DETAILS:
Date: Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 4:30pm EST
Location: 3232 Georgia Avenue NW | Suite 104 | Washington, DC 20010
Invitees: Salsa with Silvia employees and students, community supporters, and media

Special guests Brianne Nadeau, Council of the District of Columbia will be in attendance. Councilmember Nadeau, the Great Streets Small Business Grant program, and Neighborhood Development Company had an essential role in helping Salsa With Silvia provide continuous support to the local art community as well as contribute to the improvement of the greater streets of Washington, D.C. In 2015, the Great Streets Program awarded Salsa With Silvia with a grant in the amount of $85,000 for construction of its new location on Georgia Ave.

The space will feature 2,600 sq. ft. of dance floor, luxury lobby, office space, and bathrooms. The vision of Salsa With Silvia is to promote the continuity of art in the already diverse and vibrant Columbia Heights neighborhood. In addition to the studio dance class program, Silvia and her team of instructors and performers volunteer and participate in a number of local school, government, and TV events to teach and demonstrate the beauty and positive energy of Latin dancing. The studio has plans to launch an after school, weekend, and summer dance class program for children and teens to help them stay focused while learning about dance and music.

“After nearly a year of hard work in securing our new location and funding, making this dream a reality is a huge success for us and we look forward to providing the best dance and music education to children and adults in the community,” said Silvia Alexiev, Owner & Director.

Silvia’s dance career goes back decades. An artist to the core, she earned a B.A. degree in Graphics & Web Design and an M.A. in Film & Video. Thousands of students and followers agree that the Salsa With Silvia studio offers the best Latin dance class and entertainment experience in the DMV. Since 2011, Salsa With Silvia has generated an explosive student growth as well as a worldwide online following.

The new studio is set to open doors in the beginning of 2016.

“We are thrilled to welcome Salsa with Silvia to our community and look forward to the studio opening next spring,” said Adrian Washington, CEO & Founder, Neighborhood Development Company.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe if crime wasn't as bad in this intersection they could have gotten better tenants. Don't see how a prime real estate location on Georgia Ave should be used for these types of businesses. Bottom line, it's all they could get. Nadeua better worry about crime in her Ward before cutting ribbons.

Andrew W said...

What would you prefer?

Anonymous said...

Anything with a broader based appeal such as a deli, bakery or cafe. These are niche tenants.

Andrew W said...

There's Colony Club and Heat Da Spot just up the block, another deli coming to Georgia and Irving (link), plus Harrar Coffee Roasters not far. I agree that bakeries, delis and cafes are good things, but I like the variety with the salsa place and yoga place. Metro PCS and the others, ho hum, but I'm not sure we need another cafe nearby.