US Army Corp, Customs to Join GSA at 1WTC
Al Barbarino Dec. 10, 2013, 7:30 a.m.
The US Army Corp of Engineers and the US Customs and Border Protection agency will reportedly share the General Services Administration space at 1 World Trade Center.
The agencies will occupy 270,000 square feet of space and plan to move into the tower in 2015, according to a report that first appeared in the New York Post.
The three million square-foot tower is just over 50 percent leased, the balance going to China’s Beijing Vantone, which took 200,000 feet; and Condé Nast, widely regarded as the tenant that set the ball in motion at the tower – and to some degree in the Downtown area at-large – as its largest tenant, with more than 1.1 million square feet.
“Everybody has referred to the Condé Nast deal as a game changer, and it really was,” Douglas Durst of The Durst Organization, co-owner of the tower with the Port Authority, told The Commercial Observer last month. “It really showed that 1 World Trade Center was an office building—it was an office building that someone besides the government would want to rent space in, and it showed that there was a tremendous vitality to Downtown Manhattan.”
Mr. Durst suggested there’s more to come.
“We’re already in discussions with a number of other tenants in the design business and its ancillary to Condé Nast,” he said. “I’ll have something to announce shortly.”
The Durst Organization declined further comment. The GSA did not immediately return calls seeking comment, though an official announcement from the agency is expected.