Garage where Deep Throat revealed secrets to be demolished

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Garage Where Deep Throat Revealed Secrets To Be Demolished

It helped take down President Richard Nixon, and now, it's being taken down. The parking garage where the mysterious informant known as Deep Throat provided secrets about the Watergate scandal will be demolished.

Garage where Deep Throat revealed secrets to be demolished
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: A man walks past the entrance of the parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held late night meetings with Deep Throat, his Watergate source who later turned out to be Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 official, August 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. A property developer plans to demolish the 60s era office building and the underground garage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: People walk out of the parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held late night meetings with Deep Throat, his Watergate source who later turned out to be Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 official, August 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. A property developer plans to demolish the 60s era office building and the underground garage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: A historical marker stands next to the entrance of the parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held late night meetings with Deep Throat, his Watergate source who later turned out to be Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 official, August 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. A property developer plans to demolish the 60s era office building and the underground garage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, VA - AUGUST 27: A view of the inside of the parking garage where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward held late night meetings with Deep Throat, his Watergate source who later turned out to be Mark Felt, the FBI's former No. 2 official, August 27, 2013 in Arlington, Virginia. A property developer plans to demolish the 60s era office building and the underground garage. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - JULY 19: Journalist Bob Woodward is interviewed at the screening of 'All The President's Men' at the Tribeca Cinemas on July 19, 2005 in New York City. (Photo by Brad Barket/Getty Images)
A historical note marks parking spot D32 on August 19, 2011 in a parking garage in the Rosslyn neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia, where Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward met in secret with his source 'Deep Throat' (Senior FBI official Mark Felt) as Woodward investigated former US President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal in 1972 and 1973. The scandal ultimately lead to Nixon's resignation in 1974. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
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WUSA9 reports, "The Arlington County Board has now voted to demolish the garage and replace it with a 28-story residential tower and 24-story commercial building."

Of course, the garage is where Washington Post reporter, Bob Woodward, met the source -- then known as Deep Throat -- in the early 1970s during the Watergate scandal, chronicled in the movie "All The President's Men." Former F.B.I. agent Mark Felt revealed himself as Deep Throat in 2005.

The Post wrote of the tear-down news, "One of the most historic journalism sites of the past half-century will soon vanish."

​The project has been in the works for some time, but the decision was officially made Saturday. It is certainly the destruction of an incredibly significant structure, but it's also a significant structure that was chosen for its unimportance.

Felt picked the garage because it was anonymous. He was the second-highest official in the FBI at the time, and told Vanity Fair in his 2005 reveal that the garage offered a dark venue with a clear view of potential intruders.

Now, the spot could offer good news for Rossalyn, Virginia, where it's located. The Post also notes that the local county board seems excited about the construction, saying that the new buildings will bring affordable housing and office and retail space.

WJLA reports, "Developers plan to replace the 60s-era complex with a mixed-use development. A marker noting the location's historical significance will remain."

The landowner has also promised to construct some kind of memorial to the events at the site. The garage is scheduled to be demolished no earlier than January of 2017. This year marks the 40th anniversary of President Nixon leaving the White House following the scandal.
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