Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT or the Company) (NYSE: OFC) has executed a lease with a commercial tenant that serves the pharmaceutical and biotech industries for 51,000 square feet at Hillcrest II, the Company’s most recent redevelopment start at its business park in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. The building, which will comprise 184,000 square feet upon completion, was 28% leased at October 17, 2012, and is now approximately 55% leased. The Company anticipates the tenant will occupy the building during the second quarter of 2013.
As a result of this lease, the Company’s redevelopment pipeline, which was 36% leased at October 17, 2012, is now approximately 54% leased.
COPT is an office REIT that focuses primarily on strategic customer relationships and specialized tenant requirements in the U.S. Government and Defense Information Technology sectors and Data Centers serving such sectors. The Company acquires, develops, manages and leases office and data center properties that are typically concentrated in large office parks primarily located adjacent to government demand drivers and/or in strong markets that we believe possess growth opportunities. As of September 30, 2012, the Company’s consolidated portfolio consisted of 206 office properties totaling 18.6 million rentable square feet. The Company’s portfolio primarily consists of technically sophisticated buildings in visually appealing settings that are environmentally sensitive, sustainable and meet unique customer requirements. COPT is an S&P MidCap 400 company and more information can be found at www.copt.com.
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