Since the YMCA building at 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW closed December 31, 2015, little has been known about what would come of the property. Now, Washington Business Journal reports that D.C. based developer Akridge and their partner Alcion Ventures LP hope to convert the property into a 100,000-square-foot boutique office building targeted towards law firms, government affairs agencies, and think tanks.
All four facades of the building will be replaced with glass, masonry, and sculptural metal, according to a recent press release. The developer hopes to infill floor slabs in the gym and racquetball courts as well as convert the swimming pool into a two-level, below-grade garage. Along with a total makeover, the building will also acquire the new name, 1701 Rhode Island.
D.C.-based Hickok Cole Architects will design the facility to look modern with a two-story lobby, fitness facility, rooftop terrace, and conference facilities on either the penthouse level or ground floor. The press release reports that the developer is hoping to achieve LEED Gold certification with the development.
Construction is expected to begin early 2017 with a delivery by the summer of 2018.
• Akridge buys YMCA building south of Dupont Circle. Here's its plan for the property. [Washington Business Journal]