The new owners of a former church at 1301 H St. NE are looking for tenants ranging from a restaurant or sidewalk cafe to a bank. The church sold for $2.2 million in January and Papadopoulos Properties is now marketing the property for lease for the landlord.
The former St. John Church of God offers 5,500 square feet in the building and a 2,300 square foot space for a possible courtyard dining area in addition to space at the corner of H and 13th street, NE for a patio, according to the leasing brochure from Papadopoulos.
John Gogos , who handles retail leasing for Papadopoulos Properties, said the site has room for seven parking spaces at the rear once the existing shed is demolished.
Gogos said the former church is a “very unique” property for the corridor and offers flexibility to fit the right tenant or tenants. Parking is a valuable commodity, though a restaurant tenant could choose to make that space a courtyard instead.
The space could be broken into two leases and that there has been interest from pilates/yoga studios to potentially lease the basement space.
If not a restaurant or bank, Gogos said he could see neighborhood-serving retail thrive at that location.
“I think a furniture store along H Street would do great,” said Gogos.
“Everyone needs some place to go to buy a couch,” he added, noting the many new condo and apartment tenants moving in along the corridor.
The property has been looking for a tenant for nearly six months, a length of time for which Gogos blamed the long, harsh winter. (And who isn’t blaming winter 2014 for most headaches at this point?)
“I am hoping [interest] will pick up now that it’s in the spring,” said Gogos.
You can learn more about 1301 H St. NE here.