Rep. Gabrielle Giffords's staff opens new, bigger office

The staff of injured Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) moved into a new, larger district office in Tuscon this week, one with additional space for Giffords's staffers to meet with her constituents.

Among the features of Giffords's new district office are spaces set aside for confidential constituent meetings, which were not available in the lawmaker's former office.

According to KGUN9-TV, the new office is also more centrally located and thereby more accessible to more constituents (Giffords is shown here meeting with voters in 2010).

The new office space marks the end of a months-long search by Giffords and her staff for a space that was better equipped to accommodate the more than 2,700 requests the congresswoman received last year.

Giffords's new office is on the second floor of a two-storey commercial building with an Adobe facade, and it's accessible by stairs and an elevator. KGUN reports that there is ample parking.

A quick web search of the office's new address reveals a listing for an available commercial office space on the second floor of the same building as Giffords's new office, posted on the real estate website loopnet.com.

The office appears to be the only space available in the building, and it's priced at $16 per square foot per year, precisely equivalent to $5,000 per month for the 3,750 square foot space.

According to the ad, the space boasts an open floor plan with a number of private offices, as well as room for storage, a "break room," and two bathrooms. Fiber optic and data systems are also listed as perks, along with covered, reserved parking. "Some modular furniture" is also available.

While not necessarily Giffords's office, the posted ad aligns with some of the features of Giffords's new office. The site's details were most recently verified on May 5.

For the time being, the new office will be occupied by members of the lawmaker's staff. Giffords is undergoing recovery in Houston after suffering a gunshot wound to the head Jan. 8 in a Tucson shopping park.