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School System Converts Vacant Office Space To Classrooms In Fairfax County

Fairfax County Public Schools has transformed 40K SF of a Herndon office park into educational spaces primarily focused on adult learning programs.

The school system leased one building and part of another at Penzance’s 420K SF Marker 20 campus at 450-485 Springpark Place, JLL — which negotiated the deals and managed the construction — announced Tuesday. The system initially agreed to lease 33K SF in December 2021, and then it expanded the deal by 6K SF in March 2022.

The buildings were converted to classroom, office and testing space to house programs geared toward teaching English to speakers of other languages, adult high school credentials programs and the school system’s short-term intervention program.

The conversion comes as Herndon faces an oversupply of large office parks with underutilized Class-B and C buildings, many of which are difficult to convert. Herndon’s 11M SF of office inventory had a 27% total vacancy rate in Q3, according to JLL, above the Northern Virginia average of 22.4%.

“What’s really exciting about this project is that it is an adaptive reuse of office space for a school,” JLL Managing Director for Tenant Representation John Gibb said in a […]

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Penzance Buys 240K SF Arlington Office Building For $25M

September 14th, 2023|Jon Banister|Bisnow|

Penzance has scooped up its second Arlington County property in as many months, this one a rare office building sale.

The D.C.-based firm acquired the Ballston One office building at 4601 North Fairfax Drive, it announced Thursday. The firm didn’t reveal the sale price, but property records show it sold for $25M.

The seller, UBS Realty Investors, was represented in the deal by JLL‘s Matt Nicholson, Andrew Weir, Jim Meisel, Dave Baker, Kevin Byrd and Kameel […]

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Penzance announces acquisition of Jasper Columbia Pike apartments in Arlington for $105 million

August 28th, 2023|Dan Brendel ||

D.C.-based real estate firm Penzance has announced its acquisition of the 269-unit apartment tower formerly known as Avalon Columbia Pike in Arlington for $105 million.

The nine-story residential-over-retail building sits on about 0.6 acres at 2920 Columbia Pike. Penzance bought the property from Arlington-based AvalonBay Communities Inc. (NYSE: AVB) in a deal that closed July 27. The property has been rebranded as Jasper Columbia Pike.

“Penzance seeks out high-quality existing or potential residential properties near proven economic centers and with retail amenities and good transportation options, which is exactly what this property has,” Cris White, the […]

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Washington’s Top Condominium Award for 2022

November 14th, 2022|City Biz|

Delta Associates Salutes Property as Top in Region

The luxurious Pierce condominium took home top honors from Delta Associates as the prime property in its residential class for 2022. Pierce’s popularity continues to dominate the regional condominium market, selling residences above $1,000 a square foot.

“We are thrilled to win this honor as it recognizes the prestige and prominence of Pierce as a beautiful new addition to the Virginia skyline,” said John Kusturiss, Senior Vice President of Development at Pierce Highlands, LLC. “Pierce was designed to appeal to a sophisticated clientele that values an understated but classic style of living. The continuing strength of our […]

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