Coming soon, Utopia

You might have noticed a lot of businesses are closing on the southwest corner of 14th and U, and it’s my bad for not explaining why. El Paraiso has closed, Dominos has closed, Taco Bell has closed, the United Supreme Council National Headquarters and Archives building will be closed soon, and I’m probably missing a business in there.

What are they making way for? Utopia – a development from uber-builder JBG. What will it be? Massive, a mixed use development (sounding familiar?) preserving the historic buildings along 14th and U, and knocking out the not-so-historic ones (aka all of the fast food restaurants that closed). Not sure when this will break ground, but the project is slated to open in Fall of 2013.