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Date published: 1/30/2013

By Bill Freehling

New building planned at Quantico complex

Three companies that are teaming up on a 40,000-square-foot office building near the Staples store at Doc Stone Commons in North Stafford have a similar project in the works at the Quantico Corporate Center.

Local real estate developer and contractor Virginia Properties Inc. is working on plans for another two-story, 40,000-square-foot office building at the corner of Corporate Drive and Telegraph Road at the QCC off U.S. 1 near Marine Corps Base Quantico. Corporate Drive will be extended to Telegraph as part of the North Stafford project.

Minnieland has reserved about half of the first floor for a child care center, and Pratt Medical Center will lease about 3,000 square feet, said Virginia Properties principal Donn Hart. Other leases are in the works with government contractors.

Affiliates of Virginia Properties, Minnieland and Pratt will purchase about four acres for the building from an affiliate of the Silver Cos., which is developing the QCC. The deal will close after additional leases are finalized and building construction draws near.

Several other projects are in the works at the QCC, which already includes 450,000 square feet of office buildings. That includes an 8,000-square-foot multi-tenant retail building and a Courtyard by Marriott hotel under construction near the QCC's main entrance. Several restaurants and a barber shop have leased space at the retail building. The Telegraph Road bridge over Interstate 95 will also be replaced as part of the HOT/HOV project now under construction.

Coldwell Banker Elite names new manager

Coldwell Banker Elite has hired a well-known local real estate agent to head its expanding commercial division.

Ben Keddie has been named vice president of Coldwell Banker Elite Commercial, said Kevin Breen, the firm's owner. His new job starts Feb. 1.

Keddie will manage Coldwell Banker Elite's commercial division, which became one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Fredericksburg area with a deal late last year to acquire Silver Commercial Brokerage. The firm's commercial division will be run out of leased space on the first floor of the Silver Cos.' headquarters in Central Park.

Keddie, a Virginia Tech graduate and Fredericksburg native, has spent the past five years as a commercial sales and leasing agent with Virginia Properties Inc.

Keddie has been active in the local business community as founding chairman of the Next Generation of Business Leaders and a participant and mentor in the Leadership Fredericksburg program.

--Bill Freehling