by Nick Napolitano
David Franco laughs as he recalls his foray into the entrepreneurial arena. It was 1989 and his good friend, John Guggenmos, was pulling together a group of investors to buy the nightclub Tracks. Franco, a fresh-faced 24-year-old, could not have known that Tracks would shortly experience its heyday and become the focal point of D.C.’s gay nightlife scene, making it a hugely profitable venture, but he smelled opportunity. Or at the very least a really good time. He was ready to jump at the chance.
A Striking New 'View' on 14th Street
In celebration of the opening, a VIP cocktail party will be held for friends of the project later this month. The first 150 people to register on View 14's website, www.View14.com, will receive a special invite to attend the VIP party and a preview of the community.
View 14, the new beacon of 14th Street, boasts a new level of modern architecture at its finest. Its recognizable angular cantilevered glass wedge and its walls of angled glass cubes perched on 14th Street overlook all of D.C., capturing breathtaking views of the city. The building's East side faces the Capitol while the West side faces the Washington Monument. So vast are its views that one can even see the Potomac River and Woodrow Wilson Bridge from its rooftop terrace.
U Street Past Present and Future
Young Leaders Group
by Sonya Starnes
DC’s U Street Corridor has changed a lot in the last ten years and the newest sign of this transformation is View 14, a 185-unit Class A apartment building developed by Level 2 Development and Centrum Properties. In celebration of the opening, ULI Washington’s Young Leaders Group sponsored a U Street Corridor panel discussion Wednesday, November 18th, followed by a View 14 tour and a reception at Andy Shallal’s Eatonville restaurant. The discussion was moderated by Jair K. Lynch, President & CEO of JAIR LYNCH Development Partners and panelists
The Changing View on 14th Street
Let Leasing Begin at View 14
Washington Business Journal
by Tierney Plumb
Another housing option has popped up along the U Street corridor: View 14’s leasing center just opened this week.
Located at the intersection of 14th Street and Florida Avenue, the 185-unit building boasts Zipcar services on site, a game room with Nintendo Wii, a sculpture garden and two landscaped roof decks.