Well that was fast. Only a couple of months after finalizing the Southwest Ecodistrict Draft Plan, the General Services Administration issued a "Notice of Intent" to issue a Request for Information over the next 90 days for five properties the agency controls in the area, including its Regional Office Building at 7th & D Street. The other properties include the Department of Energy's Forrestal Complex, the Cotton Annex, and two buildings occupied by the FAA. The properties roughly create a triangle shape, bounded by Independence Avenue to the north, 12th Street to the west, and Maryland Avenue, parts of 9th Street, D Street, and 7th Street to the south. In fact, the parcels are referred to as Federal Triangle South in the Notice of Intent. The RFI seeks to do the following:
- Gather market input on meeting Federal facility space needs
- Identify potential redevelopment and transaction structures
- Achieve best value to the Government, promote fair and transparent competition and discover the most beneficial technical and financial solution
This move by the GSA can potentially lead to the transformation of a large area adjacent to the National Mall into a lively, mixed-use environment. However, with a name like Federal Triangle South, that doesn't exactly give off a "mixed use" vibe, given the way the original Federal Triangle looks right now. Personally, I prefer the "Independence Quarter" moniker used in the SW Ecodistrict Draft Plan for the area.