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Port of San Diego To Seek Developers for Waterfront Hotel in Chula Vista

11 Jun 2014, 12:34 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

The Port of San Diego plans to issue a request for qualifications this month for development of a resort hotel that would anchor the Chula Vista Bayfront master plan.

To be located on the 535-acre former site of the South Bay Power Plant, Chula Vista Bayfront would rise on one of the largest remaining waterfront development sites available in California. The port is seeking teams qualified to develop a large-scale, convention-oriented hotel and resort. Jones Lang LaSalle Inc. serves as the port’s lead adviser on the project.

“With an improving U.S. economy and predicted increases in business and leisure travel, Chula Vista’s unique location on San Diego Bay is sure to attract strong interest from the development community,” said Chula Vista Mayor Cheryl Cox in a statement. “Chula Vista and the Port have cleared the way to create a shovel-ready project on prime bayfront property.”

According to a report commissioned by the San Diego Tourism Authority, the city’s overnight visitor volume will increase 1.8 percent per year on average for the next four years. While annual hotel room demand will increase more than 2 percent annually for the next four years, supply will not keep pace, the report adds.

Around 200 acres of parks and open space will be part of the project. Chula Vista Bayfront will include a signature public park, extensive walking trails, interpretive signage and shoreline promenades. The plan also includes marina improvements that would create a commercial harbor including retail space and dining near mixed projects planned by Pacifica Companies.

Image courtesy of chulavistaca.gov

Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors, Hammer Ventures Make Big Buys

5 Jun 2014, 1:00 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Cornerstone Real Estate Advisors L.L.C. and Hammer Ventures are the latest investors to make major acquisitions of industrial and office assets in metropolitan San Diego.

 Cornerstone paid $57,4 million to become the new owner of the North County Corporate Center, which comprises five industrial buildings located on 26 acres at 990 and 995 Joshua Way and 2750, 2760 and 2765 Progress St. Totaling 493,900 square feet of industrial and office space, the asset commanded about $117 per square foot.  The Los Angeles office of Colliers International represented both Cornerstone and the seller, JPMorgan Chase.

Completed in 1999, the property is approximately 90 percent leased to such tenants as Jeld-Wen, John Deere Water and CDTI. Jeld-Wen, which occupies about approximately 180,000 square feet, is the largest tenant.  Around 10 percent of the space, amounting to some 40,000 square feet, is available; Cassidy Turley handling the leasing.

The Torbati Building in downtown San Diego (right) was purchased by Hammer Ventures from 625 Broadway Holdings L.L.C. The local office of Colliers International represented Hammer in the acquisition of the 223,000-square-foot, 14-story building, which was completed in 1925; the seller represented itself.

Image: The Torbati Building at 625 Broadway, San Diego

NorthMarq Capital Provides $52 Million in Financing for San Diego M-F Complex

29 May 2014, 4:14 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

NorthMarq Capital recently provided $52 million in financing for the Tierrasanta Ridge Apartments in San Diego. Marty Meagher and Gardiner Champlin, both senior vice presidents and managing directors at the firm, arranged the financing, which is based on a 10-year term and 30-year amortization schedule and was funded through the provider’s AmeriSphere Fannie Mae DUS platform.

Tierrasanta Ridge Apartments is located at 5410 Repecho Dr., south of Claremont Mesa Boulevard and just east of I-15. The 356-unit community includes a variety of environmentally friendly features, such as a solar energy system that supplies 70% of common-area electricity, irrigation controllers with on-site weather stations, and landscaping that emphasizes drought-tolerant native Californian and Mediterranean plants. Other sustainable elements are low-flow shower heads and toilets, high-efficiency laundry rooms, a community recycling programs, and a pool and spa heated by solar energy.

Tierrasanta Ridge Apartments offers five different floorplans ranging in size from 650 to 957 square feet. The units include one-bedroom, one=bathroom,  two-bedroom, one-bathroom and two-bedroom, two-bathroom floor plans.

NorthMarq’s Meagher and Champlin team also recently arranged financing for residential properties in San Bernardino and Dallas. The company provided $16.1 million for the Creekside Village Apartments, a 304-unit affordable housing community in San Bernardino, and $6.35 million for the Atera Apartments, a 380-unit apartment property in Dallas,
rentv.com reports.

Photo courtesy of tierrasantaridge.com

Vista, Sorrento Mesa Industrial Assets Fetch $75M in Separate Deals

22 May 2014, 3:47 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

In a great week for the San Diego industrial real estate market, two properties traded hands in a separate deals for a combined total of more than $75 million. In the larger of the two transactions, Cornerstone Real Estate paid  $57.6 million for  an asset in the Vista submarket, while a Sorrento Mesa industrial building was acquired by Colorado-based Alliance Commercial Partners LLC.

