|City-owned lot, corner of Florida and Sherman. Image: DMPED|
According to the Washington Post, developer JBG plans to bid on the lot and has announced a collaboration with national food retailer Harris Teeter that - if JBG wins the bid - would bring a grocery store to the site.
JBG already has a stake in the grocery store business in the area. In July, the DCist broke news about the company's plans to build a Trader Joe's in its apartment building now construction at 14th and U Street. JBG also controls the adjacent Atlantic Plumbing parcel, as well as the Florida Avenue parcel just a few blocks away, planning nearly 1000 apartment units in all, leaving little question as to its qualifications.
The area has so far not seen competing supermarkets. Howard University had plans with CastleRock Partners to put a grocery store at a planned mixed-use development, Howard Town Center, located at 2100-2146 Georgia Avenue. But the Howard Town Center project has suffered delays and there is no date to break ground in sight. There is also speculation about whether a grocery store at Florida and Sherman could hurt plans for a grocery store at Howard Town Center, and of course Shaw will soon have its own refurbished Giant in 18 months.
|Florida Ave. Reconstruction Project. Image: DDOT|
The solicitation is likely to bring proposals from multiple bidders. Six bidders are competing to develop a nearby, city-owned lot called "Parcel 42"...and they are just the ones who made the short list.
Update: The city has now released the RFP, available in this link.