WASHINGTON, DC-First Transit, a public sector provider oftransit services, has signed a long-term lease for 32,501 squarefeet of space at 1710 17th St., NE here. The company is doublingits space requirements as it services the city’s Circulator Buscontract, according to Newmark Knight Frank principal LisaBenjamin, who represented First Transit in the transaction.

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The tenant is moving from Prince George’s County to occupy theDC-based facility, she tells GlobeSt.com. Nordlinger InvestmentCorp. owns the asset and was represented by John Uhar of Uhar &Co. The lease terms were around $12 per square foot.

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Located on 2.1 acres, the building will be used asoffice/flex/maintenance space. First Transit liked the space andits additional acreage because it will be able to park its busesthere and offer employee parking, Benjamin says.

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The building was configured in the early 1990s into a two-storyoffice layout with three drive-in bays. It also has a separatetwo-bay oversized repair garage of 2,230 square feet.

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Industrial space--or even office/flex--is becoming moredifficult to find in the District, largely because most of it hasbeen re-zoned for higher-density use such as retail or residential.This particular building did not remain empty after its previoustenant, Brinks Security, vacated, Benjamin notes. “In fact wescurried to get them out in time for First Transit.”

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