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(Crystal Proenza is associate editor of Real Estate Florida.)

HOMESTEAD, FL-A 30,000-square-foot class A office building has been delivered to the local market to serve as the new regional enforcement and observation location for the US Drug Enforcement Administration. The high-security office building will replace an older facility approximately half that size in Key Largo, says Greg Barton, vice president with Genesis Financial Group Inc., which owns the DEA’s new location.

The two-story building, located at 3611 Alex Muxo Blvd., was designed and constructed by San Diego-based KMA Architecture & Engineering. The structure has been built out with high-security measures for anti-terror force protection, including an indoor parking garage. The tenant is already occupying the space, which contains 6,000 square feet on the first floor left unfinished for future expansion, says Barton.

“KMA’s experience in government projects proved valuable in helping us understand the nature of the DEA’s work and the organization’s building requirements,” says Don Blair, president of KMA. “We were able to deliver a building that was both high quality and high security.”

KMA’s past federal government projects have included work for the Army Corps of Engineers, General Services Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense. Meridian Construction was the general contractor, and Associates in Architecture and Planning served as the associate architect.

The DEA has a 15-year lease with Genesis Financial, a Michigan-based real estate firm that focuses on federal government agencies. Genesis currently owns and manages 70 US government buildings within 25 states. The DEA project is the firm’s first in Florida.

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