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Plymouth Group, Centerbridge Break Ground on 450,000 SF Life Sciences Project in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — A partnership between New York City-based developer The Plymouth Group and private investment firm Centerbridge Partners LP has broken ground on Budd Bioworks, a 450,000-square-foot life sciences project in Philadelphia. The property will be located at the site of the former plant of The Budd Co., a defunct manufacturer of automotive parts, in Philadelphia’s “Cellicon Valley” area. Budd Bioworks represents Phase I of a larger, 2.4 million-square-foot life sciences …

CBRE Negotiates $25.7M Sale of Industrial Development Site in Valley View, Pennsylvania

VALLEY VIEW, PA. — CBRE has negotiated the $25.7 million sale of an industrial development site in Valley View, about 120 miles northwest of Philadelphia. The buyer, California-based Panattoni Development Co., plans to develop two speculative buildings that will total approximately 2.4 million square feet and that will be known as Rausch Creek Logistics Center. Michael Hess, Bart Anderson and Patrick Lafferty of CBRE represented the seller, Tremont FT LLC, an affiliate of Viridian Partners, …

Trez Capital Provides $22M Loan for Redevelopment of Metro Philadelphia Office Building

FORT WASHINGTON, PA. — Trez Capital has provided a $22 million loan for the redevelopment of a 367,681-square-foot office building in Fort Washington, a northern suburb of Philadelphia. The property was originally built in 1999 on a 28.3-acre site. The borrower, an entity doing business as Alliance HP Virginia Drive LLC, plans to modernize the building with a new entrance, dock doors and amenities. Brett Forman and Scott Mehlman of Trez Capital originated the

Marcus & Millichap Brokers Sale of 547-Unit Self-Storage Portfolio in Kutztown, Pennsylvania

KUTZTOWN, PA. — Marcus & Millichap has brokered the sale of a 546-unit self-storage portfolio in the Eastern Pennsylvania city of Kutztown. The portfolio consists of two existing facilities totaling 22,243 net rentable square feet across 131 climate- and non-climate-controlled units, as well as a development site for which 148 climate-controlled and 268 non-climate-controlled units have been proposed. Nathan Coe, Brett Hatcher and Gabriel Coe of Marcus & Millichap represented the …

Independence Realty Trust and Steadfast Apartment REIT to Merge, Creating $7B Multifamily Owner

PHILADELPHIA AND IRVINE, CALIF. — Independence Realty Trust Inc. (NYSE: IRT), a publicly traded apartment REIT based in Philadelphia, has agreed to acquire Irvine-based Steadfast Apartment REIT Inc.On a pro-forma basis, the combined company is expected to have a total enterprise value of approximately $7 billion and be equally owned by shareholders of both firms. Post-merger, the company will operate under the Independence Realty Trust banner and trade under the same stock symbol. The …

TUFF, Collaborative Real Estate Acquire 160,000 SF Life Sciences Facility in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH — A partnership between nonprofit developer The University Financing Foundation (TUFF) and full-service firm Collaborative Real Estate has acquired Bridgeside Point, a 160,000-square-foot life sciences facility in Pittsburgh. The property is located adjacent to the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University campuses and includes lab, office and academic space. Patterson Real Estate Advisory Group arranged acquisition financing for the deal through Georgia-based Ameris …

River Pointe Logistics, CBRE Reveal Updated Plans for 725-Acre Lehigh Valley Industrial Project

UPPER MOUNT BETHEL, PA. — Developer River Pointe Logistics and CBRE have revealed updated plans for River Pointe Commerce Park, a 725-acre industrial project located in the Lehigh Valley city of Upper Mount Bethel. The development, which is located 1.5 miles from Interstate 80, will now consist of 15 buildings totaling approximately 6 million square feet. The first, 420,000-square-foot building is expected to deliver in 2022 and will feature a clear height of 45 feet, 42 docks and two …

DHL Supply Chain to Open 970,000 SF Distribution Center in Lebanon, Pennsylvania

LEBANON, PA. — Third-party logistics company DHL Supply Chain will open a 970,000-square-foot distribution center in Lebanon, an eastern suburb of Harrisburg. DHL Supply Chain is both the developer and end user of the project, which will be part of a larger, two-building development. The project is expected to generate $88 million in capital investment for the region and add about 200 jobs to the local economy. Construction of the first facility is expected to begin in mid-July and to be …

Landmark Properties to Develop Three New Student Housing Projects in Pennsylvania, Indiana, South Carolina

PHILADELPHIA; BLOOMINGTON, IND.; AND COLUMBIA, S.C. — Landmark Properties has unveiled plans to develop three new student housing projects totaling 2,544 beds across three states. The developments include The Standard at Philadelphia adjacent to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University; The Standard at Bloomington near Indiana University; and The Standard at Columbia near the University of South Carolina.All of the properties are slated to open in fall 2023. With these project …

JLL Negotiates $114.2M Sale of Grocery-Anchored Retail Portfolio in Metro Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — JLL has negotiated the $114.2 million sale of a portfolio of five grocery-anchored retail centers in the Philadelphia area.The properties include Lionville Shopping Center in Lionville, located west of the city; Marketplace at Westtown in West Chester, another western suburb; Spring Towne Center in Sinking Spring on Philadelphia’s northwestern outskirts; Dreshertown Plaza in Dresher, located just inside the northern ring of Interstate 276; and Limerick Crossing in …

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