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Developer purchases 14 West End buildings in deal valued at nearly $100M

Fourteen West End office buildings will soon have a new – but familiar – owner.

Lingerfelt Development today announced that it would purchase the buildings, which total 919,000 square feet, from Liberty Property Trust in a deal that is valued at nearly $100 million. The properties all were part of the Lingerfelt Development Corporation in 1995, when that company's founder, Alan Ligerfelt, sold the company to Liberty Property Trust.

Eight of the buildings, including the Snagajob.com building, are located in Innsbrook. The purchase also includes two buildings on Westgate Parkway, two on Westerre Parkway, one on Gaskins Road and the Patient First building at Woodman and Parham roads.

“This portfolio is particularly strong, since the properties are 98 percent leased, Class A commercial, and located within the desirable Innsbrook area," said Ryan Lingerfelt, principal of Lingerfelt Development. "The current tenants, and the local commercial real estate community, are already very familiar with our name.”

The Lingerfelt family has built or acquired more than 11 million square feet of commercial space during a period of more than half a century. The properties it has owned serve from medical to professional to industrial uses and include data, call and emergency care centers, elderly housing, nursing homes and multifamily developments across the eastern U.S., primarily in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Maryland and Illinois.

The buildings acquired in today's deal are:

• Snagajob Building, 4880 Cox Road, Glen Allen (58,726 square feet);

• Liberty Plaza I, 4801 Cox Road, Glen Allen (80,397 square feet);

• Bay Harbor Consulting Building, 4198 Cox Road, Glen Allen (44,089 square feet);

• Rowe Plaza, 4510 Cox Road, Glen Allen (72,655 square feet);

• Innsbrook Commons, 4121 Cox Road, Glen Allen (59,053 square feet);

• TechPointe I, 5000 Cox Road, Glen Allen (58,367 square feet);

• TechPointe II, 5500 Cox Road, Glen Allen (53,863 square feet);

• Gaskins Center II, 3829-3855 Gaskins Road (44,926 square feet);

• Westgate I, 100 Westgate Parkway (91,752 square feet);

• Westgate II, 200 Westgate Parkway (60,266 square feet);

• Westerre IV, 3901 Westerre Parkway (78,120 square feet);

• Westerre III, 3900 Westerre Parkway (76,128 square feet);

• Patient First, 2300 East Parham Road (5,172 square feet);

• Liberty Plaza II, 10800 Nuckols Road, Glen Allen (135,375 square feet).


Community

Varina Ruritans honor students

The Varina Ruritan Club hosted the winners of its 2014 Environmental Essay contest at its monthly meeting March 11 in Varina.

The contest, in its eighth year, was for the first time open to students in grades 3-5 at Varina Elementary School. (It previously was open to Sandston Elementary School students.)

The meeting included the winners, parents of the winners, Varina Elementary principal Mark Tyler and several teachers who were in charge of the contest at the school. > Read more.

Baseball game to benefit Glen Allen Buddy Ball


For the fifth consecutive year, St. Christopher’s and Benedictine will play a varsity baseball game at Glen Allen's RF&P Park as part of a fundraising effort for the River City Buddy Ball program.

The game will take place Saturday, April 12, at 7 p.m., and the teams hope to raise $3,000 through donations, raffles and other efforts. Admission to the game is free, but fans who attend are asked to donate funds for the Glen Allen Youth Athletic Association's Buddy Ball program, which enables disabled children and teens to play baseball. > Read more.

Highland Springs field to be dedicated in honor of longtime coach Spears

The Henrico Division of Recreation and Parks will dedicate the Highland Springs Little League Majors Field in memory and honor of Rev. Robert “Bob” L. Spears, Jr., on April 12 with a ceremony at the field at 8 a.m.

Spears served the league as a coach and volunteer for 30 years and was praised as a pioneer for equality. His “Finish strong” motto embodied ethical perseverance on the field and in life. > Read more.

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Entertainment

Restaurant watch

Find out how your favorite dining establishments fared during their most recent inspections by the Virginia Department of Health. > Read more.

A fun, fuzzy ride

‘Muppets Most Wanted’ worthy of its franchise

Do Muppets sleep? It’s hard to say.

They don’t really eat (or breathe, as far as anyone can tell). And only occasionally do they have visible, functioning legs.

As far as anyone knows, sleeping might be off the table. And that makes it very hard to accuse the Muppets of sleepwalking through their latest feature, Muppets Most Wanted – even if that’s exactly what’s going on.

Jim Henson’s beloved creations were back in a big way after 2011’s The Muppets, with fame and fortune and even an Oscar, a first for the group (“Rainbow Connection” was nominated, yet somehow failed to collect at the ’79 ceremony). > Read more.

Weekend Top 10


There’s no excuse for kids and families to not get out of the house this weekend! The Armour House and Gardens has an “Egg-celent Egg-venture” planned and Reynolds Community College will host the Reynolds Family Palooza. If you’re looking to give back to your community, Dorey Park will host Walk Like MADD and coordinators2inc will present the annual Kids Walk for Kids. And a special event for children with special needs will be on Sunday – the Caring Bunny will be at Virginia Center Commons. For all our top picks this weekend, click here! > Read more.

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