The Justice Department's long-term goal to house its many offices scattered throughout the District of Columbia under fewer roofs is taking shape.
General Service Administration officials this week confirmed that the Justice Department has signed off on a $250 million, 15-year lease for 521,000 square feet at a building to be ready by 2010 in the emerging "NoMa" sector of the city that is, the area north of Massachusetts Avenue in Northeast D.C.
"This is part of an ongoing consolidation we've undertaken for Justice," says Michael McGill, a GSA spokesman, of the complex to be known as Two Constitution Square at 145 N St. Northeast. More than 1,000 employees are expected to move in from the several DOJ offices and divisions.
McGill said this is the second phase of the consolidation initiative. In 2006, the department entered into another 15-year lease at the Liberty Square building, 450 5th St. N.W., to house sections of the Antitrust and Civil divisions. The Justice Department currently holds more than two dozen leases in the District, where up to 10,000 employees work.