The Adolf Cluss façade of the O Street Market (aka Northern Market, as in Eastern Market) at O and 7th Streets NW in Shaw has remained a shell for several years after the roof collapsed in the 2003 blizzard. The city was able to save the façade of the market, though, and developers have been promising to turn it into something more with time. The project had stalled several times, but news came from DC Metrocentric this morning: construction at the site will begin in September, with preservation of the old structure continuing before the closing of the Giant Food in January. It will take two years or so for the Giant to reopen, and in 2014, a new hotel and new block of retail will open on the same site.
I love that they chose to keep the historic shell of the Northern Market and can’t wait to see what this looks like when they’re done.