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DreamWorks Animation’s Headquarters, Studio Campus in Los Angeles Sells for $290M

LOS ANGELES — LA Hana OW LLC has acquired DreamWorks Animation’s headquarters and studio campus, a 460,000-square-foot creative office campus in the Los Angeles submarket of Glendale, for $290 million. The five-building campus is located at 1000 Flower St. The property is fully leased on a triple-net basis to DreamWorks Animation SKG, a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast Corp., through 2035. The Mediterranean-style campus features landscaped courtyards, a manmade river, library, fitness..

November 22, 2017

Starwood Capital Group Buys Wells Fargo Center in Portland

PORTLAND, ORE. — Starwood Capital Group has purchased the 40-story Wells Fargo Center in downtown Portland. The transaction includes an adjacent five-story former data processing building. The price was not disclosed, though county tax records put the value of the tower at $163 million and the adjacent property at $33 million, according to The Oregonian. In June, Wells Fargo announced plans to sell the buildings and relocate some of the 900 employees working there to other local offices,..

November 15, 2017

Cove Property Group Obtains $479M in Construction Financing for 25-Story Office Tower in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY — Cove Property Group and an institutional partner have received $479 million in construction financing for Hudson Commons, a 701,364-square-foot trophy office building in the Hudson Yards/Penn Plaza submarket of Manhattan. The 25-story building is located at 441 Ninth Ave. between 34th and 35th streets. Hudson Commons will comprise a 17-story structure atop an existing eight-story building. The development will feature 14 private terraces and balconies and onsite basement..

November 8, 2017

The Boston Office Market is Still Extremely Active

The Financial District, Back Bay, and Seaport continue to experience strong tenant demand with a vacancy of 10.3 percent and continued rent appreciation. The Seaport, which has experienced tremendous growth for the last four years, received national attention with GE committing to move its corporate headquarters to the market and continues to make headlines with Amazon committing to 150,000 square feet. In addition, 121 Seaport Boulevard just leased to PTC (250,000 square feet) and Alexion..

November 8, 2017

How Will XTO’s Move Impact Fort Worth’s Office Market?

The recent announcement that XTO Energy Inc., a division of energy giant ExxonMobil,  will be moving 1,600 jobs to Houston was not the best news for Fort Worth. The move, which will occur in waves between 2018 and 2020, will reduce downtown’s private workforce by 3 percent over the next few years and lead to several of the company’s CBD properties hitting the market for sale. Broader economic implications notwithstanding, many tenants, landlords and city officials are wondering what..

October 27, 2017

Northern New Jersey Shows Strength in Office Construction and Redevelopment

Despite a slow start to the year, the Northern New Jersey office market decreased vacancy to 20.2 percent as we moved from fourth quarter 2016 into 2017. More than 750,000 square feet of office space is expected to be absorbed in the market to drop the vacancy rate 20 basis points. New deliveries in Morris and Essex Counties, including a 200,000-square-foot office for UPS in Parsippany, are leading the way. Moreover, landlords and investors alike are upgrading and investing in larger..

October 25, 2017

Downtown Columbus Office Market Devises Solutions to Parking Shortage

In today’s world, nearly every company is a technology company. That trend is changing the way we do business and interact with one another. Ted Anglyn, president of the Parking Property Advisors, summarizes how these changes are impacting space utilization, which in turn affects parking needs: The space per square foot per employee in newly leased office space decreased from a range of 300 to 350 square feet per person in 2005 to 150 to 200 square feet in 2010. [caption..

October 19, 2017

Office Users Gravitate to Richmond CBD Following Surge in Out-of-Market Activity

Over the past 12 months, a surge in out-of-market activity has stabilized Richmond’s downtown office market, which had faced a seemingly insurmountable glut of space just last year. For years, Richmond’s Central Business District (CBD) struggled to retain tenants as many sought more affordable locations in the suburbs, while other tenants shed space as they optimized their footprints. However, with a steady flow of high-profile inbound operations into Richmond’s CBD, the momentum has..

October 16, 2017

Columbia Property Trust Buys Two Office Properties in Manhattan for $514M

NEW YORK CITY — Columbia Property Trust Inc. (NYSE: CXP) has purchased two office properties in the Chelsea submarket of New York for $514 million. The acquisition includes two adjoining office buildings that total 281,294 square feet at 245-249 W. 17th St., as well as a 165,670-square-foot office building at 218 W. 18th St. The seller was not disclosed. Twitter’s New York headquarters occupies the majority of the boutique buildings on 17th Street. The adjoining buildings include a..

October 13, 2017

El Paso Office Market Seeing Strong Absorption Through 2017

The border economy of the United States and Mexico is complex and deeply intertwined, to say the least. As such, the sister cities of El Paso and Juarez should be  viewed as one economy. The region ended 2016 on a high note. According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, El Paso’s total nonfarm employment rose 1.7 percent during the year, besting the state average of 1.6 percent. [caption id="attachment_187056" align="alignright" width="100"] Brett Preston, Cushman &..

October 13, 2017