LOMBARD AND LISLE, ILL., AND PEWAUKEE, WIS. — Newmark has brokered four sales across three office assets in Illinois and Wisconsin. Newmark represented Brennan Investment Group in the $25.9 million sale of Woodlake Corporate Park in Lombard, Ill., in two transactions. Five buildings sold to Avalair Group, while two buildings sold to Woodside Capital Partners. Newmark also represented the sellers in the $19.2 million sale of 2300 Cabot Drive in Lisle, Ill., and One & Two Riverwood Place in Pewaukee, Wis. Bridge Investment Group sold 2300 Cabot Drive to Urban Commercial Property Group. The Broe Group sold One & Two Riverwood Place to Woodside Capital Partners. Jim Postweiler, Peter Harwood, Derek Fohl and Jack Trager of Newmark were the brokers involved in the transactions.
Shell’s announcement in mid-September to relocate its home from the Central Business District (CBD) of New Orleans to the planned 50-plus acre River District rocked the office market. The oil and gas giant has been in the Hancock Whitney Center (formerly One Shell Square) since 1972, and will be rightsizing in a Class A mid-rise office building that will anchor the River District. The planned building will be approximately 142,000 square feet and home to 850 to 1,000 employees. What a huge win for the planned River District and city of New Orleans. However, the void left in Hancock Whitney Center raises the question, what will building ownership group do with all of the space that Shell vacates? If the current occupancy rate stands, Hancock Whitney Center will have over 500,000 square feet of vacant space. Elsewhere, Entergy is in the process of a major contraction in its building located at 639 Loyola Ave., and earlier this year, Freeport McMoRan vacated over 100,000 square feet of space at 1615 Poydras. Both buildings are also located in the CBD. A number of office towers have loans maturing within the next 24 months, and the logical assumption is that securing financing will …
HOUSTON — Marketing agency Keystone Advisors has signed a 32,000-square-foot office lease in West Houston. According to LoopNet Inc., the building at 4920 Westway Park Blvd., which is part of the Corporate Centre development, was constructed in 2007 and totals 131,908 square feet. Scott Fikes, Matt Pruitt and Christian Canion of JLL represented the landlord, Agellan Commercial REIT, in the lease negotiations. Josh Marcell and Anthony Porraz of Moody Rambin represented the tenant.
NEW YORK CITY — SL Green Realty Corp. (NYSE: SLG) has agreed to sell the fee ownership interest in 625 Madison Avenue, a 563,000-square-foot office building in Midtown Manhattan, for $632.5 million. The 17-story building is located between 58th and 59th streets and includes ground-floor retail space. In connection with the sale, SL Green and its partners will originate a $234.5 million preferred equity investment in the property, and the locally based real estate giant will use net proceeds from the sale for repayment of corporate debt. The buyer was an undisclosed global investment group.
HOUSTON — Locally based brokerage firm Finial Group has negotiated a 15,085-square-foot office lease in Houston. According to LoopNet Inc., the property at 9949 W. Sam Houston Parkway N was built in 2006 and totals 41,117 square feet. Andrew Bischoff and Jack Gaffney of Finial Group represented the undisclosed landlord in the lease negotiations. Wes Williams and Jordan Trout of Colliers represented the tenant, engineering firm W-Industries of Texas.
ISELIN, N.J. — Cushman & Wakefield has negotiated a 40,000-square-foot office lease renewal in the Northern New Jersey community of Iselin. The building at 99 Wood Ave. S is located within the six-building Centerline at Metropark campus and totals 271,988 square feet. Todd Elfand, Kevin Carton, Paul Giannone and Brody Strickland of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Opal Holdings, in the lease negotiations. The representative of the tenant, law firm Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, was not disclosed.
OMAHA, NEB. — Colliers Nebraska has negotiated a 12,598-square-foot office lease at Farnam Executive Center in Omaha. Adam Marek of Colliers represented the tenant, a national law firm focused on assisting government agencies with improving service delivery. Chris Mensinger, Justin Spooner and Lizzie Mensinger of Colliers represented the landlord, White Lotus Group. Recently purchased by White Lotus Group, Farnam Executive Center rises four stories and totals 92,242 square feet.
HOUSTON — US Med-Equip has signed a 34,000-square-foot office lease in West Houston. According to LoopNet Inc., the building at 4920 Westway Park Blvd., which is part of the Corporate Centre development, was constructed in 2007 and totals 131,908 square feet. Scott Fikes, Matt Pruitt and Christian Canion of JLL represented the landlord, Agellan Commercial REIT, in the lease negotiations. Cory Sleeth from NAI Global and John Ferruzzo from Transwestern represented the tenant.
HOUSTON — CBRE has negotiated a 52,120-square-foot office headquarters lease at Westway II, a 10-story building located near Houston’s Energy Corridor area. Abby Alford and Lucian Bukowski of CBRE represented the tenant, Texas-based consulting firm Cobb, Fendley & Associates, in the lease negotiations. Chip Colvill of Cushman & Wakefield represented the undisclosed landlord. The lease term is 10 years. Kirksey designed the space, which spans two floors, and Arch-Con Corp. handled the build-out.
NEW YORK CITY — Cushman & Wakefield has negotiated a 6,780-square-foot office lease at 600 Lexington Avenue in Manhattan’s Plaza District. The tenant, private equity funds manager Hollyport Capital, will occupy the entire 27th floor of the 36-story, 305,472-square-foot building. Harry Blair, Connor Daugstrup and Bianca DiMauro of Cushman & Wakefield represented the landlord, Lex NY Equities LLC, in the lease negotiations. Tim Gibson and Harry Singer of Newmark represented the tenant.