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ROCKVILLE, MD-In the space of six months, First Potomac Realty Trust has brought Redland Corporate Center II to 64% occupancy–from a 99% vacancy rate at its acquisition. The REIT inked a five-year lease deal for 23,033-square feet with its latest tenant, DRS Defense Solutions LLC, last week. First Potomac has a talent for finding well-built properties that are empty or close to it and then rapidly leasing them up. It also acquired the largely empty Atlantic Corporate Park in Sterling, VA, in October 2010, which is now 20% leased with three tenants, Tim Zulick, senior vice president of leasing tells GlobeSt.com. According to Zulick, First Potomac relies on a couple of strategies to promote its buildings. “Asking rates are key and we have a close relationship with brokers,” he says.

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