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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

915 Rhode Island Avenue Overhaul Underway

Mari of InShaw reports that she spotted the beginning of the renovation of long-vacant and foreboding 915 Rhode Island Avenue yesterday. A while ago, I was able to get my hands on the attached rendering for the new façade planned for the building. 

According to this listing, the building has 9,600 square feet available for rent. Here’s the description:
Property is ideal as an office headquarters for either medical facility, clinic or nonprofit group. (zoning is R4) Built in 1959, this former Howard University Medical clinic has been gutted, remediated and permitted for immediate design and buildout for prospective tenant. Currently, building is three stories with elevator; approx. 3,200 square feet per floor. Can build an additional floor of 1900 square feet as a 'matter of right' for a total of 11,500 square feet.

Complete Development Team is in place. Owner will completely renovate the building exterior, with the architects design for new window fenestrations; extending the front entrance out to create a 3 story glass entry feature; a new landscaping feature for the front; improving paving on the alley side including an outdoor atrium over the natural light court between it and the neighboring building. Construction could be included within a 5 month schedule.

The building fronts on a major vehicular arterial into downtown Washington DC. Metro bus stop is less than 30 yards from the entrance; 3 rail stations are within easy walking distance. Parking available on site.
UPDATE: Her's a photo of the demolition/construction underway, submitted by reader RC.

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