Business Ins & Outs: New Key Bridge Marriott Residences, The Obamas, Miramar Restaurant, More

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Redevelopment of the Key Bridge Marriott property in Rosslyn, Virginia.

PLANS FOR NEW KEY BRIDGE MARRIOTT, RESIDENCES

The Arlington County Site Plan Review Committee has begun to review the site plan application for the redevelopment of the Key Bridge Marriott property in Rosslyn, Virginia. Just across the bridge from Georgetown, the hotel is Marriott’s oldest, dating to 1959. Almost 20 years earlier, in 1940, J. Willard and Alice Marriott opened a Hot Shoppes restaurant at the location.

The applicant, KBLH, LLC, proposes a major site plan amendment to partially demolish and renovate the existing hotel and construct two new residential buildings, according to Arlington County. The 5.52-acre site is located at 1401 Lee Highway in Arlington, bordered by the George Washington Memorial Parkway to the north, North Oak Street to the west, Fort Myer Drive to the east and Lee Highway to the south.

The hotel will be rebuilt with 446 rooms (currently 582). The 16-story residences, east and west of the hotel, will have 161 and 300 units, respectively.

IN THE WORKS: MIRAMAR, DONAHUE, LE LABO

Miramar Restaurant is planning to open next year at 1033 31st St. NW. The former Smith Point at 1338 Wisconsin Ave. NW will morph into the Donahue; the owners, who have applied for a tavern license, intend to erect a pergola in the back “to mitigate noise during late hours.” Meanwhile, Le Labo, a fragrance company with a store in Shaw, is applying for a signage permit at 3005 M St. NW.

OBAMAS CHECK OUT BRASSERIE LIBERTÉ

Barack and Michelle Obama and two friends dined at Georgetown’s newest restaurant Nov. 29.

“They arrived at 8:24 pm with 4 people in their party (including them). Barack wore a black sweater and shoes. Michelle wore black leather pants and a black shirt. They shook hands with guests on the way out,” according to a Brasserie Liberté spokesperson. The Prospect Street eatery opened Nov. 16 and looks like a hit with neighbors and visitors.

First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama attends USSS ATSAIC Lawrence Tucker’s farewell party in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House, May 7, 2013. Also pictured are Sasha and Malia Obama. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
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