Virginia Beach, Virginia: Michael B. Divaris, president of Divaris Real Estate Inc. (DRE), announced the completion of leases with Virginia State Police for two office buildings in the historic former army base, Fort Monroe. Buildings 75 and 106 comprise a total of 13,019 square feet of office space on the 565-acre National Historic Landmark District.
One 7,600-square-foot building will be used as offices and classrooms by the Virginia State Police. Initially as many as nine uniformed and administrative personnel will move to the North Gate area of Fort Monroe on October 15 from the existing state police headquarters on South Military Highway in Chesapeake. The head count will increase as leases at other facilities expire, according to state police spokeswoman, Corinne Geller. “This is a cost saving measure as we are now able to provide our personnel with much needed space while consolidating real estate,” Geller said. By 2015, all State Troopers from Chesapeake Areas 47 and 46 will relocate to Fort Monroe.
The other leased building, a 5,400-square-foot warehouse/garage will be used to house ‘specialty vehicles.’ This facility will secure and shelter vehicles assigned to the Chesapeake division.
“This will also save us money as housing the vehicles helps us cut down on maintenance costs associated with the wear and tear of sitting outdoors being continuously exposed to the elements,” Geller said.
Fort Monroe Authority Executive Director Glenn Oder said he is pleased with the increased interest he’s seen from agencies requesting to move to the property. The City of Hampton now leases a community center along Fenwick Road and The Hampton Police Division uses a building as a training center. Other agencies providing veterans services will also move into office space on Fort Monroe. “Everyone’s level of confidence about Fort Monroe is rising here,” Oder said.
Through an affiliated entity, Divaris Real Estate, Inc. leases and manages the commercial property for the Fort Monroe Authority. Sanford M. “Sandy” Cohen of Divaris represented the landlord, Fort Monroe Authority, in the transaction. The Authority serves as master developer, contracting with third-party service providers to assist in transforming a formerly active military base into a vibrant new community. Divaris Real Estate is a member of Realty Resources, a national group of independent retail property brokers and managers covering 91 major markets throughout the U.S. DRE is also the Virginia affiliate for The CORE Network, a national group of office and industrial brokers with affiliates throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia and Europe. These organizations represent corporate and institutional clients, tenants and buyers in all aspects of leasing, development and managing properties, acquisitions and land sales. Gerald S. Divaris is chairman of the Board, and Michael B. Divaris is president of Divaris Real Estate, Inc.