Gap Inc. to Shutter 350 Stores, Transition Focus from Malls to E-Commerce

SAN FRANCISCO — Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), a longtime apparel tenant in enclosed regional malls nationwide, has announced plans to close 350 stores under its Banana Republic and Gap banners in an effort to transition focus to e-commerce and off-mall retail locations.Store closures are scheduled for completion by fiscal year 2023, which ends Feb. 1, 2024, with 75 percent scheduled to close in 2021. By that time, the company expects 80 percent of its revenue to come from e-commerce and off-mall …

JLL Arranges More Than $100M in Financing for Multifamily Tower Under Construction in Chicago

CHICAGO — JLL has arranged more than $100 million in financing for a 278-unit multifamily community in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood.The developer broke ground on the community in late September and expects to deliver it in spring 2022. JLL worked on behalf of developer Marquette Cos. to secure a $65 million construction loan through Bank OZK. Further details of the financing were not disclosed.Power Construction is the general contractor and Chicago-based Brininstool + Lynch is …

Detroit City Council Approves Sale of Former State Fairgrounds, Amazon to Open 3.8 MSF Facility at Site

DETROIT — The Detroit City Council has approved the sale of the former Michigan State Fairgrounds, providing the green light for a $400 million redevelopment of the site. Detroit-based Sterling Group and Dallas-based Hillwood Investment Properties have agreed to pay $9 million for the land, with plans to build a 3.8 million-square-foot distribution center for Amazon at the property.The e-commerce giant will occupy half of the 142-acre site, located at the corner of Woodward Avenue and 8 …

Beyond the Diamond: Boston Red Sox Owner to Redevelop Five Acres Surrounding Fenway Park

BOSTON — A division of Fenway Sports Group, the owner of the Boston Red Sox, is building a team to redevelop the area outside of Fenway Park. The company’s real estate arm, Fenway Sports Group Real Estate (FSGRE), is partnering with Massachusetts-based WS Development and the D’Angelo family to redevelop several sites surrounding the Red Sox home ballpark.Details were not disclosed, but The Boston Globe reports the project would bring office space, apartment buildings, shops, …

Ventas Acquires 800,000 SF Life Sciences Campus in San Francisco for $1B

SAN FRANCISCO — Chicago-based REIT Ventas Inc. (NYSE: VTR), through its Life Sciences and Healthcare Real Estate Fund, has acquired an 800,000-square-foot life sciences campus in San Francisco for roughly $1 billion.The San Francisco Business Journal reports that the property is the Genesis South office and life sciences hub, which consists of two office and lab buildings totaling roughly 720,000 square feet, as well as a 72,000-square-foot building.The Class A campus is located on …

Millennium Partners Secures $775M Construction Financing for Mixed-Use Tower in Downtown Boston

BOSTON — Millennium Partners Boston, a local arm of developer Millennium Partners, has secured $775 million in construction financing from Cale Street Investments for Winthrop Center, a $1.3 billion mixed-use development located in downtown Boston.Upon completion, the project is expected to feature 812,000 square feet of Class A office space; 572,000 square feet of residential space including 321 luxury residential units; and a 24,000-square-foot common area featuring a fitness center, …

Hoffman & Associates Plans $300M Redevelopment of Seaboard Station in Raleigh

RALEIGH, N.C. — Hoffman & Associates has unveiled its plans for a $300 million redevelopment of the Seaboard Station neighborhood on the northern edge of downtown Raleigh. The Washington, D.C.-based developer plans to build the mixed-use project in three phases, beginning with the construction of 300 residential units and 30,000 square feet of retail space.Upon full build-out, the new Seaboard Station plans call for three apartment buildings totaling 600 units, 130,000 square feet of …

Howard Hughes, Riverside Open 55-Story Office Tower Along Chicago River

CHICAGO — The Howard Hughes Corp. and Riverside Investment & Development have opened 110 North Wacker Drive, a 55-story office tower situated along the Chicago River. The 1.5 million-square-foot project is the tallest office building completed in the city in the last three decades, according to the developers.Bank of America is the anchor tenant. Other opening-day tenants include real estate investment advisor Heitman, global investment bank Lincoln International and law firms Jones …

Americold Acquires Cold Storage Owner Agro Merchants Group for $1.7B

ATLANTA AND SCHIPHOL, NETHERLANDS — Americold Realty Trust (NYSE: COLD) has agreed to acquire Agro Merchants Group, a privately held cold storage warehouse owner based in The Netherlands, for $1.74 billion. Atlanta-based Americold entered into the agreement with Agro Merchants’ owner, an investor group led by funds managed by Los Angeles-based Oaktree Capital Management LP. The move will give Americold its first cold storage properties in Europe.Agro Merchants, which has its North …

Universal Music, Dakia U-Ventures Plan $1.2B Entertainment Destination in Biloxi

BILOXI, MISS. — A joint venture between California-based Universal Music Group (UMG) and hospitality investment firm Dakia U-Ventures has unveiled plans for a $1.2 billion hotel and music-themed entertainment destination in the coastal Mississippi city of Biloxi.The new development will be the first of the joint venture’s UMUSIC Hotels, with additional locations coming to Atlanta and Orlando. Each hotel and entertainment district is designed to educate guests on the city’s musical …

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