More than 300 District government employes working in the Munsey Building at 1329 E St. NW will move to the old Lansburgh department store as soon as renovation is completed.
The Munsey Building is scheduled to be torn down in October to make way for a new office building.
The District, which has until Sunday to move its employes, has signed a short-term agreement with the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corporation (PADC), the government-sponsored agency which owns Lansburgh's and the Munsey Building. The agreement expires Jan. 31, 1980, said Elijah B. Rogers, city administrator.
Rogers said he hopes that a longer-term lease can be worked out. The lease will include space on the first floor and in the basement for local arts groups, which have been seeking space in the Lansburgh store at Eighth and E streets NW.
The Munsey Building for years has served as an annex to the District Building across the street and now provides space for some D.C. government agencies, including the Department of Human Resources, the Human Rights Commission, the D.C. Planning and Development Agency and the Rental Accommodations Office.
W. Anderson Barnes, staff director for PADC, said the District negotiated the short-term lease with Joseph Danzansky, president of the PADC board.
He said the Lansburgh building, which was recently used by the National Archives until fire hazards were discovered, will be renovated by the District of Columbia before agencies move in. In exchange for the renovation, the city will not be charged rent. Barnes said all fire hazards will be removed, and renovation of the building will be completed by the end of September.
There have been several recent proposals for temporary use of the Lansburgh building including the proposal to use part of the space for the arts as well as a proposal to turn the building into a shopping center of small minority businesses.
In 1986, PADC plans to create what they call a "super block" at the site of the Lansburgh building that will include 750 housing units, stores and an Archives annex.
The Lansburgh department store went out of business five years ago.