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Hines Acquires DC Offices as Law Firm Leases More Than Half the Space

The Lenkin Co. has sold 1050 17th St. NW, a new-construction office building near Washington, DC’s Farragut Square, to Hines for $59.81 million, according to the Washington Business Journal. It’s one of the few major office sales in the District this year. 

Simultaneously, law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP has signed an agreement to lease 82,000 square feet there. The deal will lift occupancy in the 11-story, 154,000-square-foot building from just 10% to about 61%, according to Hines. 

Davis Polk, now housed at 901 15th St. NW, plans to occupy the top five floors and penthouse. Andrew McGeorge, the DC head for Hines, told the Business Journal that Hines’ 30-year relationship with Davis Polk helped secure the deal. 

He added that between the lease, a fixed-rate acquisition loan from EagleBank and limited supply of trophy office space in the CBD, now was a good time to acquire the property. 


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