Wednesday, May 20, 2015

HFF secures refinancing for three Dallas, TX Market Center buildings

Jody Thornton
 DALLAS, TX, May 20, 2015 – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today that it has secured financing for three buildings totaling 3.3 million square feet that are part of the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Texas.

HFF worked on behalf of Crow Holdings to secure the loan for the World Trade Center and Dallas Trade Mart with Goldman Sachs Mortgage Company and the financing for the International Trade Plaza with Comerica Bank.

Composed of the World Trade Center, Dallas Trade Mart, International Trade Plaza and Market Hall, the 110-acre Dallas Market Center (DMC) is the largest wholesale market center in the world, totaling more than 5.5 million square feet – twice the size of the Empire State Building. 

The buildings house space for wholesale merchants around the world to connect with more than 75,000 buyers from all 50 states and 80 countries.

  DMC welcomes approximately 375,000 people to more than 50 market events annually where an estimated $8.5 billion in transactions occur.

Andy Scott
 More than 1,200 tenants in categories including women’s, men’s and children’s fashion and accessories; jewelry; lighting; rugs; home accents and toys rent space in the DMC buildings.  

The buildings are located at 2000, 2050 and 2100 Stemmons Freeway (Interstate 35) in northwestern Dallas close to Dallas-Love Field.  Market Hall is not included in the financing.

The HFF debt placement team representing the borrower was led by executive managing director Jody Thornton, senior managing director Andy Scott, director Jim Curtin and real estate analyst Gay Thomas.

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

Kristen M. Murphy
Associate Director
HFF | One Post Office Square, Suite 3500 | Boston, MA 02109
Main: 617-338-0990 | Direct: 617-848-1572 | Cell: 617-543-4873 |

Resolve Marine Group Purchases Harbor Place Building in Fort Lauderdale For $8.9 Million in Deal Brokered by Berger Commercial Realty

Judy Dolan
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (May 20, 2015) - Regional commercial real estate firm Berger Commercial Realty announced the $8.9 million purchase of Harbor Place, a 36,000-square-foot office building located at 1600 S.E. 17th St. in Fort Lauderdale, by Resolve Marine Group, a Fort Lauderdale-based company that provides a variety of marine services to the global maritime industry.

Resolve Maritime Academy, a division of Resolve Marine Group, has been a tenant in the building since 2012.

Sold by 1600 17th St. Causeway, LLC, Harbor Place was 100 percent occupied at the time of sale, which closed May 14.

 In addition to Resolve Maritime Academy, other tenants include HSBC bank, MHG Insurance, Vecenergy and Berger Commercial Realty.

Last year, Resolve Maritime Academy expanded its space in the Harbor Place building from 6,954 square-feet to 14,088 square-feet. The building currently houses a full mission engine room simulator, an ECDIS (electronic chart display information system) classroom to teach paperless navigation, and several classrooms for fire and safety courses, as well as the academy's administrative offices.

Raquel Monge
Resolve plans to further expand the school with the addition of cruise ship engine and bridge room training simulators, which were previously housed nearby at Resolve's corporate headquarters, located at 1510 S.E. 17th St.

"We are moving our high-tech simulators into the building so we can offer our students all of our training modules under one roof," said Joseph Farrell, Jr., president and CEO of Resolve Marine Group. 

"We are very proud of our presence along the marine corridor of S.E. 17th Street and look forward to continuing to serve the worldwide marine community from our offices in Fort Lauderdale, long considered the marine capital of the world."

Judy Dolan and St. George Guardabassi of Berger Commercial Realty represented Resolve Marine Group in the off-market deal. Lloyd Berger and Keith Graves, also of Berger Commercial Realty, represented the seller, 1600 17th St. Causeway, LLC.

Resolve Marine Group retained the commercial real estate firm to lease and manage the building. Dolan and Guardabassi will serve as the property's exclusive leasing agents, and Raquel Monge, a senior property manager at the firm, will oversee the management and operations of the building.

St. George Guardabassi

Dolan and Guardabassi have represented Resolve in a number of real estate transactions over the past five years, including the company's original 2012 lease at Harbor Place. 

