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From the Examiner: "The Fenty administration will spend more than $85 million to purchase a vacant warehouse in Southeast that the government has paid more than $15 million to rent while it has stood unused since mid-2007. Authorization to buy 225 Virginia Ave. was included in the fiscal 2010 Budget Support Act, which won the D.C. Council's unanimous approval Tuesday." And, who will be occupying it? "After the buyout, the building is to be turned over to Bethesda-based developer Stonebridge Carras, which will turn it into the headquarters for the D.C. Child and Family Services Agency, the Office of the Chief Technology Officer and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities." This ends the falderal that's existed around the building since the Williams administration sublet the building in December 2006 with the intention to turn it into the headquarters for the police department. You can browse all my posts about the building if you want to stroll down memory lane.
Also yesterday, the council gave approval to the land transfer from the Feds at Anacostia Park that clears the way for work to begin on the 11th Street Bridges reconstruction project.
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F says: (9/23/09 10:20 AM)
The article goes on to say, "The city will pay off the $85 million in renovation work over 20 years, Madigan said. After two decades, D.C. will finally take ownership."

Why not lease space in one of the many empty commercial buildings in the District instead.


JD says: (9/23/09 10:24 AM)
Because they'd still be paying $500,000 a month in rent for the empty building at 225. This sale was to at least own the building that they're having to pay a fortune for. If they moved those agencies into already leased space elsewhere, they'd still be paying the lease at 225 Virginia.


dcart says: (9/23/09 11:53 AM)
whats the estimate for when these agencies would move in?


JD says: (9/23/09 11:55 AM)
Don't know for sure, but I think there's probably well over a years' worth of construction that would need to be done to make the building occupation-ready.


JM says: (9/23/09 12:01 PM)
Any chance they will re-do the outside of the building? It's an eye sore. Hopefully they can do something to the outside to make it look nice. Ugh.


F says: (9/23/09 2:04 PM)
With a city budget that already has a huge shortfall ($666M), I'm surprised there's a willingness to allocate that much money to an office building.

The city should have persued trying to sublease the space.


JD says: (9/23/09 2:17 PM)
The city spent most of 2008 trying to find someone to take over their sublease, with a Request for Offers released and other such stuff. But there just wasn't any interest.

They're going to sell bonds to cover the purchase cost, so it's not an $85M outlay immediately.


Brandon says: (9/23/09 6:22 PM)
I was hoping the Washington Times would buy it.


notalwaysreliable says: (9/23/09 9:39 PM)
me too - tired of the Post monopoly


F says: (9/23/09 9:48 PM)
A commercial entity would spend more effort fixing it up than the city will.


goober says: (9/24/09 8:07 AM)
Jeez F, r u dense or what? The city got a white elephant years ago and now it's making the best of a bad situation. U should be glad.


F says: (9/24/09 10:02 AM)
The city is throwing good money at a bad investment. Sell it at a discount and cut the loses.

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