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American Campus Communities Acquires 3,776-Bed Student Housing Portfolio for $590.6M

AUSTIN, TEXAS — American Campus Communities Inc. (NYSE: ACC) has acquired a portfolio of seven student housing properties totaling 3,776 beds across the Western and Midwestern United States for approximately $590.6 million. Affiliates of Milwaukee-based development firm and Core Spaces and Chicago-based DRW Real Estate Investments LLC sold the assets. All of the properties are associated with major universities, with enrollment averaging about 35,000 undergraduate and graduate students at..

September 25, 2017

NKF Arranges $74.8M Loan to Reposition Chicago’s Hard Rock Hotel

CHICAGO — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has arranged a $74.8 million loan for the repositioning of the Hard Rock Hotel located at 230 N. Michigan Ave. in Chicago. Property owner Becker Ventures and manager Aparium Hotel Group plan to reposition the property as the St. Jane Chicago hotel following the closing of the Hard Rock Hotel on Dec.1. The newly branded property is scheduled to reopen in spring 2018. The new name is a nod to social worker Jane Addams, who co-founded Chicago’s Hull..

September 22, 2017

InterFace Panel: Property Taxes, Public Transit Among Chief Concerns for DFW Multifamily Market

DALLAS — With roughly 10,000 new residents moving into the metro area every month and more than 100,000 jobs already created in 2017, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) metroplex appears poised to handle any challenges thrown at its multifamily sector. These obstacles include absorbing the 35,000 or so multifamily units expected to come on line in 2018, maintaining positive rent growth of 3 to 4 percent and navigating a constricting labor market to ensure new projects stay on schedule. For..

September 22, 2017

Bedrock Plans $2.1B in Developments in Downtown Detroit Totaling 3.2 MSF

DETROIT — Bedrock, Dan Gilbert’s Detroit-based commercial real estate development and investment firm, has unveiled a package of four developments totaling $2.1 billion in new investment that will add to Detroit's skyline. Totaling 3.2 million square feet, Bedrock expects to create both construction and permanent jobs totaling up to 24,000. "Detroit is going vertical," says Gilbert, who also founded Quicken Loans Inc. and owns the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball..

September 21, 2017

Autonomous Vehicles Drive New Era of Transformation in Real Estate Development

Although autonomous vehicles are not yet a common sight on today’s roadways, land-use planners, developers and other real estate professionals are already preparing for its potentially vast impact on the real estate environment, according to BBG, a Dallas-based commercial real estate valuation, advisory and assessment firm. Recent announcements have put autonomous vehicles on the radar. On Monday, Sept. 18, Intel announced it is working with Waymo, the Alphabet-owned self-driving car..

September 21, 2017

Starwood, Trinity Capital, Vanderbilt Partners Sell Raleigh-Durham Office Portfolio for $105.5M

RALEIGH AND DURHAM, N.C. — A joint venture between Starwood Capital Group, Trinity Capital Advisors and Vanderbilt Partners has sold a seven-property office portfolio in Raleigh-Durham to an institutional investor for $105.5 million. The portfolio contains a total of 581,619 square feet within the Perimeter Park business park. The properties are located at 1500, 1600, 1700, 1800, 2000 and 2250 Perimeter Park and 3800 Paramount Parkway within the Research Triangle Park submarket of..

September 20, 2017

Toys ‘R’ Us Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

WAYNE, N.J. — Toys ”R” Us Inc. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday, Sept. 18. The company’s Canadian subsidiary also plans to seek protection in parallel proceedings under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act (CCAA) in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. No store closings have yet been announced in conjunction with the filing. The Wayne, N.J.-based toy retailer’s approximately 1,600 Toys ”R” Us and Babies ”R” Us locations will continue to operate..

September 19, 2017

Stability, Yield Drive Healthcare Real Estate Investment Activity, Say InterFace Panelists

DALLAS — Investor demand for healthcare properties throughout the country is soaring, driven by the recession-resistant nature of the asset class and its ability to consistently generate strong returns. Confidence in the property type also stems from the prevailing realization that legislation opposing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has thus far been unsuccessful. After multiple failed attempts to repeal and revise the law, the Republican Party introduced a bill today that aims to cut..

September 19, 2017

Kushner Acquires 1,032-Unit Apartment Community Near Princeton for $190M

PLAINSBORO, N.J. — New York-based development and management firm Kushner has acquired Quail Ridge Apartments, a 1,032-unit multifamily community located in Plainsboro, roughly midway between Philadelphia and New York City, for $190 million. The garden-style property is situated on 52 acres at 2005 Quail Ridge Drive, approximately six miles from Princeton University. Amenities include two pools, basketball and tennis courts, a playground, 24-hour fitness center and an on-site dog..

September 18, 2017

Goldman Sachs Provides $233M Private Equity Investment for Mixed-Use Redevelopment in Baltimore

BALTIMORE — Goldman Sachs has committed $233 million to the Port Covington redevelopment project in Baltimore. This is the largest single private equity investment made by the firm’s Urban Investment Group (UIG) to date, according to a Port Covington news release. Port Covington is a 235-acre mixed-use redevelopment located on Baltimore’s waterfront adjacent to I-95. At completion, the 25-year project will include up to 18 million square feet of retail, entertainment, office, hotel and..

September 15, 2017