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Hilton, partners plan 200-room NE hotel

(Published November 5, 2001)


Staff Writer

City officials are nearing completion of negotiations to bring a full-service 200-room Hilton hotel, conference center, restaurants and health club to Northeast Washington.

Plans have been on the drawing board for more than 10 years for a hotel and conference center to be built on what is now a city-owned fringe parking lot for Washington Hospital Center at Michigan Avenue and Irving Street NW.

The land was transferred to the District by the federal government in 1964 with the expectation that such a development would eventually be built on it, officials said.

Washington Hospital Center and Catholic University are among the original partners who proposed the development, which is to be built by Turner Construction Co.

Jerry L. Williamson of the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, said the city expects to send a proposed ground lease to D.C. City Council for its approval within two weeks. He said meetings with Advisory Neighborhood Commissions then will be scheduled to explain the project.

The National Capital Planning Commission, the General Services Administration and the D.C. Zoning Commission all approved the plans in the early 1990s, but the development was never built. No zoning change is required.

The five-story hotel complex will include 160,000 square feet with 160 parking spaces. The project is expected to create 371 permanent jobs and $3 million in annual revenue for the District.

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