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Atlantic Station Gets More EV Charging Units

9 May 2014, 9:54 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Electric car driving tenants, employees and visitors of the Atlantic Station mixed-use community in Atlanta can breath a sigh of relief knowing they will never again have to leave the complex with a dying battery.  According to a recent announcement, four new Level 2 electric-vehicle charging units have been put in operation in the underground parking garage on P1, near the valet station.

Inaugurated in in 2005, Atlantic Station is a sustainable mixed-use development built on Atlantic Steel Company’s abandoned mill site that today is a thriving district in Atlanta’s Midtown neighborhood. Anchor tenants of the community include employers such as Wells Fargo, Ogilvy & Mather and BB&T, retailers like H&M and Dillard’s along with a number of popular restaurants.

CBRE Global Investors, the owner of the property, had previously started investing in a stable infrastructure of car chargers at Atlantic Station.  The development has a street-level charging station on 17th Street near the Millennium Gate offering four Level 2 units and one DC fast-charger unit. That one is partially powered by overhead solar panels and is available at no cost to the public. The new chargers, partially funded by Nissan, offer a charging rate that gives a car around 25 miles of driving range over a one-hour charging interval and cost of 85 cents per hour for the public.

John Gilb, principal at CBRE Global Investors is proud that the community is moving toward more environmentally friendly transportation and believes that Atlantic Station is setting an example.

“Our EV charging stations are convenient not only for our visitors, but to the Midtown community as a whole,” he says.

Photo credits: ChargePoint

International Tech Group Subsidiary Consolidates Operations at 5405 Windward Parkway

25 Apr 2014, 5:42 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Andritz Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of the Andritz Group, is moving to 5405 Windward Parkway. The company recently signed a long-term lease for 40,000 square feet. To  landlord Highwoods Properties Inc.’s relief the building has reached almost complete occupancy.

Headquartered in Graz, Austria, Andritz Group is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed group has a staff of around 23,700 employees and operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. It ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas.

Ed Fritsch, President and CEO of Highwoods is grateful for Andritz’s choice and also expressed his pride in the company’s local agents.

“We thank Andritz for choosing Highwoods and we applaud our Atlanta team for their rapid success in backfilling this building with two high-quality customers who are new to Highwoods,” he says.

Built in 1997, the 240,000 square-foot building boasts prime Alpharetta location in Metro Atlanta’s North Fulton submarket with easy access to the interchange of GA 400 and Windward Parkway. The property’s lineup of amenities includes a number of green features such as bike storage, easy access to public transit, high efficiency lighting fixtures, low water irrigation system and a clever energy management system.  With this transaction, the company has relet 97 percent of the 223,000 square feet vacated in last October.

Photo credits: Highwoods Properties 

Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers Consolidates Operations at Ravinia

18 Apr 2014, 4:28 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers has recently signed a long-term office space lease in Atlanta’s Central Perimeter submarket at Two Ravinia Drive. The property is part of the 42-acre Ravinia complex which consists of three Class A towers and a 500-room Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Berkley Specialty Underwriting Managers is a specialty underwriting organization, a subsidiary of Fortune 500 financial services company W. R. Berkley Corp. The company provides a portfolio of commercial property casualty insurance products to the entertainment, sports and environmental industries. It offers proprietary coverage for these specialty industries, along with automobile liability, workers’ compensation and claim services.

Cassidy Turley brokered the lease of the 23,025 square feet of office space in the 17-story tower located at the Northeast Corner of Ashford-Dunwoody Road and Interstate 285, with Dale Lewis of Cassidy Turley’s Atlanta office representing the tenant in the lease transaction. Jeff Bellamy and Amanda Smith of Jones Lange LaSalle spoke for the property owner, Parkway Properties.

The tenant already occupies 7,184 square feet at Two Ravinia and also operates on 16,403 square feet at Three Ravinia. Additionally, in compliance with the new contract the company will expand to the entire 11th floor of the former and the lease also gives Berkley Specialty the right of first refusal to expand into 7,000 square feet on the 10th floor adjacent to another W. R. Berkley entity, Vela Insurance Company. The lease commences December 1, 2014.

Photo credits: Parkway Properties

Terwilliger Pappas Breaks Ground on $50M Buckhead Community

11 Apr 2014, 9:40 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Terwilliger Pappas Multifamily Partners started site work on Solis Downwood, a 280-unit luxury apartment project in Atlanta’s Buckhead district.

Terwilliger Pappas is an apartment development and acquisition firm focused on major markets in the Southeast. Its current Solis branded portfolio includes multifamily properties in Charlotte, Raleigh and Durham, N.C., Solis Downwood representing the company’s first development project in Atlanta and the third community started in the firm’s first year of operation. The project team includes Atlanta-based architecture firm Cooper Cary and general contractor Brasfield and Gorrie.

