Big break for Blues Alley?


Saxophonist Rudresh Mnhanthappa performs at Blues Alley in January 2012. (Josh Sisk/For The Washington Post)

Blues Alley owner Harry Schnipper has a lot of options, he tells the Washington Business Journal’s Michael Neibauer: Open up in one of the city’s coming new developments, expand to culture-starved areas outside the city, perhaps take over operations of the historic Lincoln Theatre on U Street. Sounds like a healthy business, no? Regardless, the club is the subject of a tax abatement proposal from D.C. Council member Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), entitling it to 10 years worth of property tax breaks on “newly leased or purchased property in the District.” The bill, introduced at Schnipper’s behest, is “geared toward trying to help, to keep them in Georgetown,” Evans said. City finance officials, meanwhile, believe the bill “could be a windfall to an entity that would have made an expansion or move in the absence of any abatements.”

In other news:

Nats win! (Post)

Vote yes on Referendum 8 for budget autonomy (Post editorial)

DCPS won’t unveil proposed school boundary changes until fall (Post)

At-large hopeful Matthew Frumin says he’ll keep his lawyer job if elected (WRC-TV)

Frumin: “I have no intention whatsoever of running against Mary Cheh” (Dish)

Police and fire union leaders remain skeptical of Gray pay-hike promises (Examiner)

Elissa Silverman: “People have a stereotype of me and they are not accurate” (Examiner)

Anita Bonds picks up Jack Evans endorsement (Post)

Evans and Muriel Bowser (and David Wilmot) help Terry McAuliffe raise campaign cash (Loose Lips)

As indictments drop in Atlanta, still no consequences for alleged test cheating in D.C. (Class Struggle)

The case against building a parking garage under the Mall (Housing Complex)

Vince Gray’s first weekly radio address was kind of a snooze (WNEW-FM)

Arts spending could get a boost in 2014 budget (Examiner)

How you can learn more about the mayoral budget proposal (DCFPI)

2009 Children’s Hospital parking garage accident now subject of high-stakes civil trial (Post column)

The MPD online crime mapping tool is back (DCist)

On Anacostia Freeway, “dramatic dance of mutual road rage” on Saturday night (Post)

David Grosso and Kenyan McDuffie: Ward 5′s ethics team? (DC Spotlight)

A tradition continues: Easter Monday at the Zoo (Post)

Many plans, little agreement over Randall site’s future (Hill Rag)

Twenty deer felled in Rock Creek Park cull (Post)

Body pulled from Anacostia near Langston Golf Course (Post)

Police: Response delayed because hit-and-run victim gave wrong address (WRC-TV)

Muriel Bowser dropped by Marion Barry’s state-of-the-ward address (@MarionBarryJr)

Will the Senate actually confirm a D.C. Circuit nominee? (Legal Times)

Two years worth of ANC spending, for your perusal (@LukeRosiak)

Georgetowners really don’t want a 7-Eleven (Patch)

“Imagine what would happen if DCPS had to operate utilizing the same facility allotment that charter schools do” (Examiner.com)

The former Uniontown Bar & Grill prepares for its next act (CHotR)

Do you know this guy who robbed a downtown bank Friday? (Post)

WHUR-FM’s new country format “Sounds like the New Washington” (WHUR-FM)

Oh, to travel through Washington the Mole Way (Post column)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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