The brokers also represented Resolve in the purchase of:

  • ·     the company's corporate headquarters building at 1510 S.E. 17th St.;
  • ·     property in Port Everglades for the expansion of the company's salvage business;
  • ·     and an 11,709-square-foot office building for $4 million from Ardell Marina, Inc. in 2014. That building is located at 1550 S.E. 17th St., directly in between Harbor Place and Resolve's corporate headquarters. 

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

Media Contact: 954-776-1999
Lexi Robinson, ext. 255,

Marielle Sologuren, ext. 226,

Two Properties Managed by Atlantic | Pacific Management Receive Highest Recognition at 7th Annual Florida Communities of Excellence Awards

Trump Hollywood Condominiums, Hollywood, FL
MIAMI, FL – Atlantic | Pacific Management (A|P Management), the property leasing and condominium association management platform under Atlantic | Pacific Companies (A|P Companies), is delighted to announce that two of the properties they manage received prestigious awards at the 7th Annual Florida Communities of Excellence Awards ceremony, which took place on Friday, May 15th at the Bonaventure Resort & Spa in Weston.

The awards ceremony, which was founded in 2009 and is presented annually, included an educational session, trade show, awards program and gala after-party.

The ceremony had nominees from across the state who received awards from various categories including water conservation, energy efficiency, civic volunteerism and advocacy, family-friendly programs and initiatives, and disaster preparedness. The organization recognizes outstanding communities that invest time in improving the quality of life of their residents.

Apogee Beach Condominiums, Hollywood, FL
The two winning properties are:

* Water Conservation – Water Management and Conservation Programs.
Small Community: Apogee Beach Condominium Association, Hollywood, FL

* Disaster Preparedness – Protecting lives & Properties, as well as for community restoration in the aftermath of an emergency.
Small Community: Trump Hollywood, Hollywood, FL

For more information about A|P and its platforms, visit
 or call (800) 918–1145.

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

Jessica Wade Inc.:  
Jessica Wade Pfeffer | (305) 804 - 8424
Margie Sernik |  (786) 200 - 2516

MetroGroup Realty Finance Secures $35.7 Million in Financing for Client to Acquire Broadcom Building in San Jose, CA

Broadcom Building, 3151 Zanker Road, San Jose, CA

Orange County, CA, May 20, 2015 – MetroGroup Realty Finance, a private, Orange County-based mortgage banking firm, has successfully arranged $35.7 million in financing on behalf of its client for the acquisition of the 200,000 square-foot Broadcom Building in San Jose, California.

Patrick Ward
The property, which was acquired by an affiliate of Oakmont Corporation, is 100 percent occupied by Broadcom Corporation, a FORTUNE 500 tech company that is recognized as a leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications.

“The technology sector is driving commercial property demand forward at a tremendous rate today, making this investment extremely well-timed for our client,” says Patrick Ward, Founder of MetroGroup Realty Finance. 

The asset, which encompasses research and development, data center, and corporate offices, is located within a growing submarket of San Jose, just outside of Silicon Valley’s tech epicenter.

“With continued demand from the large population of Millennials and tech firms in the region, we anticipate that this investment will be a sound, stable investment for our Client over time,” explains Ward.

“We immediately recognized the value of this asset, based on strong market fundamentals in this region and the property’s existing high-caliber tech tenant,” Ward continues.  “We effectively demonstrated this value to lenders in order to provide competitive terms for our client.”

Ward notes that, in doing so, MetroGroup was able to structure financing in a way that met each of its client’s investment objectives in this transaction.

“Our experience and 38-year history in providing financing for commercial properties has given us the right tools to identify key elements that help us structure a transaction that is attractive to lenders, while also ensuring the best terms for our clients,” says Ward.

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

 Lexi Astfalk or Jenn Quader
 Brower, Miller & Cole
 (949) 955-7940

Proffitt Dixon Partners Plans First Luxury Apartment Community in Greenville, SC

Wyatt Dixon
Greenville, S.C. and Charlotte, N.C. (May 20, 2015) – Proffitt Dixon Partners is preparing to build its first luxury apartment community in Greenville, S.C. 

