Three Agencies Will Move Offices to One World Trade Center

GSA said the lease will help the federal government reduce its overall real estate needs in Manhattan.

The final section of the spire sits on top of One World Trade Center on May 10, 2013 in New York after it was fully installed on the building's roof.
National Journal
Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
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Charles S. Clark, Government Executive
Dec. 11, 2013, 5:54 a.m.

As part of a long-planned ef­fort to keep a fed­er­al pres­ence in the New York City areas dam­aged in the 2001 ter­ror­ist at­tacks, of­fices from three agen­cies will move in­to the re­con­struc­ted World Trade Cen­ter, the Gen­er­al Ser­vices Ad­min­is­tra­tion an­nounced on Tues­day.

New York of­fices for the U.S. Army Corps of En­gin­eers and Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion, as well as GSA’s own re­gion­al headquar­ters have signed GSA-ne­go­ti­ated 20-year leases to re­lo­cate in 2015 to floors 50-55 of One World Trade Cen­ter. Owned by the Port Au­thor­ity, it is the tallest tower in the West­ern Hemi­sphere.

“We are ex­cited to re­turn to the World Trade Cen­ter Com­plex, which fed­er­al agen­cies have been a part of since 1973,” GSA Ad­min­is­trat­or Dan Tangher­lini said in a state­ment. “From the day that the Port Au­thor­ity star­ted plan­ning re­con­struc­tion, the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment com­mit­ted to re­main­ing an im­port­ant part of this build­ing and the re­devel­op­ment of Lower Man­hat­tan.”

GSA said the lease will help the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment re­duce its over­all real es­tate needs in Man­hat­tan. To pre­pare for the move, it will of­fer gov­ern­ment-owned space at the Jac­ob K. Javits Fed­er­al Build­ing in Man­hat­tan to oth­er ten­ants in the re­gion, help­ing to re­duce leased space.

Fed­er­al law­makers from the area ex­pressed de­light with the moves. “I once again ap­plaud GSA and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment for com­mit­ting to the re­build­ing of Lower Man­hat­tan,” said Sen. Chuck Schu­mer, D-N.Y. “After 9/11, many wondered if down­town would be­come a ghost town, but it has flour­ished with new res­id­ents, stores and busi­nesses.”

Ad­ded Rep. Jer­rold Nadler, D-N.Y.: “1 WTC will stand as a sym­bol that our great city and our great na­tion will nev­er be de­feated by those who seek to des­troy our way of life. Ap­pro­pri­ately, 1 WTC will be one of the world’s finest and most se­cure new of­fice build­ings and will house im­port­ant of­fices of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment.”

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