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Hines and Oaktree Partner Yet Again for the Acquisition of Brea Place Office Campus

13 Jun 2014, 7:58 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

International real estate firm Hines recently announced the purchase of Brea Place, a sprawling office campus that also includes a plot of mixed-use development land, part of its ongoing partnership with Oaktree Capital Management. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed to the press.

Brea Place is an office campus offering a total of 557,589 square feet of space in the North Orange County submarket. The campus comprises six office buildings ranging in height between one and six stories on the east and west sides of S. State College Boulevard, near the Brea Mall. The Brea Place campus has a current occupancy rate of around 75 percent and a variety of tenants. The property’s current tenant roster includes names such as Chevron, Merrill Lynch, MetLife, Wells Fargo, Sully-Miller Contracting Co. and Union Bank. After the completion of the transaction, Hines is assuming management duties for the asset.

Hines also acquired the 30 acre-property for the seven acres that are included in the package and clearly pose a great development opportunity. The acres are targetted for future mixed-use development projects that would increase the value of the asset in terms of future possibilities.

Ray Lawler, a Hines managing director and the person leading the company’s Orange County development and investment, said that the market that Brea Place is part of “is a highly attractive submarket where Hines and Oaktree expect to grow our portfolio.” Representatives of frequent business partner, Oaktree, share the positive outlook regarding the asset. Managing Director Ambrose Fisher noted that the company is “excited to partner with Hines on another significant office opportunity.”



Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. Announces Purchase of Fallbrook Shopping Center for $210 Million

6 Jun 2014, 3:12 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Retail Opportunity Investments Corp. recently announced that it will become the new owner of a major retail center in the San Fernando Valley. The company has entered into a binding contract for the acquisition of the Fallbrook Shopping Center, for a purchase fee of $210 million in cash, from General Growth Properties. The transaction will reportedly be closed by the end of this quarter.

Fallbrook Shopping Center is a 1.12-million square foot shopping center located in West Hills, CA, and is one of the top retail properties in the West San Fernando Valley. The property’s current tenant roster includes three different supermarkets, namely Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s and Sprouts, while a diverse mix of national retailers such as WalMart, Home Depot and Target, is also part of the package available at Fallbrook.

In terms of leasing, the retail property is currently 98 percent under contract, with two-thirds of the agreements being completed with investment-grade rated retailers. The average remaining lease term for the property’s anchor tenants currently stands at around 12 years.

The acquisition of the Fallbrook Shopping Center will contribute to the enhancement of the new owner’s long-term cash flow and tenant diversification, while also increasing its pro forma unencumbered GLA to 87 percent. The acquisition is accretive to Retail Opportunity Investments Corp.’s net income and fund from operations per diluted share. The asset is located in a trade area that totals around 474,000 in population, with a median house-hold income of around $100,000 per year.

According the President and CEO of Retail Opoortunity Investments Corp., Stuart A. Tanz, the buyer expressed its excitement regarding the deal, noting the fact that “Fallbrook is one of the strongest shopping centers in the San Fernando Valley and is an excellent strategic fit with our existing portfolio, given its location and market position.”



Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sale of Two Playa Vista Retail Properties for $16.9 Million

31 May 2014, 12:57 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Marcus & Millichap’s Encino office recently arranged the sale of a two-property retail portfolio for a total of approximately $16.9 million. The two shopping spots are located in the L.A. submarket of Playa Vista. The acquisition was arranged by Marcus & Millichap Vice President investments, Brandon Michaels, and Janette Monfared, an associate with the Encino office. The seller is an affiliate of Brookfield Residential.

The two retail properties, Pacific Promenade and Seabluff Drive, are located at the ground floors of mixed-use projects in Playa Vista, at 13020 Pacific Promenade and the corner of Seabluff Dr. and Runaway Dr. respectively. According to rentv.com, the acquisition was made possible through the obtaining of nonrecourse CMBS debt at 65 percent loan to value. Arranged by MMCC’s Encino office, the financing totaled approximately $10.8 million.

