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Rhode Island — The Land of Hotels, Schools and Medical Properties

Thus far in 2019, much of the growth and development in Rhode Island has been focused on downtown Providence. Much of this has to do with the colleges and hospitals, as well as the residential component in general. But Rhode Island continues to develop hotels, especially in downtown, due in part simply to having a vibrant, in-demand city. Officials want to create the ability for Providence to compete for and attract top-tier conventions. [caption id="attachment_228950" align="alignright" …

Hawaii’s Fundamentals Continue to Attract Investment Sale Interest

The Hawaii investment sale market was active in 2018 with an abundance of capital seeking investment opportunities throughout the state and across all product types. Mortgage availability from local banks and non-local financiers remained strong, and there was a steady flow of new interest from debt and equity sources looking for first opportunities in Hawaii. Last year’s transaction volume (including entity level) was up 33 percent from 2017 to $5.5 billion. Institutional and cross-border …

Make it a Double: Entertainment, Hospitality Firms Invest Heavily in Louisville

The face of Louisville is changing rapidly, but it has leveraged what the state of Kentucky is historically known for best, bourbon. Louisville is a short drive from most of the legendary distilleries in the Commonwealth. However, the downtown Urban Bourbon Trail is booming with tourism and many brands actually distilling their spirits onsite. Jim Beam’s Urban Stillhouse, the Evan Williams Bourbon Experience, Copper & Kings, Angel’s Envy Distillery and Rabbit Hole Distillery are locations …

Best Practices for Structuring Nevada Hotel, Casino Deals

One of the first questions clients ask when considering a hotel casino acquisition or the development of a new hotel casino project in Nevada is whether they have to obtain a gaming license. Since applying for a gaming license requires the disclosure of extensive, private personal information — and obtaining a gaming license can take several months — buyers and developers often want to learn about alternatives to the license. [caption id="attachment_211656" align="alignright" …

Union Investment Acquires The Porter Hotel in Downtown Portland for $148.8M

PORTLAND, ORE. — Union Investment Real Estate GmbH has acquired The Porter, a 294-room boutique hotel in downtown Portland, for $148.8 million. The 16-story hotel is located at 1355 SW 2nd Ave. in the city’s Central Business District. The asset is part of the Curio Collection by Hilton brand. Syracuse, N.Y.-based Widewaters Hotels is the hotel’s developer, vendor and operator. Union Investment purchased the property from Widewaters via its open-ended real estate fund Unilmmo: Global. …

Chicago Hotel Supply Growth Is in Line With Other Markets

Back in mid-2017, in a piece that was published right here in Heartland Real Estate Business, I talked about what might be in store for the remainder of the year. Specifically, I wrote that while “concerns about oversupply will likely persist in many [Midwestern] markets,” the outlook was not as grim as some industry analysts had been forecasting — a “second wind in the hotel sector” was “helping to calm the waters.” The general sense was that we would continue to see moderate …

Wave of New Hotel Supply in Metro Detroit Reflects Improved Economic Fortunes

The Detroit metropolitan area has experienced significant economic growth in recent years, fueled by a strengthening auto industry as well as the continued diversification of the local employment landscape. The hotel sector is benefitting from existing employers expanding operations locally and new entrants to the market. The Big Three automakers continue to invest in the region, while companies like e-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. are building large warehouse facilities. [caption …

Summit Hotel Properties Acquires Four-Hotel Portfolio for $164M

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Summit Hotel Properties (NYSE: INN) has purchased a four-property hotel portfolio for $164 million. The portfolio contains a total of 652 guestrooms. The acquisition includes the 207-room Courtyard New Haven at Yale in New Haven, Conn.; the 148-room Hilton Garden Inn Boston/Waltham in Waltham, Mass.; the 175-room Residence Inn Cleveland Downtown in Cleveland; and the 122-room Homewood Suites by Hilton Tucson/St. Philip's Plaza University in Tucson, Ariz. The Courtyard …

Ashford Hospitality Trust Closes $427M Refinancing for 17-Property Hotel Portfolio

DALLAS — Ashford Hospitality Trust (NYSE: AHT) has closed a $427 million refinancing of 17 properties within its hotel portfolio. The hotels in the portfolio are situated throughout the West, Midwest and South. The new loan is expected to result in annual interest savings of about $9.8 million. Properties included in the portfolio are — Courtyard Alpharetta, Georgia — Courtyard Bloomington, Indiana — Courtyard Crystal City, Virginia — Courtyard Foothill Ranch, California — …

Bedrock Is a Major Force in Motor City

You’d be hard-pressed to find a commercial real estate company in the Midwest more active than Bedrock Detroit. The full-service firm — which acquires, leases, finances, develops and manages commercial and residential space — has several projects in the development pipeline spread across property types. Since its founding in 2011, Bedrock has located more than 160 office and retail tenants to Detroit’s “technology-centric” downtown. In addition, Bedrock and its affiliates have …

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