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Integrating Entertainment Into Retail Destinations — It’s More Than Just a Movie Theater

The perception versus reality of the “demise” of traditional retail has long been disconnected. Much of this disconnect is centered on a misunderstanding of retail’s role in the lives of consumers. Today, the role of retail centers is increasingly based upon giving consumers what they demand — entertainment-focused experiences that they can’t get elsewhere. This goes beyond adding a movie theater or bowling alley. Entertainment finally has a real seat at the table in retail …

NKF Multifamily: Student Housing Sector Outlook for 2019

To ring in the New Year, Student Housing Business — sister publication to REBusinessOnline — sat down with Ryan Lang, executive managing director and head of Newmark Knight Frank’s student housing division, to discuss his outlook for the year ahead. SHB: What challenges will your market face in 2019? Where are the opportunities within these challenges? Lang: It appears volatility on the capital markets side will continue to be closely monitored heading into 2019 and …

Using Technology to Build Support for Affordable Housing

For developers of affordable housing, a certain amount of NIMBYism is virtually inevitable. But the contentiousness of our times has amplified the rumbling of, “not in my backyard,” into a shout. Time consumed in countering the claims and tactics of affordable housing opponents can damage or derail a developer’s plans — delaying approvals, raising costs and in some cases causing the project to be abandoned altogether. At a time when large segments of the population have been priced out …

Wilkinson, Torchlight Investors Purchase Five-Property Multifamily Portfolio in Indianapolis for $121.5M

INDIANAPOLIS — A joint venture between Wilkinson Corp. and Torchlight Investors has purchased a five-property multifamily portfolio in Indianapolis. Hampshire Properties Ltd. sold the portfolio for $121.5 million, according to the Indianapolis Business Journal. The portfolio consists of nearly 2,000 units. Berkadia’s Atlanta office originated the senior mortgage loan for the acquisition. Wilkinson’s affiliated property management company, Wilkinson Asset Management, has assumed …

Tribune Media to Start Construction of 8 MSF River District in Chicago

CHICAGO — Tribune Real Estate Holdings, a subsidiary of Tribune Media Co. (NYSE: TRCO), has received approval from the City of Chicago to begin an 8 million-square-foot mixed-use development at 700 and 777 W. Chicago Ave.  The approval was the last step before construction could begin. The development — named The River District — will include 4,100 residential units and 2,000 feet of riverfront pedestrian walkways upon completion. Phase I of development will include 1,250 to 1,500 …

LCOR Opens $200M Multifamily Community in Metro Washington D.C.

ARLINGTON, VA. — LCOR has opened Altaire, a 451-unit luxury multifamily community located in the Crystal City neighborhood of Arlington, roughly five miles south of Washington, D.C. The $200 million community comprises two buildings offering studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, alongside a selection of high-end penthouses and townhouses titled The Collection. These units offer larger floor plans with upgraded finishes, a superior appliance package and private, individual rooftop …

Cortland Acquires 531-Unit Multifamily Community at The Battery Atlanta for $156M

ATLANTA — Cortland has acquired Home at The Battery Atlanta, a 531-unit multifamily community, from a joint venture between Braves Development Co. (BDC) and Pollack Shores for $156 million. Walker & Dunlop brokered the transaction. The three-building property — to be renamed Cortland at the Battery Atlanta — offers 328 one-bedroom units, 195 two-bedroom units and eight three-bedroom units. The apartments were 92 percent occupied at the time of sale. Each building offers a range …

Joint Venture Acquires 351,705 SF Office Tower in Fort Lauderdale for $108.5M

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. — A joint venture has acquired 1 East Broward, a 351,705-square-foot office tower in Fort Lauderdale, for $108.5 million. The joint venture, titled 1 East Broward Owner LLC, comprises affiliates of NAI/Merin Hunter Codman and PCCP LLC. The property is located on the northeast corner of Broward Boulevard and Andrews Avenue across from the new Brightline Rail Station in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale. The asset consists of a 19-story building and a five-story …

Yardi: Average U.S. Multifamily Rent Hit All-Time High in July

The average monthly rent for multifamily communities in the United States rose $3 to an all-time high of $1,409 in July, according to a recent report by Yardi Matrix. The increase is thanks in part to strong second-quarter economic growth and healthy demand. Year-over-year, rents are up 2.8 percent. Yardi is a California-based software company serving the commercial real estate industry. The company’s Yardi Matrix data branch researches and compiles data through a combination of original …

Retailers Should Put Purpose Before Product, Experience Before Sales

Retail Insight recently sat down with Hernan Martinez, CEO of Cuestamoras Urbanismo, to discuss the changing landscape of shopping centers as they become more of a community center for the cities they service. Martinez has firsthand experience with this as he and his company develop Oxigeno, a mixed-use project in Costa Rica that offers four unique zones that incorporate entertainment, shopping, dining, green areas, and the local Heredia neighborhood. Do you think today’s …

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