We heard more than a year ago that a Whole Foods was coming to a large development at 965 Florida Avenue NW, just up the street from the 9:30 Club -- and the plans are still on track. Bisnow, a business news blog, writes that the plan is still underway and will also include making 30% of the 428 residential units for tenants with incomes between $30,000 and $50,000. They say it will be called the Griffith, which I am guessing is a reference to Griffith Stadium, the former home of the Washington Senators located just up Georgia Avenue.
MRP's website adds that it will be a 375,000 square foot development and they're currently working to get zoning approval. JBG, one of the other developers, also worked on the Atlantic Plumbing building nearby with the movie theatre and Louis building at 14th and U, and Dale Ellis of Ellis Development did the Howard Theater renovation, according to Bisnow.
Timing is not clear, nor if there are going to be other retail or office tenants, but it's good to hear it's still in the works. The rendering of the project is above, it's right where W Street meets Florida, just south of Sherman.
Here's basically the same view as above from Google Maps: