Tuesday, March 6, 2012

What's Going On At ... O Street Market?

You've probably noticed the construction activity at the former site of the Giant supermarket. So what exactly is being built there? The project is called CityMarket at O and is described by the developer as a "1 million-square foot adaptive reuse project that will include over 86,239 square feet of retail, 552,854 square feet of housing, a 181-room select service hotel, and 500 parking spaces."

As part of the project, 8th Street, NW, will be reopened through the center of the site and two large buildings will be built on each side of the reopened street.

The west building (along 9th Street) is expected to include 160 market-rate rental units, 145 condominium units, almost 13,000 square feet of retail space (fronting 8th Street), and an 181-unit hotel.  (Who would have thought, a hotel in the heart of Shaw.)  The hotel rooftop has been marketed as "featuring a pool, fitness center, and an outdoor patio with views of the U.S. Capitol and the National Monuments."

The east building (along 7th Street) will include a new Giant supermarket -- incorporating the former O Street Market space and including almost 60,000 square feet -- 240 market rate rental units, and 84 senior affordable housing units.

View the construction timeline, images of the buildings and site plans, along with a link to a construction webcam, after the jump.
Construction Timeline
According to the developer's website, the Giant supermarket will reopen in late 2013 and the hotel and rental housing will opening in spring 2013. The affordable senior housing building and condominium units will be delivered in fall 2014.

Construction Webcam
Check out the construction webcam at http://oxblue.com/pro/open/clarkconstruction/citymarket. A sample image from March 6, 2012, is below.

Project Sketches and Site Plans
View from 7th and P Streets, NW

Project elevation

Ground floor site plan

General site plan

Project views from O Street, NW, and 9th Street, NW

Project views from P Street, NW, and 7th Street, NW

Project views from 8th Street, NW

Developer's Project Marketing Book
Historic Photos from the Library of Congress
[Check out the Library of Congress images page for O Street Market at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/hh/item/dc0242/.]


  1. This is the best post on City Market at O that I've seen in three years following this project. Thanks!

  2. I absolutely love the fact that you're going so far as to research for old photos and including them in your posts. A well-done neighborhood blog!

  3. I miss O Street Market and most of all them steak and cheese's. UM UM UMMM I have never had another one that can top the ones I use to buy there.I wonder if any of those old vendors will be back : )