According to the Washington Business Journal, a site at the intersection of South Capitol and M streets is one of the three under consideration by the GSA to relocate the Department of Labor headquarters. The current headquarters building is located at 200 Constitution Avenue NW. GSA is looking for a site that can accommodate between 850,000 and 1.4 million SF of space for the new DoL headquarters. In addition to South Capitol & M streets, the other two sites are located in NoMa and Poplar Point. While the GSA lists the SW site as “Capitol Riverfront,” it is technically within the SW BID. The site is currently occupied by a parking lot and a 7-Eleven and is owned by Vornado. Previously, the parking lot was an office building before it was demolished several years ago. The parking lot is currently being used by The View at Waterfront for parking since construction of two new residential buildings are currently underway on their parking lots.
If the South Capitol and M streets site is selected, it would be the second federal headquarters to be located on the M Street corridor - the Department of Transportation headquarters is located at M and 3rd streets, SE. It would also be the first federal headquarters building in Southwest located south of the freeway.
|Building which used to occupy intersection of Half & M streets.|
A contract will be awarded next month to evaluate the three sites in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and the public will have the opportunity to comment during this phase. There is no timetable for when the preferred site is selected or when construction would begin.
This post will be updated when more information is available.
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