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Updated: Mayor Bowser to Host First-Ever ‘Scissors & Shovels Day’

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Event showcases new developments popping up across the District

On Friday, November 6th, Mayor Muriel Bowser will join District officials, business leaders and community members to host DC’s first-ever “Scissors & Shovels Day.”

The full day of events will showcase the District’s progress in expanding economic opportunity across the city – through the ribbon cuttings of new businesses and affordable housing units, and the groundbreakings of future developments.  The day’s festivities will be kicked off at Uber’s newly expanded District office, opening of the Turning Natural Juice Bar in Ward 8, the groundbreaking ceremony for the Kenilworth Recreation Center in Ward 7, and more.

“The District is a city on the move.  Businesses are opening, jobs are being created and economic opportunity is coming to all corners of our city,” said Mayor Bowser. “Through ’Scissors & Shovels,’ we celebrate DC’s progress in putting more residents on their pathway to the middle class.”

On Saturday, Mayor Bowser will lead a delegation of District government officials, private sector and non-profit leaders for a trade mission to China. The purpose of the trip is to attract investment to the District, expand trade with China, and create more economic opportunities for District residents and businesses.
Schedule of Events:

10 am: “Scissors & Shovels Day” Kick-Off at Newly Expanded Uber DC Office
Mayor Bowser will kick of “Scissors and Shovels Day” at Uber’s newly expanded DC office, which will have room for 500 employees at their 55,000 square foot facility.
Location: 1717 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
*Closest Metros: Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro Stations*

11 am: Groundbreaking at the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Charles Allen, and community leaders will break ground on the renovation of the historic Phyllis Wheatley YWCA in Ward 6.  The renovated facility will include 84 permanent, supportive and affordable housing units for women in the heart of Shaw.
Location: 901 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
*Closest Metro: Shaw-Howard Metro Station*

1:30 pm: The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Commons Ribbon Cutting
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, and community members will open a Ward 7 housing complex, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Commons, that includes 36 affordable housing units. Twelve of those will be set aside as permanent supportive housing for persons experiencing homelessness.
Location: 5010 Southern Ave, SE
*Bus Lines: U8, W4*
*Closest Metros:
Benning Rd Metro Station and Capitol Heights Metro Station*

2:15 pm: Groundbreaking for Archer Park
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember LaRuby May and community members will break ground on the long-planned Archer Park development in Congress Heights.  Archer Park, a WC Smith Development, will bring 190 affordable housing units to Ward 8.
Location: 1200 Mississippi Avenue, SE
*Closest Metro: Congress Heights Metro Station*

3 pm: Turning Natural Juice Bar Ribbon-Cutting
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember LaRuby May, business owner Jerrie Evans, and community members will attend the ribbon cutting for Turning Natural Juice Bar.  Evans grew up in Southeast, DC and is opening the second location of Turning Natural Juice Bar in Anacostia – right where the idea for Turning Natural all began nearly 15 years ago. Evans worked with the Department of Employment Services to hire 10 District residents for the DC location who will be paid above the minimum wage.
Location: 2025 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue, SE
*Closest Metro: Anacostia Metro Station*

3:45 pm: Groundbreaking at Kenilworth Recreation Center
Mayor Bowser, Councilmember Yvette Alexander, District officials and community members will break ground on a renovation and expansion of the Kenilworth Recreation Center and outdoor pool in Ward 7. The $17 million dollar renovation and expansion is scheduled to be completed late next year.
Location: 1300 44th Street, NE
*Closest Metro: Deanwood Metro Station*

4:30 pm: Sala Thai Ribbon Cutting
Mayor Bowser and Councilmember Yvette Alexander will attend the ribbon cutting of the Sala Thai Restaurant at the Park 7 Apartments in Ward 7.  Sala Thai provides a sit-down restaurant option in an underserved neighborhood that is prime for new restaurants, amenities and residential services. Sala Thai features a local workforce with a specialty in customer service.  This is a great example of a thriving small business in the District.
Location: 4020 Minnesota Avenue, NE
*Closest Metros: Minnesota Avenue Metro Station*

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