PHILADELPHIA-Newton, MA-based HRPT Properties Trust has acquired the 32-storyCentre Square, a class-A office building at 1500 Market St., for $183.5 millionplus closing costs, or about $103.67 per sf. The 1.77-million-sf property was built in 1973 along with an adjacent Centre Square II, which is a similarly styled, 40-story building.

Centre Square was 97% leased at the time of the closing by 37 different tenants. The largest tenants, representing a combined 62% of the total available space, are Comcast Cable Co.; Towers, Perrin, Forster & Crosby, Inc., a personnel services company; and banking affiliates of Wachovia Corp.

While current leases expire on a staggered basis, approximately 75% of the current tenants’ leases run through 2006 or beyond.

HRPT owns office buildings totaling more than 22 million sf throughout the US. It acquired seven office properties, including Centre Square, containing a total of 3.3 million sf, this year for approximately $388 million.

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