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Two District agencies to move

D.C. Public Schools and the Department of the Environment will have new digs come February, when they lease space in an office building on top of the New York Avenue Metro station in Northeast's NoMA neighborhood, the city's Department of Real Estate Services announced Wednesday afternoon.

DRES director Robin-Eve Jasper said in a statement that the move to 1200 First St. NE will reduce the amount of space the agencies occupy by at least 20 percent. The relocation is also part of a larger strategy to trim the District's portfolio of leased space. Officials project that the city will vacate about 170,000 square feet of leased space in the current fiscal year, resulting in a savings it described only as "millions of dollars."

DDOE now operates from two sites, including 51 N St. NE, and the move will bring the agency under one roof.

DCPS' lease at 825 North Capital St. NE expired in August. There had been discussion about moving the system's central office operation, which has been reduced by budget cuts and layoffs under Chancellor Michelle A. Rhee, into a surplus school building. Financial projections included in a June 2008 "DCPS Strategic Planning Update" estimated that DCPS could save as much as $28 million over four years with such a move.

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By Bill Turque  |  December 16, 2009; 4:56 PM ET
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Yes, heaven forbid DCPS move into a building the city already owns. Heaven forbid we try to save $28 million dollars. I mean that's only the cost of how many teachers? Oh wait....maybe they didn't want to save that money after all. The money savings was never the goal. The Council should force city agencies to stay in property the city ALREADY OWNS!!!!! Why we lease anything is beyond me.

Posted by: scinerd1 | December 16, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

With all the school buildings that have been closed, there's no reason why DCPS shouldn't renovate oen of them and move in so they don't have to lease ANY space. Of course, this makes too much fiscal sense and too fiscally responsible for Rhee and Fenty to consider. We're being taken for a ride by these two thieves.

Posted by: UrbanDweller | December 16, 2009 8:13 PM | Report abuse

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