"There is a lot of momentum right now," Cummings Properties VPEric Anderson tells GlobeSt.com, with more than 20,000 sf of spaceleased in just the past two weeks. Besides BCD Travel USA and aretail bank branch that will operate at the park, Cummings haslanded the law firm of Cohn & Dussi, which will relocate thissummer from abutting Burlington. Legal enterprises are beingattracted to the property partly by a five-year lease to theMiddlesex County Superior Court, which will relocate in March intoa 150,000-sf structure. "It's certainly going to be a draw for thattype of use," says Anderson.

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Cohn & Dussi broker Robert Kinlin of CB Richard Ellis agreesthe courthouse was one of several factors swaying his client totake nearly 6,000 sf at TradeCenter 128. "They see it as a realplus," he says. The law firm was also enthused by the product beingdelivered, says Kinlin, favoring the new construction and spacethat features abundant natural light. There are also plenty ofamenities at TradeCenter 128 and the surrounding area toaccommodate Cohn & Dussi's staff, he adds.

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BCD Travel's broker, Debra Stevens of the Stevens Group, saysthe blank slate afforded by a new building was of import to herclient, allowing the 8,500-sf office to be laid out efficiently andemploying customized materials. Stevens also praises Cummings fortreating her client "the way a $13 billion company ought to betreated" in securing their commitment, and says TradeCenter 128provides BCD close proximity to the suburban clientele withoutbeing too distant from Downtown Boston, about a 12 mile ride. "Theability to get in and out of the city was very important," saysStevens, especially for BCD executives needing to use LoganInternational Airport.

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Cummings is also bullish on the location, according to directorMatthew Donaghey. "Not only is the property visible to so many carson a daily basis, it's also incredibly convenient for businessowners, their employees, their visitors and for the localcommunity," says Donaghey. The complex includes parking for morethan 900 vehicles, but is also connected to publictransportation.

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The centralized location is expected to help TradeCenter 128feed off several different markets, Anderson says. At roughly $32per sf, the space should be a distinct price alternative versusfirst class buildings in Boston, Cambridge and nearby Route 128Central communities such as Burlington, Lexington and Waltham, hesays. Minus Presidential Way and Unicorn Office Park, suchtop-shelf product has been difficult to find in Woburn, andAnderson says TradeCenter 128 should be able to "fill that void" ina big way. "It's definitely getting people's attention," he says,particularly with the buildings now taking shape.

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Stevens says she anticipates TradeCenter 128 will prove to beone of the crown jewels in the Cummings portfolio. Based in Woburn,the company has developed more than nine million sf of industrial,lab and office space, primarily in northeastern Massachusetts,during its 35 years in business. The firm has already receivedpre-certification for a gold LEED certificate from the USGBC forTradeCenter 128.

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