City officials revealed plans for the new 155,000 sq. ft. mixed use residential and retail project that will take the place of the existing Whitman-Walker Health Clinic at 14th and R Streets. The new Whitman project will be a major focal point for the trendy corridor.
Here’s more facts from recent planning announcements:
- The project redevelops 2 historic buildings – the Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center and the Belmont Garage building – into one six story structure.
- The project will include ground floor retail and restaurants as well as 60,000 sq. ft. of office space.
- At least 80 apartments will be built & leased.
- The Whitman-Walker clinic will use half the office space and a ground floor community space.
- Underground parking is included.
The design includes rehabilitation of the Spanish revival-style building that houses the actual medical center. The building is 112 years old and has undergone many changes over the years. Project architects have returned to the building’s original blueprints and will restoring the structure to close to its original design. This includes a terra cotta-style roof and larger, more attractive windows.
The new project will be one of the only buildings in the 14th Street Corridor to combine office, retail, residential units and community-oriented space. Concept plans for the project will be released this summer.
Whitman-Walker Health is a non-profit community health center with special expertise as a health center for the gay and lesbian community in Washington, DC. It was founded in 1978 and has expanded its services to include primary healthcare services and youth services as well. The clinic building on 14th Street currently mainly serves as space for administration staff – the full primary clinic and center is in a 42,000 sq. ft. facility opened in 2015 at 1525 14th Street, NW.
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