Development of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center Commences

MALVERN, Pa., July 3, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Liberty Property Trust announced today that the joint venture agreement between it and Comcast Corporation relating to the Comcast Innovation & Technology Center, together with the related agreements for the development of the project, have been completed and development is commencing. The 59-story tower, to be located on the 1800 block of Arch Street in Philadelphia, will include 1.334 million square feet of rentable office space and a 222-room Four Seasons Hotel. Comcast has signed a 20-year lease for 982,275 square feet, or approximately 74 percent of the office space.

The joint venture is 80 percent owned by Comcast and 20 percent by Liberty Property Trust. Liberty is the manager of the joint venture. Project costs, exclusive of tenant-funded interior improvements, are anticipated to be approximately $933 million, of which $40 million represents public assistance in the form of grants from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia for funding of infrastructure improvements and public spaces. Liberty's investment in the project is expected to be approximately $185 million.

Completion is anticipated to be in the first quarter of 2018. L.F. Driscoll is acting as general contractor.

About Liberty Property Trust

Liberty Property Trust (NYSE: LPT) is a leader in commercial real estate, serving customers in the United States and United Kingdom, through the development, acquisition, ownership and management of superior office and industrial properties. Liberty's 101 million square foot portfolio includes 700 properties which provide office, distribution and light manufacturing facilities to 1,800 tenants.

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SOURCE Liberty Property Trust