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Famous site in history of journalism to vanish

WASHINGTON — One of the most historic journalism sites of the past half-century will soon vanish, after a decision by the Arlington County Board on Saturday to demolish the building and parking garage where FBI official Mark Felt secretly met with Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward during the Watergate investigation.

The Arlington County Board unanimously agreed to allow Monday Properties to replace their two 12-story, 1960s-era buildings on Wilson Boulevard in Rosslyn, Va., with a 28-story residential tower and a 24-story commercial building.

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The parking garage beneath the existing building will be razed, although the county will save the historical marker it erected in 2011, and the landowner has promised to create a commemorative memorial to the events that occurred there.

The plans for demolition became public 10 months ago. The developer said the design process will take another two years, with demolition no earlier than January 2017.

In addition to the residential high-rise, the project will bring 513,004 square feet of office space with 11,131 square feet of ground-floor retail space, said Tim Helmig, president and chief executive of Monday Properties. Helmig said his family considers their property’s brush with history ‘‘neat.’’

Parking spot 32D inside the ground-level garage is where Felt, who was dubbed ‘‘Deep Throat’’ by a Washington Post editor, provided Woodward with information that exposed the Nixon administration’s obstruction of the FBI’s Watergate investigation.

Felt, the second-highest official in the FBI, chose the garage as a secure location and met with the little-known reporter in the dark of night six times between October 1972 and November 1973. The Watergate scandal resulted in President Nixon’s resignation in 1974.

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