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A New Federal Pentagon in Southwest?

The Southwest Ecodistrict, as envisioned by the National Capital Planning Commission

The Southwest quadrant has some problems. We all know it. Today, the General Services Administration took a step toward fixing it.

Granted, it's a small step: an announcement of the GSA's "intent to issue a Request for Information (RFI) for interested parties to address the long term needs of multiple GSA Federal Customers located in the L'Enfant Plaza area in Southwest." And it doesn't actually include L'Enfant Plaza, arguably the greatest monstrosity in the bite-sized quadrant.

But still! The idea is to redevelop a five-building cluster bounded by Independence Ave. to the north, Maryland Ave. and D Street to the south, and 6th and 12th streets to the east and west, respectively. Contained therein are offices of the Departments of Energy and Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the GSA itself. The GSA refers to the area as "Federal Triangle South"; Housing Complex chooses to be nitpicky and point out its five sides.

The National Capital Planning Commission hopes to transform the broader area into an "ecodistrict" over the next two decades. Could the redevelopment of the Federal Pentagon be the start? GSA's goal with the project is "to leverage the value of its real property assets to provide more efficient facilities for Federal Customers and potentially create the catalyst for a revitalization of this area of Southwest Washington."

So, potentially.

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