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Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Google expands, relocates Washington offices


Google headquarters. (Tony Avelar - Bloomberg)
Google is expanding its Washington offices and relocating them to within a couple blocks of the U.S. Capitol.

The tech giant signed a lease for 55,000 square feet at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW, according to the building’s owner, Republic Properties. The building is about a block away from Union Station. The lease is for about 25,000 more square feet than Google currently has at 1101 New York Ave. NW.

The technology sector is one of the few industries in the Washington area in which companies are currently growing and adding space.

Steve Grigg, president and chief executive of Republic Properties, issued a statement saying, “Google’s tenancy reinforces and validates the overall quality of our building and its place in the market.”

Among the congressional issues Google watches is patent law, with the company taking a particular interest in curbing what it considers frivolous lawsuits from patent owners in search of royalties. It is a member of the Coalition for Patent Fairness, a lobbying group based in D.C.

Google has also been trying to assure lawmakers that its Google Glass headset doesn’t violate privacy standards, even bringing sample headsets to members of Congress to give the device a test-run.

Had Google remained in its New York Avenue space it would have likely found itself across the street from an Apple store, which many onlookers expect to open at CityCenterDC.

Follow Jonathan O’Connell on Twitter: @oconnellpostbiz

By  |  12:17 PM ET, 07/17/2013

Tags:  Google, Apple, Google Glass, Republic Properties, commercial real estate

 
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