November 17, 2008
Contact:
Danielle Deabler, NPR


   

NPR DONATES USE OF FUTURE HEADQUARTERS SITE
TO CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK

1111 NORTH CAPITOL STREET, NE, WASHINGTON, DC
IS THE ANSWER TO FOOD BANK’S URGENT SEARCH
FOR CRITICAL INTERIM STORAGE FACILITY



Washington, D.C.; November 17, 2008 – NPR, one of the premier worldwide media organizations, announced today it will allow the Capital Area Food Bank to use the site of its future headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street, NE, rent free for up to one year in order to help the food bank meet the immediate and growing demands of the community. The food bank will use the existing building to store large bulk food items that cannot be housed in its current facility because of space constraints caused by its upcoming transition to a new building in 2010. The food bank will begin transporting parcels of incoming food donations to NPR’s North Capitol Street property this week.

The existing four story building on 1111 Capitol Street was built in 1927 for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Company and has most recently served as a storage facility and workshop for the Smithsonian. The food bank will occupy a portion of the first floor of the now vacant 146,000-square-foot building and will make use of its seven loading docks to accommodate food shipments.

“It’s a pleasure to open up our doors to the Capital Area Food Bank and play a role in supporting a community that NPR has been a part of since our organization was founded in 1970,” said Dennis Haarsager, NPR’s Interim CEO. “In these tough economic times it’s vitally important for individuals, businesses, and organizations to do what they can at any level to support their local communities.”

“The Capital Area Food Bank is thrilled that NPR offered the Capitol Street space for off-site storage,” said Brian Smith, Chief Operating Officer. “The space constraints at our Taylor Street facility make it difficult to meet the growing need in our community. We are raising funds through a capital campaign to address this need through the construction of a new building. Until it is completed, this generous offering will enable us to better manage all of our shipments and inventory. We appreciate NPR’s commitment to supporting the community.”

The food bank broke ground October 28, 2008 on its future food distribution warehouse facility at 4900 Puerto Rico Avenue, NE, Washington, DC, which is planned to open in 2010 and will double the size of its current 48,000-square-foot facility. The temporary storage at NPR’s North Capitol Street site is necessary to bridge the gap between the food bank’s current storage capacity and its growing needs until the new facility is built.

NPR learned of the food bank’s urgent needs through Studley, the commercial real estate services firm who represented NPR in the sale of its current headquarters and the purchase of its new headquarters at 1111 North Capitol Street. Studley’s brokers and staff have volunteered at the food bank for several years and made the introduction between the Capital Area Food Bank and NPR’s real estate team after the firm’s last trip to volunteer at the warehouse in July.

Meanwhile, NPR’s plans for its new headquarters are progressing. NPR recently selected Hickok Cole Architects, an award-winning firm based in Washington, DC, to design an environmentally sensitive building with workspace that will contain an environment that will foster creativity, collaboration and interaction among NPR employees. The design of the new headquarters will embrace new technology, enabling NPR to grow and merge its broadcast and digital activities. Plans for the new 360,000 square foot facility include a 60,000 square foot space for NPR News’ extensive, award-winning broadcast and multimedia operations and a public space for live shows and events. All of NPR’s Washington-based journalism, multimedia, technical distribution, business and executive activities will be housed in the new facility.

NPR purchased the NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) site in July 2008 and recently announced the selection Boston Properties, Inc. (NYSE: BXP) to develop the property into the multimedia organization’s new global headquarters, eventually housing NPR’s 600-plus Washington-based staff. Boston Properties, in a dual transaction that accompanied the development deal, purchased NPR’s current headquarters at 635 Massachusetts Avenue, NW and leased back the property to NPR. NPR will remain at its current location until its new headquarters is ready for occupancy in 2012.

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