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Bell Partners Buys 196-Unit Olmsted Place Apartments in Boston for $103M

BOSTON — Bell Partners has purchased the 196-unit Olmsted Place apartment complex in the Boston submarket of Jamaica Plain for $103 million. The community is located at 161 S. Huntington Ave. Olmsted Place debuted in 2015. It is fully leased. The community overlooks Jamaica Pond, part of the Emerald Necklace park system designed by legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted. The seller was a joint venture between Boston Residential Group and the Carlyle Group. The JV purchased..

July 26, 2017

Fashion Retailer Michael Kors to Acquire Jimmy Choo for $1.35B

NEW YORK CITY — Global fashion retailer Michael Kors has agreed to acquire Jimmy Choo, a London-based luxury footwear and accessories brand, for approximately $1.35 billion. Jimmy Choo PLC (LON: CHOO) has approximately 150 company-operated retail stores, 560 multi-brand locations and more than 60 franchise stores in locations worldwide. The company has a strong presence in the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. With this acquisition, Michael Kors Holdings Limited (NYSE: KORS)..

July 25, 2017

Seniors Housing Developers Find Big Opportunities in Small Markets

The high-profile cities that line both coasts aren’t the only places where the development of new seniors housing product is proving to be a smart investment. Less populated areas are also welcoming new communities that are designed and operated just like those facilities opening in popular urban markets. But seizing opportunities in smaller markets is a different ballgame than it is in high-density areas. A smaller list of prospects and a shorter supply of qualified talent are among..

July 25, 2017

AVR Sells Nine-Property Multifamily Portfolio in Louisiana for $250M

LAFAYETTE, SHREVEPORT AND SLIDELL, LA. — AVR Realty Co., a Yonkers, N.Y.-based multifamily investment and development firm, has sold a portfolio of nine multifamily properties totaling 2,079 units in Louisiana for approximately $250 million. Israel-based investment firm El-Ad National Properties purchased the portfolio. According to the company's LinkedIn page, its portfolio of American properties consists of 12,700 apartment units, 1 million square feet of office space and several hotels...

July 24, 2017

Joint Venture Breaks Ground on $194M Mixed-Use Project at University of Oklahoma

NORMAN, OKLA. — A joint venture between Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions LLC and Provident Resources Group (PRG) has broken ground on the first phase of a $194 million mixed-use project at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The development will expand the university’s on-campus living options for upperclassmen as part of a public-private partnership. Located on more than 10 acres in the southern part of OU’s campus, the project will include four mid-rise buildings with 1,231 beds...

July 21, 2017

Brennan Investment Group to Develop $1B Technology Park Near O’Hare International Airport

ELK GROVE VILLAGE, ILL. — Brennan Investment Group, a private real estate investment and development firm based in Chicago, plans to develop Elk Grove Technology Park, a new 85-acre infill development situated roughly three miles from O’Hare International Airport. The project could cost nearly $1 billion to develop, according to the Daily Herald. "Opportunities to develop near airports, in major metropolitan areas — and in scale — are virtually non-existent," says Michael Brennan,..

July 20, 2017

Fannie Mae Off to Hot Start, Freddie Mac Pushing Past Market ‘Disruption’ That Slowed Its First-Quarter Production

Fannie Mae started off the year with a bang, producing $17.4 billion in multifamily financing in the first quarter, up about 38 percent compared to the first quarter of 2016. The quarterly total was also up 20 percent from its fourth-quarter 2016 production. Compared to its counterpart, Freddie Mac had a slower start to the year, producing $12.7 billion in the first quarter, down about 28 percent from both first-quarter and fourth-quarter 2016. Hilary Provinse, Fannie Mae’s senior vice..

July 19, 2017

Inland Real Estate Group Arranges Sale of 49 CVS Pharmacy Properties in 16 States for $211M

OAK BROOK, ILL. — Inland Real Estate Group has arranged the sale of 49 newly developed CVS Pharmacy properties across 16 states for more than $211 million. Inland handled the deal on behalf of the buyer, an affiliate of the company. The portfolio contains a total of 651,216 square feet. The CVS Pharmacy properties are located in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, Missouri, Nebraska, Tennessee, Texas, Utah and Vermont. “This was an..

July 19, 2017

Lincoln Property Co., Alcion Ventures Break Ground on $141.6M Phase I of Creative Office Campus in California

ORANGE COUNTY, CALIF. — Lincoln Property Co. and Alcion Ventures have broken ground on Phase I of FLIGHT at Tustin Legacy, a 38-acre creative office campus located within the master-planned community of Tustin Legacy in Orange County. ACORE Capital and iStar Inc. recently provided the joint venture with $141.6 million in construction financing for the initial phase of the development. Mark Wintner and Doug Bond of HFF secured the three-year loan on behalf of the borrowers. The mixed-use..

July 18, 2017

Amazon-Whole Foods Merger ‘Reinforces Importance of Brick-and-Mortar Presence,’ Says Marcus & Millichap

The recent announcement that online retail giant Amazon plans to acquire upscale grocery chain Whole Foods for $13.7 billion sent ripples through the commercial real estate industry when it was announced in June. The move signals a lot of trends and changes within the retail sector, according to a newly released report by real estate brokerage firm Marcus & Millichap. “The purchase highlights the importance of omnichannel platforms, which incorporate a blend of brick-and-mortar..

July 18, 2017