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Update: Corcoran Gallery May Be Eyeing a Move to Waterfront

Washington City Paper report says arts institution may move from its 17th Street and New York Avenue location, possibly to Alexandria. However, The Washington Post reports that rumor is "unfounded."

The Corcoran Gallery of Art is considering selling its home in downtown Washington, D.C., with an eye on Alexandria, reports Washington City Paper.

The school's board is scheduled to vote on a plan to put the Corcoran's Beaux-Arts building up for sale.

Two City Paper sources independently mentioned Alexandria's waterfront as one possible site for the Corcoran's relocation, should its board vote to sell, according to the article.

The Washington Post reported on Monday afternoon that the Corcoran's board plans to seek authorization from the institution's board of trustees to hire real estate brokers to test the market for selling the building and to look for more affordable locations in the metro area.

Corcoran officials told the Post: "No jurisdiction or neighborhood has an inside track on attracting the Corcoran."

Corcoran President and Director Fred Bollerer told Post reporters that the rumor that the Corcoran is headed to Alexandria is unfounded.

The development of Alexandria's waterfront is currently being discussed by City Council and members of the community. in January in favor of the city's plan to redevelop its riverside.

It's unclear at this time where the Corcoran would be housed should it decide to move to the waterfront, although The Washington Post could sell its much-discussed buildings located on the waterfront, among other options.

Calls by Patch to the Corcoran were not immediately returned.

Boyd Walker June 05, 2012 at 04:29 PM
If I remember correctly, the Waterfront plan only calls for Museum space of 5000 Sq. Ft. which would not be nearly enough for the Corcoran. The Torpedo Factory has about 70,000 Sq. ft. of space. Museums are not restricted under the current zoning, and since we have no idea what there actual needs are I think it is a little to soon to presume that they are interested in a particular site. If the zoning does pass, I doubt there would be any incentive for a major museum like the Corcoran to move to the Waterfront as it was not the preffered option in the plan. Also, the GenOn site is currently zoned industrial, and was not included the in the Waterfront plan, so we already know that will be a seperate process. This is exactly the kind of alternaitve we would of liked to see explored to begin with, and a zoning change is not necessary for a Museum. If the zoning challenge that the city is litigating now is dropped each site would have to come forward with a plan, which I believe would give us more flexibiity and more opportunity to explore different options. Sayhing that the zoning must be passed so we can have a museum does not add up.
Deena de Montigny June 05, 2012 at 05:36 PM
The Corcoran would not consider storing artwork in the flood plain of the Potomac River. An ideal site for the museum would be near a metro, have a lot of parking space and be in a museum hub. However, it would be desirable to have the museum in Alexandria if a suitable site could be provided.
Kay June 05, 2012 at 06:56 PM
So this must be the "New York" museum Sean Holihan was talking about last night at the debate. He really is not a long time resident of Alexandria is he? And yet he is running for City Council?
NoBS June 05, 2012 at 07:16 PM
Corcoran GROUP is in NYC. Corcoran MUSEUM is in DC. If we got both, we'd be golden.
Gina Baum June 06, 2012 at 02:00 AM
Welcome to Old Town -- the opponents of the Waterfront Plan wanted a museum now at the mere speculation of one -- they are against it. Here we go again. Theses people are against anything and everything...this proves it.

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