ALEXANDRIA, VA—Akridge’s pending purchase of 2800 Eisenhower Ave. is the latest sign of stepped up interest in the Carlyle submarket. For the past year, ever since the National Science Foundation announced it would take 660,848 square feet in 2017 here, interest by companies either connected to the government agency or hoping to capitalize on the renewed energy in Carlyle have been making inquiries and investments in the submarket, according to Stephanie Landrum, EVP and COO of the Alexandria Economic Development Partnership.

It is a repeat, in fact, to the wave of development that followed the Patent and Trademark Office when it moved to Alexandria some twenty years ago, she tells “In 20 years this area has been transformed from a former railroad yard, landfill and several auto uses into a new city,” Landrum says.

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