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Charred Washingtonian Gas Station to Become Shell

Former Georgetown Auto Shop, Washingtonian gas site on Wisconsin Ave prepares for new tenant

The owners of the fire-ravaged Georgetown Auto Shop and Washingtonian gas station at 1576 Wisconsin Ave. hope to reopen the station two months from now. But when it does, it will boast a new brand name: Shell.

Roland Joun, a representative for the gas station, told the Georgetown Advisory Neighborhood Commission at a meeting Tuesday he anticipates receiving permit approval by early October and to wrap up construction quickly.

Joun also operates the Exxon gas station by the Watergate.

"I know its been an eyesore and we really want to get it up to par. And so two months from now the station should be open," Joun said.

The gas station has been closed since a just before 8 a.m. March 15, 2011. It began in the repair garage, but soon engulfed the entire small building at the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and Q Street, emitting a stack of smoke that could be seen from the Key Bridge.

Since then it has sat unoccupied .

About bringing the first Shell gas station brand to the neighborhood, Joun said residents have been asking for a brand name station to replace the independent operation that once stood at the same location.

Judith Bunnell September 05, 2012 at 01:56 PM
I hope they do not charge the prices that the Exxon near The Watergate charges!
Shaun Courtney (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Haha I was thinking the same thing. The article I link to from The Washington Post, though makes it seem like the prices are artificially high there because of a spat between the station owner and the gasoline supplier. Interesting stuff! -SC

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