SunTrust Provides $5.6M Refinancing for Affordable Housing Property in Aurora, Illinois

AURORA, ILL. — SunTrust Banks Inc. has provided a $5.6 million Fannie Mae loan for the refinancing of Fox Shore Apartments in Aurora, a suburb of Chicago. Built in 1970, the five-story building includes 94 units, all of which are designated affordable under Section 8 of the U.S. Housing Act. The property was 96 percent occupied at the time of the loan closing. Evan Hom of SunTrust originated the 10-year loan on behalf of the non-profit

Cunat Acquires 258-Unit Apartment Community in Aurora, Illinois

AURORA, ILL. — Cunat Inc. has acquired Stone Crossing Apartments in the Chicago suburb of Aurora for an undisclosed price. The 258-unit apartment community is located at 1240 Nantucket Road. The property consists of three two-story townhome buildings with three-bedroom units and two three-story apartment buildings with one- and two-bedroom units. Cunat plans to completely upgrade, renovate and rebrand the community under the new name Arbor West. Cunat will renovate unit interiors, demolish …

Sears Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy, Plans 142 More Store Closures

HOFFMAN ESTATES, ILL. — Sears Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: SHLD) has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. A $134 million debt payment was due today. Eddie Lampert will step down as Sears chief executive, but will remain the company’s chairman. The Hoffman Estates-based company oversees both Sears and Kmart-branded department stores. The company has negotiated $300 million in senior financing from its lenders and is also in the …

Avanath Acquires Two Affordable Housing Properties in Metro Chicago for $72.2M

CHICAGO AND WILLOWBROOK, ILL. — Avanath Capital Management LLC has acquired two affordable housing properties in metro Chicago totaling 668 units for $72.2 million. Avanath’s institutional fund, Avanath Affordable Housing III, was used to acquire the assets. The properties include the 582-unit Hinsdale Lake Terrace in Willowbrook and the 86-unit Drexel Court in Chicago. Avanath plans to upgrade amenity spaces at both properties. Sellers were not disclosed. At the Hinsdale property, 100 …

Jameson Brokers $5.4M Sale of Industrial Building in Chicago’s West Loop

CHICAGO — Jameson Commercial has brokered the sale of a 35,000-square-foot industrial building in Chicago’s West Loop for $5.4 million. The buyer, LG Development Group, plans to demolish the building and replace it with a 10-story, 166-unit apartment building. Jameson represented the seller, Fred Baker Trust. The property, located at 1214-1230 W. Jackson Blvd., was formerly home to FredEric’s Frame

Three Retailers Join Tenant Lineup at Luxury Apartment Tower in Chicago’s Streeterville

CHICAGO — Three new retailers have joined the tenant lineup at Optima Signature, a 57-story luxury apartment tower in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. GoodVets Streeterville, a full-service veterinarian, has opened its 2,000-square-foot office. RUNAWAY, a run conditioning fitness studio, will occupy 4,200 square feet starting in November. Guidepost Montessori, a California-based school serving toddlers and preschoolers, is scheduled to open an 11,500-square-foot school later this year. …

Chicago’s Office Market: the Dichotomy Between Large and Small Law Firms

Over the past four years, Chicago’s legal sector has accounted for almost 750,000 square feet of negative net absorption despite a robust economy keeping demand for legal services of all types strong. While much has been written about large law firms shedding space as they reconfigure their offices with open floor plans that appeal to millennial and Generation Z talent, not all are following the same course of action. [caption id="attachment_213182" align="alignright" width="100"] …

Contegra Completes $3.2M Retail Center in Edwardsville, Illinois

EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. — Contegra Construction Co. has completed a $3.2 million retail center known as Timberlake Village in Edwardsville, about 28 miles northeast of St. Louis. Developed by Kamadulski Crays Fischer LLC, property spans 10,000 square feet. Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse is the anchor tenant. An additional 3,000 square feet is available for lease. The 1.5-acre site includes 70 car parking

HREC Arranges Sale of 106-Room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rockford, Illinois

ROCKFORD, ILL. — HREC Investment Advisors has arranged the sale of the 106-room Fairfield Inn & Suites in Rockford for an undisclosed price. Minnesota-based Oliver Cos. purchased the asset. Jeff Preston and Tom Sommer of HREC represented the sellers, North Central Group and Raymond Management Co. The hotel, located near I-90, features a complimentary breakfast, Wi-Fi, a fitness center and pool. Fairfield Inn & Suites is part of the Marriott chain of

Architectural Firm SNHA to Relocate to 1 Prudential Plaza in Chicago

CHICAGO — Sheehan Nagle Hartray Architects (SNHA) has signed a 23,615-square-foot office lease to relocate to 1 Prudential Plaza in Chicago. The architectural firm will relocate form 12,907 square feet at 30 W. Monroe St. upon build-out of its space in April 2019. Geoffrey Kasselman, Matthew Whipple, Bob Chodos and Steve Levitas of Newmark Knight Frank represented SNHA in the lease transaction. Landlord Sterling Bay was self-represented in the deal. SNHA cited abundance of natural light, …


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