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Joint Venture to Develop Hilton Hotel in D.C. as Part of 830,000 SF Mixed-Use Project

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Trammell Crow Co., High Street Residential and MetLife Investment Management have plans to develop a 203-room hotel in Washington, D.C., called The Morrow at Central Armature Works. The joint venture plans to partner with Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. on the hotel, which will be part of the Central Armature Works development, a 830,000-square-foot mixed-use development that broke ground in 2019.The Morrow at Central Armature Works is slated for completion during the …

NRF: June Retail Sales Increase Following a Dip in May

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation (NRF) reports retail sales rose 0.8 percent in June over the prior month on a seasonally adjusted basis — not including automobile dealers, gas stations and restaurants — and were up 12.1 percent unadjusted year-over-year.The NRF’s June report confirms the organization’s revised predictions made at the beginning of July. NRF revised its retail sales forecast for 2021 retail sales to increase between 10.5 and 13.5 percent over 2020 …

NRF Revises US Retail Sales Forecast for 2021 Upward Based on Encouraging Economic Factors

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts U.S. retail sales in 2021 will increase between 10.5 to 13.5 percent over last year to a range of $4.44 trillion and $4.56 trillion. These predictions are higher than the initial 2021 forecast the organization made in February that was between 6.5 percent and 8.2 percent growth and a total between $4.33 trillion and $4.4 trillion.In the beginning of 2021, the economy was looking more positive for the retail industry, but …

US Economy Added 850,000 Jobs in June, Far Above Economists’ Predictions

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs in June, according to the nonfarm payroll employment report released Friday by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Economists surveyed by Dow Jones expected a gain of approximately 706,000 jobs. The BLS also revised the May job gains upward from 559,000 to 583,000. In April, the job gains were revised up from 266,000 to 269,000. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate increased from 5.8 percent in May to 5.9 percent in June, which was higher …

Weekly First-Time Claims for Unemployment Insurance Fall to 364,000, a 51,000 Decrease From Last Week

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A total of 364,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment insurance assistance for the week that ended June 26, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. These claims were a decrease of 51,000 from the previous week’s revised unemployment claims of 415,000. The claims were also lower than the Dow Jones’ estimate of 390,000, according to CNBC. The jobless claims are still higher than before COVID-19, despite the healing economy. In March 2020, the average …

BKV Group Opens Beckert’s Park Mixed-Use Project in D.C.’s Capitol Hill District

WASHINGTON, D.C. — BKV Group has opened Beckert’s Park, a 2.8-acre mixed-use project featuring 325 apartments and a new 60,000-square-foot Safeway grocery store, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Located at the corner of 14th Street and D Street SE, the development has replaced a parking lot and existing Safeway store that stood on the site for nearly 50 years.BKV Group worked with developer Foulger-Pratt to create a design for the Beckert’s Park project. The …

First-Time Claims for Unemployment Insurance Decrease Slightly to 411,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A total of 411,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment insurance assistance for the week that ended June 19, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. These claims constituted a decrease of 7,000 from the previous week’s revised unemployment claims of 418,000. The claims were also higher than the Dow Jones’ estimate of 380,000, according to CNBC. Continuing claims, data of which lags a week, lowered to 3.39 million, which was a decrease of 144,000, …

First-Time Claims for Unemployment Insurance Rise to 412,000

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A total of 412,000 Americans filed for first-time unemployment insurance assistance for the week that ended June 12, the U.S. Department of Labor reported Thursday. These claims constituted an increase of 37,000 from the previous week’s revised unemployment claims of 376,000.Many states across the country have decided to end unemployment benefits. Starting on Saturday June 19, eight states will no longer take part in federal unemployment benefit programs, according to …

MBA: Commercial, Multifamily Debt Originations in First Quarter Increase 1.1 Percent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — In the first quarter of 2021, originations for commercial and multifamily loans totaled $3.9 trillion, according to the latest report from the Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA). Compared to the Washington, D.C.-based organization’s findings from fourth-quarter 2020, the first-quarter originations increased by $44.6 billion, a 1.1 percent hike quarter-over-quarter.According to the MBA report, commercial banks held the largest share (roughly 38 percent) of commercial …

WashREIT Agrees to Sell Office Portfolio for $766M, Shifts Focus to Multifamily Sector

WASHINGTON, D.C. — WashREIT (NYSE: WRE) has agreed to sell substantially all of its office portfolio to a Brookfield Asset Management private real estate fund for $766 million. The portfolio consists of 12 office assets spanning nearly 2.4 million square feet in metro Washington, D.C. The transaction is expected to close in the third quarter.As of May 31, the office portfolio was approximately 83 percent occupied. Six of the properties are located in Northern Virginia — 515 King Street, …

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