Luminous Capital, Virtus Real Estate Buy R&D Building in Carlsbad, Plan Life Sciences Conversion

by Amy Works

CARLSBAD, CALIF. — Luminous Capital Management, in partnership with Austin, Texas-based Virtus Real Estate Capital, has acquired 2290 Cosmos Court, an industrial/R&D building in Carlsbad. Los Angeles-based Excelsior Partners sold the asset for $9.5 million, or $255 per square foot.

The 37,300-square-foot building was vacant at the time of sale. Previously, ViaSat utilized the property for its global communications operations.

The buyers plan to renovate the property the property for bioscience research and development, including the build out of wet lab and support space. The property features heavy power, ground-level loading and abundant parking. Completion of the planned upgrades is slated for early 2023.

Virtus provided joint venture equity for the renovation and repositioning of the property. Rusty Williams, Chris Roth and Jake Rubendall of Lee & Associates represented the seller in the deal. John Chun and John Marshall of JLL arranged the equity joint venture between Luminous and Virtus. California Bank & Trust provided financing for the acquisition and conversion.

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