The Charlotte-based firm plans to break ground this month on a 201-unit luxury multifamily development at 210 East Broad Street.

The five-story community will be built on 2.45 acres at the intersection of S. Church St. and East Broad Street. The location is a five-minute walk from Main Street in Greenville’s the Central Business District, which has the largest concentration of employment in the state.

“Greenville is the economic engine of South Carolina,” said Managing Principal Wyatt Dixon. “This is a great opportunity to bring the luxury apartment lifestyle to one of the country’s fastest-growing cities.”

“The area has exactly what we look for, which is a walkable area near jobs, restaurants, entertainment and greenspaces,” added Managing Principal Stuart Proffitt. “As with our other communities, we will follow green building practices, and choose energy-saving appliances and features.”

Fountains Greenville is close to Falls Park on the Reedy, Centre Stage Theater, Peace Center for the Performing Arts, the county Art Museum and private art galleries. It also has convenient access to the Swamp Rabbit Trail, a pedestrian and bike path. 

Stuart Proffitt
The community will have the type of clubhouse, courtyards, pool and fitness facility that residents of a luxurious new property would expect. A Publix grocery store is just one block away.

The developers will follow guidelines established by the National Association of Home Builder’s (NAHB) Green Building Program. The Housing Studio is the architect, and the general contractor is Creative Builders Group.

The new development indicates significant momentum for Proffitt Dixon. The firm now has 938 units under construction in the Carolinas and Tennessee. Just last month it started construction on Fountains Germantown, a 249-unit luxury apartment community in Nashville, Tenn. 

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

 Terri Thornton
Thornton Communications
p:404-932-4347 |

HFF closes $7.475 million sale of three apartment properties in New Rochelle, NY

10--14 Glencar Avenue, New Rochelle, NY
FLORHAM PARK, NJ, May 20, 2015 – Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) announced today that it has closed the $7.475 million sale of three apartment properties totaling 65 units in New Rochelle, New York.

HFF marketed the properties on behalf of the seller, JEM Holdings.  Virginia City, LLC purchased the offering and assumed the existing mortgage.

The three apartment buildings are located at 347 Huguenot Street, 778 Main Street and 10-14 Glencar Avenue.  

All of the properties provide easy access to public transportation and major thoroughfares and are centrally located within the New Rochelle market.

The portfolio has a mix of 39 one-bedroom units, 24 two-bedroom units and 2 three-bedroom units and all three properties are 100 percent leased. 778 Main Street also includes one fully-leased ground floor retail space.

347 Hugenot Street
 New Rochelle, NY

The HFF investment sales team was led by associate director Stephen Simonelli along with senior managing director Jose Cruz, managing director Kevin O’Hearn and associate director Michael Oliver.

“The New Rochelle portfolio represented the opportunity to acquire three well-located apartment communities within one of Westchester County’s strongest submarkets. 

"The seller was able to take advantage of the significant desire for multi-housing properties in Westchester County, while the buyer will be able to add substantial value to the portfolio,” said Simonelli.

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

Olivia Hennessey
Public Relations Coordinator
HFF | 9 Greenway Plaza Suite 700 | Houston, Texas 77046
tel 713.852.3403 | fax 713.527.8725 |

Winter & Co. Retained for Third Time in 25 Years to Advise Owner of Apartment Building in Manhattan, NY

Six-Story, 63-Unit Apartment Building, Central Park North
facing Manhattan's Central Park, Manhattan, NY

Gregg Winter
NEW YORK, NY -- Winter & Company was retained for the third time in 25 years to advise the ownership of this three-building, six-story, 63-unit apartment building located on Central Park North facing Manhattan's Central Park in connection with obtaining permanent, non-recourse financing.

Winter & Company arranged a 3.75% 10-year fixed-rate, interest-only mortgage with a balance sheet lender for this long-time client.

