Could Residences Soon Be Found in the Shadow of the National Mall?

A 22 acre parcel of federal buildings located within spitting distance of the National Mall could transform the heart of the Nation's Capital, as the GSA seeks ideas from developers on how to use its many current and soon-to-be abandoned buildings.
October 9, 2012, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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Called Federal Triangle South, the site located only a block from some of D.C.'s premier institutions could accommodate up to 6.1 million square feet of development under current zoning. If planners and city leaders have their way, the site could one day be home to a mix of uses sorely missing from the neighborhood surrounding Washington D.C.'s central attractions.  

"The GSA announced at the end of September that it plans to seek ideas from the private sector for what to do with the drab cluster of buildings, opening the door to what could be the largest redevelopment of federal land in downtown Washington since the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center was built 15 years ago," reports Jonathan O'Connell. "The stakes for the government and the city are high."

"[The National Capital Planning Commission's Marcel C. Acosta] was one of a number of planning experts who strongly suggested that the GSA follow recent successes elsewhere in the District - such as Penn Quarter and Columbia Heights - by incorporating a mix of uses on the site. And that means housing."

"Condos may never be added atop the Smithsonian institutions that line the National Mall, but new high-end housing is creeping closer and closer," says O'Connell.


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Published on Sunday, October 7, 2012 in The Washington Post
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