CAMBRIDGE, MASS. — Norges Bank Investment Management has signed an agreement to acquire a 45 percent interest in two life sciences properties in Cambridge’s Kendall Square neighborhood, just across the Charles River from Boston. BXP (NYSE: BXP) was the seller. The transaction includes 290 Binney Street, a 16-story, 570,000-square-foot property currently under construction. It is fully preleased to AstraZeneca, which expects to take occupancy in April 2026. The other property is 300 Binney Street, a six-story facility undergoing redevelopment. The Broad Institute has preleased the 240,000-square-foot building and plans to take occupancy in January 2025. Norges acquired the interest for an initial payment of $212.9 million and has committed to a total project cost of $746.4 million. Upon completion, the total value of the two buildings is projected to be $1.6 billion. The assets are unencumbered by debt, and no financing was involved in the transaction. BXP will retain the remaining 55 percent interest in the assets and will manage the properties on behalf of the partnership. Cambridge is among the largest hub of life sciences properties in the United States. The home of both Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the city hosts a slew of major …
GARDNER, MASS. — JLL has brokered the $9.6 million sale-leaseback of a 113,000-square-foot industrial building in Gardner, located about 65 miles northwest of Boston. Built in 1959 and expanded in 2004, the building features six dock doors and a clear height of 30 feet. Lenny Pierce and David Coffman of JLL represented the tenant, food packaging company Garlock Flexibles, which will retain occupancy on a long-term basis, in the transaction. The buyer was Philadelphia-based Valley Forge Private Equity.
WILMINGTON, MASS. — Boston-based mortgage banking firm EagleBridge Capital has arranged a $30 million loan for the refinancing of a 211,400-square-foot flex property in Wilmington, about 15 miles north of the state capital. The two-story buildings at 181 and 187 Ballardvale St. sit on a combined 15.4 acres and house a mix of office and research and development space. Ted Sidel of EagleBridge arranged the debt. The borrower and direct lender were not disclosed. The complex was 95 percent leased to 17 tenants at the time of the loan closing.
MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASS. — JLL has brokered the sale of the 100-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Raynham Middleborough/Plymouth hotel in southern Massachusetts. The hotel sits on 2.4 acres at 4 Chalet Road and offers amenities such as a fitness center, business center and a lobby market. The property also underwent a $3.3 million capital improvement program in 2018. Alan Suzuki, Matthew Enright and Emily Zhang of JLL represented the seller, JNR, in the transaction. Additional terms of sale were not disclosed.
WAREHAM, MASS. — Regional brokerage firm Horvath & Tremblay has negotiated the $7.6 million sale of three retail pad sites in Wareham, located south of Boston at the base of Cape Cod. The sites are home to Starbucks, U.S. Air National Guard, Aspen Dental, Chipotle Mexican Grill, Crumbl Cookies and Wareham Animal Hospital. Bob Horvath and Todd Tremblay of Horvath & Tremblay represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction. The buyer was also not disclosed.
BOSTON — New York City-based real estate giant Tishman Speyer has broken ground on Phase I of Enterprise Research Campus, a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use project that will be located in the Allston neighborhood of Boston. The nine-acre site is adjacent to the Harvard Business School and Harvard Science & Engineering Complex in Allston. New York City-based Otera Capital led a syndicate of lenders that provided $750 million in construction financing for the project earlier this year. Phase I of the development will consist of two life sciences buildings totaling 440,000 square feet, a 343-unit apartment complex and a hotel, all of which will be developed on a nine-acre parcel. Within the multifamily component, 25 percent of the units will be designated as affordable housing for households earning between 30 and 100 percent of the area median income. Tishman Speyer will also develop, on Harvard University’s behalf, the mass-timber David Rubenstein Treehouse to serve as a campus-wide conference facility. Turner Construction is partnering with Janey Construction Management and J&J Contractors to build the life sciences portion of the project. A partnership between Consigli Construction and Smoot Construction is building the multifamily and hotel portions of the development. At full build-out, Enterprise Research …
BOSTON — Boston Global Investors, in partnership with Cogsville Capital Group and Bastion Cos., has topped out 10 World Trade, a 17-story, 555,250-square-foot life sciences and office building in Boston’s Seaport District. The development team is targeting LEED Gold certification for the building and will also introduce other eco-friendly and wellness-based features, such as VIEW Smart Windows and a rooftop solar field. Other project partners include Suffolk Construction and H.J. Russell & Co. Construction began in March 2022 and is expected to be complete in late 2024.
BOSTON — Newmark has brokered the $11 million sale of a 73,000-square-foot office building located at 186 Lincoln St. in downtown Boston. The nine-story building recently underwent $5 million in capital improvements and was roughly 50 percent leased at the time of sale. Tenants include CozyKin, SmartSense by Digi, Full Contact Advertising and Mightier. Robert Griffin, Edward Maher, Matthew Pullen, Samantha Hallowell and Joseph Alvarado of Newmark represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction and procured the buyer, locally based investment firm City Realty Group.
PLYMOUTH, MASS. — Basis Industrial has delivered an 806-unit self-storage facility in Plymouth, located in southern Massachusetts at the base of Cape Cod. The three-story facility spans 111,000 gross square feet of climate-controlled space and was completed in phases, with construction beginning in March 2022. Basis Industrial has engaged Public Storage to operate the facility.
SOMERVILLE, MASS. — Locally based general contractor Nauset Construction has completed Union 346, a 94-unit multifamily project located outside of Boston in Somerville. Designed by ICON Architecture and developed by a partnership between John M. Corcoran & Co., Grossman Cos. and SMT Development, Union 346 rises four stories and houses studio and one-bedroom units, 18 of which are reserved as affordable housing. The property also features 2,000 square feet of retail space. Amenities include a fitness center, lounge with a kitchen and a rooftop deck. Information on starting rents was not disclosed.