From Luis Gomez and Matty Rhoades
Good news for local gardeners. OLD CITY green will be open another season. Located at 9th and N Streets NW, owner Frank Asher learned last week that he will be in the space through this fall, with an exact closing date to be set. Asher has been at the space since late 2008/early 2009. He told Borderstan Sunday that he will be in the space until the fall, with an exact closing date not yet set.
The small locally owned nursery was open for business this past weekend with regular hours (weekdays and weekends) to resume this Saturday, March 24. With the demise of 14th Street’s Garden District at the end of 2010, OLD CITY green is the only independently owned nursery and garden space in the neighborhood.
Douglas Development owns the lot and Asher knew the day would come when he would have to close or move because the lot would be developed. After OLD CITY green is gone, the lot will become a mixed-use development, including ground-floor retail and 50-plus residential units. Recently, Renew Shaw recently had the artist renderings of the CAS Riegler plans for 9th and N Streets NW.
Asher, who also runs a landscaping business told Borderstan last October that he is able to compete with larger chain competitors by focusing on urban gardening that is suited for the neighborhood, as well as community-focused events.
“OLD CITY green employs two master gardeners and a gardening teacher as part of our service. We are also a drop off site for the Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA) where organic, locally grown food is delivered at the nursery once a week to people who have ordered them from farms,” said Asher in October. “We also host events in our space. It can be really lovely here in the evening with our tiki torches and lights.”
What then for Asher and OLD CITY green? “I am already looking for another lot, probably a smaller space.”