Friday, November 6, 2009

10th and G May Be Back on Track

Special tip o' the hat to SWDC Blog for this news. The corner of 10th and G Streets NW had been occupied by the First Congregational United Church of Christ. In November of 2007 the church came to an agreement with developer PN Hoffman to raze and replace the church with a new worshiping space as well as an office building, totaling over 150,000 square feet. The site is in the middle of downtown, next to the city's main library and two blocks from the Verizon Center.

For financial reasons, including the lack of a main tenant for the office space, the development of the land has stalled. It has literally been a hole in the ground for quite some time, now two years after the original deal was made. Recently a new company has stepped up and taken over PN Hoffman's stake in the project, worth $85 million. That will free up PN Hoffman to pursue it's endeavors in Southwest DC. The new developer, Skanska USA will complete the building project without securing a main tenant before hand.

Good news for the corner and the church, which has been worshiping at another city church since their original building was torn down. First Congregational United Church of Christ will occupy about two floors of the new building and have dedicated parking in the underground lot.