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Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 07/31/2012

ARCH Development CEO: What H Street Playhouse’s relocation means to Anacostia (#DMVReads)

Rising rents made H Street Playhouse’s upcoming moved to Anacostia a necessity. (Dennis Drenner for The Washington Post)
After search lasting more than seven months, Mayor Vincent Gray (D) revealed Friday that the H Street Playhouse had found a new home in Anacostia.

Since opening more than a decade ago, the H Street Playhouse had been a catalyst for neighborhood development, but rising rents made a move necessary. In the blog East City Art, ARCH Development CEO Phil Hutinet notes that the move is a wonderful opportunity for the playhouse to bring the same kind of culture to a new, burgeoning neighborhood.

“Ultimately, the theater will offer a much needed and sought after destination for [Historic Anacostia] residents seeking a cultural attraction within walking distance or a short drive from their homes while providing an opportunity to showcase the rich, autochthonous cultural heritage that exists East of the River which is often ignored by other parts of the city and the region.”

Read more on East City Art.

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By Andy Smith  |  11:17 AM ET, 07/31/2012

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