"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. "NCEC is a church, that owns a building on the corner of NJ Ave and P Street. This building is called the NCEC Annex and as far as I can tell looks unused. Before that the building was a liquor store, so there has been some improvement.
This brings up all sorts of questions. How exactly does Giant's closing help make a restaurant? Second, what kind of restaurant? Something like the Tuning Fork, Shiloh Baptist (9th & P) eatery mainly serving church attendees and the tiny breakfast crowd I occasionally see in there? Or like Saint's Paradise Cafeteria, a soul food restaurant run bu the UHOP?
Anyway, back to O Street Market. I am seeing some minor changes. More bricks, and some equipment. I'm also seeing a big parking lot 95% free of cars. They must be pretty good with keeping people from parking with enforcement.