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Tricera Capital Breaks Ground on 265,000 SF Office, Retail Redevelopment Project in South Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. — Miami-based Tricera Capital has broken ground on the redevelopment of the Palm Beach Post newspaper office campus in West Palm Beach. The project, named The Press, will add 125,000 square feet of new retail space and 140,000 square feet of refurbished office space to the market. The project began with the demolition of a two-story office building and bridge. The development team, which acquired the 11-acre site in February 2019, will preserve most of the remaining …

Hard Rock International Completes $700M Casino Expansion in Tampa

TAMPA, FLA. — Hard Rock International has completed a $700 million expansion of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa. The development added a new 223,900-square-foot casino to the property, which includes an additional 1,000 slot machines and 41 table games throughout its new gaming spaces. The new casino brings the roster of gaming attractions up to nearly 5,000 slot machines, 179 tables and 46 poker tables.The casino now comprises 245,000 square feet of dedicated casino space, …

Continental Properties Reacquires 31-Story Met Tower in Seattle for $216.1M

SEATTLE — Continental Properties LLC has acquired Met Tower, a 366-unit residential building in Seattle it helped develop in 2001, for $216.1 million. The seller was Seattle-based Westlake Tower Associates, according to multiple media reports. Bellevue, Wash.-based Continental developed the 31-story tower in a joint venture with Bentall and sold the building in 2003 for $105 million, or $287,000 per unit. Bentall was looking to get out of the multifamily real estate business at the time, …

Blackstone to Acquire 65 Percent Stake in Great Wolf Resorts, Form $2.9B JV With Centerbridge

CHICAGO AND NEW YORK CITY — Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX, an affiliate of Blackstone (NYSE: BX), is acquiring a 65 percent controlling interest in Great Wolf Resorts Inc. Although the specific price of the investment was not disclosed, Blackstone and existing owner Centerbridge Partners LP will form a new $2.9 billion joint venture to own the company. Chicago-based based Great Wolf is an owner and operator of family-oriented entertainment resorts, with 18 locations around the …

Boston Properties, CPPIB to Develop 1.1 MSF Office Campus in Silicon Valley

SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Boston Properties Inc. (NYSE: BXP) has formed a joint venture with institutional investor Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) to develop Platform 16, a 1.1 million-square-foot office campus in downtown San Jose. Boston Properties, a developer and owner of Class A office buildings, holds a 55 percent ownership stake in the joint venture. The Silicon Valley project will comprise three buildings situated near Diridon Station, the largest multi-modal transportation …

Blackstone Agrees to Acquire Colony Industrial For $5.9B

NEW YORK CITY AND DALLAS — Blackstone Real Estate Partners IX, an affiliate of New York City-based global investment firm Blackstone (NYSE: BX), has agreed to acquire Colony Industrial, the Dallas-based industrial arm of Colony Capital Inc. (NYSE: CLNY). The deal is valued at approximately $5.9 billion. Terms of the deal call for Blackstone to purchase Colony Capital’s logistics portfolio, which consists of approximately 60 million square feet across 465 light industrial buildings in 26 …

Paramount Sells Liberty Place Office Building in Washington D.C. for $154.5M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Paramount Group Inc. (NYSE: PGRE) has sold Liberty Place, a landmark office building in Washington D.C., to an undisclosed buyer for $154.5 million. The 172,000-square-foot office building is located at 325 7th St. NW in the East End submarket of Washington, D.C., less than a mile from Capitol Hill. The property comprises two incorporated buildings: the historic Fireman’s Fund Building built in 1882, and a 12-story glass and limestone office tower constructed in 1991. …

Joint Venture Breaks Ground on 44-Story Residential Tower in Downtown Seattle

SEATTLE — A joint venture between Holland Partner Group and North America Sekisui House LLC (NASH) has broken ground on 2019 Boren, a planned 44-story, 410-unit multifamily tower in downtown Seattle. Located at 2019 Boren Ave., the 484-foot tower will also offer three floors of commercial space as well as a ground-floor performing arts hall and art gallery created exclusively for Cornish College of the Arts, located across the street. “This started with a meeting with the leadership …

Arby’s Parent Company to Acquire Jimmy John’s

ATLANTA AND CHAMPAIGN, ILL. — Inspire Brands Inc., the parent company of Arby’s, has agreed to acquire Jimmy John’s Gourmet Sandwiches. Terms of the transaction, expected to close by the end of October, were not disclosed. The Jimmy John’s Board of Directors, including founder and chairman Jimmy John Liautaud, unanimously approved the agreement. Jimmy John’s had $2.15 billion in U.S. sales last year across 2,803 stores, a roughly 50 percent increase in both sales and locations …

Condor Hospitality Trust’s Shareholders Approve $318M Merger with NexPoint

BETHESDA, MD. — Shareholders of Condor Hospitality Trust Inc., a lodging REIT based in Bethesda, have approved the proposed $318 million merger between Condor and NexPoint Hospitality Trust, a hotel REIT headquartered in Toronto. NexPoint and Condor expect the merger to close in the fourth quarter. As part of the deal, NexPoint will acquire Condor’s outstanding equity interests and operating partnership. “The transaction instantly expands [our] geographical footprint and balances …

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