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Lerner Signs The Columbia Group at 20 M Street in Capital Riverfront District of Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C.,  December 6, 2010 - Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, Washington, D.C.’s largest private real estate developer, announced that it has secured a lease with The Columbia Group (ColumbiaGroup.com), a technical services support company for the United States Military.  The office building located in Southeast Washington, D.C. is now over 84% leased.

The Columbia Group will occupy 20,039 square-feet on the seventh floor of the building and is projected to occupy the space in March of 2011 and joins other offices in Alexandria, Quantico and Panama City Beach, Florida.

The Columbia Group was represented by Robert Shue, Stephen J. Burman and Terry Amling of the Washington, D.C. and McLean, Virginia office of Jones Lang LaSalle (JonesLangLaSalle.com) and Lerner was represented by Brian R. Raher and Josh Kreider of the Washington, D.C. office of Cushman & Wakefield (CushmanWakefield.com).

Co-tenants within the office building include the Bureau of Land Management and Booz|Allen|Hamilton who will both begin occupancy in January of 2011.

20 M Street, the first office building in Washington, D.C. to achieve LEEDŽ Gold certification for Core and Shell, is located at the intersection of M and Half Streets in the Southeast Washington Capitol Riverfront District (CapitolRiverfront.org; JDLand.com).  20 M Street is situated directly across from the newly expanded Navy Yard Metro Station and two blocks from Nationals Park, home of the Washington Nationals Baseball Club (Nationals.com).

20 M Street was the first building designed and developed by Lerner under its Green Initiative Program that, in addition to building state-of-the-art environmental friendly buildings, focuses great attention on utilizing energy and resource conservation, while preserving a healthy environment for tenants and visitors alike.  The building’s environmental benefits include roofing designed to reduce heat island effects, plumbing designed to reduce water consumption, water reclamation for the building’s landscape, reduced energy consumption through high efficiency HVAC systems, maximized use of recycled materials, humidification controls to ensure optimum tenant comfort and proximity to Metro that encourages the use of public transportation.

For more information on 20 M Street, please visit: 20MStreetSE.com.

About The Columbia Group

The Columbia Group, a technical services support company, has a successful history of providing the United States Military with acquisition, logistics management, engineering, design, fabrication, test and evaluation, information technology and financial management support services.  The Columbia Group employs over 275 professionals and is based in Washington, D.C. with offices in Northern Virginia and Panama City Beach, Florida.

About Lerner Enterprises

Lerner Enterprises (Lerner.com) of Rockville, Maryland, founded by Theodore N. Lerner in 1952, is Washington, D.C.'s largest private real estate developer and is involved in all phases of commercial, residential, retail, hotel and mixed-use real estate.  This includes planning, development, construction, leasing, asset and property management.  Lerner has developed and currently manages more than 15 million square feet of office buildings, retail centers and residential communities.  Lerner's office portfolio is comprised of many  well-known developments including: 2000 Tower Oaks Boulevard (TowerOaks.com) with LEEDŽ Platinum Certification, Rockville, Md.; The Corporate Office Park at Dulles Town Center (DullesTownCenter.com), Dulles, Va.; The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II (Tysons2.com), McLean, Va.; Fallsgrove Village Office Center (FallsgroveVillageCtr.com), Rockville, Md.; White Flint North, North Bethesda, Md.; Washington Square, (WashingtonSquareDC.com) currently under a multi-million dollar renovation, Washington, D.C.; 1133 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C.; Flint Hill Office Park (FlintHillOfficePark.com), Fairfax, Va.; 7799 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.; and 400 Army Navy Drive, Arlington, Va., among many others.

Lerner has been the recipient of numerous NAIOP and other industry awards (Lerner.com/Awards.html) in its 58-year history including the Honor Award for Design Excellence in the Fairfax County 2009 Exceptional Design Awards Program for 1800 Tysons Boulevard in The Corporate Office Centre at Tysons II.

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