The unfinished building on the corner of Albemarle and Wisconsin avenues is expected to be completed this Friday, but there is no tenant for it yet, according to George Pedas, vice president of Circle Management, the company that owns the space.
It is a 3,677-square-foot, single-story space that will likely be for restaurant or mercantile use, according to Pedas. Circle Management hopes to have the space leased this spring, he said.
Construction on the inside of the building will be finished after a tenant is found, according to Bill Cunningham, technical director at the Heiserman Group and architect of the building.
The building, located at 4501 Wisconsin Ave., is situated between the Payless ShoeSource store and the Tenleytown-AU Metro station. Construction for the building began last September and was supposed to be completed in December, The Eagle previously reported.
“The challenging weather this winter has contributed to delays in this project,” Pedas said in an e-mail.
Cunningham said a restaurant chain will most likely fill the space.
The Tenleytown building was constructed because its location adjacent to the Metro made it prime real estate, Cunningham said.
Rachel Regberg, a junior in the School of International Service, does not like the location of the new building because it blocks her view of the shuttle from parts of Tenleytown.
“I can’t tell if the shuttle is there or not,” she said. “But I hope it’s food. It should be a grocery store, a cheaper one [than Whole Foods].”
Katie Koch, a senior in the School of Communication, wants the building to become a bakery, because there’s nowhere to get good pastries in Tenleytown, she said.
TJ Whittle, a senior in the School of Public Affairs, wants it to be a store similar to — but cheaper than — CVS.
“I think it should be a mini-Walmart or convenience store because it would rival CVS and keep prices low,” he said.
Brennan Doyle, a junior in SPA, is not concerned with the tenant of the building.
“Unless it’s a real college bar, I couldn’t care less,” he said.