Old Anacostia Warehouse to Get Glassy Makeover

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    A few weeks after Four Points development announced liftoff on a residential project on W Street S.E., developer Stan Voudrie is planning another contribution to the neighborhood: a wholesale renovation of a forbidding warehouse on Shannon Place into a 75,000-square-foot office building that will add momentum to the slow-moving downtown Anacostia business district.

    The current tenant, the Metropolitan Police Department's Evidence Control Division, is terminating its lease in October. After that, Voudrie plans to re-skin the building with glass, which the area hasn't seen much of yet.

    He's building on spec for now, but thinks he has a good chance of landing either a District government agency or a Department of Homeland Security training facility. If not, though, the prospect of DHS moving into the neighborhood makes the task of leasing an office building much less daunting: Ancillary groups like contractors and consultants will be looking for smaller spaces nearby.

    That's federal government-driven economic development in action.

    Old Anacostia Warehouse to Get Glassy Makeover was originally published by Washington City Paper on Jan 3., 2011.