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Mayor Bowser to Celebrate Completion of the Elle, Downtown DC’s First Major Office-to-Residential Conversion

Wednesday, July 10, 2024

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, July 11 at 11 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will be joined by Downtown DC’s newest residents to celebrate the opening of the Elle apartments, the first large-scale office-to-residential conversion in the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District. During the event, Mayor Bowser will also announce the District’s new “Office to Anything” program, also known as the Central Washington Activation Conversion Program. The Office to Anything program will allow the District to incentivize the repositioning of vacant office buildings for uses such as retail, restaurants, and hotels. 
This transformative redevelopment project, led by Willco, converted the former Vanguard office building and longtime home of the Peace Corps, into a 163-unit residential property with 8,000 square feet of ground-floor retail strategically located in the Golden Triangle. The District has been recognized as a national leader in office-to-residential conversion projects. In addition to the Elle, there are 11 other projects in the development pipeline that will deliver over 2,300 housing units to Downtown DC. 

Thursday, July 11 at 11 am
Mayor Muriel Bowser 
Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie, At-Large 
Nina Albert, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development 
Gary Cohen, President and Chairman, Willco 
Leona Agouridis, President and CEO, Golden Triangle Business Improvement District  
1111 20th Street NW  
*Closest Metro Station: Farragut North Station* 
*Closest Bus Routes: D6, 32, 36*
*Closest Bikeshare Station: 20th & L Streets, NW* 

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]

The 2024 NATO Summit is being held in the District from July 9 to 11. Please plan ahead to avoid road closures and delays in Downtown DC. For more information, visit

The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment will provide a live feed of this event. To view the event, visit, tune in on Channel 16 (DCN), or watch on Mayor Bowser’s Facebook or X.  

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