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IDA Leases Mark Center Headquarters to the City of Alexandria

Under the lease terms, the Department of Community and Human Services and the Alexandria Health Department will consolidate into a single location that is more fitting for collaboration and better serves the public

4850 Mark Center Drive (Photo: IDA)

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Earlier today, the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) announced that it leased its current headquarters, located at 4850 Mark Center Drive, to the City of Alexandria.

Both parties signed a 15-year lease on May 26. That lease gives the city the option to purchase the property if it chooses. The IDA will move into its new Potomac Yard headquarters, at 730 East Glebe Road, in 2022. Construction should be completed by 2021.

“This is a key milestone in our progress toward Potomac Yard occupancy and continued
advancement of our work for our sponsors,” said IDA President and CEO Norton A. Schwartz.
“Eight years ago, we committed to move into a new building in Potomac Yard equipped with the
latest technology and security requirements to better support our growing organization.”

Alexandria is expected to occupy the Mark Center building in February 2023, after a one-year refurbishment is complete. Under the lease terms, the Department of Community and Human
Services and the Alexandria Health Department to consolidate into a single location that is more fitting for collaboration and better serves the public.

IDA is a nonprofit that operates three federally funded research and development
centers. In the public interest, the corporation answers challenging U.S. security and science policy questions with objectivity, relying on scientific, analytical, and technological expertise.

“IDA’s partnership with the city began nearly 40 years ago when we relocated our headquarters
facility to the Mark Center,” said IDA Senior Special Projects Manager Dean Graves. “With this
lease and our relocation to Potomac Yard, our longstanding partnership will continue many
decades into the future.”

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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