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Corporate Office Properties Trust of Columbia announces large defense lease

Corporate Office Properties Trust of Columbia, a specialty office real estate investment trust, said it leased more than 43 percent of a 237,000-square-foot building under construction in Springfield, Va., to a single, unidentified tenant.

The company said the tenant, part of the defense information technology industry, leased 103,000 square feet of space at Patriot Ridge, which is the name COPT gave to some 15 acres of land that it acquired in the Springfield submarket of Northern Virginia in May 2010.

Patriot Ridge is adjacent to the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, a Department of Defense combat support agency that is building a new headquarters at Fort Belvoir.