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June 18, 2014

Kettler Conveys 20-Acre Park to Prince William County

KETTLER CONVEYS 20-ACRE PARK TO PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY

June 18, 2014

Kettler, one of greater Washington, D.C.’s leading real estate development and property management companies, announced today that it has conveyed a 20-acre park to Prince William County through the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust.

The park is adjacent to Vantage Point, a townhouse community being developed by Kettler and Ryan Homes in Woodbridge, VA. Additionally, there are plans to add a trail through the parcel to allow for public and pedestrian access to the natural surroundings.

“We have a cooperative relationship with Prince William County, valuing input from the county and incorporating ideas into our projects to improve them. The park at Vantage Point is an example where we worked closely with the county to permanently preserve over 20 acres of mature forest,” said Charlie Kieler, senior vice president of mixed-use and community development at Kettler. “As a generational business in the county we view our many projects with pride. Open spaces, amenities, trails and landscaping are valued, used and maintained daily. There is a real sense of living and working in a neighborhood. We like to think that our projects are ‘sustainable by design’.”

Kettler, Occoquan Supervisor Mike May and Planning Commissioner Kim Hosen have worked together to ensure that the property is now permanently protected from development, and will be kept in its natural state. "We're very excited Kettler is finalizing this easement, which conserves approximately 60% of their development site. Their response to the Occoquan District's desire to permanently protect green open space, streams, and preserve the scenic appearance of Tanyard Hill Road is greatly appreciated,” stated Supervisor May. In addition to the main easement, the natural environment visible from Tanyard Hill Road, one of the main roads into historic Occoquan, will be preserved in perpetuity. The easement also contains a small archeological site that the County could investigate.

“Conserving land is such an important part of sustaining a healthy environment,” said Peggy Stevens, executive director of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. “We are delighted to be working with Prince William County on this newly accessible land, and we are grateful to Kettler for recognizing how protecting land forever enriches this community.”

About Kettler

Founded in 1977 and headquartered in McLean, Va., Kettler develops planned communities, apartments, condominiums, and mixed-use projects. The company has developed more than 15,400 apartments and condominiums, 5 million square feet of commercial space, more than 46,000 homes in 25 master-planned communities and many of the region’s premier mixed-use communities. Kettler Management successfully manages more than 24,000 apartments for Kettler and 3rd party clients from New Jersey to North Carolina and offers a full range of services to corporate and institutional real estate owners. For more information, visit www.kettler.com.

About Northern Virginia Conservation Trust

The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust NVCT is a private, nonprofit organization committed to saving nearby nature® by helping local governments and private landowners voluntarily preserve natural areas, trails, streams and parks. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, NVCT has preserved nearly 5,800 acres in Northern Virginia in both urban and rural areas. NVCT currently holds 102 conservation easements and owns 21 properties, including 70 acres protecting one of the largest Great Blue Heron nesting sites in the lower Potomac region.