The General Services Administration (GSA) is back in the market with a new office space search for the U.S. State Dept. targeting three area submarkets: Foggy Bottom, the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor and Crystal City/Pentagon City.
In a bit of twist, GSA is seeking to own rather than lease the space, reversing its stance from a previous RFP for this requirement that was called off in January 2013. The new focus on ownership, plus the size of the requirement, is generating a lot of interest in the close-in Northern Virginia office market.
According to a notice posted on FedBizOpps.gov, GSA said it wants to buy existing buildings or a site capable of accommodating between 349,000 square feet and 507,900 square feet of office space as part of a consolidated headquarters for the State Dept.'s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.
To qualify, sites must be within 2,640 walkable linear feet of an existing Metro station and must include specific parking requirements. The Bureau's offices are currently located at 1801 N. Lynn St under a lease that expires July 30, 2018. Savills Studley's Neil Levy and David Lipson are assisting GSA in the office procurement. Looking at Possible Contenders for Big State Dept. Office Requirement
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