This morning the mayor announced the city's plans for the old Washington Star/Post plant at 225 Virginia
(I would have gone, but didn't hear about it until after it happened). He confirmed that three city agencies will be moving in--Child and Family Services
, Office of the Chief Technology Officer
, and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
. And, according to the press release, the building will include a ground floor public art gallery showcasing DCAH's "vast art collection."
The city is entering into a deal with Stonebridge Carras
to redevelop the building, with an expected (and required?) LEED Silver certification. It's expected it will take two years to renovate the building. Back in September it was reported that it would take $85 million
to fund the renovations, on top of the $85 million purchase price
; today's press release
says that the deal with Stonebridge will save the city "more than $60 million over the life of the new 20-year arrangement."
This would seem to bring to a close almost three years of wrangling over exactly how to use the building, after the Williams administration leased the building with little fanfare in late 2006, only to have the original plans to house MPD functions there fall apart, and attempts to sublease the building for development go nowhere, all while the city continued to pay millions of dollars each year in rent. My 225 Virginia page
has the background, if you want to relive it all.