Here’s hoping that Hoffman can land the TSA as the Eisenhower Avenue metro area would be a perfect location for them. One thing to note, we told you about the now closed Holiday Inn almost three weeks ago.
With the new National Science Foundation headquarters under construction, the Hoffman Co. has turned its attention to the pursuit of another federal tenant: the Transportation Security Administration.
Hoffman has proposed to add density and height in the westernmost block of the Hoffman Town Center in order to land the TSA. The General Services Administrationissued a notice in March that it is seeking up to 625,000 square feet for the TSA in Northern Virginia. The agency is currently spread out over five separate buildings, including two in Pentagon City.
The NSF is scheduled to relocate from Arlington to a 19-story complex at the Alexandria town center in 2016. In addition to the TSA chase, Hoffman also is pursuing a new hotel to serve the foundation and its visitors.
The 659-key hotel would replace the existing 197-room, 101,000-square-foot Holiday Inn on Hoffman’s Block 1. The 4-acre site is located south of Eisenhower Avenue between the westbound Capital Beltway ramp to Telegraph Road and the flyover ramp from the eastbound Beltway to Eisenhower.
The Holiday Inn was constructed in the 1960s. Hoffman proposes to replace it with a 468,100-square-foot hotel and conference center. The hotel would rise to 225 feet, 75 feet taller than the Holiday Inn, and would include a three-level, 706-space below grade parking garage. The conference center would total 50,000 square feet.
The basic blueprint for the proposed hotel is currently under review by the Carlyle/Eisenhower East Design Review Board. Massing and access for both vehicles and pedestrians are the main focus of the DRB, and will ultimately shape how the hotel is designed. Hoffman and its architect, WDG Architecture, have submitted three design options.