“CityMarket at O, $300 million HUD-financed, 2400 job project starts Friday”

Rendering courtesy of Roadside Development

From a press release:

“Roadside Development , the community-focused Washington, D.C.-based real estate development firm, along with Mayor Vincent Gray, Acting Assistant HUD secretary and Federal Housing Administration (FHA) Commissioner Carol Galante, and District of Columbia Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, will officially commemorate the commencement of work on CityMarket at O, a one-million square-foot mixed-use development in the historic Shaw neighborhood at 7 th and O streets NW on Friday, November 18 th at 10 am.

The development project, a landmark project for Housing Urban Development (HUD), is the only mixed-use development (and non-infrastructure project) to be fast-tracked for funding by the Obama administration. A key component in the revitalization of the Shaw neighborhood, CityMarket at O will boast 635 residential units, 84 of which are set aside for seniors which will also be affordable, 401 market-rate apartments, and 150 high-end condominiums.

The event will include a dramatic start of construction: the demolition of one of the walls of the former Giant grocery store. This project will include the restoration of the historic 1881 O Street Market Building. Like Eastern Market in Capitol Hill, the building was one of the five original brick market buildings in Washington. 1881 O Street will be restored to house a flagship 72,000-square-foot Giant Food supermarket. The development will also include retail and restaurants, a 182-room Cambria Suites hotel, over 500 vehicle parking spaces, 300+ indoor bike parking stalls, and a 270-linear-foot rooftop dog park.

CityMarket at O is estimated to bring 1,000 new residents to the Shaw neighborhood. Over 2400 jobs will be created, from construction jobs to factory jobs and permanent jobs on site. This does not include jobs that will be generated by the local economic activity brought to the Shaw community by CityMarket at O.

Construction on the Giant Food supermarket is slated to be complete Summer 2013. The 182-room hotel and 401 units of market rate rental housing will open in early fall 2013. Completing the project, the 84-unit affordable senior housing building and 150-unit condominium will be delivered in fall 2014.”

We last spoke about the O Street Market here.

Photo of Butcher at original O St Market, courtesy of Roadside Development

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  • This will probably be completed before any 1 of the 6 Walmarts ever breaks ground. This project is more exciting anyway. But construction in DC takes forever, everything always drags on. We should take lessons from the Asians, they can build skyscrapers in a year, meanwhile it takes us 20 years to build a Walmart.

  • Why do people insist on calling it “Historic” Shaw? The “Historic” moniker has been so overused and abused by politicians, community planners, and real estate types that using it is actually counter-productive to making something seem nice.

    Whenever I hear “historic,” be it a neighborhood or a car, I think crime and decay. It’s a red-flag that says PR-spin at work.

    • …that’s an inappropriate implication?

      • Why not just call it Shaw? What makes it any more historic than Capitol Hill or Georgetown?

        All I’m saying is that when you put “Historic” next to something that doesn’t really need the designation, it suggests something sinister…or worse, that you’re compensating. While it probably made sense 20-years-ago, it’s just bad branding nowadays.

        • I did my Thesis on “Historic” Shaw. There is plenty of history there. Actually, the link between Shaw and GTown is much MUCH bigger than you (& many other Washingtonians) know. Just look up the Alley Dwelling Act of 1914 to see why the two communities are linked. That act basically started the exodus of blacks to go to Shaw when it said dwellings in Alleys were not suitable for people. Now those same homes sells for MILLIONS.

          If you knew any of the influential Black Americans who lived there pre-1950 you wouldn’t of made that statement. Think Howard Univ professors, think Artists. Shaw was Harlem b4 Harlem.

          If you knew the roll that area had during the Civil War you wouldn’t of made that statement. It housed many soldiers when the mall was filled up. Howard Hospital was a huge resource.

          If you knew the roll that area had on feeding DC you wouldn’t of made that statement. Look up the original name of Florida Ave and the purpose Georgia Ave had on live-stock. The reason why the land was so cheap was because it was mainly used a feeding grounds for farmers from Maryland to sell their croup. Where do you think the O Street Market came from?

          And that just the tip, as they put it…

    • OK – but I don’t agree with that at all.

      Shaw is truly a historic neighborhood with an important past, people, and events that made the area great.

    • why? the whole dang city is historic!

    • This is also located in the Shaw Historic District, isn’t it?

    • You think about crime and decay of a car?

