What to do with dying suburban office buildings? Turn them into schools
By some measures, the office market in Northern Virginia is as bad as it’s been in 25 years.
Few companies are expanding and those that are increasingly choose from a small pool of buildings that are within walking distance of public transit, restaurants and other amenities.
Other building owners are weighing whether they should lower rents, wait until demand picks up or — if things get really bad — consider futures for their office buildings other than as office buildings. Among the possible escape clauses one might consider: turning those old office buildings into schools.
About 700 students elementary students began classes last month at 6245 Leesburg Pike, a retrofitted office building in Falls Church. It’s a unique project in a lot of ways but it may not be for long. . . .
|Students in a hybrid theater-library space at Baileys Crossroads Upper Elementary. (Courtesy Cooper Carry)|