ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — PACE Loan Group (PLG) has arranged $5.5 million in Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy & Resilience (C-PACER) financing for the Aviator Hotel in Anchorage. The historic hotel, located at 239 W. 4th Ave., is undergoing renovations. Once renovation is complete in 2024, the Aviator Hotel will be a high-end boutique hotel with 252 rooms and suites, a retail store, coffee shop, brewery and a bar and restaurant that will feature a year-round outdoor deck with views of Denali. The C-PACER financing is the largest of its kind to date in Alaska, according to PLG. The loan funds the renovations at the 1970s-era, three-story hotel, including energy conservation measures such as HVAC upgrades, building envelope, water fixtures, lighting and energy-efficient heating. The municipality of Anchorage launched C-PACER in May of 2021, with the first loan closing in August 2022.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Time Equities Inc. has purchased Midtown Mall and 5900 Old Seward Highway in Anchorage from Seritage Growth Properties for a $44 million. Totaling 252,663 square feet, the deals mark Time Equities’ entry to Alaska. Midtown Mall is a 164,664-square-foot, grocery-anchored shopping center. At the time of sale, the property was 81 percent leased. Current tenants include Carr’s Grocery Store, Guitar Center, Nordstrom Rack and Planet Fitness. Situated on 7.8 acres, 5900 Old Seward Highway is a 98,087-square-foot former Sears warehouse building, which is currently vacant. Ami Ziff, Jonathan Kim and Grant Scott provided in-house representation for Time Equities, while Dino Christophilis of CBRE represented the seller in the deal.
PHOENIX — Chicago-based developer The X Co. has completed X Phoenix, a 20-story multifamily high-rise project located at 200 W. Monroe St. in the state capital’s downtown area. The 731,321-square-foot building houses 330 residential units and represents Phase I of a larger development. Phase II of X Phoenix will feature a 26-story multifamily tower that will be developed on an adjacent parcel. Construction of Phase II is scheduled to begin this spring. Phase I of X Phoenix included a parking garage with 612 stalls, plus an indoor mezzanine storage space with 159 bike parking spots and a wash station. The eighth floor of the building houses two pools with a poolside bar and restaurant that is scheduled to open in April. In addition, the ninth floor of the building features a 9,000-square-foot fitness center with locker rooms and a yoga studio. Lastly, the building contains 50,000 square feet of commercial space that will be built out to support restaurant and coworking uses. Chicago-based Fitzgerald & Associates designed X Phoenix, with Workshop/APD handling interior design. Clayco, a design-build firm with five offices across the county, provided construction management services. Kimley-Horn and Peterson Associates provided engineering services. The X Co. has built …
FAIRBANKS, ALASKA — Live Oak Bank has provided a $15 million construction loan for owner-operator Frontier Partners LLC to support the development of a 68-unit assisted living community in Fairbanks. The community will consist of 50,680 square feet and will be situated on 7.8 acres. The debt was structured into two loans utilizing the SBA 504 program. The interim construction loan will be held by Live Oak Bank in the amount of $10.2 million, and the second bridge loan prior to the 504 Debenture will be in the amount of $4.8 million.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Greystone has provided a $22.5 million bridge loan to refinance Aspen Creek Senior Living, an assisted living facility in Anchorage. Stella Plotkin of Greystone originated the loan on behalf of the borrower, Spring Creek Holdings. The floating-rate, interest-only bridge financing features a 24-month term with two six-month extension options, with the intention to transition to permanent HUD-insured financing. The financing retires the existing loan from the property’s initial construction and enables the borrower to continue with ongoing renovations, including the completion of the secured memory care wing. Completed in 2019, Aspen Creek Senior Living features 96 beds, with 21 designated for memory care residents.
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Senior Living Investment Brokerage (SLIB) has arranged the sale of a 116-unit assisted living and memory care community in Anchorage. The community opened in December 2019. The 82,813-square-foot facility sits on 2.7 acres of land, with an adjacent 2.7-acre plot available for purchase. The community’s developer sold the asset to a national REIT for $32.5 million. The new owner will use a third-party operator. The REIT also is considering a joint-venture independent living expansion at the property. Vince Viverito, Brad Goodsell and Jason Punzel of SLIB handled the transaction.