Cornerstone’s new acquisition,  North County Corporate Center, is a 34-acre industrial campus at Progress Street and Joshua Way. Completed in 1999, Its buildings total 493,898 square feet San Diego Business Journal reported. The seller, an affiliate of JPMorgan Chase & Co., was represented in the transaction by Cassidy Turley, which also represented the buyer.  

The 121,496-square-foot  property acquired by Alliance Commercial in Sorrento Mesa is fully leased to Russell Sigler Inc. for the next three and a half years. Completed in 1993, the property includes about 10,000 square feet of office space.  

According to Colliers International, only five industrial deals valued at $10 million or more closed in the San Diego market during the first quarter. Two of those deals involved assets in Vista. For the second quarter, Colliers’ data points to declining vacancy, higher net absorption, little new product and higher prices. Vacancy ranges from 3.9 percent in the I-15 Corridor to 8 percent in North County. For R&D facilities, vacancy rates vary from 9.9 percent to 12.7 percent.

Chart courtesy of Colliers International at




Regent Properties Buys Carlsbad Office Building; Legacy Signs AltheaDx to Torrey Pines HQ

15 May 2014, 3:36 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

In a $16 million deal, Regent Properties recently acquired Atlas at Carlsbad, a 246,00-square-foot office property located north of Palomar Airport Road and west of Melrose Drive at 5909 Sea Otter Place.  Regent Properties acquired the property from W.P. Carey Inc.with the help of Cassidy Turley Managing Directors Dennis Visser and Aric Starck. The latter also represented the seller.

The new owner has reportedly lined up a number of improvements and modifications for the property. Regent Properties will focus on renovating the interior, but will also add new landscaping, additional parking spaces and other site work, rentv.com reports.

Meanwhile,  Torrey Riidge Science Center in Torrey Pines (pictured at right) signed AltheaDx to a 70,000 square feet at the recently renovated facility. The healthcare company was represented by Cushman & Wakefield’ Inc.’s Ted Jacobs, Brent Jacobs and Greg Bisconti while landlord Legacy Partners worked with Rich Danesi and Ryan Egli of CBRE Group Inc.’s life sciences group. Terms were not made available.

Torrey Ridge Science Center will become the home of AltheaDx once the company moves from its current Sorrento Valley locatiion at the beginning of next year. The property offers a full-service cafeteria with indoor/outdoor dining, conference and training facilities, a fitness center and nearby walking trails with exercise stations.

Image courtesy of legacypartners.com

Community HousingWorks, Sun Country Builders Start Affordable Housing Project in Vista

7 May 2014, 9:45 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

California’s recent wave of affordable housing projects continues to rise in San Diego. Community HousingWorks, a non-profit developer, is teaming up with Sun Country Builders on a 68-unit project in Vista.

Dubbed North Santa Fe Apartments, the community developed at 301 N. Santa Fe Ave. will feature a pedestrian-friendly design on its 2.3-acre site. The property is geared toward families with incomes that are 30 to 60 percent of the local average.

According to information on Community HousingWorks’ Web site, ten of the units at North Santa Fe are reserved for transition-aged youth (a term usually applied to young people between the ages of about 16 to 23), with services provided by North County Lifeline.

Community HousingWorks is implementing green design features such as flat roofs and parapets that will accommodate solar hot water panels and mechanical equipment. Residents will pay for electric heating, cooking, air conditioning and general electric costs in accordance with San Diego County’s Energy Efficient utility allowance schedule. Landscaping will feature drought-tolerant plants,  citrus orchards and an eco-friendly irrigation system.

Common resident amenities will include a single-story building with space for Community HousingWorks  residential services, computer learning centers, and a community area. Also available to residents will be a play area for small children, picnic tables, barbecue, seating areas, bike racks and a garden.

Donahue Schriber Plans $50 Million Expansion for Del Mar Highlands Town Center

30 Apr 2014, 4:13 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Donahue Schriber is planning a $50 million upgrade of the Del Mar Highlands Town Center that will expand the property by about 80,000 square feet.

Located in the Carmel Valley submarket, the 25-year-old retail center currently offers 283,000 square feet of space. According to the San Diego Business Journal, the shopping center will add a 600-space parking structure. The eight-screen Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas will add three new screens, while new retail space will  accommodate new stores and eateries. Current tenants include Bank of America, Domino’s Pizza, FedEx, RadioShack and GameStop.

Another tenant, KinderCare, will move to a new facility when the project is completed. Costa Mesa-based Donahue Schriber plans to start relocation of KinderCare, the movie theater expansion and parking structure construction later this year. Construction of the new retail space will follow in 2015, and the entire project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

Located at Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real, the center opened in 1989. Most recently, a $20 million renovation was completed in 2011.

