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COPT Forms $119 Million Data Center Shells JV

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) has announced the formation of a new joint venture with funds affiliated with Blackstone Real Estate. The JV has acquired a 90% interest in two single-tenant, data center shell properties totaling 432,000 square feet and valued at $119 million.

COPT received approximately $107 million of equity proceeds it will deploy into its 1.7 million square foot pipeline of active development projects that, as of May 31, 2021, were 87% pre-leased.

The Washington D.C.-based COPT is focused on owning properties and developable land near key defense installations and other ‘knowledge-based’ government sites to supply the Government and its contractors. COPT’s core portfolio now includes 180 office and data center shell properties encompassing 20.8 million square feet.


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