Situated on Downwood Circle, between Northside Parkway and Howell Mill Road near Interstate 75 at West Paces Ferry, the 5.5-acre land that Solis Downwood is being built on has a number of features that can be appealing to families as well as to young professionals. Its location grants easy access to major employers on 42 million square feet of Class A office space within a 5-mile radius, and Morris Brandon Elementary School is also a 5 minute bus ride away. It is about 5 minutes to Midtown, close to numerous shopping, cultural, entertainment and recreational amenities. Thanks to its placement at the highest point of the submarket, it offers unobstructed views of the Buckhead, Midtown and Downtown skylines of Atlanta. 

Plans of the development include one- and two-bedroom boutique-style apartments with a rooftop terrace and central courtyard, a saltwater pool, secured parking deck, cyber café, game room and a pet park.

Photo credits: Terwilliger Pappas

Emblematic Midtown Hotel Changes Hands for $61M

4 Apr 2014, 6:12 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Georgian Terrace Hotel has a new owner. SoTHERLY Hotels Inc. paid $61 million for the asset. The price includes an adjacent 698-space parking structure and a 0.6-acre development parcel.

As a self-managed and self-administered lodging REIT headquartered in Williamsburg, Va., SoTHERLY Hotels Inc. is focused on the acquisition, renovation, rebranding and repositioning of full-service hotels in the Southern U.S. At the moment, the company has a portfolio of 2,698 rooms in 12 properties operating under the Hilton Worldwide, InterContinental Hotels Group and Starwood Hotels and Resorts brands. Eleven of the assets are wholly-owned and the Company also has a 25 percent interest in the Crowne Plaza Hollywood Beach Resort. As a part of the transaction, the SoTHERLY closed on a $19 million loan with Richmond Hill Partners, LP and Essex Equity Joint Investment Vehicle, LLC and a $41.5 million loan with Bank of the Ozarks collateralized by a first mortgage on the property.

The Georgian Terrace Hotel or the “Grand Dame of Atlanta”, as it is often called, is a 326-room independent full-service hotel built in 1911. It sits in one of Atlanta’s best performing areas in terms of hospitality, at the corner of Peachtree Street with Ponce de Leon Street, along Atlanta’s Midtown Mile, facing the Fox Theatre. It is a member of Preferred Hotels Group, Historic Hotels of America, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It also takes pride in the largest guest rooms in the market averaging over 800 square feet and over 16,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, respectively, as well as three food and beverage outlets. More than $15 million has been invested in modernizing the guest rooms and public spaces over the past five years. Georgian Terrace has undergone a major facelift before, in 1991, when the new tower was added.

The Hotel will be managed by Chesapeake Hospitality in the future.

Photo credits: Georgian Terrace Hotel

MHA Scores $39.85M Hat Trick in Atlanta

24 Mar 2014, 5:42 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Multi Housing Advisors has recently announced the sales of three metro Atlanta apartment communities, 734 units combined. The transactions are worth a total of $39.85 million and representing the sellers Josh Goldfarb and Tyler Averitt of MHA were the only brokers involved.

Since its inception in 2002, Multi Housing Advisors has sold over 83,000 units in more than 500 individual transactions for an aggregate of $2.7 billion. The company serves local, regional and national clients. MHA foresees a vigorous comeback in multifamily sales in Atlanta for the year to come, Goldfarb said in a recent statement.

“Atlanta’s apartment market is firmly in the middle of its recovery, and with continued rent growth and occupancy gains on the horizon, the metro area is proving to be very attractive to investors,” he adds.

The 297-unit Defoors Ferry West community in Atlanta’s West Midtown neighborhood changed hands for $16 million. The RADCO Companies acquired the 50-year-old complex from Urban Partners LLC. In another transaction, FortCap Partners affiliate FC Oaks, LLC paid $14.8 million to The Oaks of Briarcliff/W.C., L.P. for 227-unit The Oaks of Briarcliff. The garden-style community situated near Emory University and the city’s Buckhead district was built in 1964. The third community, the 210-unit Huntington Ridge in Norcross sold for a little over $9.05 million. LMREC CDO II REO VII Inc. was the seller and Greentree Real Estate Services LLC is the new owner of the property built in 1973.

Image of Defoors Ferry West via Google Maps

Expansion of Newnan’s Southeastern Regional Medical Center Underway

24 Mar 2014, 5:08 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Southeastern Regional Medical Center in Newnan is about to get 121,000 square feet of new space and 30,000 square feet of remodeled space, a $48 million expansion just two years after completion. Batson-Cook developed the original project and accordingly, it has been entrusted with the current construction work too.

Founded in 1915, the soon to be century-old Batson-Cook Construction is involved in building commercial projects for healthcare, industrial, manufacturing and private development clients alike, mostly throughout the southeastern U.S.

The current 226,000-square-foot cancer treatment healthcare facility includes two linear accelerator vaults, a full range of diagnostic imaging services, and modern radiation and infusion therapy departments. Surgical suites, an outpatient clinic, 25 private inpatient rooms, rehabilitation and physical therapy departments, kitchen, dining room, and a chapel are also part of the facility. CTCA includes a residential tower for the convenience of outpatients and their families.

