Tenant takes on Amtrak condemnation

January 7, 2016

A NoMa office tenant is taking its landlord’s side after Amtrak condemned the Railway Express building at 900 Second St. NE as the rail operator gears up for a major upgrade to Union Station nearby.Website Insert Passenger Trains Very Well copy

FiberLight LLC claims Amtrak underestimated the value of the Railway Express building at $35 million, which Amtrak put up when it filed its condemnation suit July 13, 2015, with the U.S. District Court in D.C. The property’s owner, Fluorine LLC, has also challenged the taking and claimed the building is worth more than $35 million.

FiberLight’s motion, filed Dec. 30, 2015, with the federal court, appears to be acting out of more than just concern for its landlord. When Amtrak moved to condemn the roughly 113,000-square-foot office building, it also condemned the leasehold interest Fluorine and any of its “unknown tenants” may have in the building.

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