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Thursday, 02 July 2015 19:08

Hill East Auto Shop in Washington, DC Scrapped for Mixed-Use Development

A long-standing Capitol East auto repair center will soon be forced to close its garage doors, reported Hill Now. A mixed-use, 45-unit residential facility, called “Watkins Alley,” will be built in place of Jerry’s Custom Automotive Center, announced OPaL LLC in early June.

It will be located at 1311 E St. SE near the Safeway.

Jim, who said he ran the shop but declined to give a last name, confirmed the company is no longer taking new customers and that they will discontinue work in their body shop this week, reported Hill Now. Customer cars at the shop now with minor damage will still be repaired.

Plans for residential space were announced by Sean Ruppert of OPaL LLC at an ANC 6B Planning and Zoning Committee meeting in January. The proposed building will will have 30 three-bedroom townhomes, eight flats, six lofts, and a carriage house priced from $150,000-$1.2 million, reported Hill Now.

Final action is expected in July.

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