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What Florida Avenue Could Look Like

At the moment, developer Lakritz Adler is the only known bidder for a Metro-owned stretch of Florida Avenue N.W. between 7th and 9th Streets. Their proposal includes a 180,000 square foot hotel and conference center for Howard University, plus a 100,000 square foot office and retail building and a "prominent freestanding restaurant." Development in that stretch would be welcome, but it's hard to get excited about the renderings on Lakritz Adler's website:

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  • coco d leprechaun

    boooo...looks like some kind of suburban office park and fits in well with that building at the corner of 13th and U where the Starbucks is. Shouln't this building look more like the neighborhood and not like another hideous Howard University building?

  • Wrack

    Pug fugly.

  • Skipper


    You ain't got no alibi!

  • Rob

    I hope that they aren't the only bidders. Their drawings are un-inspiring to say the least. Haven't any of the local minority-owned firms (McKissack & McKissack) submitted bids?

  • Eric

    Boring design, materials, and colors. Rendering isn't helped by the fact that it doesn't show the potential retail offerings, which would enliven the street.

  • Ace in DC

    Oh sweet Jesus. What retail wants to inhabit the dark caves on the ground level? Is the building made out of leftover prison material stone? ANCs, Preservation Society, Historic Society, 7 people that live on Dupont Circle that object to everything being built: UNITE and prevent this monstrosity from being built. It pays no respect for the existing architecture in the area and is completely wrong. Rather leave an open field than have this.

  • Anon

    Looks like the Reeves Center - aaaaccccckkkkkkk!!!!!!!!

  • abyssgazer

    I think they plan to build it of chipboard and plexi.

  • Dont understand

    There's a HUGE convention center just blocks away - what purpose will this one serve?

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