Institutional Property Advisors Brokers Sale of 28-Property Fred Meyer Portfolio in Pacific Northwest
LOS ANGELES — Institutional Property Advisors (IPA), a division of Marcus & Millichap, has arranged the sale-leaseback of a 28-property portfolio of net-leased Fred Meyer stores in the West. While the price was not disclosed, Marcus & Millichap’s research department claims that the sale is the largest retail transaction since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fred Meyer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kroger (NYSE: KR) and features a superstore-style format. Benderson Development acquired the 4.5 million-square-foot portfolio. The Fred Meyer portfolio is located in Shoreline, Bellingham, Everett, Lynnwood, Longview, Vancouver, Puyallup, Richland and Tacoma, Washington; Eugene, Salem, Albany, Beaverton, Corvallis, Portland, Medford, Oregon City, Roseburg, Springfield, The Dalles and Tualatin, Oregon; Nampa and Garden City, Idaho; and Anchorage, Alaska. “The Pacific Northwest has always been one of our top areas of interest to grow our national footprint,” says Randy Benderson, president and director of Benderson Development. “Fred Meyer is a leader in these markets and we’re very pleased to strengthen and enhance our long-term partnership with them.” Kroger will execute new 25-year absolute net leases for each property, with an initial portfolio-wide base rent totaling $25 million per year. Tom Lagos, Patrick Toomey, Jose Carrazana, Jessica Baram and Ryan …
Alaska Cargo & Cold Storage to Develop 700,000 SF Climate-Controlled Warehouse at Anchorage International Airport
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Alaska Cargo and Cold Storage (ACCS) and the State of Alaska have executed a 55-year ground lease agreement at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) for the development of a climate-controlled warehouse facility at the airport. Located on Great Circle Route, the 700,000-square-foot facility will offer 32.5 million cubic feet of capacity, providing the airport, which is the world’s sixth-busiest cargo airport, with a critical piece of infrastructure. ANC is situated within 9.5 hours of 90 percent of key markets in Asia, Europe and North America. In September 2020, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the Alaska Energy Authority a $21 million BUILD grant to administer in support of the ACCS project. The facility will be built in phases, with construction of the 190,0000-square-foot first phase slated to begin in the second half of this year. When fully complete, the facility will offer cold and warm storage, quick cargo, general warehousing options, logistics services and auxiliary space for tenant offices. ACCS is a joint venture of industrialist Chad Brownstein and McKinley Capital Management, which is led by Rob Gillam. David Norrie and Katrin Gist of CBRE, along with Paul Schilling of Schilling Commercial Real Estate, will market …
ANCHORAGE, ALASKA — Perkins&Will, a global architecture firm, in partnership with an Alaska-based developer, has designed the $30 million modernization and expansion of 601 W. 5th Avenue, formerly the KeyBank Plaza Building located in downtown Anchorage. Originally constructed in 1972 by Alaska Mutual Savings Bank, the nine-story property required extensive structural repairs as a result of the region’s 7.1 magnitude earthquake in November 2018. In addition to seismic reinforcements, the nine-story building will undergo an external transformation into a sleek, glacier-like office building, paying homage to Alaska’s natural wonders. The reimagined property will feature an additional 40,000-square-foot sloped façade that reconfigures the building to resemble a glacier. Floor-to-ceiling windows will replace the existing precast concrete cladding to allow for maximum natural light. The redesign also includes radiant heating, six new skylights and drought-tolerant native plants. The building will be retrofitted with significant interior improvements, including the replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; construction of a new stair tower; modernization of the elevators; and installation of a freight elevator.
ANCHORAGE — Columbia Sussex has purchased three hotel properties, totaling 348 rooms, in Anchorage. Blackstone Group sold the assets for an undisclosed sum. The hotels are the 125-room Hilton Garden Inn at 4555 Union Square Drive; the 101-room Hampton Inn at 4301 Credit Union Drive; and the 122-room Homewood Suites at 101 W. 48th Ave. The properties were built in 2001, 1997 and 2003, respectively. Each property features an indoor pool, fitness center with hot tub, 24-hour business center, meeting space and recently renovated guestrooms. The hotels will continue to operate under their current names with current staff and employees. With 1,341 rooms in its inventory, Columbia Sussex claims to now be the largest full-service, year-round hotel operator in Alaska. The company also owns Marriott Anchorage Downtown and Hilton Anchorage, which it has operated for more than a decade.