Image courtesy of delmarhighlandstowncenter.com

Skilled Nursing Facility, Condos and Multifamily Complex Attract Buyers

24 Apr 2014, 4:24 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

San Diego-area investors are  off to a busy second-quarter. An Oceanside condominium building, a North Park multifamily building and an El Cajon nursing facility traded hands recently in two separate deals worth $14.2 million, $1.9 million and $7.5 million, respectively.

The Chase Care Center was acquired by the Auburn Manor Holding Corp. from Chase Care Property L.L.C., the San Diego Business Journal reports. Built in 1989, the facility totals 96,589 square feet of space. Located on a 4.6-acre site at 1201 S. Orange Avenue in El Cajon, the skilled-nursing facility offers such services as physical, speech and occupational therapy.  

The local office of Colliers International office also arranged a transaction involving a North Park multifamily property. Seller Uptown Communities L.L.C. and buyer Diego Davis Associates L.L.C. completed the $1.9 million deal which was arranged by representatives Ciara Layne-Trujillo, David Santistevan and Gunder Creage of Colliers International. Totaling eight units, the 87-year-old  property offers six one-bedroom, one two-bedroom and one three-bedroom apartments.

Located at 612 Los Arbolitos Boulevard in Oceanside, Forest Glen Condominiums is an 88-unit complex offering a mix of one-, two- and three-bedroom units. With access to the I-5, and state routes 76 and 78, the 37-year-old condo building is located on a 3.4-acre lot. Residential units average more than 1,000 square feet, and features include private patios, balconies, formal dining areas and fully equipped kitchens.

The resident amenity package includes an on-site laundry facility, a fitness center, clubhouse, resort-style swimming pool, barbecue and picnic areas and both open and covered parking. According to rentv.com, the deal was arranged by representatives of Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services Inc.


Coastal Rail Trail Adds 2,000-Foot Segment as Regional Biking Network Grows

17 Apr 2014, 3:10 am

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Oceanside biking enthusiasts have a new route to enjoy with the completion of a 2,000-foot segment of the Coastal Rail Trail. The CRT is part of a planned 44-mile long bike trail from Oceanside to San Diego.

Stretching between Oceanside Boulevard and Wisconsin Avenue, the newly completed bike trail is located along the west side of railroad property owned by the North County Transit District. The new section will link to a previously completed portion just north of Wisconsin Avenue that opened in February 2013. According to the San Diego Association of Government’s website, the project will extend an existing Class I bike path, classified as a path that is physically separate from vehicular traffic.

The paths are part of the greater San Diego Regional Bike Plan that would create a wide network by 2050. The plan calls for most San Diego-area coastal cities to be linked together, with a number of the projects along the trail being located in Oceanside.

The area has been bullish on its initiative to promote and support biking throughout the San Diego area, with the SANDAG Board of Directors approving an Early Action Program for the Regional Bike Plan. The EAP would inject $200 million in the region-wide push for biking, and add almost 77 miles of bikeway during the next ten years. The Coastal Rail Trail segment that was completed recently is part of the  EAP.

Recent resident feedback in the region shows that a more bike-friendly policy, featuring a more cohesive infrastructure, would solve some traffic issues, pollution, livability challenges and the current obesity health crisis.

Image courtesy of sandag.org

Capstone Advisors Pays $16M for Office, Retail Assets

14 Apr 2014, 3:11 pm

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor

Capstone Advisors has  invested a total of $16.4 million in two separate transactions for a La Jolla office building and a retail property near the University of San Diego.

In La Jolla, the Carlsbad-based  firm acquired 7817 Ivanhoe, a three-story, 34,000-square-foot property located two blocks from Prospect Street, the main commercial corridor through La Jolla Village and La Jolla Cove. The tenant roster includes GovX, Keller Williams, Rancho Financial and Chicago Title. Vacancy in the building is only two percent, reflecting the area’s strong demand for office space.

Capstone plans a series of improvements that include exterior painting, lighting, landscaping, an overhaul of the common areas, building system upgrades and interior suite work. A Colliers International team arranged the transaction on behalf of both parties. Financing was provided by Silvergate Bank.

In a separate transaction, Capstone paid $6.4 million for Presidio Trolley Plaza, a new 48,000-square-foot infill retail center located at 5261-5401 Londa Vista Road near the University of  San Diego. The  center’ s market includes the campus’ 9,000 students, staff and faculty members. Capstone Advisors represented itself  while Voit Real Estate Services represented the undisclosed seller.  Silvergate Bank provided financing for the transaction.

Built in 1965, the property was initially designed for light industrial use. Its current retail/flex configuration offers a variety of suite sizes. Tenants include  Ballast Point, the micro-brewer. The company’s concept store, Home Brew Mart, has been a fixture at Presidio Trolley Plaza since 1992. Before Capstone became the owner, Ballast Point had expressed interest in expanding into the adjacent suite.

 Image courtesy of ralstonrealestate.com 

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