Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has his sights set on Washington, D.C., where he wants to open a new "ultra-luxury" hotel inside of the historic Old Post Office Pavilion, The Washington Post reported last week.
The hotel would be opened as part of the Trump Hotel Collection, which currently has properties in Chicago, Las Vegas, Hawaii, Panama and New York — where it has two hotels — with another hotel slated to open this year in Toronto. It would include nearly 300 guest rooms, a large ballroom or conference room, a spa and a museum gallery dedicated to the building's history leading into the building's signature clock tower. The building's exterior façade would be preserved, as would its original doors, hallways and interior features.
"The Old Post Office building is an iconic building in Washington, D.C., and a spectacular opportunity for redevelopment," Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, told The Washington Post. "Preserving the architectural integrity of this great asset should be fundamental to all plans."
Located on Pennsylvania Avenue between the White House and the Capitol, the Old Post Office building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, but recently was deemed "under-utilized" by the General Services Administration (GSA), which began soliciting redevelopment proposals for the property in March.
While the GSA's deadline for proposals was July 20, it's unclear when — or if — a decision will be made, as the GSA sought similar solicitations in 2005, according to The Washington Post, but later canceled it.