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NAI Mertz Brokers Sale of 84,400 SF Industrial Facility in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — NAI Mertz has brokered the sale of an 84,400-square-foot industrial facility in Philadelphia. The sales price was undisclosed. Located at 3601 Island Ave., the property features six-inch reinforced concrete floors, six tailgates, 14 covered van-high loading positions and ceiling heights ranging from 15 to 23 feet. Jonathan Klear of NAI Mertz represented the buyer, seafood supplier Ocean Kingdom Inc., in the transaction. The seller was undisclosed. Ocean Kingdom will utilize a …

HFF Orchestrates $1.7M Sale of Retail Building Near Philadelphia

SPRINGFIELD, PA. — HFF has arranged the $1.7 million sale of a 2,034-square-foot retail building in Springfield. The property is located at 40 E. Woodland Ave., approximately 10 miles from Philadelphia. The building is fully leased to Citizens Bank. Marc Mandel and Steve Schrenk of HFF represented the seller, 9th and Highland LLC, in the transaction. The buyer was an affiliate of California-based investor Chipster

New York Life Provides $45M Refinancing for Apartment Building in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — New York Life Real Estate Investors has provided a $45 million loan to refinance The Versailles, a 113-unit apartment building in the Rittenhouse Square section ofPhiladelphia. Located at 530 Locust St., the property was built in the 1920s and was recently renovated. New York Life Real Estate Investors, whose parent company is New York Life Insurance Co., provided the 12-year, fixed-rate loan for the borrower, Philadelphia-based family office Spring

Hunt Real Estate Capital Secures $35.2M Refinancing for Multifamily Portfolio in Pennsylvania

READING, PA. — Hunt Real Estate Capital has secured a $35.2 million cash-out refinance for a four-property multifamily portfolio in Reading. The properties include a 161-unit multifamily community built in 1960; a 97-unit apartment complex built in 1969; a 77-unit, garden-style apartment complex built in 1968 and a 156-unit, garden-style apartment complex built in 1950. The Fannie Mae multifamily loans have a 12-year term and 30-year amortization schedule. The borrower was

Trammell Crow to Build 1 MSF Distribution Facility in Scranton

SCRANTON, PA. — Trammell Crow Co. has acquired a 90-acre site at the Valley View Business Park in Scranton. The company plans to build a 1 million square-foot speculative distribution facility on the site. The sales price was undisclosed. The building is scheduled for completion in the third quarter of 2019 and will feature 40-foot clear heights, 311 trailer parking spots, 277 car parking spots, 159 dock positions and ESFR fire protection. Trammell Crow purchased the site from the Scranton …

Larken Associates Purchases 102,000 SF Mixed-Use Building in Pennsylvania

BETHLEHEM, PA. — Larken Associates has acquired Pinnacle @ 65, a 10-story, 102,000-square-foot, mixed-use building in Bethlehem. The sales price was undisclosed. Located at 65 E. Elizabeth Ave., the property includes 48 residential units as well as 38,000 square feet of office and retail space. The building underwent a full renovation in 2017, including upgrades to the exterior façade, windows and common area corridors. Amenities include laundry and dry cleaning pick-up and drop-off, private …

Five Reasons to Use Virtual Reality in Design

By Michael Prifti  Technology is moving quickly across many different industries. Architects are now using emerging technology like virtual reality (VR) to improve experience for clients, tenants and the general public.  An architecture firm can use VR to accomplish many different goals. VR can be used as both a design tool and a marketing tool. As a design tool, one can create impressive virtual mockups with the technology. To be used as a marketing tool, it is important to figure out …

Standalone Memory Care Facilities Fraught With Challenges, Says InterFace Panel

PHILADELPHIA — Standalone memory care facilities were the darling of seniors housing three to five years ago, but more recently this property segment has been tagged as the dog of the industry amid overbuilding concerns and lease-up challenges. “They get bashed at every conference,” says J.P. LoMonaco, president of Valuation & Information Group headquartered in Culver City, California. The conventional wisdom is that many investors and lenders have soured on the product. Not so …

IMC Construction Breaks Ground on Medical Center Near Philadelphia

RADNOR, PA. — IMC Construction has broken ground on Penn Medicine Radnor, a four-story, 250,000-square-foot medical center in Radnor. Located at 145 King of Prussia Road, the center will house a heart and vascular center, cancer care, women’s health, orthopedic and rehabilitation medicine, neurosciences and other medical subspecialties. An outpatient surgery suite will include six surgical and four endoscopy rooms, along with radiology and laboratory services. Brandywine Realty Trust will …

Ballard Brands Expands Restaurant Offerings to Philadelphia with Acquisition

PHILADELPHIA— Ballard Brands, a Covington, Louisiana-based restaurant and hospitality group whose brands include PJ’s Coffee of New Orleans, WOW Café and New Orleans Roast Coffee & Tea, has expanded its restaurant holdings to include several Latin American concepts in Philadelphia. Brothers Paul, Steven and Scott Ballard of Ballard Brands recently purchased Philadelphia-based Garces Group — which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy earlier this year — resulting in the inception of …

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