According to last week’s permits demolition is set to begin at the former Marrakesh site at 617 New York Ave NW. The restaurant closed in September 2012 and the property was sold to Douglas Development in March 2013 for $12.75 million. The raze permit indicates Douglas Development will demolish the majority of the structure leaving only the principal historic facade and elements intact.
I would presume these buildings are part of the assemblage for the massive spec office building we reported Douglas had in the works back in 2012. But they own nearly the entirety of the block and at one point were planning both an office building and a residential building.