The Old Naval Hospital at 9th and Pennsylvania Avenue SE, which back in February was well on its way to rebirth as the Hill Center over the summer, hasn’t announced a ribbon cutting yet. Not because it’s not ready, though. The floors are buffed, the high-tech conference technology installed, the furniture moved in. What’s holding it up? A little financing snafu: The nonprofit was banking on $2 million in historic preservation tax credits, but hadn’t yet found a buyer for them, and you can’t get them if you already have a certificate of occupancy. The Hill Center is hoping to close on the deal within the next week, and could open a few weeks after that.
In the mean time, they’re still looking for an operator for the carriage house restaurant, which needs to be open for breakfast and serve up an affordable lunch. They’ve hit up all the “usual suspects” on Barracks Row and H Street NE, but haven’t signed any deals, so get in touch if you’re interested.
More photos after the jump.