New Whitman-Walker project on 14th Street has a name: Liz

WASHINGTON — The new Whitman-Walker Health System-anchored development on 14th Street Northwest is now officially known as “Liz.”

The blocklong development at 14th and R streets Northwest is a seven-floor project that includes 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and cultural space. Four floors will comprise 78 apartments, and an additional 60,000 square feet across two floors is office space.

Whitman-Walker will occupy the second floor for its staff, legal services, public benefits and research programs.

Liz also includes outdoor space with public art and seating areas.

The project is a joint venture between Whitman-Walker and Fivesquares Development.

The name pays homage to Elizabeth Taylor. The actress and HIV/AIDS activist helped finance the original Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center on 14th Street, which opened 25 years ago.

“We are furthering our commitment to the neighborhood and celebrating our mission [in] a meaningful and sustainable way,” said Whitman-Walker chief executive Don Blanchon.

“Liz will give us a unique opportunity to generate resources to support and expand services for many generations to come.”

The development also preserves two historical structures — the former Elizabeth Taylor Medical Center building and the Belmont Garage.

Jeff Clabaugh

Jeff Clabaugh has spent 20 years covering the Washington region's economy and financial markets for WTOP as part of a partnership with the Washington Business Journal, and officially joined the WTOP newsroom staff in January 2016.

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