Friday, September 23, 2011

Hotel Announcement

A Cambria Suites hotel ( with its spectacular entrance at 9th and O is coming to CityMarket at O.   The hotel will offer 182 all-suite guestrooms, an expanded food and beverage area and a rooftop featuring a pool, fitness center and an outdoor patio with views of the U.S. Capitol and the National Monuments. The hotel is a joint venture between Choice Hotels, Concord Hospitality (, the operator, and Roadside Development (, the developer of CityMarket at O.

Designed as a lifestyle hotel brand, Cambria Suites offers more than just a place to sleep at night. It features a larger lobby to give guests a more social atmosphere, all-suite rooms that are larger than standard hotel rooms and include separate living, working and sleeping space, providing business and leisure travelers a haven to relax, socialize and network.

Like all Cambria Suites , the  hotel will feature: Reflect, a casual dining and gathering area serving a dinner menu, liquor, wine, beer, freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches, a barista bar featuring Wolfgang Puck® coffee, Cheesecake Factory® desserts and a hot breakfast buffet; Refresh, a state-of-the-art fitness center with an elegant pool and hot tub/spa area; and Refill, a 24-7 convenience store that offers energy drinks, snacks and sundries.

This will be the first Cambria Suites in Washington, DC, one of Cambria's first urban locations and a wonderful addition to Shaw.  It will great for families, business travelers, conventioneers. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

What's Going on at O?

If you passed by the historic O Street Market this week and wondered what was going on, the prep work to get the market building ready for development has started.  This week workers have been removing asbestos from the caulking around the market building’s windows and disassembling the west wall brick by brick (all of the old bricks will be cleaned and stored for use in the restoration and incorporation of the market building into the new 72,000 square foot Giant grocery Store .   When this work has been completed, workers will begin the fa├žade support around the perimeter of the building to assure that it will withstand the stress of excavation.

Giant has almost finished packing up and moving out.  One of the benefactors of the closing was NCEC’s planned restaurant on New Jersey Avenue that will be managed and staffed by former offenders.  According to Giant District Manager guards will be on the lot 24 hours a day.   The Giant Shuttle now operates on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.  The schedule is posted below for your convenience.

Roadside will have two webcams filming the development site 24-hours a day.  Check it out, day or night:
If everything continues to go as scheduled, we will begin excavation in November and the Giant will reopen in late 2013.