Housing Complex

Another Office Block Rebuilt From the Ground Up

The Freshii corner, redone.

You know you've got a strong office market when landlords start deciding to knock down old buildings and rebuild them anew. It happened when MRP decided to start over at 900 G Street NW, rather than just re-skinning it with glass. And today, Bisnow reports that it's happening again with 2001 M Street, a dowdy edifice built in 1987 that will be destroyed to make way for a modern, glassy replacement.

It's not the most sustainable solution—we're fans of the classy retrofit here at Housing Complex—but hey, trophy office space is where it's at these days.

  • http://urbanplacesandspaces.blogspot.com Richard Layman

    Holy s***, that building is only 24 years old.

  • Disgusted in DC

    They should have left will enough alone. 2001 M Street is a perfectly fine building, which was in itself a relief from the international/brutalist style of the 70s. Instead, we will have the zillionth glass box in the general vicinity. What are these people thinking?

  • http://alexblock.net Alex B.

    What are these people thinking?

    They're probably thinking that ridiculous constraints on supply have driven prices so high that teardowns of perfectly good assets like this make financial sense.

    It's not like they're getting a huge amount of additional density out of the deal, either.

  • Java Master

    someone will lease it...the market is tight enuff that tenants who can afford it want a "signature" property, not a refugee from the overbuilt '80's.

  • Dave

    This is the dictionary definition of a "First World Problem". What an absolute waste of resources.

  • Lampredotto

    An appalling waste of resources and energy. It wouldn't surprise me if this project goes for LEED certification (nor would it be the first such example). But really, shouldn't overtly wasteful teardown projects like this be automatically disqualified from LEED status? The Green Building Council needs to get serious about considering the impact of embodied energy, unless they are content with LEED being meaningless window dressing for well-heeled developers and tenants.

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  • Dave Banick

    Not to mention: where will my Freshii go???

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