RESTON, VA-Two recently inked leases in the outer suburbs ofNorthern Virginia--Reston and Herndon--are providing some anecdotalevidence that the DC area’s outer suburbs are starting to come backto life.

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One deal is a 30,000-square-foot lease inked by Penzance withNetWitness at the Parkridge Center Four, which is a six-story,120,000-square-foot, class A office building just off the DullesToll Road at the corner of Hunter Mill Road and Sunrise ValleyDrive in the Parkridge Center office park here. The building isowned and managed by Penzance Management and is currently 85%leased. Other tenants include Qwest, ScienceLogic, Avenity, GS5 andLogostech. Andy Klaff, Jake McInerney and John Dettleff of Grubb& Ellis represented Penzance, and Harry Klaff and Matt Coursenof Jones Lang LaSalle represented NetWitness.

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The other transactions were inked in Herndon recentlyby Brandywine Realty Trust and Deltek Systems and CA. Thesetotaled 227,962 square feet at the REIT’s office building at 2291Wood Oak Dr. Deltek currently leases space in three Brandywineproperties, but is relocating to 2291 Wood Oak under the roughly10-year lease in order to accommodate the company’s growth. Deltekwill occupy 157,911 square feet in the fourth quarter of 2011. CA,for its part, has renewed a 10.5-year lease for 70,051 square feetin the same building. Together, these companies bring the 230,389square foot office building to 99% leased. Deltek was representedby Robb Johnson, Skip Orr and Jay Farmer of Jones Lang LaSalle. CAwas represented by Harry Klaff, also of JLL.

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In general, activity in Herndon is picking up, Bob Wiberg,executive vice president and senior managing director of BrandywineRealty Trust, tells GlobeSt.com. “We can see it in the growingnumber of tours we do.” Not that he is proclaiming a return to thehalcyon days of the mid-2000s. “Hopefully, we have seen the worstof things but the market is still not very active,” he says. “Iwould never write these submarkets off. They are IT enclaves fordefense contractors and Herndon, in particular, reinvents itselffairly regularly.”

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