The Virginia Department of General Services appears to be in late-stage negotiations for the sale of the commonwealth-owned Center of Innovative Technology (CIT) office complex and additional land parcels.
The 12.38-acre property that sits on the border of Fairfax and Loudoun counties is adjacent to the future Innovative Metro Station, the Dulles Toll Road and proposed mixed-use developments The Hub and Waterside. An additional 13.5 acres is included in the deal.
General Services officials made lawmakers in Richmond aware of the deal last month after a draft Purchase and Sale Agreement was sent to the undisclosed offeror Dec. 17, 2019.
A General Services spokeswoman told the Times-Mirror the department does “not talk about a transaction until it is complete.”
Divaris Real Estate Inc. was tasked with marketing the property in January 2019, two months after Amazon announced it would split its HQ2 operations between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in Virginia. Amazon eventually pulled out of the Long Island City portion of the deal.
Loudoun and Fairfax counties offered the CIT complex package in its bid to Amazon.
“We think this is a key property to support our success at Metro,” Loudoun Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer said in a prepared statement. “This property unlocks the development potential for the Hub and Waterside properties, and I feel confident that the commonwealth understands the strategic importance of the site, and we look forward to working with the new owners when they are announced.”
General Services initially received 14 proposals for the complex and additional land parcels last summer, according to a quarterly report.
The complex, located at 2205-2214 Rock Hill Road in Herndon, includes a glass-enclosed atrium lobby with a 130-seat auditorium, a conference center, classrooms, a cafeteria and 430 underground parking spaces.
The campus neighbors Dulles International Airport and includes development proposals for hotels, multi-family units, apartments and more than 7 million acres of space for commercial use.
The complex is located north of the Dulles Toll Road (Rt. 267) and east of Sully Road (Rt. 28).
The Dulles Technology Corridor includes the headquarters or regional offices of more than 50 national companies, including Adobe, Airbus, Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Google, Microsoft, Northrup Grumman, Siemens, Symantec and Volkswagen NA.