After about a decade of wanting a grocery store on Square 737, WC Smith was able to announce in October 2013
that it had a signed deal with Whole Foods to occupy 36,000 square feet in the ground floor of 800 New Jersey, a 336-unit apartment building to be constructed between 2nd and New Jersey along H Street, SE. Construction is expected to begin in early 2014, with the building completed in 2016, but the grocery store is not expected to open before 2017. At right is the Park Chelsea
May 2007 - The fetching spot on New Jersey Avenue where H Street would intersect, if the street were built through.
June 9, 2014 -
WC Smith announced the start of construction on 800 New Jersey on June 9, 2014, and some associated excavation work was underway that day. (Image taken from the roof of the Park Chelsea
July 28, 2014 -
Not quite two months later, digging was well underway and shoring was already visible on the site.
Another rendering of 800 New Jersey and the Park Chelsea, released before the agreement with Whole Foods was finalized (hence the familiar-but-not signage). This is seen from above New Jersey Avenue at H Street.
June 21, 2008 - Looking westward along H Street at its intersection with 2nd. After the demolition of the warehouse in 2000, Square 737 spent a number of years as a parking lot.
July 18, 2006 - Before work began to redevelop Square 737, Canal Street ran on a strange northwest-then-north path through the block. Here is its intersection with H Street, with New Jersey Avenue laying just beyond the overgrowth.
July 18, 2006 - Looking north at the H/Canal intersection, at the gate into what was for many years a horse stable beneath the SE Freeway. (The stable closed in early 2013.)