The Department of State is responsible for assisting foreign missions with identifying properties on which they may locate and operate chanceries (commonly referred to as embassies) in the United States.
As one of the smallest capital cities in the world, the availability of adequate space for the construction and operation of modern chanceries by foreign missions has been a longstanding challenge in the District of Columbia. In response, pursuant to the International Chancery Act of 1968, Congress authorized the Department of State to undertake the development of the International Chancery Center (ICC), located near the intersection of Connecticut Avenue and Van Ness Street, NW.
The ICC has successfully allowed foreign missions to locate their chanceries in a purpose-built community, which was designed to both address the modern needs of such operations, as well as to mitigate to the extent possible negative impacts such facilities may have, or be perceived to have, with respect to neighboring properties and citizens.
The ICC has proven to be a highly successful model for balancing the Federal government’s need to accommodate foreign missions with the concerns of local citizens about the location and operation of foreign chanceries in the District of Columbia. Because all lots within the ICC are fully assigned, the Department of State is considering establishing a second location for a similar development.
After several years of considering the suitability of other locations throughout the District, the Department of State has concluded that the former WRAMC site presents a viable option for undertaking a development of similar size and scale to the existing ICC.