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Adams Morgan Exxon Closed Sunday, Will be Developed into 35-40 Residences plus 8,600 square feet Retail

by Prince Of Petworth July 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 43 Comments


Thanks to a reader for sending word that the Adams Morgan Exxon closed Sunday at Calvert and Adams Mills Rd, NW. Stay tuned for:

“35 and 40 residences, 1827 Adams Mill Road will have 8,600 square feet of ground floor retail.”

The folks from the Adams Morgan Exxon have moved to the new Rock Creek Valero gas station near the Watergate.


The photos above are from Sunday so thanks to [email protected] for sending one from today:


  • Emmaleigh504

    There goes the neighborhood (and my view).

  • Phoebe

    This is one of those end-of-an-era things for me. I never had a car when I lived there, but I cut through this gas station all the time on my way to that little convenience store next to the dry cleaner. That’s still there, right??

    • Anonymous

      Yup, T’s grocery. Still there.

  • Ally

    Oh good, so happy I’m moving down the street just in time for a massive construction project to begin.

    • Dno

      Welcome to DC.

  • ShawGuy

    I’m all for development and all that, and I can certainly understand that 30 or 40 $300-$900k condos is tempting to any developer, but we need to have places to put gas in a car in this town! I guess I wonder why this Exxon couldn’t come back and live under the condos the way that fancy Exxon lives under the condos in the West End at 22nd and M Streets?

    • ByeExxon

      The sign on the building shows they are moving. Although I think they are moving into an existing gas station space, so that doesn’t really add a new one to the mix.

    • annonny

      There’s another gas station at 15th and U. Is that really so far out of the way to get gas? I live in the neighborhood and am psyched there is new residential replacing this eyesore/environmental contaminant.

      • stcohi

        For real! Not to mention another at 14th and W, yet another at 14th and Euclid, and another at 14th and Otis, not to mention the BP’s at 13th and O and 9th and N…

      • Anonymous

        It’s not about gas – it’s about plugging tires & fixing cars – all the things an actual garage does. These guys were always great.

    • Anonymous

      Really? I’ve lived and owned a car in DC for about 20 years, with most of my time spent in Dupont and Adams Morgan. In all that time, I’ve stopped for gas at that station exactly 1 time, and that’s because I was desperate. There are plenty of options within easy driving distance.

      • Anonymous

        sure, i’ve never gone to it either, but we are having fewer and fewer gas stations. at some point it will become an issue.

        • rockcreekrunner

          if you live in the city and have a car, you probably only use it to drive out of the city, where there are gas stations. if you live in the city and drive enough to go through a full tank without leaving the downtown area, then you’re doing it wrong. i don’t see how getting rid of gas stations will ever be a problem for anyone except cabbies.

          • Anonymous

            just because you can’t imagine other scenarios doesn’t mean they don’t exist.
            i don’t think anyone is freaking out about it, but someday, access to gasoline may become an issue. still, i’d rather have retail than gas, personally.

          • Anonymous

            FFS, I live in the District and rarely leave. I drive my kid to school, three miles away, every day. Takes about three weeks to go through a tank. Are you saying that I need to drive to VA or MD every three weeks, so I can keep doing my three mile school drop off??

          • rockcreekrunner

            anon 10:24. yes, that is precisely what i’m saying. i actually think it’s not that big a deal to have to drive twenty or so minutes out of your way once every three weeks, but it’s not about what i think anyway. the market determined that the land has a more valuable use than a hazardous filling station in the middle of a vibrant neighborhood.

          • rmicg

            RCR, you’re rationale is flawed.

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          • wylie coyote

            @rockcreekrunner Do you have any evidence that the station there was posing a hazard to the neighborhood?

            And are you seriously advocating the displacement of every gas station in the city, so people have to go to MD and VA to buy gas every few weeks? I mean: “i actually think it’s not that big a deal to have to drive twenty or so minutes out of your way once every three weeks” is a nice (and rarely heard) enough personal opinion to have, but hardly the grounds for any kind of citywide policy.

          • brookland_rez

            Don’t forget motorcycles and scooters. I get about 120 miles to a tank, which is plenty for around town riding. There are plenty of gas stations in NE, but I work downtown near the White House and there are like 0 gas stations near work. If my gas light comes on while near work, I usually have just enough to get home and fill back up.

