City approves construction of District’s first environmentally friendly hotel

The first luxury, eco-friendly hotel in the District received preliminary approval from the D.C. Zoning Commission to construct in Foggy Bottom.

The 1 Hotel, located at 2201 M St., is slated to open its doors by 2010 with about 150 rooms. The U.S. Green Building Council has already awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification to the inn, which will donate 1 percent of its profits to local environmental organizations.

“The design is novel and fresh,” said Gabrielle Kornely, director of marketing for Perseus Realty, which is developing the hotel. She said the inn’s design will be a boon to the neighborhood.

“The general area of the West End is becoming known as a destination for hotels,” Kornely said. “Bringing the 1 Hotel to that corner of 22nd and M streets both enhances the cityscape through good design and reclaims that corner for the neighborhood.”

Several Foggy Bottom residents said they are thrilled about the hotel.

“We’re looking forward to such an innovative property in West End and Foggy Bottom,” said Joy Howell, president of the Foggy Bottom Association, a community group. “We have enjoyed working with the developers as they finalize their plans for the building, and we think it’s going to be a real asset to the neighborhood.”

Elizabeth Elliott, an FBA member, said the hotel’s environmentally friendly goals are exciting. She said the allure of an eco-friendly hotel has become greater as the issue of climate change becomes more prominent.

She said, “We’re excited that it’s going to be a green hotel and it’s got (the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification, and it’s the first LEED certified hotel in the District.”

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