From Luis Gomez
Under a white tent—the thermometer said 95 degrees—with electric fans, water and food courtesy of Giant, residents, developers and politicians gathered Wednesday afternoon to break ground on the O Street Market project. After years of delay, the O Street Market project is finally underway.
The renovation of the historic market in Shaw at 7th and O Streets NW attracted a gaggle of politicians and political candidates—Mayor Adrian Fenty and his challenger, Council Chairman Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans (D-Ward 2), At-Large Councilmember Kwame Brown (running for Council chairman) and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton included.
The new City Market will be a one million square foot mixed-use development. A Giant Food supermarket will be the anchor store along with smaller retail stores. A 189-room hotel, affordable senior housing, and apartments and condominiums are on the drawing board for the market complex.
The project was design by architectural firm Shalom Baranes Associates. The scheduled completion date for the entire project is 2014.
Evans said the O Street Market project is a major win for the Shaw neighborhood and will provide construction jobs for residents. Shaw has undergone huge changes in the past decade with new residents and businesses, but still contains large pockets of poverty.
By the Numbers
The O Street Market will have:
- 80+ affordable senior rental units
- 395 market rate apartments
- 145 condos
- 189 hotel rooms
- 10,000 square feet of retail
- 6,000 square foot restaurant
- 500 parking spaces