If you see a building moving across New York Avenue NW Saturday, it is not a mirage. The District Department of Transportation says the avenue will be closed from Sixth to Seventh streets from 5 a.m. to noon so crews can move the historic Hodges sandwich shop across the street.
The sidewalks will also be closed, but traffic on Sixth and Seventh streets will be allowed to cross New York Avenue, DDOT said.
Hodges is being relocated to make room for construction of a 300,000-square-foot office building on that block that will house the Association of American Medical Colleges. The AAMC has previously announced plans to relocate from the West End to the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood.
According to Bill McLeod, executive director of the Mount Vernon Triangle Community Improvement District, the AAMC headquarters will eventually incorporate several historic buildings, including Hodges, which will have to make a trip back across the street to the AAMC site at some point.
Hodges opened in 1898. Its roast beef sandwiches and hand-carved turkey sandwiches were a favorite among D.C. police officers, fire fighters and taxi car drivers.