It was great to recently participate in the grand opening of the Roaming Rooster at the new Skyland Town Center in Ward7. I am pleased that Ward 7 will have the first store to open on the East End. Roaming Rooster plans to hire 30-40 people at Skyland, and has invested more than $1 million at this site. Additionally, I am just as excited that Starbucks will opened its first drive-through shop in the District in Ward7, at the Skyland Town Center.
I have worked relentlessly, since my tenure as Council Chair, Mayor, and now, again, as a Councilmember to bring a solid anchor to Skyland and Capitol Gateway projects. The opening of Roaming Rooster was yet another substantial step toward bringing more retail options and ensuring the future of Skyland as a desired location for retail opportunities.
Since my return to the Council, I have introduced three East End bills focused on ending food deserts in Ward 7 by incentivizing greater economic development and bringing much needed neighborhood amenities to the East End. One of these bills “The Grocery Store Incentive Act” targeted nine development sites in Wards 7 and 8, including Skyland and Capitol Gateway for retail and full-service grocery stores.
We now have LIDL coming to Skyland, a new restaurant – Roaming Rooster, and community bank – Chevy Chase, and now a Starbucks at Skyland, all together a major win for Ward 7 and District residents. I look forward to continuing to work with our partners, stakeholders and my Ward 7 Economic Development Advisory Council to bring even more desperately needed retail and healthy food options to the East End of the District, particularly, Ward 7.