Technology company to be first corporate tenant in Roanoke project

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California-based JDSU will be the first corporate tenant at The Bridges, a $100 million redevelopment project in Roanoke.

JDSU is a technology company that develops network and service enablement solutions for network equipment manufacturers, communications service providers and enterprises.

The developers of The Bridges are redeveloping a vacant stretch along Roanoke’s South Jefferson Street into new apartments, offices and retail.

The commercial real estate firm Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer said JDSU will occupy about  24,643 square feet in the Trolley Barn at 323 Walnut Ave., which is part of the overall redevelopment.

The space, which will feature an open floor plan, is scheduled for completion in December 2014.

John K. Nielsen of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer, who is the exclusive leasing representative of The Bridges, handled the lease negotiations.

In a statement, Nielsen said the deal represents the largest new office lease signed in the downtown Roanoke area since March 2008.

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