Friday, August 14, 2009

Madison Square Garden South?

The Washington Business Journal is reporting that the Madison Square Garden LP company is looking for real estate in the District for a possible venue. The owner of the famed Garden in midtown Manhattan sees DC as a prime market for a new venue. The 6,000+ seat performance space would bring direct competition to other venues like DAR Constitution Hall and Lisner Auditorium.

Where are they looking? Well, who knows. Perhaps the location of the (allegedly) failed House of Blues project at 5th and I Streets NW. The article indicates MSG LP is looking for a spot near existing transit and shopping. Smart. I'm assuming they want to be downtown. That doesn't leave much wiggle room. There's the Center City development at 10th and H. A few empty or underused parcels near Nationals Park in Near Southeast. Maybe they'll jump on the NoMa/New York Avenue bandwagon. Time will tell. We're a long way from moving any dirt around, but an exciting prospect all the same.