Plans are moving forward for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency’s Office of Information Technology headquarters to lease space in Loudoun County.
The deal, part of an agreement between the Loudoun County government and American Real Estate Partners, is for 445,000 square feet of office space at Quantum Park along Loudoun County Parkway, near the Ashburn Silver Line Metro station.
The proposed 15-year lease would consolidate CBP’s Northern Virginia OIT offices and more than 3,700 CBP engineers, technicians, scientists and support personnel at the Loudoun office campus. The agreement to work with American Real Estate Partners, which owns the American Square at Quantum Park property, is subject to formal approval by the Loudoun Board of Supervisors.
The 126-acre Quantum Park campus, the former home of MCI/Worldcom, contains 1.9 million square feet of office in 12 buildings and also houses Verizon Business.
Under the deal, AREP will make $179 million in improvements to the facility, including build out of the existing space and a new wing. The improvements are expected to be completed in time for the agency to move in 2020, when the Silver Line will begin operations in Loudoun.
Federal Aviation Administration and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security already have a significant presence in the county, along with numerous federal government contractors.
The Silver Line extension played an important role in the General Services Administration’s evaluation of the site as the project required transit-accessible office space.
“The consolidation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection OIT in Loudoun is a continued fulfillment of the vision that the Board of Supervisors had in 2012 when we voted to extend the Silver Line to Ashburn,” stated Supervisor Matt Letourneau (R-Dulles) in the announcement. “CBP will help spur additional commercial development along our Silver Line corridor, creating opportunities for thousands of Loudoun residents closer to home and helping to ensure our continued economic growth, which has led Virginia over the past several years.”
As part of the agreement, the Board of Supervisors will provide lease assistance to the GSA at terms consistent with other GSA agreements in the area. The agreement will be considered by the Board of Supervisors at a future business meeting.