ALEXANDRIA, VA. — Morgan Properties has acquired the Mark Center portfolio, a multifamily and retail portfolio comprising 2,664 apartment units and a 63,320-square-foot retail center in Alexandria, for $509 million. Located in the Seminary Road submarket, the 150-acre Mark Center portfolio is roughly eight miles south of Washington, D.C. CBRE represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction. The Apartments at Mark Center include six adjacent garden-style communities: Hillwood, Stoneridge, Meadow Creek, Lynbrook, Brookdale and Willow Run. King of Prussia, Pa.-based Morgan Properties will consolidate the six assets into four apartment communities and invest approximately $35 million in capital improvements, including updated interiors and appliances and a new fitness center, business center, movie theater, club room, putting green and a dog park. The Shops at Mark Center is leased to tenants including CVS/pharmacy, Global Foods, Starbucks Coffee and SunTrust Bank. The Mark Center acquisition is Morgan Properties’ second largest transaction in the company’s history. With the acquisition, the company obtained the former owner’s right to maximize the allowable density of the center from 2.5 million square feet to 6.4 million square feet over the long-term.