Apple Receives Federal Approvals for Carnegie Library

Saturday October 21, 2017

Recent approval by the National Capital Planning Commission, as reported in the Washington Business Journal in early October, along with approval by unanimous consent of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts during its October 19 meeting, have cleared the way for a year-long construction project at Carnegie Library that will result in the late-2018 co-location of a flagship Apple store alongside The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., which will continue to operate its museum in a portion of the historic building owned by Events DC.

Additional regulatory, historical and environmental due diligence resulted in a Finding of No Significant Impact pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act; and a multi-party Memorandum of Agreement pursuant to Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act that has been executed and filed with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.

The rehabilitation of Carnegie Library in support of Apple’s tenancy will result in an important new amenity to the Mount Vernon Triangle community, attracting thousands of visitors who will be steps away from the approximately 60 restaurants and retailers in the MVT CID. The project will also serve to create even stronger connections among the Mount Vernon Triangle, downtown East End and Shaw neighborhoods, further strengthening the retail growth and business opportunities that are flourishing at the center of our vibrant city. This will add an exciting new retail, cultural, entertainment and civic destination for the growing number of residents and consumers that exist within our community.

What’s more, the building’s current tenant, the Historical Society of Washington, DC, will benefit from both the added exposure that Apple’s tenancy will generate in addition to building-wide infrastructure upgrades (funded by Apple) that will update the Historical Society’s space to museum-level standards. This will ensure that the Historical Society’s operations are sustained, and that its collections are preserved, so that the District’s rich cultural history can continue to be enjoyed for many years to come.