WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 23, 2023--
Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE: DEA), a fully integrated real estate investment trust focused primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties leased to the U.S. Government, announced today that it has acquired a 35,005 leased square foot United States District Courthouse in Newport News, Virginia (“JUD - Newport News”).
The United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, Newport News Division Courthouse is a highly specialized facility that features 2008 build-to-suit, LEED Certified construction, and a new 10-year firm term lease extension that does not expire until 2033. JUD - Newport News houses four District Judges, three Senior District Judges, and three Magistrate Judges, and is responsible for the cities of Newport News, Hampton, and Williamsburg, and the counties of York, James City, Gloucester, and Matthews.
Given the highly sensitive operations housed within the courthouse, JUD - Newport News was constructed according to the specific requirements of the U.S. courts and U.S. Marshals Service, meeting strict federal building and security standards, including isolated prisoner movement, a 50-foot perimeter security setback, progressive collapse construction, and blast resistant exteriors.
“The Eastern District of Virginia is derived from one of the original thirteen judicial districts created by the Judiciary Act of 1789 and signed into law by President George Washington,” said William C. Trimble, III, Easterly’s Chief Executive Officer. “The necessity of this courthouse is imprinted on the very foundation of our U.S. Government. We believe owning a facility with such a long and important history is a testament to the stability of our underlying tenant, the U.S. Government.”
The United States Judiciary is primarily responsible for adjudicating criminal and civil cases involving federal laws, including all bankruptcy filings. The Judiciary has three levels of courts: District Courts, Appellate Courts, and the Supreme Court. There are 94 U.S. District Courts located throughout the United States with at least one court in each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
Year to date, Easterly has acquired, either directly or through the Company’s joint venture (JV), four properties for an aggregate pro rata contractual purchase price of approximately $80.4 million, comprised of (i) $62.2 million of wholly owned acquisitions; and (ii) $18.2 million of JV acquisitions at its pro rata amount. With this acquisition, Easterly owns, directly or through the JV, 90 properties totaling 8.9 million square feet.
About Easterly Government Properties, Inc.
Easterly Government Properties, Inc. (NYSE:DEA) is based in Washington, D.C., and focuses primarily on the acquisition, development and management of Class A commercial properties that are leased to the U.S. Government. Easterly’s experienced management team brings specialized insight into the strategy and needs of mission-critical U.S. Government agencies for properties leased to such agencies either directly or through the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). For further information on the company and its properties, please visit www.easterlyreit.com.
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Easterly Government Properties, Inc.
Lindsay S. Winterhalter
Supervisory Vice President, Investor Relations & Operations
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