Fastbreak space won’t house store

The former DJ’s Fastbreak location will no longer house a student-run spirit-gear store when renovations are complete, members of the Student Association executive said.

The store, which was to be run by GW students in partnership with On Sales Promos, was slated to open on the first floor of the building at 2145 G St. once the space’s renovations were complete. On Sales Promos, a local promotional goods company, was expected to help sell GW clothing or Greek-letter paraphernalia at the location.

“I do not believe On Sales Promo will be coming to the space due to anticipated legal issues,” said Student Association President Nicole Capp, a junior.

Capp would not provide further comment on any of the potential legal matters associated with On Sales Promos.

She said the first floor of the former restaurant would still be set aside for students once building improvements are completed, but she would not speculate on the space’s exact use.

“The space is strictly for student use,” Capp said. “This was agreed upon from the very beginning.”

The building was previously home to DJ’s Fastbreak, a place known for its inexpensive, diverse menu, until last spring, when the restaurant’s lease expired.

Last November, University officials said the space would be ready for use by the start of the spring semester. GW is still waiting for a building permit from the D.C. government to begin renovations.

Alicia O’Neil, director of real estate planning and development, said she is unable to determine when the University will receive the renovation permit.

O’Neil said it will take the University about 12 weeks to transform the building from a restaurant into student space once the permit is secured. The University will remove the kitchen equipment and construct a handicap-accessible restroom and a new interior, O’Neil said.

The DJ’s building will also be the new headquarters for EMeRG, which will be located on the second floor of the former restaurant.

The student emergency response group’s headquarters are currently located in the basement of Marvin Center. After a flood damaged the group’s Marvin Center space last year, EMeRG operated temporarily out of Crawford Hall and City Hall.

She said once the space is renovated, it would contain all the equipment the group needs and will be similar to the current EMeRG space in the Marvin Center.

Though the University’s Campus Plan calls for demolition of 2145 G St., University officials said the renovated building could remain standing for another 20 years. n

Andrew Ramonas contributed to this report.

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