Greystar Acquires Property Management Business of Alliance Residential, Including Future Business

CHARLESTON, S.C. AND PHOENIX — Multifamily development and management firm Greystar Real Estate Partners has acquired the property management business of competitor Alliance Residential Co., the fourth-largest apartment management firm in the United States. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but The Wall Street Journal reports that the all-cash deal totaled nearly $200 million. Phoenix-based Alliance Residential will shift its focus from property management to …

Rastegar Property Co. Buys Two Sites in South Austin, Plans Mixed-Use Development

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Rastegar Property Co., a private real estate owner and developer, has purchased two parcels in South Austin for the development of a new mixed-use project. The sites are located at 505 and 507 W. Live Oak St. and are the final leg of a 2.5-acre land assemblage that began with Rastegar’s purchase of a site last September. In January, the company bought two sites at 508 and 511 W. Live Oak St. that totaled a little more than a half-acre for an undisclosed price. The new …

Three Months of Forbearance? Better Think Twice

By Chad Thomas Hagwood, Hunt Real Estate Capital Thanks to the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), forbearance is now one of the biggest buzzwords in multifamily finance. When the FHFA announced at the end of March that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac would offer mortgage forbearance to multifamily properties facing hardship as a result of COVID-19, many multifamily owners adopted a wait-and-see attitude. That was the right decision. As April went on, the NMHC Rent Payment Tracker steadily …

Mirae Asset Global Sells Chicago Office Tower to Spear Street Capital for $210M

CHICAGO — Mirae Asset Global Investments, an asset management and investment banking firm, has sold 225 West Wacker Drive, a 31-story office tower in Chicago. Spear Street Capital purchased the trophy office building for $210 million, or roughly $322 per square foot. The tower is situated along the south bank of the Chicago River in the city’s Loop district. The building houses the world headquarters of Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK), which also represented Mirae Asset in the sale. The …

Miami-Dade County’s Industrial Market Sees Healthy Activity Amid COVID-19 Headwinds

The Miami-Dade industrial market saw a prolific year in 2019, followed by a healthy, yet slower first quarter in 2020. PortMiami’s record-shattering fiscal year 2019, with cargo operations posting 1.1 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) and cruise passengers totaling a world’s best 6.8 million passenger total, correlated with the robust warehouse and distribution demand the market experienced throughout 2019. There was a 9 percent uptick in South Florida industrial investment …

National Property Holdings Underway on 87-Acre Industrial Project in Metro Houston

KATY, TEXAS — National Property Holdings (NPH), a Houston-based industrial developer and owner, is underway with Katy Prairie Business Park, an 87-acre industrial project located in the western Houston suburb of Katy. At full buildout, the project will span approximately 1.1 million square feet across three tilt-wall buildings. The development’s first facility has been underway for a few months. Dallas-based design-build firm ARCO Design/Build Inc. broke ground last December on a …

Retail Reboot Webinar: Wave of Second-Generation Restaurant Space to Hit Atlanta Market

As many as 150,000 to 200,000 restaurants nationwide may never fully reopen again after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, according to estimates from the National Restaurant Association. This represents 15 to 20 percent of all U.S. restaurants. Though the metro Atlanta area’s restaurants have been allowed to reopen their dining rooms for a full two weeks following Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp’s directives in late April, early indications are that a large swath of operators are choosing to keep …

Landlords, Retailers in Metro Atlanta Impacted by COVID-19 Seek Middle Ground in Lease Negotiations

The financial impact the COVID-19 economic shutdown is having on tenants and landlords is a difficult mix of immediate drastic reduction (or elimination) of revenue, along with little or no ability to forecast when the end will come. This combination of severity and unclear duration makes finding potential win-win compromises a real challenge for tenants and landlords in the metro Atlanta area. [caption id="attachment_261983" align="alignright" width="100"] Greg Eisenman, Franklin …

SL Green Forms Partnership for $2.3B One Madison Avenue Redevelopment in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY — SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) has formed a joint venture partnership with the National Pension Service of Korea (NPS) and Hines for the $2.3 billion redevelopment of One Madison Avenue in Manhattan. The 1.4 million-square-foot office project is situated in the borough's Midtown South neighborhood facing Madison Square Park near the 23rd Street subway station. SL Green, which is self-described as Manhattan’s largest office landlord, has sold a 49.5 percent interest in …

Amazon Executive Says Company is ‘Beginning to Scale’ at HQ2 Campus in Northern Virginia

ARLINGTON, VA. — Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is “beginning to scale” at its HQ2 campus underway in Arlington, according to Jay Carney, the company's senior vice president of global corporate affairs. During a weekly webinar series conducted by Walker & Dunlop, Carney said the corporate campus, dubbed Met Park, is under construction and that the company is hiring in earnest, though he said it will “take some time” to reach the previously announced 25,000 goal. Carney, who was the former …

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