Boulder Group Arranges $3.3M Sale of PNC Bank Ground Lease in Metro Chicago

SAINT CHARLES, ILL. — The Boulder Group has arranged the $3.3 million sale of a PNC Bank ground lease in Saint Charles, about 40 miles west of Chicago. The 3,586-square-foot building is located at 3879 E. Main St. The property serves as an outparcel to a Target-anchored shopping center. Randy Blankstein and Jimmy Goodman of The Boulder Group represented the seller, a private, Midwest-based real estate investor. The Midwest-based buyer completed a 1031 exchange. PNC Bank, which has operated at …

JLL Arranges Sale, Financing of Life Sciences Portfolio in Skokie, Illinois

SKOKIE, ILL. — JLL Capital Markets has arranged the sale and financing of a two-building life sciences portfolio within The Illinois Science + Technology Park in Skokie, about 15 miles north of downtown Chicago. The portfolio spans 286,184 rentable square feet and is home to global life sciences brands and university-affiliated, venture-backed startups. Sam DiFrancesca, Patrick Shields, Jaime Fink, Jeffrey Bramson, Bruce Miller and Nick Psyllos of JLL represented the seller, American Landmark …

McHugh Construction Begins Renovation of Historic Ramova Theater in Chicago

CHICAGO — McHugh Construction has begun the renovation of the historic Ramova Theater in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood. The scope of the project involves restoring the theater and building out adjacent space for a new brewery and restaurant. Originally constructed in 1929, the theater has been vacant since 1985. Completion is slated for late 2022. The project is a public-private partnership with the City of Chicago and co-developers Our Revival Chicago and Baum Revision.Upon …

Dwight Capital Provides $35.4M HUD-Insured Loan for Refinancing of Michigan Apartment Complex

TROY, MICH. — Dwight Capital has provided a $35.4 million HUD-insured loan for the refinancing of The Gables of Troy, a 544-unit apartment complex in Troy. The property is comprised of 42 three-story buildings and a clubhouse. Amenities include a dog park, media room, fitness room, racquetball area and two outdoor pools. The 223(a)(7) loan benefits from a Green Mortgage Insurance Premium (MIP) set at 25 basis points because the property qualifies as green and energy efficient. Karnveer Bal of …

Founders 3 Brokers Sale-Leaseback of 146,560 SF Industrial Facility in Milwaukee

MILWAUKEE — Founders 3 Real Estate Services has brokered the sale-leaseback of a 146,560-square-foot industrial facility in Milwaukee for an undisclosed price. The property serves as a processing plant for tenant Klement’s Sausage Co. The facility features climate-controlled manufacturing space as well as significant cold and freezer storage space. Klement’s has occupied the building since its construction in 1989. Since then, the property has gone through extensive renovations and …

Opus Breaks Ground on 137,178 SF Spec Industrial Building in Blaine, Minnesota

BLAINE, MINN. — The Opus Group has broken ground on a 137,178-square-foot speculative industrial building known as Sanctuary Business Center in Blaine, a northern suburb of Minneapolis. The property will feature two drive-in doors, 32 dock positions, parking for 160 vehicles, trailer parking and LED lighting. Completion is slated for July 2022. Opus is the developer, design-builder, interior designer, architect and structural engineer. Stantec is the civil engineer. Danny McNamara of Cushman …

Easterly Government Properties to Acquire 10-Property VA Portfolio for $635.6M

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Easterly Government Properties Inc. (NYSE: DEA) has entered into an agreement to acquire a 1.2 million-square-foot, 10-property portfolio of facilities leased to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for $635.6 million. The properties will be purchased in a joint venture with an undisclosed global investor, with Easterly retaining a 53 percent stake in the portfolio. Two of the properties are open, while the other eight are currently under …

Institutional Capital Targets Minneapolis Industrial Market

By Peter Loehrer, Colliers MSP Minneapolis has secured its position as the darling market of the Midwest industrial investment community. Minneapolis was the quintessential Midwest city: cautious real estate development, durable rents with stately growth and moderate but unwavering absorption growth year to year.  This, however, is no longer the case. A combination of repeated institutional capital injections, a highly constrained land market and exponential growth in tenants looking for new …

D2 Capital Advisors Arranges $48.6M Construction Loan for Minneapolis Hotel Project

MINNEAPOLIS — D2 Capital Advisors has arranged a $48.6 million loan for the construction of a 123-room, luxury boutique hotel in the North Loop District of Minneapolis. Commutator LLC is the developer of the project, which will be located at 125 N. 1st St. The 133,000-square-foot hotel will feature a rooftop bar, cellar bar, retail space, meeting space and a restaurant. Snow Kreilich Architects is the project architect, Neri & Hu is designing the interiors and Greiner Construction is the …

Upstart Signs 240,000 SF Office Sublease in Columbus, Ohio

COLUMBUS, OHIO — Artificial intelligence lending platform Upstart has signed a sublease for 240,000 square feet of Class A office space at 3075 Loyalty Circle in the Easton neighborhood of Columbus. The lease is in addition to a recent 54,000-square-foot expansion by Upstart at 711 N. High St. in the Short North neighborhood of Columbus. Through its expansion, Upstart plans to create an additional 500 jobs. The new spaces feature a combination of open offices, breakout rooms and collaboration …

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