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Monday Unveils Plans For Site of Famous Watergate 'Deep Throat' Garage

To Make Way for Office and Lux Residential Towers, Developer Will Demolish Underground Structure Where Bob Woodward Met Watergate Source Mark Felt in Early '70s
June 17, 2014
Monday Properties announced plans for the demolition of 1400 Key Blvd. and 1401 Wilson Blvd. and redevelopment into a 24-story, 513,004-square-foot office tower and a 27-story, 274-unit luxury residential high-rise, a project encompassing a full city block.

Included in the demolition of the two 12-story, 1960s-era office buildings is the subterranean parking garage at 1401 Wilson, where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met a half-dozen times during 1972-73 with top-ranking FBI agent Mark Felt, the then-anonymous whistleblower known as "Deep Throat" who confirmed critical information in the Watergate scandal that toppled the Nixon Administration.

The underground garage will be rebuilt with 816 parking spaces, along with improvements to nearby streets, bike facilities and pedestrian walkways. A commemorative element will be built on the site to mark the site’s significance in American political history.

The Arlington County Board approved the redevelopment of the Monday Properties-owned property June 14. The LEED Platinum-seeking office project, part of Monday's 3 million-square-foot Rosslyn portfolio, includes 11,131 of ground-level retail. The residential tower, also seeking LEED designation, will host an urban food grocery on its ground floor.

Washington, D.C.-based architecture firm Shalom Baranes Associates designed the new buildings, which will flank a 1.25-acre public garden designed by landscape architecture firm Gustafson Guthrie Nichol of Seattle.

The block is bounded by Key Boulevard to the north, Wilson to the south, N. Nash Street to the east and N. Oak Street to the west. The new development is two blocks from the Rosslyn Metro mass transit station and Monday Properties’ new 1812 North Moore Street development, the region’s tallest office tower.

Monday Properties will also contribute $5.7 million to transportation improvements in Rosslyn, including the removal of the Ft. Myer Drive tunnel, streetscape improvements and improvements to Wilson Boulevard.

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