First Tenant Signed for Wonder Bread Factory in Shaw

641 S Street, NW

From Douglas Development:

Douglas Development is pleased to announce that WorkSpaces LLC, a strategic furniture solutions consulting agency, has leased 20,817 square feet in the historic Wonder Bread Factory at 641 S Street, NW. WorkSpaces LLC will be the redeveloped property’s first tenant since the building closed in 1988.

WorkSpaces LLC will occupy the entire third floor of the District landmark and is expected to move in immediately following completion of construction. Douglas Development anticipates construction to be completed in January 2013.

In addition to upper-level loft-like office space with industrial-style skylights, the redeveloped building, with a total of 98,000 square feet will offer 24,000 square feet of retail space. Office floor plates range in size from 12,000-22,000 square feet. Ceiling heights range from 11-12 feet. The building will also boast outdoor terrace space, lower level parking, and a combination of exposed brick walls and floor-to-ceiling glass on all four sides. The exterior design, approved by the Historic Preservation Review Board, features a colorful, contemporary new addition of glass and metal panels to complement the restored brick of the historic building.

The 641 S Street property was initially home to Dorsch’s White Cross Bakery in the early 1900s and then later purchased by Continental Baking Company in 1936, becoming the primary factory for Wonder Bread and Hostess Cake products. The building shut down in 1988 when Continental Baking moved to a larger facility in Philadelphia, and was purchased by Douglas Development in 1997.

You can see renderings of the space here:

641 S St – Renderings

Here’s what a reader saw inside the building back in 2009.

22 Comment

  • Strategic furniture solutions consulting agency? Did they take a wrong turn trying to get to 14th st?

  • Sounds enthralling.

  • All the renderings show white people doing white people things – gabbing on a cell phone while wearing skinny jeans and Uggs, driving a trendy scooter, and running away from the black teens on the corner. Just what exactly are you trying to convey here, Douglas Development?

    • Where are “the black teens on the corner?” How can you tell that they are teens? Are you saying only white people use cell phones?

      • The black teens are two blocks down, out of the perspective of the rendering, by the housing projects. People of every race use cell phones, but whites are notorious for flashing an iPhone 4S (pictured here) in a transitional neighborhood.

        • “People of every race use cell phones, but whites are notorious for flashing an iPhone 4S (pictured here) in a transitional neighborhood.”

          Whites are flashing an IPhone 4S? Really? It’s more like whites are exercising their right to use their IPhone 4S (or any other type of phone) freely. Yes, even in a “transitional neighborhood”.

          Get a life.

        • Angry much?

    • Don’t forget having jobs and raising well-behaved children.

    • What are they trying to convey? Reality, perhaps? I’m guessing you haven’t been to the neighborhood in a while.

  • The renderings look about as compelling as the project description.

  • since when is it a yuppie thing to do to sneak into a vacant property and look around? it’s the kind of thing I would do as a kid. And no one was harmed, no property taken or destroyed. it’s fun, people! lighten up.

  • 1997? This Douglas has been sitting on this for 15 years?!?! While I know the hood wasn’t ripe for development back in 1997, you’d think they would have done something positive with it during the boom years starting in 2002. I hate it when developers like this just buy properties and prevent them from being neighborhood assets.

    Douglas is doing the same thing with a cool building around 9th and M street…

    • This specific area east of 9th around 2002 was not ready for the high end (high lease rates) that Douglass Development is interested in – which is primarily commercial leasing of real estate.

      Note the Howard Theater and Progression Place developments are just now being completed. For quite a few years it looked as if neither would be completed. Now that those key developments are coming to a close Douglass Development is finally following suit… it’s not right but that is the context of the situation.

      • And what is their excuse for not paying taxes on the property for the last many years?

        • I would say being well connected within the DC Government & giving generously to politicians reelection campaigns.

          Not a fan of Douglas Development; as previous poster asked why they didn’t develop it earlier… Basically came down to this area not even being close to ready for that type of development. Heck 14th street was just starting to pick up a little momentum in 2002.

  • -“I can’t see well at all in my dwelling at night. I’m experiencing decreasing light as the evening wears on. Any insights into this dilemma?”
    -“Yes, that is often caused by the sun setting but we have these devices called lamps that will improve your situation tremendously. Would you like me to schedule your home for an evaluation.”

  • “a strategic furniture solutions consulting agency” hahaha, they really did a great job dressing up office furniture sales.

    Anonymous 12:32pm is all sorts of angry

  • Does anyone know if the Wonderbread sign will actually stay? Or will it be sold? I just love the character of it!

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