Wells Core REIT Acquires 201 KSF Maryland Office Building

Wells Core Income REIT has acquired the Franklin Center, a 200,600-square-foot office building in the Baltimore submarket of Columbia, Md., from Principal Real Estate Investors.

February 3, 2012
By Barbra Murray, Contributing Editor

Fully leased premier office properties continue to be at the top of buyers’ list and Wells Core Income REIT has just added one such asset to its portfolio. The REIT recently acquired Franklin Center, a 200,600-square-foot office building in the Baltimore submarket of Columbia, Md., from Principal Real Estate Investors.

In addition to being occupied in its entirety by a creditworthy tenant, scientific and technology applications company SAIC, Franklin Center is also new — and green. The seven-story building made its debut in 2008, and it has earned LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.

The length of SAIC’s lease is unclear; however, Wells Core REIT should not have too much of a challenge maintaining a full tenant roster at Franklin Center should SAIC depart. The property, located near Fort Meade and the U.S. Department of Defense’s U.S. Cyber Command, sits in an area where the prospect for long-term demand for office space is on the rise. It has everything to do with jobs.

“Driven by numerous expanding industries, the Greater Baltimore area is ahead of the curve when it comes to market stabilization,” a report by commercial real estate services firm Cassidy Turley noted. “Market conditions should start to show signs of improvement with the influx of more than 15,000 jobs due to the DoD’s Base Realignment and Closure of 2005. The National Security Agency’s increased hiring efforts to support its cyber security initiatives should also have a positive economic impact on the area.”