Fire and EMS was on the scene yesterday afternoon of a partial building collapse at the old Pappas Tomato packing factory (1401 Okie Street) in Ivy City. The factory is located just behind the Hecht Warehouse that is anchoring much of the neighborhood's redevelopment. The Pappas Tomato building is, like the main warehouse, a Douglas Development property (Jemals Pappas Tomoato, LLC). Plans call for the building to hold retail and a little light industrial in the form of coffee roasting at a Compass Coffee shop. No injuries were reported. In a later tweet @DCFireEMS speculated that yesterday's strong winds may have caused the collapse. Thanks to @ker_dc for the initial heads up about the collapse.
An Antunovich Associates rendering of the proposed reuse (from a BZA filing)
Here's a closer view from that same BZA rendering
Large portion building collapse - NE Washington - so far no indication of anyone trapped or injured pic.twitter.com/nNhh7X5CL0— DC Fire and EMS (@dcfireems) May 15, 2016