Friday, June 22, 2012

Marcus & Millichap Arranges Sale of Stoll Manor Mobile Home Park for $2.1 Million


 LAKELAND, FL– Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has announced the sale of Stoll Manor Mobile Home Park (top left photo), located in Lakeland, according to Richard D. Matricaria, Regional Manager of the firm’s Tampa office. The asset commanded a sales price of $2,150,000.

Dan Mulkey (middle right photo), a vice president investments and a National Director of the Manufactured Housing Group in Marcus & Millichap’s Tampa office, had the exclusive listing to market the property on behalf of the local seller and the Illinois-based buyer.

Stoll Manor Mobile Home Park is located at 1123 Walt Williams Road.  Developed by the seller in 1993, this all-age community is situated in a middle-class residential neighborhood, offering its residents a great place to live.  Park amenities include a clubhouse, pool, playground and a basketball court. 

 “Stoll Manor’s buyer is an investment firm specializing in the operation of mobile home communities,” says Mulkey.  “They are one of the largest park owners in Florida. 

"Their intent with Stoll Manor is to back-fill the existing vacant sites which, when completed, will easily provide more than double the value of their investment.”

 Press Contact:

Richard D. Matricaria
Regional Manager, Tampa
(813) 387-4700

Regency Centers to Develop a 280,000 SF Community Shopping Center in Seattle

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Regency Centers (NYSE:REG), a national owner, operator and developer of grocery-anchored shopping centers, will begin construction of Grand Ridge Plaza (top left rendering), a 280,113-square-foot shopping center, anchored by market-dominant grocer Safeway, on 24.58 acres.
Located in the heart of Issaquah Highlands, a master planned community east of downtown Seattle, Grand Ridge Plaza will be the only major retail center to serve the community and will draw shoppers from around the region.

Regency will build a 280,113-square-foot open air, pedestrian-friendly center that includes a 44,543-square-foot Safeway and a 56,820-square-foot, 12-screen Regal Cinemas.

 The center’s merchandising will focus on convenience retail, restaurants, entertainment and destination retailers in order to create a regional draw from the nearby Sammamish Plateau, greater Issaquah and Interstate 90.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

The Hoffman Agency
Bonnie Hayflick, 904-398-9663

Regency Centers
Craig Ramey, 503-603-4726
Senior Vice President, Senior Market Officer

Mercantile Capital Corp. Has its Biggest Month — Reports Record Number of Commercial Real Estate Loan Closings in May

 ORLANDO, FL — Mercantile Capital Corporation, which ranks as one of the nation’s leading providers of U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans to small business owners who want to acquire or develop their own facilities, reports it closed a record number of commercial loans in May.

Chris Hurn (middle right photo), chief executive officer of Mercantile Capital Corporation, said the firm closed 11 loans to finance real estate projects valued at more than $33.2 million.

Hurn said May ranks as Mercantile Capital Corporation’s biggest month in nine years of operation.  He added that 2012 is shaping up to be a record year for the company.

“Since Jan. 1, Mercantile Capital has closed 44 commercial loans,” Hurn said, “which is double what we closed by this time in 2011, 2010, or any other calendar year in our history.” Mercantile Capital closed 57 loans during all of 2011, its highest yearly total ever.

Hurn said many of the new loans help small business owners refinance their current commercial mortgages at lower rates and more favorable terms.

“There is a big demand for the refinancing of commercial property loans,” Hurn said. “Last year, the SBA issued new rules that include the ability to refinance commercial debt with SBA 504 loans, and that’s proving to be a huge relief to small businesses that have weathered the recession,” he said.

Hurn said the largest single loan Mercantile Capital provided in May helped finance the $10.4 million acquisition of a hotel in the historic village of Roslyn, New York. 

For more information about this press release contact:

Chris Hurn, Chief Executive Officer, Mercantile Capital Corporation,, 407-786-5040

Geof Longstaff, Chairman, Mercantile Capital Corporation,, 407-786-5040

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications, 407-644-4142

USF Health Renews and Expands at University Professional Center in Tampa, FL


 TAMPA, FL – [June 22, 2012]  Cassidy Turley, a leading commercial real estate services provider in the U.S., has brokered University of South Florida Health’s lease of more than 15,000 square feet at University Professional Center (top left photo), a 97,875-square-foot medical office building in Tampa.

 USF Health renewed its lease of 6,010 square feet on the fifth floor of University Professional Center. The company also expanded its occupancy by leasing 9,762 square feet on the third floor of the center. The renewal and expansion each feature 5-year terms.

Juan Vega (lower right photo) of Cassidy Turley’s Tampa office represented USF Health in the transactions. Shellie Davis of HealthAmerica Realty Group represented the landlord, AB HealthAmerica II.

