August 28, 2013 in Nation/World

‘Deep Throat’ parking garage to be razed

Mcclatchy-Tribune
 

WASHINGTON – If walls could talk, even some of Washington’s most inconspicuous buildings would have juicy tales of political history to share. But one – the Rosslyn, Va., parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met his critical Watergate source “Deep Throat” – may soon be history itself.

Real estate firm Monday Properties plans to tear down two office buildings in the Washington suburb of Rosslyn, one of which houses the parking garage that helped take down President Richard Nixon, according to the Washington Business Times. The plan, submitted to Arlington County last week, would redevelop the site into 1 million square feet of residential and commercial space.

Though the company recognizes the historical significance of the garage, Monday Properties executive vice president Tim Helmig said it “is at the end of its useful life, and with the redevelopment the configuration of the garage itself is going to change.”

In 2011, Arlington County placed a historical marker outside the parking garage. Helmig has said that Monday Properties will try to find a way to preserve the legacy of the secret meetings between Woodward and FBI Associate Director Mark Felt.

“We obviously view the whole Watergate situation as a significant event in the history of our country,” he said. “It would be our hope that we preserve that plaque and incorporate it in our redevelopment.”

Those who want to visit the place where Felt leaked information about the White House’s involvement in the Watergate break-in still have time. The site plan process will take several years: Helmig said he does not expect construction work to start until 2016 or 2017.

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