          • alexa123

            What about people who use car2go?

          • rockcreekrunner

            wylie coyote, i used “hazardous” imprecisely. not hazardous, like it poses an imminent threat of danger to the neighborhood. hazardous because it’s a business that uses contaminants and requires extensive cleanup before redevelopment. many older gas stations have leaky tanks, for example.

            also, i don’t think this is any sort of city policy, as i don’t think the city gov’t is, for example, subsidizing development on gas station sites. there are plenty of gas stations around the city (see stcohi’s post), and it’s ok that we’re losing a few because it’s more valuable as a development than as a gas station. so some people could be inconvenienced, but then again, others will be inconvenienced by the presence of the gas station. so ultimately my point boils down to: redevelopment > gas station.

  • soozles

    I wonder if they will continue the tradition of that Watergate gas station of charging, like, $2 per gallon more than everyone else. I did like the AdMo Exxon. I got many a tire repaired there after running over nails.

    • ByeExxon

      I have never understood how that one charged $2 more than the one across the street from it. Who would do that?

      • Greg

        I heard it had to do with a a dispute between the owner (who kept the profits from the gas) and the operating manager (who kept the profits from the garage). The latter was able to set the prices so he did that to prevent gas from being sold. I don’t know if that makes total sense, but it’s what I done heard.

    • annonny

      I drove past the new Valero station near the Watergate and the prices now appear to be “market rate.”

  • Mark

    I can understand the people who liked the place for getting their car serviced but I don’t know why someone would have gotten gas from the place. It was typically $1-$2 more than the gas station right down the street at 18th and S. A new development like this is good for the neighborhood and should result in some new businesses opening up.

    • brookland_rez

      I filled up my bike there from time to time. When you’re only buying 3 gallons, inflated prices become less of an issue.

  • Greg

    I feel like a clever photographer would have gotten a pic of the gas station that also included Romo the dog in the background.

  • Anonymous

    good riddance

  • Mister_Fed_Up

    Good riddance to one of the neighborhood’s worst eyesores and biggest ripoffs.

  • figby

    Awesome, more condos! Will they be called “Brownfields”??

  • wobble

    As an aside — if you notice the drain that runs across the front of the property, probably connecting to the storm drains — I once saw an employee there pouring a bucket of very nasty stuff down that drain.

    I live on Lanier Place, and think the developments in the neighborhood very positively. Higher density in the hood is inevitable. I think the developments at 1700 Euclid, the Ontario theater, the church/hotel, the Jubilee affordable housing on Ontario (near Lanier) and this project are all good things. The increase in relatively affluent population will make for more varied and upscale retail development. Perhaps even the introduction of a larger population base and hotel guests will alter the mix of the 18th street strip, and diminish the dominance of suburban teenagers in early 20s who come into our neighborhood with the intention of drinking beer until they ultimately puke on their shoes.

    That being said — I feel for those who do have a car and need to park on the street. Their situation will only get worse.

    • annonny

      I agree with your comment 100%. I hadn’t tried to take inventory of the various projects in the neighborhood, so thanks for figuring out all of the change we’re going to see in the next 2 to 3 years. Exciting time for the 18th and Columbia area, and like you I hope it creates enough daytime mass for some “quality of life retail” that supplants the dive bars and jumbo slice places that cater to weekend binge drinkers.

  • Rats

    This gas station was a major rat hub. I hope they all move into the Wells Fargo across the street.

    • Anonymous

      I believe the main Wells Fargo rat hub is located in NYC.

      • Anonymous

        San Francisco, actually.

  • andy2

    I think it is fantastic – better use of land in a very dense hood.
    Also – I find it interesting that Georgetown has probably the most gas stations than any other neighborhood – 4.

  • bb

    Please let this happen to one or two of the gas stations at Rhode Island/Florida/New Jersey.

    • Anonymous

      Amen! Those Joe Mamo living waste dumps belong in the suburbs.

  • roped3

    This is so sad…abid worked there for 25 years since he immigrated and now he has to rebuild somewhere else…


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