  • Market? That’s cute. Contrary to the picture there will not be people working the meat counter. It will be another soulless industrialized food court megamarket that will continue to dash the hopes of any would be specialized food shop finding a space in the city. A Walmart at least offers more variety than a Giant.

    • First things first – let’s get the basics covered first and then worry about the niceties. A new, clean, functional Giant will be a boon the neighborhood. If Dean & Deluca, Bakery Paul or shoppes like that want to come to Shaw that’s fine. But normal people are eagerly anticipating the new Giant, with or without bow-tied butchers at the meat counter.

      • I refuse to settle for anything less than bow ties. Not even ascots.

      • D&D is crap, and Bakery Paul has over 400 bakeries worldwide -not quite the independent shoppe as suggested above. Christ, how about a bi-rite or something with a soul where you actually talk to someone and develop a relationship with something that you put in your body 3 times a day.

        Maybe chain bars are the future of nightlife.

      • Historic Giant was founded in DC and originated as a “Mom and Pop store”.

    • Walmart is the death of the mom and pop. i’ll take the family establishments any day

      • This isn’t Walmart – it’s Giant, which may not be Mom and Pop, but is one of the mainstays of life in this city, for people who can’t afford ‘family establishments’ for everyday goods.

        • notice i was responding to a comment that mentioned walmart. i realize that giant is not mom and pop. giant fed me growing up. thanks for the reminder. and it’s not just for people who are on a budget. it’s THE DC grocery store

      • There are very few quality mom and pop stores anywhere near any of the proposed 6 Walmarts. Take a drive around the proposed location in Fort Totten, or Skyland, then come back and tell me about all the mom and pop stores that big bad Walmart is going to crush. They aren’t their.

  • I will believe it when I see it.

  • As far as the Mom & Pop loyalists go, most major chains began as “small businesses” and “family businesses” such as McDonalds. 5 Guys started here as a small family storefront and now it stretches from California to Atlanta to here in DC. So do we hate them now? You probably give them exception from haterade because it’s born out of DC. Instead of blaming the Walmarts of world for the closing of “Ronda’s dresses” or “Larry’s Drugs” WHY NOT BLAME THE CONSUMERS who would rather spend less money and spend all of their money in once place. (rather than traveling around town to 19 different mom & pop specialty stores.) Instead of being a grouch, start up your own business. People complain about big chains yet they fill prescriptions at CVS, drink a latte at Starbucks and aren’t able to reveal a business model that could logically compete with big chains. 6 Walmarts is insane, I agree, but small business isn’t always better, is certainly not as affordable, may taste and look more original, but at the end of the day are obsolete in the modern urban environment where everyone needs their goods fast, affordable and in one place.

    • It is possible that a small business wants to offer a quality product to those who can afford to live in the condominiums above and do not necessarily want to expand on a franchise/corporate level. It could be an opportunity to offer a quality product.

      Those who want fast and affordable in one place want cheap value. For those who purchase with a conscience and eye towards quality, specialized is better. 19 different stores in 1 indoor market would eliminate the travel.

      Can’t blame the consumer when there are no alternatives to the fraudulent Whole Foods. Blame the food industry for artificially diluting the cost of food at the expense of nutrition and making an honest product seem financially out of reach.

      • The housing units are slated to be rental apartments, not condos (according to http://dc.urbanturf.com/pipeline/62/Fort_Totten_Square/ ).

        You might not be aware that mixed-use developments in which the commercial portion is more than 20-25% are basically no longer viable, because Fannie Mae, FHA, and VA won’t do loans on condo units in such buildings and currently no lenders will either.

        If I were the developer, I’d much prefer to line up ONE big corporate anchor (like Wal-Mart,) rather than have to get 19 small stores to sign on before I could proceed.

        This project has been stalled for years; it’s a good thing that now it’s finally moving.

  • Anon202 is right. But I still hate Giant. Ever since they were sold to the Dutch. Totally lost their DC feel.

  • Has everybody lost sight of the forest here??? This is an awesome development, one that has been a long, long time coming. Shaw is hitting its stride – Progression Place, O St. Market, the refurbished theater. The le slum historique building is getting renovated. Two of the long-neglected Shiloh Baptist church properties are looking great. Thai X-ing is busier than ever. Beau Thai is doing well. Even the Wonderbread Factory is looking a little better. I am really feeling proud of my neighborhood.

  • Rooftop dog park?! Poppycock!

    How do the dogs get to roof?!

    Hopefully they figure out how to keep the dog pee out the apartments below as well…

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