Howard Hughes Corp. Adds New Tenant at Maryland Office Tower

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A major health insurance provider will take 80,000 square feet in Downtown Columbia.

6100 Merriweather

CareFirst has signed a lease for 80,000 square feet of office space at The Howard Hughes Corp.’s 6100 Merriweather in Columbia, Md., part of HHC’s Downtown Columbia master-planned community. The new tenant is slated to design and customize its office space throughout 2023, then open in January 2024.

Built in 2019, the 12-story, LEED Gold-certified office tower has 320,000 square feet of office space. CareFirst now occupies the entirety of levels 3 and 4, as well as parts of levels 1 and 2. Other tenants at the office building include Tenable, Advarra, Ames Watson and Insperity. With CareFirst, the property is 97 percent leased. Amenities at the property include a fitness room and an outdoor terrace. A total of 1,200 parking spaces in a 4.16 spaces per 1,000 square feet parking ratio, according to CommercialEdge data. The property features 13,000 square feet of retail, according to the data provider.

Located at 6100 Merriweather Drive, the property is adjacent to Symphony Woods Parks and Merriweather Post Pavilion. The Mall in Columbia and several other shopping, dining and entertainment options are available less than a mile north of the office tower.

A fresh Downtown Columbia

Columbia’s urban center, located within the Baltimore-Washington, D.C., corridor, is currently being rejuvenated by HHC in accordance with the Downtown Columbia Plan, a 30-year program for the revitalization and redevelopment of the 1967 master-planned community. Upon completion, the redevelopment of Downtown Columbia is planned to include three reconfigured neighborhoods—Merriweather District, Lakefront District and Central District

Vice Chairman Phil Leibow and Managing Director Mike Sullivan of JLL represented the new tenant in the transaction, while Executive Vice President Alex Hancock and Senior Associate Patrick Crilley from Transwestern worked on behalf of HHC.

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