Friday, August 21, 2009

A Couple Quick Items

- In yesterday's Real Estate Bisnow, there were two stories about Southwest. The first was an office building sale - 500 12th Street, which is located across from The Portals complex, was sold to a pension fund by Prudential Real Estate. 500 12th Street is fully leased to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The second story was about the increase in contracting by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), whose headquarters is located along Independence Avenue. The increase in government contracts (over $1 billion worth) has caused an increase in demand for office space near the FAA by contractors, such as Apptis, who will occupy nearly 15,000 SF of space at 370 L'Enfant Promenade.

- JDLand found out which boat operators will be permitted to use the new public pier at Diamond Teague Park, located near Nationals Park at the Capitol Riverfront. Most of the operators are currently based at the Gangplank Marina along the Southwest Waterfront. They include: Entertainment Cruises, which runs the Seadog speedboat (pictured above), the Miss Ann, the U.S.S. Sequoia (former presidential yacht), and Capital Yacht Charters. Water taxi service to the ballpark most likely won't start until next year, but these boat operators can offer charter service to the new pier. Do any of you plan on using any of these charters for an outing to a Nats game?

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