TOBYHANNA, PA. — Cushman & Wakefield has arranged a $45 million loan for the refinancing of Arcadia North, a 1 million-square-foot industrial facility located in the Eastern Pennsylvania community of Tobyhanna. The property was built in 2020 and was fully leased to Lowe’s Home Center at the time of the loan closing. Building features include a clear height of 36 feet, four drive-in doors, 105 dock doors, 316 car parking spaces, 469 trailer parking stalls and an ESFR sprinkler system. Steve Kohn, John Alascio, Alex Hernandez, Aaron Graves, T.J. Sullivan and Jason Blankfein of Cushman & Wakefield arranged the loan through Northwestern Mutual on behalf of the borrower, institutional investors advised by J.P. Morgan Global Alternatives.
NexPoint Acquires Two Life Sciences Buildings Totaling 250,000 SF in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — NexPoint, an investment firm based in metro Dallas, has acquired two life sciences buildings totaling 250,000 square feet in Philadelphia. The first building comprises research and development, manufacturing and warehouse space, and the second building features distribution packaging facilities with the potential for future expansion. NexPoint acquired the buildings, which sit on a combined 18 acres, in a sale-leaseback with Frontida Biopharm. The addresses were not disclosed.
Exceler Building Solutions Opens 180,000 SF Manufacturing Plant in Hazleton, Pennsylvania
HAZLETON, PA. — Exceler Building Solutions, a provider of wall panels for the construction industry, has opened a 180,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Hazleton, located roughly midway between Scranton and Allentown. The single-story, climate-controlled facility features a clear height of 40 feet, two loading docks, six drive-in docks and 10 production lines. The development team estimates that the project will add about 100 new jobs to the local economy.
LCOR Begins Leasing 267-Unit Apartment Building in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — LCOR, a developer with three offices in the Mid-Atlantic region, has begun leasing The Ryland, a 267-unit apartment building in Philadelphia’s Society Hill neighborhood. The 31-story building’s unit mix comprises 44 studios, 154 one-bedroom units, 44 two-bedroom apartments and 25 penthouses with private outdoor spaces. Amenities include a fitness center and yoga studio, piano lounge, private coworking space, chef’s kitchen and a children’s playroom. Move-ins will begin in late summer, and full completion is slated for the fall. Rents start at roughly $2,000 per month for a studio apartment.
DH Property Holdings Begins Sitework on 759,210 SF Industrial Project in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA — DH Property Holdings has begun sitework on a two-building, 759,210-square-foot industrial project at 5000 Richmond St. on the northeast side of Philadelphia. The 348,210-square-foot Building A will feature a clear height of 40 feet, 42 loading dock doors and parking for 81 trailers. Building B will total 411,000 square feet and offer 70 loading dock doors and 125 trailer parking stalls. Completion is slated for the fourth quarter of 2024. CBRE has been appointed as the leasing agent.
Shaner Hotels Acquires 86-Room Hilton-Branded Property in Hershey, Pennsylvania
HERSHEY, PA. — Pennsylvania-based owner-operator Shaner Hotels has acquired the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton Hershey, and 86-room property located about 100 miles west of Philadelphia. All guestrooms and suites feature microwaves and refrigerators, and the hotel offers amenities such as an indoor pool, fitness center and complimentary breakfast. Shaner plans to invest $1.2 million to remodel guestrooms. The seller and sales price were not disclosed.
Westrum Development Opens 211-Unit Apartment Community in Lansdale, Pennsylvania
LANSDALE, PA. — Locally based firm Westrum Development has opened Luxor Lifestyle Apartments Lansdale, a 211-unit multifamily community located about 30 miles north of Philadelphia. Designed by Pennsylvania-based architecture firm Meyer, the property offers studio, one- and two-bedroom units and amenities such as a pool, fitness center, gaming area, outdoor grilling and dining stations and a dog wash area. Rents start at $1,800 per month for a studio apartment. The project carried a total price tag of about $28 million.
Newmark Arranges Sale of 155,663 SF Office Building in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH — Newmark has arranged the sale of Foster Plaza Nine, a 155,663-square-foot office building in Pittsburgh’s Parkway West submarket. The property was built in 1990 and was 64 percent leased at the time of sale. David Dolan, Michael Margolis, Gerry McLaughlin, Jeff Schultz, Angelo Brutico and John Cook of Newmark represented the seller, Sterling Equities, in the transaction. The undisclosed buyer plans to implement a value-add program.
Largo Capital Arranges $15M Refinancing of Multifamily Property in Norristown, Pennsylvania
NORRISTOWN, PA. — Largo Capital, a commercial intermediary based in upstate New York, has arranged a $15 million loan for the refinancing of a multifamily property in Norristown, a northwestern suburb of Philadelphia. The unnamed property consists of 17 buildings totaling 328 units that were 99 percent occupied at the time of the loan closing. Neal Colligan of Largo Capital originated the financing. The direct lender and borrower were not disclosed.
Philadelphia Inquirer Opens 36,500 SF Office in Old City District
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Inquirer has opened a new, 36,500-square-foot office at 100 S. Independence Mall West in the Old City district. Locally based architecture firm Meyer designed the office, which can accommodate 200 people and represents a consolidated physical footprint. The newspaper employs about 400 people who will utilize the space on a rotating basis and work in “neighborhood” spaces that support individual departments like news, marketing, human resources and administration. Newmark represented the Inquirer in its site selection and lease negotiations. Keystone Property Groups owns the building.