114-Year-Old DC Building a Step Closer to Becoming Trump’s Latest Hotel

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Old Post Office Pavilion. (Credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

Old Post Office Pavilion. (Credit: Kevin Patrick/All-News 99.1 WNEW)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) — Donald Trump may have decided not to run for president in 2012, but he will make his mark on Pennsylvania Avenue.

The federal government announced in February 2012 that The Trump Organization was selected to redevelop the Old Post Office Pavilion, a 114-year-old building that the General Services Administration declared underutilized a few years ago.

Today, the National Capital Planning Commission is expected to approve preliminary site and building plans submitted by the GSA.

PHOTOS: D.C.’s Old Post Office Building

Plans for Trump International Hotel™ Washington, D.C. include more than 250 guest rooms, penthouses and presidential suites; restaurants, a café, and a bar and lounge; banquet, ballroom and meeting facilities; a spa and a library – as well as a curated museum, exhibition gallery, and indoor and outdoor gardens. The target date for opening is early 2016.

The Trump Hotel Collection™ also includes locations in New York, Chicago, Las Vegas, Toronto, Waikiki and Panama. Most are high rises. While the Pavilion is the second-tallest structure in the nation’s capital, after the Washington Monument, it is ten stories tall.

Built in 1899, the Old Post Office is on the National Register of Historic Places, and has been saved from razing more than once. In 1928, it was slated for demolition because of the construction of Federal Triangle. Lack of funds during the Great Depression saved it. Picketers helped rescue the building from being flattened again in 1971, then formed the DC Preservation League. The National Park Service says it was an important step in the urban preservation movement.

Another fun fact: the Pavillion’s clock tower houses the Congress Bells, a Bicentennial gift from England representing friendship between the countries. The Clock Tower will remain open to the public during and after construction and National Park Service staff will continue to provide tours.

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WNEW’s Kevin Patrick contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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