Long Vacant Buildings Getting Renovated on U Street, NW

by Prince Of Petworth July 6, 2011 at 10:30 am 16 Comments

Thanks to a few readers for sending word that the former Copy Resource Center at 905 U St, NW (next to Dickson Wine Bar) is finally getting renovated. Back in Dec. ’10 I was excited to see for lease signs posted. There’s no question that this section of U Street is quickly becoming prime space. Word on the street is that the building will become apartments/condos but I’ll be sure to update when more info becomes available.

And further down the street on the 1000 block of U St, NW the long vacant space next to Oohhs and Aahhs is getting renovated. Word on the street is that it will become a copy center (I swear I’m not making that up) or possibly a neighborhood development organization. Like above, I will be sure to update when more info becomes available. Again, great to see a long vacant space get fixed up.

  • SF

    Interesting. Which stretch is moving faster: The eastern end of U Street or the Eastern end of H Street? These buildings look a lot like the ones still vacant on H between 13th – 15th.

    • Anonymous

      This area is blowing up. It’s tough to compare it to H St, because, until recently, there wasn’t much on H St and the development has been pretty widespread up several blocks. U St, on the other hand, has been well developed for a while. The new development is really in this particular area (900 block of U and just north – American Ice, the pizza place, etc.)

      I don’t know which one wins for speed of development, but considering there is a metro across the street, this one certainly wins for ease of access. Both areas are awesome and I am excited that they continue to grow.

  • Anonymous

    Wouldn’t this be a loud place to live?

    • Another guy named Chris

      Yes, but some people don’t mind noise. Like the people that have been setting off fireworks until 2-3 am for the past 2 weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Apartments are a horrible idea. Wealthy NIMBYs will move in, swear they had no idea how loud it would be, and then protest every patio and summer garden in sight.

    • Denizen of Tenallytown

      Won’t somebody think of the children pooches! They’re under the bed shaking from all of the noise.

      • J.

        No shit!!! My dogs get so nervous whenever they hear fireworks…SMH…

    • Bingo!!!! You took the words right out of my mouth. I don’t understand why people move into vibrant, lively, urban areas then complain about the noise, lights, etc. You have to understand what you are moving into, not get upset because you didn’t realize that cars and trucks drive up and down your street all hours of the night. Or that people will be walking and talking in front of your window. Just look how the DuPont Circle area has been neutered by that same element.

      • greent


        “You have to understand what you are moving into, ”

        You do realize that someone who moved into U St in 1998 would have been aware of what they were moving into then which is 100% different from what it is like now, 13 years later.

        “Just look how the DuPont Circle area has been neutered by that same element.”

        I say again.. WHAT?!?!?

        If you never ate at Webbs fish market, never got soused at Howards homecoming bashes at Republic Gardens, never drank at Andalusian Dog or recall the chop shop that is now fancy condo’s then you have no business talkin on U St as if you know it. Stop chucking my wood!

        • Anonymous

          I was here for all of that and I still don’t know what you are saying?

          Are you saying that people now don’t have to be aware of what they are moving into? But they did then?

          Just curious.

          • Anonymous

            it seemed incoherent to me too.
            i think the gist is. he’s been here for a little while, therefore better than you, so shaddup.

          • greent

            No, the gist is simple and quite clear:

            They knew what they moved into in 1998.
            The neighborhood has changed since 1998.
            They could not forsee what the neighborhood would become, as no one can see into the future.

            Clear? Good, now shaddup. :)

            I still don’t understand how Dupont got neutered, Any anonymous person help with that one?

  • Dave C.

    I think apartments/condos would actually be okay. As long as the price is right, I feel like this area would appeal to the young party-goers

  • Retail below, apartments above, sounds good to me!

  • andy

    Bring back Kinko’s!

  • SW1

    Yeah but thanks for reminding me of Andalusian Dog – good times!


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