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RFS - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Interim Passport Office and Labs Hub Documentation

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The District of Columbia’s Department of General Services (“DGS”) is seeking offers for the lease of office or retail space that satisfies the criteria listed below. Responsive offers should, among other things, provide space that is contiguous within one building. The District of Columbia Public Library (“DCPL”) is the agency which will occupy the proposed space.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (“MLK Library”), located at 901 G St. NW, will undergo a major modernization to meet the needs of District residents. During such renovation, DCPL will separate and relocate:

  1. Its authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility (“Passport Office”) ; and,
  2. Its popular Labs space, including the Fab Lab, Studio Lab and Memory Lab (collectively, “Labs”).

During the MLK Library renovation period, the Passport Office will be a walk-in customer service center and the Labs will offer emerging technologies for use and instruction on both a walk-in and appointment basis. The purpose of this RFS is to identify one location ranging from 2,000 square feet up to 2,500 square feet of contiguous first floor/ retail space that is suitable for the District to lease for these public facing activities (“Premises”). Therefore, it is the District’s intention to enter into one lease agreement (“Lease”). Offerors may propose one or more locations in response to this RFS. Ideal space shall be located in a prime commercial office/retail district with attractive, prestigious, and professional surroundings with a prevalence of modern design and/or tasteful rehabilitation.