Owners Plan Major Upgrade for Albert’s Liquor in Hill East
by Larry Janezich
Albert’s Liquors owners, Jorge and Blanca Ventura, plan to transform the 580 square foot building at 328 Kentucky Avenue, SE, into a new high end liquor venue which will offer wine and snacks on two outdoor patios and add a 1400 square foot, 2 bedroom, 2.5 bath living unit on two floors above the store. The project will not be subject to historical preservation review, since it lies outside the Capitol Hill Historic District. The store is a stone’s throw from the development of the new Safeway mixed use development under construction catty corner across D Street, SE.
PGN Architects, which is designing the building, says a Zoning Adjustment Application will come before the Bureau of Zoning Adjustment in July or September. The plan to serve alcohol will also require an adjustment to the liquor license.