The Government Services Administration has the responsibility for providing the link between the general public and those interested in developing property to be used either by the general public or used by the federal government. One aspect of this development is concerned with workplace solutions and the management of the nearly 10,000 buildings within the District that are either leased or owned by the government. The GSA is particularly concerned with the preservation of our historic federal properties and in 2012 selected the Trump Organization’s team to re-develop the Old Post Office building and its annex, located at 1100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, a few blocks away from The White House.
The Old Post Office clock tower was built in 1899, and is the site of one of the National Park Service’s monuments, which is ordinarily open to the public but has been closed due to the renovations of the building. The Congress Bells in the tower were a gift from England as a token of the special relationship between the United Kingdom and the United States. The renovations are now nearly complete, and should be open no later than the end of 2016. The clock tower will re-open at that time, and visitors will continue to experience the extraordinary panoramic views of Washington, D.C.
An important measure was taken in awarding the Trump team this opportunity, since it will represent a unique and lasting tribute to the District, and to the American people not only because the building had been sadly underused as a property, generally, it will also represent an enormous savings to the taxpayers; and this “mixed-use” property will continue to the community and visitors alike. At the time, the GSA’s Commissioner of Public Buildings Service Robert Peek noted that it would be “a positive economic return for the Federal Government and better utilize a historic property on our nation’s Main Street.”
Among other companies that are also building, developing and re-developing real estate property for the U. S. government in the District is Frank L. Haney LLC. Founded by Mr. Haney in 1967, it is a well-respected concern. Another project in development this time last year was undertaken by 02 Lafayette LLC.Comments closed