Owner Looking for New Tenant for 3100 Clarendon

by ARLnow.com March 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm 6,082 68 Comments

With its sole office tenant set to move out by May 2013, the owner of 3100 Clarendon Boulevard is looking for a new occupant.

Floors 2 to 14 of the 14-story Class A office building are for rent for an asking price of between $44 and $48 per square foot, according to a real estate website. The building offers tenants “direct access to the Clarendon Metro via a below grade walkway from the lobby,” “panoramic views” and a “great signage opportunity,” according to the commercial real estate firm that’s helping to lease it.

The ground floor of the building has retail tenants like Mister Days and Mad Rose Tavern.

As reported in September 2010, the Defense Intelligence Agency will be moving out of the building by May 2013, in favor of a leafy, tech-oriented office park in Reston. That is leaving nearly 215,000 square feet of prime Clarendon real estate open for new potential office tenants.

The new tenants can move in as early as July 2013, according to the real estate listing.

Flickr pool photo by wfyurasko

  • geezer

    So no more guards with machine guns mingling with the drunks from Mister Days? how boring.
    Perhaps they can re-open the underground metro access to the public like it was pre 9/11.

    • SMGs and assault rifles are not machine guns…newb

      • geezer

        well pardon the f#$% out of me….nerd

        • Eric

          geezer is cooler than awh hells bells. i am neutral i do not know either one of you.

      • Curious George

        Actually any select fire weapon is considered a machine gun by ATF.

        • nom de guerre

          If it is designed to fire pistol cartridges it is called a submachine gun. I believe this is the type that the guards are sporting at the entrance to the DIA garage .

          • I’m glad to hear someone else has a keen eye.

          • nom de guerre


      • Josh S

        My guess is you are pretty embarrassed for submitting such a blatantly gun nerd post. A) the terminology makes no difference in the context of the article or original post, B) machine guns is a pretty generic term used widely in the English language to include whatever it is those guards are carrying, C) “newb” makes no sense at all, D) 95% of the posters on ARLNow would also have just called them machine guns and don’t really care about the difference.

        • Daniel


        • Nice essay. Combat vet here, if identifying a weapon by its caliber makes me a nerd than so be it. Embarassed…not at all. I expect you enjoy sleeping quietly in your bed at night, I do to, unfortunately the job doesn’t always allow it.

    • Curious George

      Yeah nothing says “safety” like some rentacop rambo wannabe walking around with an automatic weapon.

      • SouthPikeGuy

        How do you define “rentacop”?

        • Curious George

          Well an armed person pretending to be law enforcement who stands around serving no useful purpose other than to satisfy someone with a large budget and a tiny…well a large budget.

          In all seriousness I wonder what the jurisdiction of these people is. I know metro transit PD is considered federal so they can work across all the jurisdiction that metro serves.

          And in the cases when you see an ACPD officer standing around one of these locations the term “rentacop” is completely accurate.

          • 1RLI

            They are sworn federal LE.

          • Curious George

            OK I will buy that.

            I still think gargoyles would be more effective.

        • Arlington, Northside

          Are the guys out there not, FPS?

  • Been there, done that

    The place is a dump on the inside.

    • CrystalMikey


  • South Awwwlington

    APAH, ACH – Come on, you know you want it!

    • SoArl

      No – it’s not on the west end of Columbia Pike. This would go against their master plan to make Columbia Heights West a slum.

      • South Awwwlington

        You mean the 36% of all Affordable Housing stock, County-wide to be located in CHW??? NEVER!

  • Clarendon

    That seems like a high price for a 25 year old office space unless there are landlord rennovations planned.

    • Keith


      • SoMuchForSubtlety

        I’m sure they will renovate up to Class A / Trophy status since the whole building will be vacated.

        • Keith

          It would make more sense to put money into TI allowances. In fact they almost certainly will have some tenant money for any new leases.

          That’s why just looking at listed rents is only part of it.

  • Henry

    Dremos could take one floor!

  • Suburban Not Urban

    Another big win for the county dev policies

    • Mr. Brown

      Actually, this is a Defense Department policy, not the county. The building is too close to public streets, and therefore is vulnerable to car bombs, which is the same reason the DoD is moving out of Crystal City, and taking all the defense contractor offices with them.

      The reason the building looks rough on the inside is that the DoD wouldn’t let the landlord upgrade the facility as it would have disrupted operations. It’s a great location.

      • Curious George

        When danger raised its ugly head
        DoD turned tail and fled

        Brave, brave brave DoD!

        • Sir Robin

          I did not!

        • 1RLI

          Actually, they’ve stuck around for 11 years, post-11 Sep.

  • Rebecca

    How does this impact the local economy, if at all? Arlington is suffering major corporate losses such as this one as well as as a result of BRAC (see Crystal City).

    • Keith

      Oh don’t worry about it. They just approved building a big new office building right in the foreground of the photo above. It will all work out.

      • SoMuchForSubtlety

        And 2/3 of that unbuilt building is already under lease.

        • Keith

          Coincidentally, that is about the same square footage that this vacant building will put back in the market.

          • Josh S

            That space should be 95% re-occupied within two years at the most.

