September 10, 2010

Recent Renovations

512 Florida Avenue NW Renovation

512 Florida Avenue sits at the southeast corner of Sixth Street and Florida Avenue, just across the street from LeDroit Park.  You may have noticed some construction work going on recently.

Indeed, TBD reports that Mr. Abbas Fahti recently bought the building for $500,000 from Howard University and is renovating it to include housing and retail space. The top floor will include two one-bedroom apartments and one two-bedroom apartment.

The entire ground floor will be cleared out to make one single retail space. While Mr. Fahti doesn’t have a tenant lined up, we’re hoping for a tavern or cafe.

We’ve thought about the building before and its many virtues as a sit-down food establishment. First, it’s located at the boundary of Shaw and LeDroit Park, so it can legitimately claim to serve both neighborhoods. It’s also located along Florida Avenue, a street whose traffic will also generate business from passersby.  When the weather is nice, the extraordinarily wide sidewalk on the Sixth Street front will provide ample room for outdoor seating.

Hear ye, barkeeps and baristas: this is your chance!

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7 Replies

  1. Thank God!!! Was a relief to see work on this over the summer, and it is great news to hear it might house a tavern/resto!

    Flagler Pl NW - September 10, 2010 @ 10:55 am
  2. This is right across the street from us, we are very excited!!!

    Gregg - September 10, 2010 @ 3:59 pm
  3. Very excited about this development. This will be great for Fla Ave.

    Jason - September 11, 2010 @ 7:51 pm
  4. I hope Mr. Fahti can get someone to invest in a sports bar w/good bar food and draft microbrews.

    Anon - September 13, 2010 @ 4:58 pm
  5. If only Howard would be convinced to unload more of its blighted properties.

    Paul - September 14, 2010 @ 10:42 am
  6. Howard should not be convinced to unload their blighted properties, they should be taken from them without compensation. Howard U is one of the greatest causes of urban decay in NW DC . Shame since their students are the most polite University students I have even know.

    RaymoinLeDroit - September 15, 2010 @ 9:48 am
  7. So glad we might get a coffee shop so close to home! It would be great if it has the same format as Buzz in Old Town.

    Aggie - September 15, 2010 @ 11:05 pm

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