The two firms had been in the permitting and design process forwell over a year. The only missing data was whether their proposeddevelopment would house the Department of Justice. Without thelease, Firstenberg says, the development still would have goneforward, but with only one office building, the proposedresidential component and the 50,000-sf Harris Teetergrocery store—Noma's first.


Groundbreaking will be held on Tuesday, Firstenberg says. "Weexpect to make another announcement on another use at thattime."


The first phase of the project will include both TwoConstitution Square and One Constitution Square for a total of 1.6million sf. One Constitution Square will have 340,000 sf of officespace, a residential building with 440 apartment units, and 80,000sf of retail space including the Harris Teeter store. The finalphases of Constitution Square will include an additional 400,000-sfoffice building and an additional residential building withapproximately 500 units. The seven-acre complex will cover anentire city block bounded by M Street, N Street, 1st Street, andthe New York Avenue Metro Station. Both office buildings are beingdesigned by HOK Architects. Clark Construction Group is the generalcontractor.

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