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Succeeding lease saves taxpayers $42M

August 24, 2020

By Ben Zabava

Front exterior of a modern 5-story building with geometric architectural features and large plant pots with tiny cone-shaped trees along the front
Front exterior of 1100 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey. Photograph courtesy of Carmen & Muss, P.L.L.C.

NEWARK, N.J. – On Aug. 14, the U.S. General Services Administration awarded a new 15-year succeeding lease of 104,779 usable square feet of space for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Customs and Border Protection’s existing location at 1100 Raymond Boulevard in Newark’s Central Business District. This lease represents a reduction of 80,022 usable square feet of space from the expiring lease’s 184,801 usable square feet. This location has served as a port office for CBP since 2002. The new lease’s reduced square footage will fully meet CBP’s changing needs and avoid what would have been approximately $42 million in lease payments over the next 15 years.

“Our Newark laboratory management and staff are especially excited about the award of this lease to keep them at 1100 Raymond Boulevard,” said CBP Laboratories and Scientific Services Senior Program Manager Dilip Kinra. “The location is right next to Newark’s Penn Station, and the entire laboratory is on one level of the building. GSA and the CBP project team worked tirelessly to make this happen, and that is much appreciated.”

“In accordance with all parameters stipulated in the Prospectus approved by Congress, we awarded the succeeding lease to the incumbent lessor at 1100 Raymond Boulevard, Newark, New Jersey, and saved the taxpayer millions of dollars in lease costs over the course of the new lease term,” said GSA Senior Lease Contracting Officer Eduardo Vidal.

CBP and GSA’s cooperation now shifts to reconfiguring the retained space, which will be ready by August 2021.

“The collaboration and partnership with CBP has been incredible,” said GSA Project Manager David Baker. “Together, we overcame many obstacles to achieve this major milestone. We’re very excited to have the opportunity to deliver more efficient and cost effective space that meets CBP’s current requirements.”

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