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Massive New Projects, National Retailers Spur Development Explosion In El Paso

El Paso in 2017 is a story of growth. Sales tax rebates increased over 10 percent in 2016 — second among the 20 largest cities in Texas. Since 2000, the El Paso-area population has increased by more than 27 percent, and as the longtime adage goes, “retail follows rooftops.” Long under the radar of national concepts, El Paso’s retail sector is changing. Major retail developments in El Paso are gaining national attention. One of the catalysts contributing to this interest is the..

April 14, 2017

Reis: Despite Bankruptcies, Retail Vacancy Holds Steady, Rents Increase

NEW YORK CITY — Despite a rash of bankruptcies and store closures by major retailers during the first quarter of 2017, the U.S. retail market overall is quite healthy, according to a report by Reis, a New York-based commercial real estate analytics firm. To gather its data, Reis tracked multi-tenant neighborhood and community shopping centers of 10,000 square feet or larger in 77 primary metro areas throughout the United States. Last week, Payless ShoeSource became the 10th retailer to..

April 12, 2017

TA Realty Sells 45-Property Industrial, Office Portfolio for $854.5M

LOS ANGELES, DALLAS, CHICAGO AND WASHINGTON, D.C. — Boston-based investment management firm TA Realty, acting on behalf of The Realty Associates Fund IX LP, has sold a 45-property industrial and office portfolio for $854.5 million to Brookfield-managed real estate funds. The industrial and office properties in the portfolio total 8.6 million square feet across 12 states. The majority of the properties are leased to investment-grade tenants in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago and Washington,..

April 4, 2017

Marriott Sells 759-Room Hawaiian Resort for $317M

LAHAINA, HAWAII — Marriott International Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has sold the Westin Maui Resort and Spa to a joint venture between Trinity Investments LLC and Oaktree Capital Management LP for approximately $317 million. The 759-room oceanfront resort is situated on 12 acres along Ka’anapali Beach in Lahaina, a town on the island of Maui’s western coast. Guestrooms are split between two 12-story buildings: the 553-room Ocean Tower, which recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation,..

April 4, 2017

CitiBank, Goldman Sachs Provide $124.5M Loan for Acquisition of Three Office Buildings in Newark Area

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — CitiBank and Goldman Sachs & Co. have provided $124.5 million in acquisition financing for three Class A office properties in Florham Park, N.J., a city approximately 20 miles west of Newark. HFF arranged the 10-year, fixed-rate loan on behalf of Mack-Cali Realty Corp. (NYSE: CLI), a REIT specializing in office and multifamily properties throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic. RXR Realty, a New York City-based developer and property manager, sold the three..

March 31, 2017

HCP Completes $1.1B Disposition of 64 Brookdale Seniors Housing Communities

IRVINE, Calif. — HCP (NYSE: HCP) has completed its previously announced sale of 64 Brookdale Senior Living-operated multifamily communities for $1.1 billion. The deal was announced in November 2016. Affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Partners VIII LP purchased the portfolio, with Brookdale staying on as operator. Specific names and locations of the properties were not disclosed. The properties total 5,967 units, which equates to a sale price of  $189,000 per unit...

March 30, 2017

Berkeley Partners Receives $22.5M Loan for Refinancing of 20-Building Industrial Portfolio in Atlanta MSA

NORCROSS, GA. — Berkeley Partners has received a $22.5 million loan for the refinancing of a five-property, 20-building industrial portfolio in Norcross. Totaling 605,274 square feet, the portfolio comprises six buildings in Gwinnett Gateway (1710 Wilwat Drive); three buildings in Gateway Business Park I (6500 McDonough Drive); five buildings in Gateway Business Park II (6000 Dawson Blvd.); and five buildings in Atlantic Business Center (6400 Atlantic Blvd.), all of which are located in..

March 28, 2017

Arden Group Acquires Sheraton Hotel in Atlanta, Plans $7M in Renovations

ATLANTA — Arden Group, through its affiliate Arden Real Estate Partners II, has acquired the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel for an undisclosed price. The recently renovated, 763-room hotel includes over 100,000 square feet of event and meeting space, as well as an indoor-outdoor swimming pool, garden courtyard with retractable glass roof, fitness center, business center and two restaurants. Arden plans to invest $7 million in renovations to the hotel, which will add to the $15 million that the..

March 28, 2017

Berger Arranges 53,139 SF Industrial Lease for Pharmaceutical Logistics Company in Boca Raton, Florida

BOCA RATON, FLA. — Berger Commercial Realty/CORFAC International has arranged a 53,139-square-foot industrial lease for a pharmaceutical logistics company in Boca Raton. WDSrx-Woodfield Distribution LLC will occupy the space at 6500 Park of Commerce Blvd. The 83,000-square-foot building offers 24-foot clear heights, dock loading areas and access to I-95. Exeter 6500-6500 Park of Commerce LLC owns the property. Michael Feuerman of Berger arranged the lease on behalf of WDSrx, which operates..

March 28, 2017

Studio Movie Grill To Add Locations in Florida, Georgia

SEMINOLE, FLA., AND MARIETTA, GA. — Studio Movie Grill, a dine-in theater chain, has planned two new locations in the Southeast: in the Tampa suburb of Seminole and the Atlanta suburb of Marietta. Both locations are scheduled to open before the end of 2017. Studio Movie Grill offers food, beer, wine and spirits while screening movies, concerts, sporting events and promotions. The company currently has 24 locations in nine states.

March 28, 2017