Donald and Ivanka Trump unveil hotel plans for Old Post Office Pavilion in DC

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One sketch of plans for luxury hotel

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka were in D.C. on Tuesday to unveil the latest details about their plans to turn the Old Post Office Pavilion into a luxury hotel. They have a 60-year lease with the federal government.

Tuesday, Ivanka Trump thanked members of the preservation movement who were part of the effort to save the building from demolition in the 1970s.  "Thank you to those many members. you and your work is why we are here today," said Ivanka Trump.

Trump also gave credit to Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton for her work on the Old Post Office Redevelopment Act. "Ivanka is no mere MC before this occasion," said Norton after her big introduction. "I have worked almost exclusively with Ivanka once the Trump organization won this competition. We are pleased to have the Trump organization. These are master developers, but it is their first time in the nation's capital."

Norton later added, "They have put to rest the saga of the Old Post Office Building. We have been trying for literally my entire whole term in Congress to get the development of this iconic, this priceless building in the heart of Washington on Pennsylvania Avenue..."

D.C. Vincent Mayor Gray also attended and spoke at the unveiling. "This is a day that's significant in its own right, but it's even more significant now because after last night's debacle, with the Washington football team, we need something, we need something to lift us up. I want to be able to officially declare that the preseason is over in the District of Columbia," joked Gray.  

He continued, "You know we always have high hopes in this city. We still do but I want to thank the team for taking all the suspense and tension out of the possibility of an undefeated season ... so thank you all so much for taking that opportunity to make sure we're uplifted on a day when this city otherwise would not be."

The mayor then got serious and thanked members who made the hotel development possible. "To be able to convert this historic structure and build it into what will be a magnificent hotel is absolutely an extraordinary contribution to the hospitality development of this city, and again I want to thank the Trump family for taking on this project because it carries the significance not only of this building itself but also helping us to define what the hotel industry and hospitality will be on this end of Pennsylvania Avenue."

Gray says there will be $100 million of tax revenue that will be generated during a 10-year period. There will also be 700 construction jobs during 18 months and then there will be 300 permanent jobs, according to Gray.

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