Alex. Brown Realty Joint Venture Acquires Office Building in Rockville, Maryland

One Research CourtBaltimore, MD – A joint venture organized by Alex. Brown Realty (ABR) and Washington Property Company has acquired One Research Court, a 113,620 sf office building in Rockville, Maryland. ABR Chesapeake Fund V, a value-add real estate fund sponsored by ABR, invested $5.5 million in the joint venture. Financing for the acquisition was provided by Fulton Bank, N.A.

One Research Court caters to small to mid-sized tenants and is currently 89% occupied by 14 tenants. Built in 2001, the four-story building offers excellent access to I-270 via the Shady Grove exit, as well as the Intercounty Connector and the Washingtonian Center retail corridor. The joint venture plans capital improvements including upgrades to the lobby, bathrooms, elevators and gym and will also create a conference center within the building.

“Historically, the asset has maintained a robust rent roll,” commented Tom Burton, ABR’s CIO. “Our targeted value-add improvements will further enhance the asset and strengthen its marketability, as will the expertise of Washington Property Company.” One Research Court represents the first joint venture between ABR and Washington Property Company.

“We believe that quality buildings like One Research Court built post 2000, where owners invest capital in building and tenant improvements, will see continued occupancy and rental rate gains, especially where there is little or no new supply,” stated Andrew Eshelman, Principal-Acquisitions of Washington Property Company.

The Rockville office market has a long history of attracting a diverse tenant base and has developed into one of the nation’s largest life science hubs. “We’re seeing excellent demand in the market for well-located, high-quality buildings like One Research Court,” noted John Prugh, president and CEO of ABR. “Our favorable basis and the asset’s strong in-place income should provide solid returns for our investors.”

Alex. Brown Realty (ABR) is a privately owned real estate investment manager organized in 1972 and headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. ABR co-invests with joint venture partners in a broad spectrum of property types located throughout the United States.

Washington Property Company (WPC) is a Bethesda, Maryland based, vertically integrated real estate investment and management firm. Founded in 2005, WPC, focuses on the acquisition and development of commercial real estate properties in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The company currently owns over 3.0 million square feet of commercial space and 1,500 multifamily units existing or under development.