Plans unveiled for Dupont's underground
District officials and developers are moving ahead with plans to convert underground tunnels at Dupont Circle into art galleries, restaurants and a winery.
The Arts Coalition for the Dupont Underground, a nonprofit made up of artists, businesses and developers, unveiled Wednesday some of its plans for nearly 100,000-square-feet and will begin lease negotiations with the city soon, officials said. Located about 20 feet below ground, the two parallel tunnels run beneath Connecticut Avenue NW and wrap around each side of the circular park.
Financing for the development would come from a mixture of private donations and restaurant leases.
Most of the white-tiled tunnels underneath Dupont Circle have been vacant since 1962, when trolley service ended. It was used as a fallout shelter until 1975 and a food court, Dupont Down Under, was started in 1996, but failed to catch on and was quickly shuttered.
-- Derek Kravitz
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