Over the weekend, I noticed a new sign (pictured below) advertising that the property located at 1544 9th Street (at the southeast corner of the intersection of 9th and Q Streets) is for lease. The National Parks Service wants to purchase this property to be a part of its Carter Woodson Site but has been unsuccessful to date (they reported back in February that the asking price exceeded what they are willing to pay). It appears that the renovation of this former pizza place stalled sometime in the past year or so. Neighbors have since dealt with trash and vagrants around this property, particularly in the back. Accordingly, the promise of new tenants—and the corresponding renovation of the building they will bring—is exciting.
I apologize for the quality of the above camera phone photos!