Representatives of Jones Lang LaSalle and Hickok Hickok Cole Architects will head before the National Capital Planning Commission again this Thursday to discuss their Second Stage PUD application for a new Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) headquarters on one of the last empty lots in DC's Golden Triangle.
The influential DC think tank purchased the commercial parking lot at 1616 Rhode Island Avenue, NW - formerly the site of a Gramercy Inn just off of Scott Circle - from Gould Properties in 2007 with the intent of constructing a new 130,000 square foot HQ to replace their aging K Street office space. Though CSIS has had to pursue $100 million plus of revenue bond funding from the District to fund the project, their purchase did come with one positive upshot. Gould had previously secured Stage I PUD approval for the site, leaving the CSIS' designated development team free to move on the project's design phase.
Since that time, Hickok's initial designs have taken a minor shave - resulting in the loss of 16,000 square feet worth of floor area and 12 of the original 90 parking spaces. At the same time, it has gained a green roof (in the hopes of achieving a LEED silver certification) and will still top out at 9-stories. CSIS' original timeline remains in place for a 2012/2013 completion. The project previously won approval from the DC Zoning Commission just last week.
With their new glass-faced HQ up and running, the former K Street defense industry influence peddlers will neighbor another prominent non-profit of a decidedly more liberal bent, the Human Rights Campaign - which should make for interesting, inside-the-Beltway bedfellows at the local Starbucks.