WASHINGTON — The General Services Administration has narrowed the list of possible sites for a new Department of Labor headquarters to three potential D.C. sites: NoMa, Capitol Riverfront or Poplar Point.
GSA began a search for a new Labor Department headquarters last fall. The department needs 850,000 to 1.4 million square feet of rentable space, and is willing to swap the current headquarters with a developer for a new one.
The Labor Department’s headquarters, at 200 Constitution Avenue NW, was built more than 40 years ago and is in need of costly infrastructure upgrades. It is still a valuable piece of real estate, sitting on about 12 acres of prime downtown D.C. land.
“The Department of Labor is in need of a new, up to date, workplace and GSA is enlisting the help of the market to determine the best option to finance this project,” said Norman Dong, Public Buildings Service commissioner.
“This is an exciting opportunity to shape the future of a large site near the (National) Mall and Capitol (and) we look forward to addressing the Department of Labor’s workplace modernization opportunities,” Dong said.
The three specific sites are:
-The intersection of North Capitol Street and New York Avenue NE.
-M Street and South Capitol Street NW.
-A site in Anacostia at the intersection of Howard Road and Suitland Parkway SE.
Next month, GSA will award a contract to evaluate the three sites, an assessment it will use in determining its options for a new Labor Department headquarters.
There is no timetable for the Labor Department’s eventual relocation.
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