This past June, the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) approved the conversion of the historic Carnegie Library into an Apple store. Now, Events DC has taken one more step forward, solidifying the plans by approving the lease for the store.
Washington Business Journal reported that the lease term is 10 years with two additional five-year extension options. Apple will lease 18,896 square feet of interior space as well as a portion of the grounds. The Historical Society of Washington will continue to operate in the building on the basement, second, and third levels, totaling approximately 13,000 square feet of space.
According to a press release shared by PoPville, Apple will not only sell their products in the store, but also “empower local youth” through educational programming and job training workshops.
In a statement, Mayor Muriel Bowser said, “We look forward to the Carnegie Library re-opening its doors as a destination in D.C.’s Other Mall—our thriving retail center in the central business district.”
Still, the project needs approval from the National Capital Planning Commission. Construction is hoped to begin this fall.
For more details on how the 113-year-old building will be renovated, check out this Curbed DC article.
• Apple, Events D.C. close the deal on Carnegie Library store [Washington Business Journal]
• Apple's plans to renovate Carnegie Library move forward [Curbed DC]