Head: The C-China building at 568 Candler Street in Bethesda went from being a large office building to being a walking and bicycling trail. The building, at 240,000 square feet, was bought for $62 million in 2010 by developer Thomas Sorkin.
Heading: Bicycling: The new path was widened to 1,000 feet with the addition of a white stripe.
Working: The office rents starting at $39 per square foot, for space ranging from 500 to 1,600 square feet. When it opens in 2015, a rooftop amenity area will include rooftop bar, lounge and games.
Heading: Walking: The trail was built on the northeast corner of the C-China property, featuring brickwork and red pavement.
Work: An October unveiling of the trail was done with over 250 local business representatives.
Sorkin: “Working with the city and state helped us to preserve the old [building] — and we appreciate it” Sorkin told Washington Business Journal in an interview.
Washington Business Journal: “The renovation of these buildings provided the city with a unique opportunity to present increased, regional and bike-accessible leisure and fitness options.”
D.C. Department of the Environment: “If you live in the district, you’ll want to use the trail. It’s easy access.”
This article was co-written by Tom Arnold.