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HERNDON, VA-Corporate Office Properties Trust has inked a long term lease with Qwest Corp. for 67,000 square feet at 2900 Towerview Rd.here. Qwest will be moving into the building in August 2009.

The lease brings the 145,000-square-foot building to full occupancy, Randall Griffin, president and CEO, says in a prepared statement. COPT did not return a call to GlobeSt.com in time for publication. It also brings its Northern Virginia portfolio to 98% occupancy, he adds.COPT is fortunate to count itself among the Washington, DC-area firms weathering the downturn with relative sanguinity. The company recently inked another lease for 54,000 square feet for a three-story, 80,000-square-foot office still under construction in the North Gate Business Park in Aberdeen, MD. At the end of last year it signed on MITRE Corp. for 73,000 square feet in another building under construction in Annapolis Junction.

To be sure COPT is not the only company inking leases in this environment. The DC market is healthier than many other markets thanks to the presence of the federal government and the many contractors that service it. Still, though, increasingly there are reports of firms dipping well below asking rates to lease out space.

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