The renovation process is divided into four main update stages and the hospital will maintain its operations in the meantime within the existing facility. The Inpatient Expansion Project will complement the facility with 25 newly built patient rooms and add a penthouse too. The second phase, the Clinic Expansion Project will completely encompass the currently operational clinic and infusion areas of the facility since plans include vertical expansion as well as a horizontal enlargement. Four-stories and a penthouse are to be added in this phase. A one-story Surgery Expansion is also underway, adding two new operating rooms, post-anesthesia bays and sterile area spaces.  Planned to be raised adjacent to the current facility, the Radiation Therapy Expansion will bring additional offices, clinical space and enhancements to the existing central energy plant along with a new space specially designed to house a state-of-the-art radiosurgery system.

Photo credits: Batson-Cook Construction

276-Unit Property in Historic Fourth Ward Offers Gigabit Internet

7 Mar 2014, 7:44 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Developed by North American Properties, BOHO4W, as the project is called, is the first residential property in Atlanta to embrace the lightning-speed gigabit technology. The 276-unit community at Historic Fourth Ward Park is a so-called fiber-to-the-home or FTTH multifamily project that beside its innovative network, also keeps walkability in focus.

NAP is a privately-held, multi-regional real estate operating company that has acquired, developed and managed more than $4.5 billion worth of multifamily, mixed-use, retail and office properties across the United States. Its multifamily portfolio includes in excess of 15,000 apartment units in 13 states and it currently has $700 million of development underway.

The ultra-high-speed broadband connectivity is the same technology Google Fiber is considering bringing to Atlanta, and it allows for transfer speeds about 100 times faster compared to conventional data services. The necessary fiber optic network and all collateral services are provided by Hotwire Communications.

Also, NAP calls its newest urban neighborhood walkable for a reason. With a Walk Score of 79, BOHO4W is in the sixth most walkable neighborhood in Atlanta. It is steps away from Atlanta BeltLine’s Eastside Trail, just a short walk from Ponce City Market and just across Ponce de Leon Avenue from Whole Foods Market.

Community amenities include a resort-style salt-water swimming pool overlooking Historic Fourth Ward Park, a clubroom overlooking the pool deck, a fitness center, a fully equipped spin/yoga room with complimentary classes, an outdoor lounge with grilling and dining area, a pet spa with washing and drying stations, a resident art studio with complimentary art classes, a conference room with computers and printers and a cyber café – with gigabit internet of course.

Photo credits: BOHO4W

Physicians Realty Closes Purchase and Leaseback of Four Medical Office Buildings

7 Mar 2014, 1:13 am

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Physicians Realty L.P., an operating partnership of Physicians Realty Trust closed on the purchase and leaseback of four medical facilities located in Jackson, Conyers and McDonough.

Physicians Realty Trust is a newly set up self-managed healthcare real estate company involved in the acquisition, development, ownership and management of healthcare properties that are leased to physicians, hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. The company invests eminently in real estate that is integral to providing high quality healthcare services and Chief Investment Officer John Sweet considers this latest investment an expressive demonstration of their strategy. “This investment is a great example of the type of property we wish to own for the long term,” he says.

The office buildings are now being leased to Eagles Landing Family Practice, an Atlanta-based full service primary care facility. Eagles Landing works with over 250 employees including board certified Family Practitioners, Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners and has operations in 7 locations throughout Henry County, Butts County and Rockdale County.

Regarding the partnership with Physicians Realty, Nick Williams, Chief Financial Officer for Eagles Landing told the press that he is pleased to work with a group that understands medical real estate as well as the healthcare industry in general. “It is comforting to know they will be our partners as we face the evolution of healthcare delivery and healthcare policy,” he adds.

The four buildings total around 68,700 square feet and are 100% leased. The purchase price was $20.8 million representing a first year cash yield of approximately 7.5%. The buildings are subject to 15-year absolute net leases with Eagles Landing Family Practice.

Image of Eagles Landing Conyers office, courtesy of Eagles Landing Family Practice

Kinloch Partners to Double Its Atlanta Investments in 2014

26 Feb 2014, 4:22 pm

By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor

Kinloch Partners LLC recently announced its intention to purchase lots in 14 subdivisions in Metro-Atlanta, all of them in developments where new construction has been lagging since the 2009 recession. The firm wishes to bring its total investment to nearly 200 new homes in 2014.

Formed in 2011 by Bruce W. McNeilage and Christopher P. Zachary, the firm offers rental and home ownership solutions through new construction, home renovation or investment in financially distressed real estate properties.

The company started with purchasing 26 lots in six subdivisions in East Point, Ga., Jonesboro, Ga.,  Dallas, Ga., and Atlanta. The most recently acquired lots are located in Savannah Walk in East Point, The Lakes in Jonesboro respectively in Dallas’ Stonewoood Creek and Henderson Ridge communities. The partnership plans to sell about half of the homes, yet to be built by Kinloch Partners’ affiliate Kinloch Homes, and run the rest as rental properties. Construction is expected to begin in the first weeks of March.

Besides being an enticing investment opportunity for the company, choosing discontinued developments can bring significant benefits to existing homeowners as well, according to McNeilage.

“The closer a subdivision comes to completion, the better it is for all of its home values,” he says.

Image of Kinloch Partners model home, courtesy of Kinlock Partners

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