  • HappyVaCommuter

    It’s actually not a bad building. It has a nice view from the top floor and a cafe downstairs. Too bad you low-lives without security clearances won’t get a chance to check it out.

    • Been there, done that

      The new building at the DIAC is not a bad building. This is a skeevy slum. And a lot of good that view on the top floor does you when you’ve gotta sit there with the blinds pulled all day.

  • John Fontain

    Does anyone know what is produced/manufactured in the basement of this building?

    • Richard Cranium

      It’s DIA, so perhaps Soylent Green?

    • John

      There used to be a good convenience store down there 20+ years ago.

    • Been there, done that

      Invoices for taxpayer dollars, mostly.

    • asdfjklsemi

      Nothing is produced/manufactured. It is large storage room for wayward cubicle parts, along with a small deli/convenience store.

  • Resident and teacher

    Plenty of room for a temporary school to deal with Arlington’s over crowded schools! 😉

    • southarlington

      Good idea center of the county and no one would complain about location !!!!

    • Been there, done that

      Nah … too difficult to move kids up and down a vertical building like that. There’s a reason most schools are sprawling with only 2 or 3 levels.

      Artisphere 2.0, perhaps?

      Or maybe a homeless shelter… (I shouldn’t be giving them any ideas)

      • Back in my day

        What? Kids no longer can march up and down stairs?

  • bemused bystander

    It’s about that signage opportunity. Big glaring rooftop sign aimed directly at Lyon Village?

    • Weatherman

      It’ll be a cold day this winter before THAT happens.

    • M

      Yeah, never understood why Defense Intelligence Agency never really took advantage of the signage opportunity – it would have been a chance to really get their name out there and finally pull ahead of the CIA and other spook agencies in popularity and profitability. 🙂

  • Arlingtron

    I am glad they are moving out. Makes for real dull tenant sucking the spirit out of the community with all their “security theater” needs. Maybe the access tunnel to Metro will reopen.

  • Arl1

    Let the county buy it and make it a homeless shelter!

  • this is an advertisement, not news.

    • CrystalMikey

      How is not news?

      • SouthPikeGuy

        I tend to agree with him. It’s a story, although I would not really call it news. Something like 10% of Arlington’s office space is vacant right now. The “landord seeks tenant” headline could apply to all of those vacant spaces, yet not really be news to anybody.

        • Josh S

          I’ll say it’s 50/50. It’s a fairly conspicuous building in the center of the most densely populated corridor in the county. I think a lot of people probably would be curious about this information.

          The timing is certainly curious. Move out was announced two years ago. They won’t actually be moving for another year plus.

          But hey, it’s a neighborhood blog – items are its lifeblood. And it’s already got over 1,300 views.

        • MC

          There’s a couple of news angles, not really developed here. First, is that a DoD tenant is leaving the space. I would assume this is due to BRAC, but surprisingly they are not leaving to one of the BRAC sites, but rather to Reston. Second, the rents the owner is seeking is well above what GSA is allowing any Federal tenants to pay, so it will need to be a commercial tenant to pay these rents.

          • CW

            Yes, I agree. While X% of commercial space is of course empty at any given time, it is not as common that a whole building empties out. Especially not a super high-security one that has been creepily out of place in an otherwise fun-centric part of town. I’ve always felt weird living next to it and will be happy to see them go. Had a vibe of using civilian human shields to it…let’s plop this major terrorist target down right next to where everyone lives and plays.

            Anyhow, Clarendon rents are going through the roof for commercial and they can’t build out fast enough. See the recent Bisnow shill. Any company looking to seem young and hip can check that box by setting up shop there. And the County (and most other jurisdictions in the region) has made it clear that they wish to diversify away from just fed-based employers.

  • karzai

    Thank goodness they are moving out. Now we won’t have to face long guns staring at us when we walk to the Metro every day. Maybe we can get some dynamic firms in there with employees who will spend their money at Clarendon restaurants and stores.

    And let’s hope that the USAA Real Estate signs that went up at the Waverly Clarendon/Zom Living site (by Sam’s Corner) indicates that these people will finally start construction on that weed-infested eyesore lot they own.

  • Lee-n-Glebe

    Perhaps “They” should “put” a vertical Wegmans there . . .

  • 1RLI

    As if the current employees don’t “spend their money at Clarendon restaurants and stores”??

    • Vinh An Nguyen

      Well, you know how poorly paid defense contractors are.

    • Sterling Archer

      From my observations from inside the dark, i mean pink, tower huge numbers of these secret desk jockeys bring their lunches and head straight for the Metro come closing time. A tower full of well-paid private sector-ites would be welcome by the local establishments.

      • Clarendalicious

        Maybe Trump would buy the pink tower. It’s the tallest in Clarendon so maybe that would satisfy his ego. Actually, for a tower, it’s not that tall but it does have girth.

      • karzai

        Thanks for backing me up, Sterling. And DIA employees are not “defense contractors,” they are government employees. Many of them are active duty military people and former military who bring their lunches and many head straight out of Clarendon after the work day.

        • Juanita de Talmas

          Like any Federal agency, there are a mixture of both government employees and contractors.

  • Art Nerd

    Someone alert the Art-O-Matic folks! This could be a great location for a large Art-O-Matic 2013 event!


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