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SQUARE 54 – PART II??? GW University’s Redevelopment of Pennsylvania Avenue

GW University is moving ahead with redevelopment plans outlined in the 2007 Foggy Bottom Campus Plan

At last week’s Foggy Bottom/West End Advisory (ANC2A) Neighborhood Commission meeting, University officials outlined their vision for a portion of Pennsylvania Avenue NW.  PowerPoint slides from the Nov. 16, 2011 ANC2A presentation can be viewed here. 

Over the next three years, GW plans to redevelop the 2100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue – which includes demolishing several University-owned properties (dating back to the early 1900s) in order to build a large office building designed by Gensler.  GW’s plan is intended to create a more efficient development and maximize the value of its investment.

Current tenants of the six University-owned townhouse properties slated to be demolished (2134–2142 Pennsylvania Avenue) include Thai Place, Panda Café, Mehran, and Froggy Bottom Pub.  Additionally, GW plans to redevelop the adjacent building (2100-W Pennsylvania Avenue) currently occupied by the medical group Kaiser Permanente.  Kaiser plans to vacate its West End space next October.  The townhouse demolition is part of GW’s 20-year campus plan outlining redevelopment efforts, approved by the city in 2007.  Yet, the plans to add the University-owned office structure where Kaiser currently operates require approval from the DC Zoning Commission. 

Similar to the recently completed Square 54 (2200 Pennsylvania Avenue) mixed-use development developed by Boston Properties, GW plans to partner with an experienced third-party developer for this Pennsylvania Avenue project who will be in charge of developing the property in order to generate non-tuition-driven revenue for the University’s academic mission.

GW plans to file its application with the DC Zoning Commission in early 2012, and expects a hearing in summer 2012.

Construction is not expected to begin until 2014.

For More See:

GW plans office space on site of townhouses built in 1910 (Washington Business Journal)

Iconic campus pub, restaurant to close (GW Hatchet)

University to Raze Seven Properties (GW Hatchet)

GW to Demolish Last of Pennsylvania Avenue Rowhouses (

GW Moves Ahead with Next Phase of Campus Plan (GW Today)



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Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?