The wandering bike store of Mt. Vernon Square might have to move again to "make way for a coming development project."
Douglas Development is planning a big office building at the corner of 7th Street and New York Avenue that will require the 7th Street retailers to vacate the site during construction. Those retailers include the bar The Passenger and the restaurant Hogo.
Millstein also said that another 7th Street store, BicycleSPACE, might be able to remain in its location during construction.
BicycleSPACE co-owner Erik Kugler says things are still "pretty wide open." The store, he says, is two years into a 10-year lease and hopes to stay. Douglas has been showing him some of its other nearby properties where the store might be able to move. BicycleSPACE is also part of one potential plan to develop a city-owned parcel at 5th and I streets NW, and Kugler says he could envision using an opt-out clause in his lease to move there in around four years, but wouldn't operate the two stores in tandem.
For now, though, Kugler says, "Nobody said that we have to move by such and such a date." He says Douglas president Doug Jemal has promised to be personally involved in making sure that things work out for the store, one way or another.
I, for one, hope they find a permanent home.