O Street Market Groundbreaking

Shantella Y. Sherman | 9/3/2010, 11:50 a.m.
City officials, local politicians, and residents tossed ceremonial dirt to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the New O Street Market Photo by Jacques A. Benovil

The groundbreaking for a revitalization project to redevelop the historic O Street Market took place Wed. Oct. 1 in Northwest. Spearheaded by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D), the original project was to coast an estimated $320 million -- $35 million of which were to come from city financing. Despite more than a year's delay, the groundbreaking brought city officials, residents, and well-wishers to what will eventually become a $260 million mixed-use development project that includes more than 87,000 square feet of retail, 611 residential units, and over 500 parking spaces. Located at intersection of 7th and O Streets Northwest, the project was aided by Federal HUD loans, which account for 53 percent of the total funding.

The O Street Market, once a bustling center in Shaw, but closed in 1968 after rebellion following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The market was refurbished and enjoyed a rejuvenation in 1980, but eventually fell into decline with gang activity and a collapsed roof roof. The site has been closed since 1994.


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