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Urban Edge Properties Acquires Retail Portfolio in Northeast, Midwest for $325M

NEW YORK CITY — Urban Edge Properties (NYSE: UE) has purchased a seven-property retail portfolio primarily within the New York City metro area and Missouri for $325 million. The portfolio contains a total of 1.5 million square feet. The acquisition includes Yonkers Gateway Center in Yonkers, N.Y.; Manchester Plaza in Manchester, Mo.; and The Plaza at Woodbridge in Woodbridge, The Plaza at Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill and 21 E. Broad Street/One Lincoln Plaza in Westfield, all in New..

May 26, 2017

Daikin Industries Opens $400M HVAC Manufacturing Campus Near Houston

WALLER, TEXAS — Daikin Industries Ltd., a manufacturer of indoor heating and cooling systems and refrigerants, has opened the 500-acre Daikin Texas Technology Park (DTTP) in Waller, about 43 miles northwest of Houston. The Japanese company’s new $400 million business campus consolidates many of the company’s HVAC (heating, ventilating and air conditioning) manufacturing and logistics facilities in Texas and Tennessee. “The DTTP is the largest facility investment our company has..

May 25, 2017

RECon Recap: ‘The Magic’ Is Reimagining Real Estate, Panel Concludes

LAS VEGAS — In the midst of a particularly tumultuous period for the retail sector, evidenced by waves of store closures, what advice do seasoned shopping center executives have for aspiring young professionals seeking to make their mark in this business? The question arose Monday during a panel discussion moderated by Marcus & Millichap’s Bill Rose, national director of the brokerage firm’s retail group, at the Renaissance Las Vegas Hotel. The hour-long program, titled “Retail..

May 25, 2017

LNR Partners Sells 723,326 SF Shopping Mall in Westbury, New York for $92M

WESTBURY, N.Y. — LNR Partners LLC has sold The Mall at the Source, a 723,326-square-foot shopping center in the Long Island community of Westbury, for $92 million. The transaction included the 210,798-square-foot Fortunoff Building, a vacant anchor property formerly occupied by now-defunct department store Fortunoff. The property, which includes a four-story parking garage, is situated on 38 acres at 1504 Old Country Road. Located 28 miles from New York City, the mall is positioned within..

May 24, 2017

Hines to Develop 600,000 SF Mixed-Use Tower in Downtown Miami

MIAMI — Hines is set to break ground on 110 10th Street, a 45-story, 600,000-square-foot mixed-use tower located within Miami Worldcenter, a 27-acre development in downtown Miami. The tower will be the first Class A office building of scale constructed in Miami’s Central Business District in eight years, and will offer a mix of office space and retail. The project is located directly adjacent to Miami Worldcenter’s 360,000-square-foot retail promenade. “More companies are moving..

May 23, 2017

If These Walls Could Talk: The Power of Environmental Graphic Design

On a basic level, environmental graphic design (EGD) is about communicating information through visual media and tactical installations. But it’s not just about conveying information, it’s also about expressing ideas and identity. On a more engaging level, EGD is about making a space memorable and about connecting people to spaces through the thoughtful and strategic use of graphics, signage, art and artistry. EGD includes a wide array of applications and expressions. From practical and..

May 23, 2017

Phillips Edison to Acquire Limited Partnership, Create $4B Shopping Center REIT

CINCINNATI — Phillips Edison Grocery REIT I Inc. (OTC: PHLD) has entered into an agreement to acquire the real estate assets and third-party asset management business of its sponsor firm, Phillips Edison Limited Partnership (PELP), in a stock and cash transaction valued at roughly $1 billion. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter. Upon closing, the transaction will create a non-traded shopping center REIT with a total enterprise value of approximately $4..

May 22, 2017

Oakpointe, Presidio to Develop $670M Mixed-Use Community in Covington, Washington

COVINGTON, WASH. — A joint venture between Oakpointe Communities and Presidio Residential Capital has received unanimous approval from the City of Covington to develop LakePointe Urban Village, a $670 million mixed-use community in Covington, approximately 30 miles south of Seattle. Located at Highway 18 and Southeast 256th Street, the 214-acre master-planned community will include an 850,000-square-foot entertainment and lifestyle center, a 130-room hotel and up to 1,500 single-family and..

May 19, 2017

Whitman Family Development Wins Approval for $400M Enhancement Plan of Bal Harbour Shops

BAL HARBOUR, FLA. — Whitman Family Development has gained final approval from the Bal Harbour Village Council for the $400 million enhancement plan for Bal Harbour Shops, an upscale, 450,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center located in Bal Harbour, an incorporated village near Miami Beach. The plan has been revised multiple times over the past decade, according to the Miami Herald. Whitman Family Development will add 340,387 square feet of retail space at Bal Harbour Shops, nearly..

May 18, 2017

Study: Renters Prefer Suburbs in Most Major Metros

The days of renting in the city and buying in the suburbs may have come to an end. According to a recent study from national apartment locator service RentCafé, in 19 of America’s 20 largest metros, the suburbs are attracting more renters than urban neighborhoods. Between 2011 and 2015, several metros — New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Philadelphia — experienced greater overall population growth in urban neighborhoods than in suburban ones. However, only Philadelphia saw a greater..

May 18, 2017