By the summer of 2018, Washington, D.C. will have a brand new trophy office building, located just south of Dupont Circle. Groundbreaking recently began for the former YMCA, named 1701 Rhode Island Avenue NW.
D.C.-based developer Akridge and their partner Alcion Ventures LP hope to redevelop the property so that all four sides of the 100,000-square-foot development will be replaced with glass, masonry, and sculptural metal. The swimming pool inside will also be converted into a two-level, below-grade parking garage. There will also be a two-story lobby, fitness center, and landscaped rooftop terrace, according to the Washington Business Journal.
In front of the building, the mostly paved surface will be redeveloped with a series of raised geometrically-shaped planters and decorative paving. The developer hopes to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The designs for the c. 1970-constructed building were created by D.C.-based Hickok Cole Architects. The structure has been vacant since the YMCA closed in December 2015.
Previously, the building was referred to as 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW.
• Here's what Akridge has planned for the shuttered YMCA building near Dupont Circle [Washington Business Journal]