The greater Kansas City area retail market remains solid as a rock, despite CoStar Group’s mid-year report showing a slight decline in the average asking rental rate and a slight increase in vacancy. The retail vacancy rate in the second quarter of 2017 stood at 5.7 percent, up slightly from the previous quarter’s 5.5 percent. The average asking rental rate for retail is $13.05 per square foot, down from $13.07 in the previous quarter. Local, regional and national restaurant chains..
MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO. — Universal Windows Direct has signed an 8,250-square-foot industrial lease in Maryland Heights. The property is located at 11993 Borman Drive. This is the first Missouri location for the Cleveland-based window installation and home improvement company. Scott Martin of Hilliker Corp. represented the tenant in the five-year lease transaction. Pace Properties represented the undisclosed landlord.
ST. PETERS, MO. — Knoebel Construction has broken ground on a new Fresh Thyme Farmers Market in St. Peters, about 30 miles west of St. Louis. The $5 million project is slated for completion in winter 2018. Approximately 95 people will work at the 28,720-square-foot store. InSite Real Estate is developing the property. NORR is providing architectural services. Fresh Thyme is a specialty grocer rapidly expanding in the Midwest with other St. Louis-area stores in Kirkwood, Ballwin and..
ST. LOUIS — Great Rivers Greenway is developing the Chouteau Greenway in the core of St. Louis. The public agency is now accepting submissions for the greenway design. The conceptual plan will connect Forest Park and Washington University to the Gateway Arch grounds. Design qualifications must be submitted by Nov. 21. Four finalists will be offered a stipend to work on the design, which will be reviewed by the public and presented to a jury in late April 2018. The winning team will finalize..
ST. LOUIS — Dwight Capital has provided a $63.1 million loan for the refinancing of Park Pacific Apartments in St. Louis. The property is an adaptive reuse of the historic Missouri Pacific Railroad building located downtown. Originally built in the 1920s, the property was rehabilitated into a mixed-use development in 2011. Park Pacific now features 230 luxury apartments, 48,000 square feet of Class A office space, 28,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and a 585-space parking garage...
The Kansas City office market is poised for increasing rental rates and decreasing vacancy rates for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018. Kansas City has realized its 14th consecutive quarter of increased rental rates (through March 2017), while vacancy has decreased in the overall metro area due to lack of new office construction and a steady pace of absorption. Several factors contribute to the complexity of why the market is good but not great, steady but not dynamic, with no one factor..
ST. LOUIS — Hilliker Corp. has arranged the sale of two industrial buildings in St. Louis for approximately $7 million. Serioplast, a plastic manufacturer based in Italy, purchased a 132,000-square-foot building located at 4400 Planned Industrial Drive. Service Metals Inc., an industrial valve distributor, purchased the property located at 4300 Planned Industrial Drive. Madison Warehouses built both properties in the 1990s. Hal Ball and Chris Taff of Hilliker Corp. represented the tenants in..
ST. LOUIS — McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has completed the conversion of a former charter elementary school into an interim science building for Saint Louis University (SLU) in St. Louis. Located on SLU’s south campus, the building is now home to research, teaching and office space for the biology department while the University renovates Macelwane Hall, which experienced a fire and subsequent water damage in May of this year. The 50,000-square-foot renovation was completed in time for the..
FENTON, MO. — Alkem Laboratories and Beckwood Press Co. have signed industrial leases totaling 87,966 square feet at Fenton Logistics Park in Fenton. Alkem Laboratories, a pharmaceutical company, signed a 32,086-square-foot lease in the park’s first speculative building located at 2050 Fenton Logistics Blvd. Beckwood Press Co., a hydraulic equipment supplier, signed a 55,880-square-foot lease at the park’s second speculative building, which is currently under construction. Jon Hinds and..
KANSAS CITY, MO. — Dejana Truck & Utility Equipment has signed a 90,000-square-foot industrial lease in SubTropolis within Kansas City. The automotive equipment manufacturer will run a new Ford Transit and Ford F-150 upfitting operation at the underground business complex. The New York-based subsidiary of Douglas Dynamics Inc. (NYSE: PLOW) will also lease two additional acres in SubTropolis for vehicle staging. Dejana manufactures van partitions, racking systems and hauling systems for..