Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Anchor Tenant Signed for 500 L'Enfant

Urban Institute will take 121,000 SF of space at 500 L’Enfant, covering the first six floors of the 12-story office building.  The economic and social policy research nonprofit founded by President Lyndon Johnson in 1968 will relocate its headquarters and over 400 employees to L’Enfant Plaza from the West End by March 2019. After the podium for 500 L’Enfant was built, work stopped on the project due to the lack of an anchor tenant. Now that one has been secured, construction is expected to resume in February. Upon completion, 500 L'Enfant will be a LEED-Gold certified, 215,000 SF building with a direct connection to the shops at L'Enfant Plaza and the Metro station by the same name.

In addition to 500 L’Enfant, the former L’Enfant Plaza Hotel is currently undergoing renovations and will reopen in 2018 as the 367-key Hilton Washington DC National Mall hotel. Also scheduled to be completed in 2018 at L’Enfant Plaza is the new home of the International Spy Museum, which will be located along 10th Street. 

Renderings courtesy of ZGF Architects LLP


Wizzyliz said...

Thanks for keeping SW in the loop! Appreciate your time in researching and writing about the goings on in our neighborhood. Thanks again!

AMK said...

Are there any renderings of what L'Enfant Plaza is going to look like when the currently planned and/or ongoing construction projects are completed? The buildings around the plaza itself remain incredibly ugly and now look like a bizarre, disjointed mashup of styles as a few modern entrances have been added while leaving the rest of the exteriors the same. I hope there are further plans to refurbish the exteriors of the existing buildings.

Anonymous said...

Good news -- both for the new activity around L'Enfant Plaza and for getting a nonprofit tenant to the neighborhood. Southwest has historically been almost entirely federal/city government offices, which traditionally have been more price-conscious. The private and independent sector tenants signing leases in the new buildings (APA, Urban, MakeOffices, Fish & Richardson) usually have been the type who would pay more to be in a location with better amenities, which is a testament to how much the local amenities have improved.

Re: AMK, sadly the office buildings have different owners. That's been the whole holdup over infilling the plaza itself. The best renderings of what the area will look like once the infill projects are completed were filed with the Spy Museum plans.