Seal_of_the_United_States_Department_of_Justice.svgDouglas Wayne DeWeese, 55, of Damascus, Maryland, was sentenced last week to 10 months in prison for theft of property in interstate commerce, along with two years of supervised release and restitution.

DeWeese pleaded guilty on Aug. 20, 2015.  According to court documents, from 2008 through 2012, DeWeese was employed by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as a Transportation Security Officer responsible for inspecting checked bags at Washington-Dulles International Airport.  While on duty, DeWeese stole items and valuables from passengers’ luggage, including electronics, jewelry and currency.  The defendant transported the stolen items from the airport to his home in Maryland.  DeWeese is no longer a TSA employee.

Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; Peter Neffenger, Administrator of the Transportation Security Administration; and Paul M. Abbate, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after sentencing by U.S. District Judge Anthony J. Trenga.  The case was investigated by the Internal Affairs Division of TSA’s Office of Inspection, FBI’s Washington Field Office, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Kimberly R. Pedersen and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney William Glaser are prosecuting the case.

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A low rental rate of $36 per square foot, more than 25% below projected market rents, as well as two years of free rent helped secure the relocation.

Via GlobeSt

Those pleased with the deal include, of course, the building’s owner Eisenhower Real Estate Holdings, LLC, which has been trying to lease the building for several years after the last government tenant departed in 2004 and the building was renovated in 2009.

The City of Alexandria is certainly thrilled. It plans to Eisenhower West Victory Center Redevelopment District because of the bid.

Two Years of Free Rent

The government is thrilled: it is saving a lot of money with the deal — some $95 million over the lease term.

The rental rate is $36 per square foot, according to GSA, which notes is more than 25% below projected market rents. The agreement also provides the government with over $50 million for tenant fit-out costs and other transition-related expenses.

Some back-of-the-envelop math along with another data point the government did not provide in its press release announcing the deal, but did publish in FedBizOpps.gov two days later, suggests that the property owner also threw in about two years of free rent.

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What are your thoughts on the TSA deciding to relocate to Alexandria, Virginia? My Twitter timeline is bursting with virtually the same question from fellow Alexandrians…

As always, feel free to sound off about this topic, or any other topic you want to discuss in the comments below.

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After undertaking a multi-year, regionally competitive process, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) announced today that the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will move its headquarters to Alexandria. The agency’s new offices will be located at the Victory Center, an existing vacant office building owned by an investment fund managed by Prudential Real Estate Investors. With the move, TSA will become the anchor of the west end of the Eisenhower Avenue corridor, a commercial mixed-use neighborhood served by the Van Dorn Metrorail Station. The move is scheduled for 2017, when all new headquarters renovation and construction is completed. Approximately 3,400 employees work at TSA headquarters.

The neighborhoods along Eisenhower Avenue have experienced significant transit-oriented growth over the last decade, due to their proximity to three Metrorail stations. The corridor is increasingly becoming a desirable home for government and private sector headquarters. The TSA will join the National Science Foundation headquarters, currently under construction, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office complex, both located to the east on Eisenhower Avenue in the Carlyle neighborhood.

“GSA’s decision to locate the TSA headquarters at Victory Center is a huge economic boost for Alexandria as a whole, and for the West End in particular,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “The City is working on a small area plan for Eisenhower West that encourages new investment, redevelopment and business activity. TSA will serve as a catalyst, and will add a daytime office population and on-site retail activity to this developing market.”

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An option for the new Eisenhower Avenue hotel and conference center in the Eisenhower East area of Alexandria, VA

Here’s hoping that Hoffman can land the TSA as the Eisenhower Avenue metro area would be a perfect location for them. One thing to note, we told you about the now closed Holiday Inn almost three weeks ago.

Via WBJ

With the new National Science Foundation headquarters under construction, the Hoffman Co. has turned its attention to the pursuit of another federal tenant: the Transportation Security Administration.

Hoffman has proposed to add density and height in the westernmost block of the Hoffman Town Center in order to land the TSA. The General Services Administrationissued a notice in March that it is seeking up to 625,000 square feet for the TSA in Northern Virginia. The agency is currently spread out over five separate buildings, including two in Pentagon City.

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The NSF is scheduled to relocate from Arlington to a 19-story complex at the Alexandria town center in 2016. In addition to the TSA chase, Hoffman also is pursuing a new hotel to serve the foundation and its visitors.

The 659-key hotel would replace the existing 197-room, 101,000-square-foot Holiday Inn on Hoffman’s Block 1. The 4-acre site is located south of Eisenhower Avenue between the westbound Capital Beltway ramp to Telegraph Road and the flyover ramp from the eastbound Beltway to Eisenhower.

The Holiday Inn was constructed in the 1960s. Hoffman proposes to replace it with a 468,100-square-foot hotel and conference center. The hotel would rise to 225 feet, 75 feet taller than the Holiday Inn, and would include a three-level, 706-space below grade parking garage. The conference center would total 50,000 square feet.

The basic blueprint for the proposed hotel is currently under review by the Carlyle/Eisenhower East Design Review Board. Massing and access for both vehicles and pedestrians are the main focus of the DRB, and will ultimately shape how the hotel is designed. Hoffman and its architect, WDG Architecture, have submitted three design options.

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