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maddezmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-23-07 03:57 AM
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Iraq plans to renovate (US) embassy, buy mansion ($5.8 mil)
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Edited on Fri Feb-23-07 04:15 AM by maddezmom
Envoy says rebuilding is part of recovery


WASHINGTON Iraq may be facing a deadly civil war, but the Iraqi government is initiating major, costly repairs to its diplomatic building in Washington, D.C., and expanding its real estate holdings here.

The latest Iraqi government purchase for its U.S. mission is a $5.8 million mansion at 3421 Massachusetts Ave. NW in Observatory Circle, across the street from Vice President Dick Cheney's official residence. The three-story, 1920 Tudor-style structure, with more than 7,000 square feet, will serve as temporary embassy during renovations to its fading Dupont Circle mission. Plans are to turn the Dupont Circle building into a cultural center for the exhibition of Iraqi art.

The mansion comes with bright skylights, inset lighting fixtures, a top-floor kitchenette with a built-in espresso machine, new hardwood floors and soft pistachio carpeting up the winding stairs. There are heated floors, a firefighting system, speakers for music throughout the building, and spacious bathrooms, one with a Jacuzzi.

"We have bathrooms coming out of our ears," said Iraqi Ambassador Samir Sumaidaie, inspecting the new digs.

more;http://www.sun-sentinel.com/business/realestate/sfl-air...

Bet the Iraqis back home really appreciate the Gov't new digs in DC. :eyes:
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