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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







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