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Peace Corps To Move To 173K SF In NoMa

One Constitution Square at 1275 First St. NE in NoMa

NoMa has lured another federal agency away from D.C.'s more established office submarkets. 

The General Services Administration announced Monday it signed a 173K SF lease to relocate the Peace Corps to NoMa's One Constitution Square.

The agency plans to move from 1111 20th St. NW in 2019. Its new home will be renamed the Paul D. Coverdell Peace Corps Headquarters, after a former U.S. senator and Peace Corps director. 

"The new, modern headquarters will enhance our agency's efficiency and productivity," Peace Corps CEO Sheila Crowley said. "The move to a green, thoughtfully configured space will allow our dedicated staff to better serve the public and fulfill the Peace Corps' mission of promoting world peace and friendship." 

StonebridgeCarras, in partnership with Walton Street Capital, developed the 350K SF office building at 1275 First St. NE in 2010, part of Constitution Square's first phase. The final phase of the complex is under development and will house the Department of Justice, which in 2015 signed on for 839K SF at Three and Four Constitution Square, consolidating four of its East End offices. The DOJ also pre-leased the 600K SF Two Constitution Square in 2008, kicking off construction on the complex. 

NoMa landed two other federal agencies in the last year at Trammell Crow's Sentinel Square complex. The GSA in October 2016 signed a lease to move the Federal Election Commission from an East End office to a 100K SF space at Sentinel Square II. In December 2016 it decided to move the Federal Communications Commission from Southwest D.C. to Sentinel Square III, allowing the developer to break ground on the 570K SF building once a lawsuit with the agency's former landlord is settled.