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From Whitman-Walker:

“As we announced in January, we have selected Selldorf Architects for this project.

We will have more details to announce regarding this project following our presentation to the Historical Presentation Review Board in late May. Here is the most current information on the development:

  • Whitman-Walker Health is now embarking on its joint venture redevelopment of the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center site located between R and Riggs Street NW on 14th Street NW.  We have partnered with Fivesquares Development, a DC-based firm, on this mission-critical project.  Whitman-Walker Health retains majority ownership interest of the joint venture project to ensure that this redevelopment meets our long-term mission and financial interests.  We have retained Selldorf Architects of New York City, led by Annabelle Selldorf, an internationally renowned architect, to design the project.
    • The project will contribute to Whitman-Walker Health’s overall sustainability by providing financial value to support our mission of caring for many years to come.
  • The project design will provide for approximately 155,000 gross square feet of mixed used development.  A key design element is the preservation of the two contributing buildings—including the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center– that are currently located on the site.  The project design includes the following major elements:

    • Below Grade: Parking
    • Ground Floor: Retail and community space
    • 2nd-3rd Floors: Program/commercial office space for Whitman-Walker Health and others
    • 4th-6th Floors: Residential space.
  • Whitman-Walker Health will be the anchor for the proposed redevelopment and will occupy a minimum of 30,000 square feet of space, thus ensuring a long-term physical and programmatic presence in the community.
  • The two contributing buildings to the Greater Fourteenth Street Historic District, 1701 14th Street (the “Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center”) and 1711 14th Street (the “Belmont Garage”) are both being retained and rehabilitated. While they have both — in varying degrees — lost key aspects of their historic integrity, particularly 1701 14th Street, we believed it was in the best interest of the community to commit the resources and effort to rehabilitate these buildings as best as possible to their original elegance and authenticity. This also results in the scale of redevelopment being varied.
  • We believe in exemplary, high quality and beautiful architecture that will make a distinctive contribution to the corridor. To that end, we engaged world-renowned architect Annabelle Selldorf who is known for producing elegant yet restrained buildings that are “contemporary and timeless.” She has had extensive experience blending modern buildings in historic contexts. This will be her first project in Washington, DC.
  • In response to community aspirations to bring more activity to the corridor during the day to support local businesses, in addition to the commitment of Whitman-Walker space, there will be another floor of commercial office space, thus ensuring that a significant proportion of the building is non-residential. “

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