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OAKTON, VA-First Potomac Realty Trust has acquired an office buildinghere for $13.6 million, or $78 per square foot. Called Three Flint Hill, the 174,000-square-foot, eight-story building is located at 3201 Jermantown Rd. It was owned by a private partnership. NorthMarq Investment Services’ Jim Kornick, Chip Ryan andMatt Clinebell represented the seller.

Considering that the building is empty, its sale demonstrates the relative strength of the office market, says Kornick. It also demonstrates the ideal position companies with a cash store–such as First Potomac–are in as they seek out the best opportunities inacquiring buildings below replacement costs, as the company did with Three Flint Hill.

Lockheed Martin occupied the building for more than 20 years before its lease expired in November 2009. The defense contractor has since consolidated operations into other locations. To reposition the property, First Potomac plans to renovate all eight stories and the penthouse and then pursue LEED certification. It plans to spend an additional $5 million, or approximately $30 per square foot, on the renovations.

First Potomac financed the acquisition with a combination of availablecash and a draw on its unsecured revolving credit facility. Atstabilization the property is expected to generate a 10% to 12%unleveraged return on invested capital.

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