Burglarized DNC Watergate office for rent

Oct. 24, 2006 at 9:40 AM

WASHINGTON, Oct. 24 (UPI) -- The former offices of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, the suite targeted by the Watergate burglars, are available for lease.

As part of a renovation project at the Watergate, new owners are shopping

Suite 610, one of the four office spaces burglars entered in 1972, setting off a chain of events that led to the resignation of U.S. President Richard Nixon, The Washington Post said Tuesday.

The 4,055-square-foot space is renting in the low $40s per square foot, compared to locations downtown, where rents start in the mid-$40s, the Post said.

Andrew Felber of CB Richard Ellis, a broker leasing the suite, said he shows potential tenants -- four so far -- a fact sheet with information on the burglary, the Post said. Felber said people commented, "Wow, this would be kind of cool," the Post said.

Bentley Forbes, a Los Angeles real estate investment firm, last year bought the 11-story Watergate office building and 61,000 square feet of retail space for $86.5 million and plans a $3 million renovation for 2007.

The Watergate complex includes three residential building, and another office building and a hotel being changed to cooperative apartments, the Post said.

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