Friday, April 10, 2009

Pentagon Boulevard: College Park, ATIC, & the Future

Finishing up this little series with the most recent developments on Pentagon Boulevard, from 2007-2009, and a look at the future.

Mills-Morgan moved again in 2007-2008 with College Park, a development that is a bit unsual as it is a mix of office and education facilties. It also represents a move into a former Huber Development site.

Huber apparently controlled the entire area outlined in green, but sold it off to various developers (as well as doing it's own development), mostly working in housing of various types.

Mills-Morgan was the first non-housing development.

As one can see a portion of the site was reserved as a forest preserve.

The first Mills-Morgan development was a building for a branch campus of Clark State , which is the community college in Springfield. Oddly enough the site is closer to Sinclair in downtown Dayton. For some reason Clark State expanded into Greene County instead of Sinclair, with this branch operation.

Next came the Advanced Technical Intelligence Center, or ATIC.
This building, though it looks pretty generic, cost $20M as it incorporated security features. According the D B-J it is "spy proof". The reason why is that ATIC apparently is involved in some intelligence work. From the ATIC website:

The Advanced Technical Intelligence Center for Human Capital Development (ATIC) is a nonprofit corporation that was established in 2006 to generate the national intellectual capital needed to respond to the advanced technologies that are currently under development. ATIC's mission is to develop the advanced technical intelligence workforce of the future by providing training and education to all.

Based on ATIC, D B-J, and DDN sources the convener was the Air Force Institute of Technology based at Wright-Patterson, but there was various partners, such as the Dayton Development Coalition, Riverside Research (a non-profit defense-oriented research organization based in New York; the river in Riverside is the Hudson, as the organization was a spinoff from Columbia) and academia, including rather distant institutions like the Univeristy of New Mexico.

The building also has a defense contractor tenant, CACI (based in Arlington, VA). From the CACI website:

CACI International Inc provides the professional services and IT solutions needed to prevail in today's defense, intelligence, homeland security and federal civilian government arenas. We deliver enterprise IT and network services; data, information, and knowledge management services; business system solutions; logistics and material readiness; C4ISR integration services; cyber security, information assurance, and information operations; integrated security and intelligence solutions; and program management and SETA support services.

Next door, also by Mills-Morgan, is a new building underway. This one has been leased to the Yoyodyne Software Systems, a unit of the Yoyodyne Corporation of San Narciso, California.

Yet another defense contractor.

The pix illustrates an interesting feature of College Park: the brick and iron fence surrounding the property. Perhaps the only office park in the region with such a feature.

The Future

Huber owned these last two parcels, 20 acres, planning on developing it as residential. However the D B-J recently reported that Mills-Morgan is negotiating for purchase to put in more office space.

The unusual feature is that there might be some state involvement as a $2M grant is being sought for purchase and infrastructure assitance (sort of like what TIFs are used for) from a state "Shovel Ready Sites" fund (which might be this fund). The money will be passed through a subsidiary of the Dayton Development Coalition.

The D B-J reports that principle of Mills-Morgan says they might go ahead and buy the property anyway even if the state grant doesn't come through.

The other big development is on some primo real estate. Those grassy fields fronting on Pentagon Parkway. The last undeveloped land directly on Pentagon Parkway.

The land was bought by Kettering Adventist Health Partners (reportedly at a very good, below-value price) for a new hospital.

The D B-J reports that this project is stalled.

If the hospital doesn't happen yer humble host sees this as a great site for more office buildings.

Coda: Office Space around Fairfield Commons

It should be noted that this is not the only office development near the Fairfield Commons mall. There are a number of office buildings south of the mall, more small scale professional and medical office developments of mostly one story. These are better addressed as part of the big picture of Fairfield Road development associated with the mall.


Anonymous said...

Check on your Yoyodyne Corporation reference. I think you've been led astray. Where, exactly, is San Narciso, California?

Jefferey said...

I was wondering if anyone was going to comment on that Pynchon/Buckaroo Banzai reference. Seriously, what's really going in that new building is some more CACI stuff.

San Narciso is somewhere in The Crying of Lot 49

Anonymous said...

A realtor friend of mine says that SAIC is moving into that building.

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