The GSA’s acting director, Daniel M. Tangherlini, issued a statement calling the agency’s request for ideas “an example of GSA’s ongoing commitment to not only shrinking the federal government’s real estate portfolio, but also to maximizing the efficiency and value of federal workplaces.”
NCPC’s Acosta was one of a number of planning experts who strongly suggested that the GSA follow recent successes elsewhere in the District — such as Penn Quarter and Columbia Heights — by incorporating a mix of uses on the site. And that means housing.
Condos may never be added atop the Smithsonian institutions that line the National Mall, but new high-end housing is creeping closer and closer.
Penn Quarter, a neighborhood name that was unheard of when the Reagan Center was completed, has become one of the most sought-after places to live in the region. Those living in the Newseum Residences, 135 luxury apartments at 565 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, and the Residences at Market Square, 801 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, probably come closest to living on the Mall.