Three turn-of-the-century buildings that have fallen into disrepair in recent years are being renovated into office and retail space at Firehouse Square, a 33,000-square-foot project at 902-910 King St. in Old Town Alexandria.
The buildings are a 1920s art nouveau store that once was a Montgomery Ward outlet, a late 1800s Victorian-style town house, and a Colonial structure that formerly was the East End Market.
The town house and the East End Market building flank the Ward's building and will be supplemented by construction to the rear.
Firehouse Square is being developed by Stephen A. Goldberg Co. Bairley, Maginniss & King, an Alexandria firm, is the architect.
"This is a Park Service-approved historic preservation," said Terry Peay, executive vice president of Goldberg. The shells of the buildings will be preserved, along with some of the existing wood and tile work.
The offices will cater to "Old Town-character tenants" who are looking for offices in historic buildings, Peay said. Office sizes will range from 2,000 to 5,000 square feet.
"According to marketing information, this is an ideal size," Peay said. "It exemplifies what office tenants in Alexandria are looking for."
Parking for 50 cars will be available through an agreement with the neighboring Morrison House, a hotel. Annual leasing rates for the project will range from $24 to $26 per square foot.
E.A. Baker Co. Inc. is general contractor for the $6.5 million project, which is expected to be completed next November.
Other leasing activity:
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a professional society of physicians, leased 50,000 square feet at the Portal Building, 12th Street and Maryland Avenue SW, from Investment Group Development and GLM Cos. Barrueta & Associates was the leasing agent.
The Travelers Corp., an insurance and financial services company, leased 57,251 square feet at 3110 Fairview Park Dr., Fairfax, from Cadillac Fairview Urban Development. Cadillac Fairview Urban Development was the leasing agent.