Metro head­quar­ters will move to L’En­fant

The Washington Post Sunday - - COMMUTER -

Af­ter more than four decades at Ju­di­ciary Square, Metro will move its head­quar­ters to L’En­fant Plaza and set up shop in a soon-to-be-ren­o­vated of­fice build­ing, the agency said Tues­day.

That build­ing, at 300 Sev­enth Street SW, is va­cant. If the Metro board ap­proves the pur­chase at a fi­nance com­mit­tee meet­ing next month, the deal could close by the end of the year. Af­ter that, Metro es­ti­mates, there would be two years of re­con­struc­tive and de­sign work be­fore the ma­jor­ity of the agency’s 1,300 of­fice work­ers would move in.

Agency of­fi­cials did not say how much it would cost to buy the build­ing, known as the “Re­porters Build­ing,” or ren­o­vate it. At least part of the cost would be off­set by the sale of Metro’s cur­rent head­quar­ters, the hulk­ing Jack­son Gra­ham Build­ing at Ju­di­ciary Square, which has been val­ued be­tween $56.2 mil­lion and $132 mil­lion.

That site is across the street from Cap­i­tal One Arena and is ex­pected to of­fi­cially be put up for sale in spring 2019.

Metro Gen­eral Man­ager Paul J. Wiede­feld an­nounced ear­lier this year that he in­tended to sell the head­quar­ters rather than deal with the high costs and sig­nif­i­cant dis­rup­tion that would come with re­pair­ing ag­ing plumb­ing, heat­ing, air­con­di­tion­ing and electrical sys­tems. The build­ing also is no longer in com­pli­ance with fire codes and Amer­i­cans With Dis­abil­i­ties Act stan­dards.

“Mov­ing our head­quar­ters to L’En­fant Plaza will make us even more ac­ces­si­ble to our cus­tomers, cre­ate a mod­ern and vi­brant of­fice space that al­lows us to at­tract and re­tain top-flight tal­ent, and gen­er­ate rev­enue to sup­port tran­sit ser­vice,” Wiede­feld said in a state­ment.

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