Click here for an exciting summary of last night's presentation (and video of the same) about the upcoming O Street Market Development. Things seem to be progressing well behind the scenes (if I understand the presentation, the mayor's office recently signed off on some issues on which the HPRB did not have the power to sign off regarding the historic market); P.U.D., zoning, permitting, and financing are all upcoming hurdles. If all goes as planned, construction will begin in August 2008 and will be complete in 2011.
It sounds like most--but not all--of the residential portion of the development will be rental units, which makes sense given the current condo market. The new Giant grocery store sounds like it will be awesome: in addition to being the biggest Giant in the city, it will provide a great shopping experience, hide all of the ugly components of a grocery store underground (like the delivery truck area, processing area, etc.), be neat architecturally, and include a Starbucks on the corner of 7th and O (utilizing the former entrance to the O Street Market and possibly including outdoor seating). The development will also include several ground level retail spaces (mostly reserved for local businesses), a nice restaurant in the boutique hotel portion of the development at 9th and O Streets, and walk-up, modern-looking, row-home-scaled structures along 9th. To say the least, I will be very excited when this mixed use, infill project is complete.
Many thanks go out to Commissioner Chapple for providing a forum for this great update.