Washington, D.C., May 24, 2007… The Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) will move its headquarters to the rapidly developing NoMA (North of Massachusetts Avenue) neighborhood of Washington, D.C. in August 2008, under a 144,000 rentable square foot (RSF) ten-year lease signed today by the General Services Administration (GSA) with Bristol Group, Inc. (BGI) of San Francisco, California. BGI owns the building, One NoMA Station at 131 M Street, N.E.The ownership was represented in the lease transaction by David Alperstein and Joe Delogu of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Government Investor Services team. GSA was represented by Bill Craig and Alexis Wise of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Public Institutions Group. By the time EEOC employees relocate from their current leased space at 1801 L St., N.W. in mid-2008, over 12,000 square feet of retail amenities will be open in the building or on the next block, two new Class A office buildings will have delivered and nearly four million square feet of new office, residential, hotel and retail space will be under construction. BGI runs a shuttle bus for building users between NoMA Station and Union Station, which has more than 100 shops and restaurants. The NoMA neighborhood is approximately eight blocks from the U.S. Capitol and is served by a multi-modal transportation hub at Union Station, including Metrorail and Amtrak service.
“The EEOC lease is a very significant step forward for NoMA, helping to pave the way for the additional public and private office tenants who will occupy millions of square feet of new Class A office space here over the next three to five years,” said Andrew Pellman, Project Manager for BGI. “NoMA provides a business location just north of the U.S. Capitol with excellent transportation access and office space that is less costly than space in the Central Business District.”
The 412,000 square foot One NoMA Station building was NoMA’s first new office building in five years when it delivered in 2005. BGI conducted a full base building renovation on the old Woodward and Lothrop warehouse building, originally built in 1939, transforming it to a Class A office environment. The façade was restored to its original appearance, and the building’s landmark water tower was retained and restored. One NoMA Station, just steps away from the New York Avenue Metrorail station, offers such unusual architectural features as natural daylight on all four sides, tall windows and ceiling heights, and large floor plates. The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) occupies about 60,000 square feet in the building. The One NoMA Station site has additional undeveloped land; the site is capable of supporting in excess of 1.7 million square feet of additional development.
BGI is a founding member of the NoMA Business Improvement District (BID), which supports the emergence of NoMa as one of the District’s most exciting mixed-use neighborhoods. Through a special assessment collected from NoMA’s commercial property owners, the BID will help make NoMA safe, clean, and attractive for businesses, residents, and visitors.
“We are excited to welcome EEOC to NoMA, where their office neighbors will include the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), CNN, XM Satellite Radio, CareFirst, and others,” said Elizabeth Price, President of the NoMA BID. ” The EEOC lease will bring 500 new employees to NOMA, joining ATF’s 1,500 employees and visitors who will be moving in this summer. With five residential and hotel projects breaking ground this year, they will soon be joined by residents and visitors and the retail amenities that come with large-scale, mixed-use development.”
The NoMA BID is bounded generally by Massachusetts Avenue on the south, North Capitol Street on the west, and Q and R Streets on the north; it also extends eastward just beyond the CSX/Metrorail tracks. Centrally located within the BID is the New York Avenue Metro Station, situated near the new ATF headquarters building. The BID’s office is at One NoMa Station, 131 M Street, N.E. For more information about the BID, including a map, see the BID Website at www.nomabid.com.