Monday, January 31, 2011

Old Post Office to become a hotel?

We have long been advocates of the secret of the Old Post Office Pavilion.  Go to the top of the clocktower for free and see basically the same sight as those who wait in line for hours at the Washington Monument to peer out of those tiny windows.

Of course, the Old Post Office could be so much more.  It's well-located and has a food court/mall inside in an open space with high cielings and skylights that could cater to area businesspeople and residents.  But it's mostly mired with low quality food and dirty tables.

However, that could all change.

The Washington Business Journal reports that the General Services Administration is trying to move all the federal workers out of the building and open it up to private development.  So far, hotel developers have been clamoring to get into the space.

Of course, this is a process that started long ago and has hit a lot of speed bumps. 

The location is great for a hotel, however.  Or maybe a hotel/residences combination?  Did someone say apartments with room service?

Hopefully whatever development comes of the place will include street-level retail and will make use of the food court area and the observation deck.


  1. I think it's a great idea. Even the hotel/apartment idea would be nice. I hope it goes forward!

  2. If it goes at the same pace as the other half of the building (the former mall with movie theater, miniature golf course, etc) that now sits abandoned I wouldn't hold my breath.