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San Francisco Planning Commission Approves 2.3 MSF Flower Mart Redevelopment Project

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Planning Commission has unanimously approved plans to redevelop the historic Flower Mart in the city’s South of Market (SoMa) district as a 2.3 million-square-foot mixed-use property. Kilroy Realty Corp. (NYSE: KRC) is leading the development, which will preserve and update the 115,000-square-foot Flower Mart, while also adding 2.1 million square feet of creative office space, a 100,000-square-foot retail market hall and one acre of public open …

Amazon to Open Two 700,000 SF Fulfillment Centers in Ohio

AKRON AND ROSSFORD, OHIO — Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) will open two fulfillment centers in Ohio in a move that will bring more than 2,500 new jobs to the northern part of the state. The properties, each of which will span more than 700,000 square feet, will be located in Akron and Rossford, the latter being a suburb of Toledo. The developments will be the e-commerce giant’s seventh and eighth industrial assets in Ohio, and will be used to sort, pack and ship various items to customers in the …

Joint Venture Revives Toys ‘R’ Us Brand, to Open Two New Stores Before Christmas

PARSIPPANY, N.J., AND SAN FRANCISCO — One of the recently fallen retail giants is poised to make a return less than two years after its demise. Tru Kids Brands, the Parsippany-based parent company of Toys ‘R’ Us, and b8ta, a San Francisco-based experiential retail firm, have announced plans to bring back Toys ‘R’ Us stores to the United States. The retailer announced in March 2018 that it was declaring bankruptcy and would start an “orderly wind down” and close its 735 …

FC Cincinnati Kicks Off Construction of $250M Soccer Stadium

CINCINNATI — FC Cincinnati (FCC), a Major League Soccer team, is headed for a new home. The team recently started construction of a $250 million stadium in the city’s West End, unveiling the full design plans for the first time this week. General contractor Turner Construction broke ground on the project in December and expects to complete the stadium in March 2021. Architecture firm Populous designed West End Stadium — the team said the name may change as potential corporate …

Bellwether Enterprise Arranges $126.5M Refinancing for Newly Completed Apartment Complex Near Los Angeles

BURBANK, CALIF. — Bellwether Enterprise Real Estate Capital LLC has arranged a $126.5 million loan for the refinancing of Talaria at Burbank in Los Angeles County. Completed in February, the apartment community is home to 241 luxury units, a ground-floor Whole Foods Market and subterranean parking. The four-story property is located at 3401-3425 W. Olive Ave. across the street from NBC, ABC, Warner Bros. and other major film/television studios. The complex features a mix of one-, two- and …

Prologis to Acquire Industrial Property Trust for Nearly $4B

SAN FRANCISCO AND DENVER — Prologis Inc. (NYSE: PLD) has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire Industrial Property Trust Inc. (IPT) in a deal valued just shy of $4 billion. IPT is an industrial real estate investment platform sponsored by Black Creek Group, a real estate investment manager and development firm based in Denver. If approved by IPT’s shareholders, the overall transaction would span 236 properties located across 24 geographic areas. The roughly 37.5 …

Pebblebrook, Margaritaville to Open 462-Room Resort in San Diego

SAN DIEGO — A partnership between Pebblebrook Hotel Trust (NYSE: PEB) and Margaritaville Holdings will open a 462-room beachfront hotel and resort in San Diego. The Margartitaville Island Resort San Diego will be located on the 44-acre Vacation Island in the city’s Mission Bay area. The site is the current home of Paradise Point Resort & Spa, which will be renovated and converted to the Margaritaville hotel. Project costs are estimated at $35 million. The hotel will feature a mile …

Charming Charlie Declares Second Bankruptcy, Will Close All 261 Stores

HOUSTON — Charming Charlie, a women’s fashion and beauty chain based in Houston, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday. It is the second time the retailer known for its colorful displays of jewelry, handbags, apparel and beauty products has filed for bankruptcy in less than two years. The company now plans to close all 261 of its remaining stores across 38 states. The retailer’s first filing was in December 2017, and the financial restructuring was completed the following April. …

Twin River Worldwide Agrees to Acquire Two Casinos from Eldorado Resorts for $230M

LINCOLN, R.I. — Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. (NYSE: TRWH) has entered into an agreement to acquire Isle of Capri Casino Kansas City in Missouri and Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg in Mississippi for $230 million. Eldorado Resorts Inc. (Nasdaq: ERI) is the seller. Isle of Capri is located near downtown Kansas City, overlooking the Missouri River. The property offers 40,000 square feet of casino space, 939 gaming machines, 13 table games and two dining venues. Lady Luck Casino Vicksburg …

Occidental Management Closes on Acquisition of 190-Acre Sprint Headquarters in Overland Park, Kansas

OVERLAND PARK, KAN. — Occidental Management Inc. has closed on its previously announced acquisition of the 20-building, 190-acre Sprint headquarters campus in Overland Park. The purchase price was not disclosed, but the campus is valued at more than $342 million, according to the Johnson County Appraiser. The deal includes a sale-leaseback agreement with Sprint Corp., which will occupy the buildings primarily in the southern portion of the property. The first buildings opened in 1997 …

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