 “University Professional Center has been a good location for our client, and we are pleased to be able to help them expand their presence in this facility,” Vega said. “This renewal and expansion are examples of the tremendous service and value we offer our clients at Cassidy Turley.”

 Please visit for more information about Cassidy Turley.

Public Relations Contacts:

Tony Wilbert
Wilbert News Strategies

 Stephen Ursery
Wilbert News Strategies
Office: (404) 965-5026
Cell: (404) 405-2354

IDI Markets New Metro Atlanta Business Park as Mission Critical

Atlanta, GA– IDI, a leading full-service industrial real estate company, has broken ground on a speculative building in Riverside Business Center (top left rendering) which encompasses many elements beneficial for data center and mission critical uses.

Located in Lithia Springs in the I-20 West submarket of Atlanta, the 653,000-square-foot Riverside Business Center Building A is IDI’s first speculative development start in Metro Atlanta since 2008.

 In addition to Building A, which will deliver in the fourth quarter of 2012, IDI also has sites available ranging from five acres to 30 acres for custom-built mission critical facilities.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:
 Charlotte Marie Sturtz
Jackson Spalding for IDI

 Laura Ann Thompson
Jackson Spalding for IDI

Marcus & Milllichap Promotes John Susank to Vice President Investments


 NEWPORT BEACH, CA –Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Services, the nation’s largest real estate investment services firm, has promoted John Susank (top right photo) to vice president investments.

This achievement is one of the highest levels of recognition the firm awards to its investment specialists. It represents excellence in the development and servicing of long-term client relationships, according to Joseph V. Cesta, vice president and regional manager of the firm’s Newport Beach office.

Chris Pecoraro Joins Marcus & Millichap Capital Corp. as Director in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA– Marcus & Millichap Capital Corporation (MMCC) has named Chris Pecoraro (lower left photo) a director in the firm’s Los Angeles office, according to William E. Hughes, senior vice president and managing director of MMCC.

 In his new position, Pecoraro will arrange debt and equity financing for all types of commercial real estate assets, including multifamily, retail and office and industrial properties.

For a complete copy of the company’s two news releases, please contact:

Stacey Corso
Public Relations Manager
(925) 953-1716

James R. Wolford Promoted to President and Chief Operating Officer of Thompson National Properties

IRVINE, CA – Thompson National Properties, LLC, (TNP) one of the fastest growing international real estate companies, has promoted James R. Wolford (top right photo) to president and chief operating officer.

In addition to his new responsibilities, Wolford will continue to serve as executive vice president and chief financial officer of TNP, as well as treasurer and secretary of TNP Strategic Retail Trust.

 Ryan Lodes,  Brian Sidman and Don Ferrari Promoted  to Expanded Executive Roles
IRVINE, CA – Thompson National Properties, LLC, (TNP) announced it has promoted three professionals, including Ryan Lodes, who will serve as senior vice president of sales and national sales manager, Brian Sidman, who will serve as senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Don Ferrari, who as senior vice president will lead relationship management.

“Each of these professionals brings an impressive skill set to their expanded roles and have proven themselves not only as team players, but as team leaders,” said Anthony W. “Tony” Thompson (lower left photo), Thompson National Properties’ CEO.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

Jill Swartz

HFF closes $21.3 million sale of 11800 Tech Road in Silver Spring, MD

WASHINGTON, DC– HFF announced it has closed the sale of 11800 Tech Road (top left photo), a 228,179-square-foot flex office building in Silver Spring, Maryland.

HFF marketed the property exclusively on behalf of the seller, Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT).  A joint venture between Finmarc Management and the Goldstar Group acquired the property for $21.3 million free and clear of debt.

The building is located in the North Silver Spring/Route 29 submarket of Silver Spring approximately 14 miles north of Washington, D.C.  Originally built in 1969, approximately $2.3 million has been spent on capital improvements and building renovations since 2003.  The property is 83 percent leased to tenants such as Comcast, U.S. General Services Administration and Holy Cross Hospital. 

The HFF investment sales team representing the seller was led by senior managing directors Jim Meisel (top right photo), Dek Potts (middle left photo) and Andrew Weir (middle right photo) along with executive managing director Stephen Conley (lower left photo) 

 Finmarc Management Inc., formed in 1987, provides management services for retail, hotel, office, flex and warehouse properties.  The firm concentrates on well-located properties that can be reshaped, re-merchandised and repositioned to meet local market dynamics.  They currently manage a portfolio in excess of five million square feet in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

The Goldstar Group, based in Bethesda, Maryland, was formed in 1995 to focus on value creation through opportunistic situations within the commercial real estate industry.  Focusing on assets in the Mid-Atlantic region, the firm invests on behalf of its clients including discretionary Goldstar Real Estate Funds I & II—dedicated capital sources for commercial acquisitions, institutional capital investors (opportunity funds, life insurance companies, etc.) and high net worth individuals. 


