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 Sliding from Before to After

I keep saying I'm never going to take any more photos of politicians at microphones, but who can resist them slinging sledgehammers? This morning there was a brief ceremony officially kicking off the redevelopment of 225 Virginia Avenue, turning what was the old Washington Star building and then Washington Post printing plant into 200 I, a 320,000-square-foot LEED Gold office building housing three city agencies. Here's a slew of photos, not only of the ceremony but also a few images from inside the building, as well as two renderings of what the lobby will look like when it's completed.
Though the sun was out, the assembled guests (and gate-crashers!) probably wished this little shindig had been held yesterday, when it was about 25 degrees warmer. But at least it made for a quick event, which didn't seem to bother anyone too much.
The renovation is expected to be complete and tenants moved in by the second quarter of 2012. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Child and Family Services Agency will all be occupying the building, and there may also be some "incubator retail space" on the ground floor's southwest corner. There will also be an art gallery in the new lobby that will open out onto I Street and Canal Park, showcasing works from the Arts and Humanities commission's collection. There will also be 180ish parking spaces on site, some in the building's basement but about 100 of them in a two-level parking deck on the 3rd Street side of the building (where the current surface lot is). And the loading dock will now be just west of 3rd, on Virginia.
The building was bought by the city for $85 million in 2009, and then leased it to StonebridgeCarras in a 20-year lease/leaseback agreement to fund the construction. You can check out my 225 Virginia project page for lots (and lots!) of background on this building, though the page isn't quite up-to-date with today's stuff. Yet.
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Bruce says: (2/15/11 12:56 PM)
I enjoyed touring the inside of the building...


Jess B says: (2/15/11 4:39 PM)
A two-level parking deck on the building's Third Street side may be an eyesore to the new townhomes across the street.

Why can't the developer tuck all the parking spaces in an underground garage? Then the Third Street side could be turned into a large multi-level patio landscaped with trees and shrubs for office workers to enjoy their lunches, meetings, etc?


Scott says: (2/15/11 4:44 PM)
Just a guess, but considering how expensive it is to hollow out 6 inches of ground in a pre-existing rowhouse, I would imagine it's ridiculously expensive to hollow out 25 feet of space under a building that takes up an entire city block.

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