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The Week in Real Estate

Every Friday, we round up the week's real-estate news and gossip.

• The DC city council approved plans for the $1.5 billion development of the Southwest waterfront. When completed, the mixed-use project will boast more than 700 residential units, three hotels, and lots of retail space. [DCmud]

• Speaking of the Southwest waterfront project, Housing Complex points us to this blog, where residents of Southwest are already discussing which stores they’d like to see. [Housing Complex]

DCMetrocentric gets all Mean Girls and calls the new Benning library, an “ugly duckling.” Little harsh there, James. [DCMetrocentic]
• Artists looking for space can turn to The Soundry in Vienna. A former auto body shop, the building will serve as a communal space for artists of all types.  [Arts & Real Estate]

• A roundup of some open houses worth checking out, including a renovated two-bedroom condo in Dupont Circle. [UrbanTurf]

• The quest to renovate the historic Howard Theatre continues: A $350,000 grant from the National Park Service was given to Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc., the non-profit behind the proposed renovation. Still, a lot more money is required to cover the projected $28 million cost of the project. [WBJ]