Pacific Promenade is an 11,800 square-foot retail property, home to tenants such as Coffee Bean, Bank of America, Yoga Vista, Sweet Fish Sushi Bar and Hollyway Cleaners. The 2005-built property is located on the ground floor of a mixed-use community that also includes 179 condo units.

Seabluff Drive is a 10,900 square-foot retail center that was developed in 2007, as part of another mixed-use community, also featuring 179 condominiums on the upper floors. The property’s retail tenant roster features names such as Coldwell Banker, Playa Pilates, Yummy.com Fresh Market and Pinkberry.

The properties have an occupancy rate of 100 percent and were fully leased at the time of the transaction. Part of an already well-performing area of Los Angeles where the average vacancy rate stands at around 4.5 percent, the assets are overachieving. According to data provided by Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the Westside Cities area ranks fourth in terms of vacancy rates, trailing only the Tri-Cities, the Mid-Wilshire area and South Bay/Long Beach.

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Table courtesy of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services at marcusmillichap.com 



The Wolff Company Develops Mixed-Use Community in L.A.’s South Park District

23 May 2014, 3:12 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

A new community is nearing its official groundbreaking, with The Wolff Company currently set to start work on its latest mixed-use project. Poised to take shape in downtown Los Angeles, the 12th & Olive development is a $54 million project on which developer The Wolff Company is working with TCA Architects and Bernards.

Located at 1243 S. Olive in the downtown L.A. district of South Park, the new community will include residential and retail space as well as common space for resident amenities. The 293 residential units included in the seven-story structure will feature high-end finishes and long-term maintenance advantages. The building will feature a total of 17,300 square feet of ground-floor retail, while the common space will occupy a total of 7,000 square feet of space. Based on designs from TCA, the podium-like structure of the building will be the defining feature of the mixed-use project. 12th and Olive will be located near Staples Center, the home of the most important local sports franchises, the Clippers, the Lakers and the Kings, and the LA Convention Center, as well as “7th Street Restaurant Row” and the Grammy Museum.

The community will offer its residents high-end amenities such as a 24/7 on-site valet service and concierge service, creating a hotel-like experience. The project is very similar to the developer’s nearby 12th & Grand mixed-use community, with that project offering a slightly larger number of residential units and a slightly higher amount of ground-floor retail space. That project will take shape at 1200 S. Grand Avenue, creating a specific style of community for The Wolff Company in the downtown Los Angeles real estate market.

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Colliers Arranges Land Deal for The Olson Company, New Residential Development Set-up in Temple City

16 May 2014, 9:27 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

A parcel of land that formerly housed an industrial facility in Temple City in the San Gabriel Valley is set to be transformed into a new housing community by Orange County-based The Olson Company. The home builder recently acquired the land with the help of real estate firm Colliers International.

The brokerage worked on behalf of both Olson and selling entity, Ramshorn Corp., during the transaction. Colliers was also responsible for holding the transaction together through the process of getting plans for the housing development approved by local authorities. Senior Vice President Wayne Lambert, Executive Vice President Scott Heaton and Associate Joe Williams comprised the Colliers team in charge of the deal.  

According to Colliers, the developer will now look to build 74 new homes in Temple City. Olson Company is set to create a new gated community with a combination of single-family attached and detached homes that will be named “Linden Walk.” The neighborhood will include on-site recreational amenities for future residents, as well as a sound wall meant to minimize the amount of sonic pollution coming from the nearby Union Pacific Railroad line. The project is being referred to as a “walk,” given the developer’s focus on bringing resident amenities that are within walking distance of the new homes it builds. The amenities include mass transit hubs, shopping centers, schools and entertainment options.

Acquiring the former lumber yard site is no one-time deal for The Olson Company as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, Scott Laurie recently revealed. “We really like the San Gabriel Valley market and we continue to look for additional opportunities there,” Laurie said, focusing on the lack of inventory in the area and the existing demand for new housing projects as main reasons for the developer’s current strategy.   

Images courtesy of olsonhomes.com







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