The liquor license application for 315 H Street NW we’ve been tracking since May 26th is now being referred to as
Levels Tavern Level Lounge. The below writeup attempts to outline all the information I know both from my sources and the discussion with the applicant at the June 2nd ANC 6C ABL committee meeting. The ABL meeting was attended by the committee members (minus Anne Phelps), ANC commissioners Keith Silver and Charley Docter, DNA president Miles Groves, MVT CID Executive Director Bill McLeod and two Madrigal Lofts residents.
The four-story brick structure, located at at 315 H Street NW, is situated between a women’s shelter on the left and Papa Johns to the right. The building has a narrow frontage on H Street but runs deep all the way to the back of the property line to provide 11,000 square feet of space across five levels. In it’s past life this handsome structure with it’s detailed facade was an apartment building called the Jefferson – a name which is still inscribed above the ground level entrance today.
While I could not track down the last year the property has been in active use it predates the last time the deed changed hands. The DC Recorder of Deeds states that the property was sold from the estate of Demetrios Tsintolas to Maryam Fathi on 6/4/2002 for $490,000. The proposed 2010 Assessment for the property is $1,114,110. Recently the property has had a commercial listing on Loopnet without a formal asking price.
A photo I discovered from 2006 showed the building had windows blocked off by masonry and boards. Since that time improvements have been made to the structure – most notably new black windows. The applicant states the building could still be another year from being completely built out as an elevator is added and the interior is gutted and redesigned.