The D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs awarded mall co-owners Vornado Realty Trust and Angelo Gordon & Co. demolition and interior renovation permits March 9 to break down the large sections of the mall’s mid area, according to public documents.

It’s interesting that the developers are moving ahead with interior changes despite the fact that their requests to change the exterior have proved fruitless, so far. Last year they tried to get approval to build large windows along M Street on the west end of the building. The Old Georgetown Board rejected their plans. No further applications have been made since.

Vornado has been notoriously tight-lipped about its plans for the mall. In particular, it has not released the names of what tenants it hopes to bring in. But apropos to the internal construction, I’ve heard that the approach Vornado is taking is to “de-mall” the mall. In other words, gut out the the interior space and create long shoe-box shape stores that go from M Street back to the canal.

[Continue reading Topher Mathews’s post here at The Georgetown Metropolitan.]

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