JAMES A. MEISEL                                                
HFF Senior Managing Director             
(202) 533-2500                                       

HFF Senior Managing Director             
(202) 533-2500                                   

HFF Senior Managing Director
(202) 533-2500                                       
STEPHEN C. CONLEY                               
HFF Executive Managing Director        
(202) 533-2500                                       

HFF Director, Marketing
(713) 852-3500

TNP Strategic Retail Trust Acquires Bloomingdale Hills in Tampa, FL Suburb

IRVINE, CA – TNP Strategic Retail Trust, Inc. (the “Company”), a public non-traded REIT that invests in grocery and drug-store anchored, multi-tenant necessity retail properties and other real estate-related assets, announced the completion of the Company’s 19th acquisition, Bloomingdale Hills, a nearly 13-acre retail center located in the Tampa suburb of Riverview, Florida.

Bloomingdale Hills was constructed in 2002 at the intersection of West Bloomingdale Avenue and Providence Road, where approximately 62,500 cars pass each day. The property comprises approximately 78,500 square feet of rentable space, as well as a fully improved, undeveloped land parcel.

The center is anchored by Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market and is 100 percent leased to multiple tenants, including St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital of Tampa.

“The anchor tenant, Wal-Mart, is signed to a 15-year lease and holds a Standard & Poor’s ‘AA’ credit rating as one of the world’s largest retailers,” said Steve Corea, senior vice president of acquisitions for Thompson National Properties.

 For more information regarding TNP Strategic Retail Trust, please visit


Jill Swartz

PKF Lodging Forecast for U.S. Remains Strong Despite Lingering Levels of Uncertainty

Atlanta, GA. – Despite news that will likely influence the short-term economic performance of the U.S. economy, PKF Hospitality Research, LLC (PKF-HR) affirms its strong forecasts of RevPAR growth for the nation’s lodging industry. 

According to the recently released June 2012 edition of Hotel Horizons®, PKF-HR is projecting RevPAR for U.S. hotels will increase by 5.8 percent in 2012, and another 6.6 percent in 2013.  These forecasts are identical to the RevPAR forecasts presented in the March 2012 edition of Hotel Horizons®.

 “Given the headlines of late, I understand why our clients are concerned about the future health of the economy and the U.S. lodging industry,” said R. Mark Woodworth (top right photo), president of PKF-HR.

“However, the fundamental questions should focus on how many of these headlines were a surprise.

 “Sluggish job growth and economic chaos in Europe have been in the news for a while, and despite these conditions, the performance of the U.S. lodging market during the first quarter of 2012 was just as strong as we had forecast. 

“Therefore, we see no reason to change our opinion regarding the remainder of the year.”

The 2012 annual RevPAR growth forecast of 5.8 percent is the result of a projected 1.6 percent increase in occupancy and a 4.1 percent gain in average daily rate (ADR).

 PKF-HR is forecasting average quarterly RevPAR gains of 4.9 percent during the second half of 2012.  This is less than the estimated 6.9 percent RevPAR growth enjoyed during the first six months of the year.

  “We are projecting a bit of a slowdown in performance during the second half of 2012,” Woodworth noted. “.Some of the more critical uncertainties throttling demand growth will not be resolved until after the presidential election and decisions are made regarding tax legislation.”

One of many economic measures monitored by PKF-HR is The Conference Board’s Leading Economic Index® (LEI).

 “We believe there is a six to eight month lag between changes in the LEI and movements in lodging demand,” said John B. (Jack) Corgel  (lower left photo) Ph.D., the Robert C. Baker professor of real estate at the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and senior advisor to PKF-HR.

 “The decline in the LEI observed during the last quarter of 2011 suggested a softening in the demand for hotel rooms during the third quarter of 2012.  However, the LEI bounced back nicely during the first half of 2012, thus perpetuating our optimism for 2013.  Recoveries from economic recessions are usually not even.”

To purchase a June 2012 Hotel Horizons® report, please visit  Reports are available for each of 50 major metropolitan areas in the U.S., and contain five year projections of supply, demand, occupancy, ADR, and RevPAR.

For a complete copy of the company’s news release, please contact:

R. Mark Woodworth                                            
 PKF Hospitality Research                                   
Tel: 404 842 1150, ext 222                                

Chris Daly
Daly Gray Public Relations
Tel: 703 435 6293