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Restoration and redevelopment of the historic Union Station

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​​At the time, Union Station was costing approximately $5 million per year to be maintained in a partially closed condition. Congress voted to restore the project as the primary tourist and transportation center for the Capitol Hill area.

Work included the addition of a 1,500-space garage and 80-bus transit structure.  Inside, more than 120 stores, restaurants, cafes and a nine-screen cinema were constructed, providing more than 210,000 square feet of retail space. The office section houses Amtrak's 100,000-square-foot headquarters.

To achieve this successful renovation, careful coordination of code compliance, historic preservation, and retail principles was required. A total of 12 state and federal agencies had varying levels of jurisdiction for the project, some of which had mutually exclusive charters. Our team was able to negotiate compromises and find solutions that met the desires of all entities and ensured the long-term success of the Station.

In addition to development projects, JLL’s Metro DC Agency Leasing team worked to secure tenants in the new and improved spaces, and the Capital Markets team managed financing and investment.

The $170 million redevelopment program took almost five years from inception to completion and was delivered on time and budget. With the restoration of its architecture, the reintroduction of train and metro service and its wide variety of retail, dining and entertainment offerings, Union Station now attracts people in large numbers and has been re-established as a vital urban center.

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