Besides providing an employment and business center, thefive-story building will also include retail space for localbusinesses, a ground floor community meeting room and office spacefor about 500 DOES employees. Plans also call for a green roof anda 100-space underground parking garage. Locally-based EEC andForrester Construction are developing the building, which wasdesigned by Devrouax & Purnell of the District.


This building is a legacy from the previous city administrationof Mayor Anthony Williams, a city spokesman tells"They were anticipating building government centers at many of themetro stops in the city," but for various reasons a lot of theseplans were derailed. In one instance, local residences objected tothe move of the Department of Motor Vehicles to their neighborhood.Instead, that particular development, slated for the GeorgiaAvenue-Petworth Metrorail Station, was awarded to DonatelliDevelopment as a $70-million, 156-unit housing and retailmixed-use project that is expected to open this coming spring.Now under Mayor Adrian Fenty, the District's approach is to usecity-owned or controlled properties for its operations, thespokesman adds.


For instance, the District is moving its Department of Housingand Community Development to AnacostiaGateway, a 63,000-square-foot building that it owns at 1800Martin Luther King Jr. Ave.


The District is also taking space in Forest City Enterprise'sWaterfrontStation. The first phase of the project, expected todeliver in 2010, includes two office buildings with ground floorretail that total 628,000 square feet. The District of Columbia hasleased the office component.

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