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U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (foreground) with University President Harris Pastides (left) and David Ogden, deputy attorney general of the United States
U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham (foreground) with University President Harris Pastides (left) and David Ogden, deputy attorney general of the United States.

DOJ announces agreement on Close-Hipp Building lease

In one of the most significant developments for the University of South Carolina in decades, the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday (July 20) that it has agreed to a 20-year lease for the Close-Hipp Building that houses the Darla Moore School of Business.

The proposed move, announced at a news conference in Columbia, will bring more than 250 high-paying jobs to Columbia and allow the university to construct a new building for the Darla Moore School of Business in the heart of Innovista, the university’s innovative research district. University and DOJ officials said the DOJ has agreed to lease the building to house staff from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys in Washington, D.C.

“What we will build here will serve the cause of justice for generations to come,” said Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden. “This project was years in the making and took the work of many dedicated staff. The result will greatly enhance our existing presence at the NAC, while the infusion of jobs and resources will help the university in its efforts to expand its business school and advance its economic development mission.”

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  • U.S. Department of Justice to lease Close-Hipp Building
  • More than 250 high-paying jobs coming to Columbia
  • Darla Moore School of Business to move to Innovista

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