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PHILADELPHIA — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has topped out the Morgan Center for Research & Innovation, a healthcare project valued at $480 million. The 17-story, 350,000-square-foot facility is located on CHOP’s campus in South Philadelphia and will include both wet and dry lab space. Construction began in October 2022, and the development team includes a trio of general contractors and construction managers: Gilbane Building Co., Pride Enterprises and McKissack & McKissack. Mitchell Morgan, founder and chairman of multifamily development firm Morgan Properties, and his family donated $50 million to the project. Full completion is slated for some time next year.

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BALA CYNWYD, PA. — Federal Realty Investment Trust has broken ground on a 217-unit multifamily redevelopment project in Bala Cynwyd, a northwestern suburb of Philadelphia. The project, which represents the second phase of a larger redevelopment, will convert a former 120,000-square-foot Lord & Taylor department store into an apartment complex with 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Bernardon is the project architect, and Bohler is the civil engineer. Construction is slated for a 2026 completion. Federal Realty received zoning approval for the project in February.

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WEST ROCKHILL, PA. — JLL has arranged an undisclosed amount of construction financing and joint venture equity for a 330,000-square-foot industrial project in West Rockhill, located roughly midway between Philadelphia and Allentown. The building will be situated on a 29.6-acre site and feature 36-foot clear heights, 85 loading positions and parking for 280 cars and 76 trailers. Jon Mikula, John Plower, Ryan Cottone and Michael Lachs of JLL worked on behalf of the developer, J.G. Petrucci, to arrange the loan with Provident Bank and structure the joint venture with Boston-based Cabot Properties.

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MIDDLETOWN, PA. — JLL has brokered the sale of Middletown Logistics Center, a 251,200-square-foot industrial property located just south of Harrisburg. The property was built in 2021-2022 and features a clear height of 36 feet, an ESFR sprinkler system, 42 loading doors, one drive-in door and parking for 193 cars and 33 trailers. John Plower, Ryan Cottone, Zach Maguire and Jeff Lockard of JLL represented the seller, an affiliate of Endurance Real Estate Group, in the transaction and procured the buyer, a fund backed by Ares Management.

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MECHANICSBURG, PA. — CBRE has brokered the sale of a 57,000-square-foot office property in Mechanicsburg, located just outside Harrisburg. Built in 1988, the property at 5035 Ritter Road is situated within the 1.9 million-square-foot Rossmoyne Business Center and is leased to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. Steve Marzullo and Adam Silverman of CBRE represented the undisclosed seller in the transaction. CBRE also procured the buyer, Triple Crown Corp.

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HORSHAM, PA. — Align Precision has signed an 85,396-square-foot industrial lease at 425 Privet Road in Horsham, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The defense and aerospace contractor is relocating from nearby Huntingdon Valley and essentially doubling its footprint. Tim Morris, Mike Maloney and Brian Smyth of CBRE represented the landlord, a partnership between Griffith Properties and DRA Advisors, in the lease negotiations. Mike Cohen of Situs Properties represented Align Precision.

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WARRENDALE, PA. — Rue21, an apparel and accessories retailer based in the Pittsburgh area, has filed for bankruptcy and will close all its stores in the coming months, according to reports from multiple news organizations such as CNN, Reuters and The Business Journals. All three of those media outlets report that this is the third bankruptcy filing in the history of Rue21, which operates about 540 stores nationwide, down from more than 1,000 at the height of its existence. Following Rue21’s 2017 bankruptcy filing, the company closed some 400 stores. The Warrendale-based retailer also shed about $700 million in debt at that time, according to Reuters. However, subsequent growth in e-commerce, along with the COVID-19 pandemic, continued to create operational struggles for the retailer. Today, Rue21 has about $200 million in outstanding debt, according to reports from the aforementioned media groups.

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EPHRATA, PA. — New Jersey-based brokerage firm The Kislak Co. has arranged the $11.7 million sale of Stonecreek Court Apartments, a 60-unit multifamily property in Ephrata, located west of Philadelphia in Lancaster County. Built on 6.2 acres in 2008, the five-building property features a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. Matt Wolf of Kislak represented the seller and procured the buyer, both of which requested anonymity, in the transaction.

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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. — Simon Property Group has welcomed five new food-and-beverage concepts to King of Prussia mall in metro Philadelphia. Vietnamese restaurant Saigon Eats and confectionary Neuhaus Belgium Chocolate recently debuted their eateries. Chinese restaurant Nan Xiang Xiao Long Bao and New York-based Gregory’s Coffee will open in the coming weeks. Chicken Guy!, a concept from celebrity chef Guy Fieri, opened in March.

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KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. — Simon Property Group has welcomed seven new retailers to King of Prussia mall in metro Philadelphia. Four new retailers — fashion chains Mango and Abercrombie Kids and jewelry concepts Grand Jewelers and Little Words Project — opened stores over the past three months. Women’s clothing retailer Evereve also just debuted its store. Two other lifestyle retailers — accessories provider Rothy’s and activewear brand Vuori — will open in the coming days.

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