COLLEGE PARK, MD-M Square Research Park, an ambitious eight-building development project underway at the University of Maryland, has attracted an investment grade tenant, according to one of the developers. Corporate Office Properties Trust declined to name the tenant, which has inked a 123,000-sf lease at the park, to be the sole occupant of a four-story building that is scheduled to deliver in December 2009. It is the second building developed at the park, in conjunction with the university and Manekin. COPT did not return calls in time for deadline.

At full build out, the 124-acre park–the university’s official research park–will offer 750,000 sf of office space. Having signed on a tenant for the second building represents a significant boost to the project, Randall Griffin, COP president and CEO, says in a prepared release. “We are pleased to sign this significant lease at M Square, exhibiting strong demand for office space in the research park. With the adjacency to the University as a research resource, the nearby Metro stop and supporting retail amenities inside the Beltway, this lease justifies our confidence in this unique site.”

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