Lenders See Opportunity Amid Adversity, Forecast Survey Reveals

Despite a tumultuous 2020, a year in which the country was turned upside down by a deadly pandemic that led to economic upheaval, the commercial real estate lending community overwhelmingly believes brighter days are ahead on the business front.France Media’s 2021 forecast survey of direct lenders and financial intermediaries nationally reveals that 84 percent of respondents expect the total dollar amount of commercial and multifamily loans closed by their firm this year to increase when …

CGI Merchant Group Invests $30M to Develop New Hotel, Training Center at Morris Brown College in Atlanta

ATLANTA — CGI Merchant Group LLC (CGI), a global investment management firm, will invest $30 million to convert existing facilities at Morris Brown College in Atlanta into an upscale, 150-room hotel and hospitality management training complex. Construction of the 90,000-square-foot facility is expected to begin later this year. The investment was made through CGI’s new $650 million Hospitality Opportunity Fund, whose goal is to acquire 20 hotels in North America and the Caribbean over the …

Sands Corp. to Sell Off All Las Vegas Assets for $6.2B

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) has agreed to sell its Las Vegas properties and operations, including The Venetian Resort Las Vegas and the Sands Expo and Convention Center, for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $6.2 billion.Under the terms of the agreement, VICI Properties Inc. (NYSE: VICI) will acquire all of the land and real estate assets associated with the Venetian for $4 billion in cash, representing a capitalization rate of 6.2 percent. Affiliates of …

Hodges Ward Elliott Arranges Sale of Four Omni Hotels & Resorts in Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS — Hodges Ward Elliott, a hospitality brokerage firm with offices across the country, has arranged the sale of four Omni Hotels & Resorts in Texas. The hotels are located in the metro areas of each of the state’s four largest markets: Austin, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio. The hotels were sold as part of a five-property, 1,729-room portfolio transaction, with the fifth hotel located in Jacksonville, Fla. John Bourret, Daniel Peek, Austin Brooks and David Auer of Hodges …

NewcrestImage Buys 325-Room Historic Magnolia Hotel in Downtown Dallas

DALLAS — Locally based hospitality investment firm NewcrestImage has purchased the Magnolia Hotel, a 325-room hotel located at 1401 Commerce St. across the street from AT&T’s headquarters office in downtown Dallas. The historic 29-story building was originally constructed in 1922 as the headquarters for Magnolia Petroleum and was redeveloped into a boutique hotel in 1999. NewcrestImage purchased the property from Denver-based Stout Street Hospitality for an undisclosed

Extended Stay America Opens Three Hotels Totaling 291 Rooms in Oklahoma

BARTLESVILLE, MCALESTER AND LAWTON, OKLA. — Extended Stay America (NASDAQ: STAY) has opened three hotels totaling 291 rooms in Oklahoma. Dallas-based Provident Realty Advisors owns the properties, and Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality manages them. The properties are located in the northern city of Bartlesville, the central city of McAlester and the southwestern city of Lawton. All hotels feature fitness centers and onsite laundry

Legendary Capital Buys 141-Room Courtyard by Marriott Denver-Aurora Hotel in Colorado for $27.9M

AURORA, COLO. — Legendary Capital has purchased Courtyard by Marriott Denver-Aurora, a newly constructed hotel located at 255 N. Blackhawk St. in Aurora, for $27.9 million. The name of the seller was not released.Completed last year, the four-story hotel features 141 guest rooms, a business center, three meeting rooms, a fitness center, an outdoor patio with seating and firepit, valet laundry service and a two-story, 55,715-square-foot parking deck. Additionally, the first-floor lobby …

Caspi Development Tops Out 96-Room Hotel Project in Manhattan

NEW YORK CITY — Locally based firm Caspi Development has topped out the Hotel Barrière Le Fouquet’s New York, a 96-room hotel that is being developed at 456 Greenwich St. in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood. Upon completion in mid-2022, the eight-story hotel will house several food and beverage concepts, as well as a pool, spa and a screening room. Construction of the hotel, which will be operated under the French luxury brand Group Barrière, began in

PEG Cos. Acquires Austin Hotel, Plans Class B Multifamily Conversion

AUSTIN, TEXAS — PEG Cos., a Utah-based investment and development firm, has acquired The Habitat Suites Austin, an extended-stay hotel located at 500 E. Highland Mall Blvd. in Austin. The company plans to convert the hotel into a Class B multifamily community. PEG plans to undertake a full renovation of the property, including the addition of new amenities like a fitness center and workspaces. Completion is slated for the

Marcus & Millichap Brokers Sale of 82-Room Hotel in Dallas

DALLAS — Marcus & Millichap has brokered the sale of the Comfort Inn North Dallas Galleria, an 82-room hotel located at 7815 LBJ Freeway that is operated under the Choice Hotels International brand. Chris Gomes and Allan Miller of Marcus & Millichap represented the seller and procured the buyer in the transaction. Both parties were private investors that requested

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