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Several readers have asked me recently about the progress of the Ontario Theater development in Adams Morgan, which appears to have ground to a halt after the initial demolition of most of the 1950s theater building. So here’s an update from the developer, the Fairfax-based Peterson Companies.
“Vertical construction” on the mixed-use project will start this fall, and is set to conclude in spring 2015. There’ll be 80 condos—-going up for sale in early 2014—-atop 9,000 square feet of retail. As part of an earlier agreement with the building’s owner, several of the building’s historic features will be preserved, including the canopy, poster cases, and marquee signs. The new rendering appears virtually unchanged from one released late last year.
If all goes according to plan, the Ontario building will open up around the same time as the controversial hotel coming to the corner of Euclid and Champlain streets NW, in the space that was home to Washington City Paper until last week. Together, these two projects will mean an altered streetscape, more foot traffic and business, and potentially higher rents along a mom-and-pop-shop-heavy strip of Columbia Road NW that’s so far resisted big change. Some will surely protest, but Adams Morgan is about to see something of a makeover.
Rendering courtesy of the Peterson Companies