Challenges and solutions:

One major challenge is that, on the one hand, the borrower wanted a $4,750,000 10-year, fixed rate, interest-only mortgage, while on the other hand, the borrower did not want a balloon loan, and also did not want a loan structured with a defeasance or yield-maintenance pre-payment penalty -- preferring instead a loan structure with a total term of 25 years which would amortize (after the initial 10-year i-o period) on a self-liquidating basis.

Winter & Company was able to find a way to accommodate this request by arranging the loan with a balance sheet lender that could offer our borrower an additional 15 years of term, on a fully self-liquidating basis, with the interest rate floating at 250 basis points above LIBOR during the last 15 years of the loan term.

Central Park in Manhattan, NY
The borrower did not want a CMBS execution (with its usual severe prepayment penalties), preferring instead to transact with a balance sheet lender.

 The solution was a highly-customized non-recourse loan structure meeting all of the borrower's exacting criteria.

Previously Winter & Company had arranged light rehab financing shortly after the original acquisition and then a decade later W&Co arranged a construction loan for a full gut-rehab of the entire property including 11 units which had been fire-damaged and off-line since the original acquisition. This resulted in bringing the unit count up from 42 to 63 apartments with considerable rent and NOI growth.

Winter & Company is a Manhattan-based, commercial mortgage advisory firm that specializes in arranging development and construction financing (as well as joint venture equity and strategic partnerships for new developments), multifamily and mixed-use property financing and arranging cooperative underlying mortgages since 1989.

Its affiliate, W Financial Fund, LP is a direct private bridge lender providing short-term, special situation financing primarily for NYC multifamily and mixed-use properties since 2003.

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

Gregg Winter - President
Winter & Company
Creative Minds | Unparalleled Service ®
149 Madison Avenue, Seventh floor
New York, NY 10016
Phone: 212 532-1122 x1

$131 Million Medical Office Building Portfolio in Metro Chicago, IL Sold by Marcus & Millichap

2923 North California Avenue, Chicago, IL

CHICAGO,  IL, May 20, 2015 – Marcus & Millichap (NYSE: MMI), a leading commercial real estate investment services firm with offices throughout the United States and Canada, announced the sale of a nine-building, 401,428-square-foot medical office portfolio. The portfolio sold for $131 million.

John Smelter
            The portfolio is anchored by the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI). All of the properties are located within the Chicago metropolitan area.

John Smelter, senior director of Marcus & Millichap’s Healthcare Real Estate Group, along with Scott Niedergang, associate vice president investments, and Gino Lollio, associate vice president investments, represented the seller, a partnership consisting of a local developer and a number of physicians affiliated with IBJI.

Smelter, Niedergang and Lollio procured the buyer, a joint ventured fund managed by MBRE Healthcare, a Chicago-based full-service real estate company that develops, acquires, leases and manages healthcare real estate across the United States.

            “The portfolio is 54-percent leased by the non-credit rated IBJI - occupying eight of the nine properties - and they are one of the largest orthopedic groups in the country,” says Smelter. 

“IBJI has a strong foothold in the Chicagoland market with 20 total locations. IBJI’s financial strength and long term leases allowed us to generate significant interest from private equity, institutions and REITs looking to acquire an extremely stable, institutional-quality investment.”

Scott Niedergang
 “The sellers did an outstanding job accumulating this portfolio over the years by acquiring, repositioning and developing these buildings for IBJI and the other tenants,” adds Niedergang. 

“The portfolio is currently 95 percent occupied on triple-net leases, majority of which call for annual rental escalations ranging from two to three percent.  Almost half of the rent roll has 10-plus years remaining. 

Additionally, many of the properties are strategically positioned in Chicago’s affluent North Shore markets like Wilmette, Glenview, Lincolnwood, Des Plaines and Morton Grove.”

“Our company's platform and specialized marketing campaign generated a tremendous amount of activity but, in the end, the portfolio was acquired by a well-qualified and experienced local healthcare investment group,” says Lollio. 

“MBRE Healthcare is the perfect buyer for this offering, as it appreciates the considerable value in owning and managing such a significant healthcare real estate investment in its own backyard.”

Gino Lollio

  A few key assets within the portfolio are the 86,503-square-foot, two-story steel and brick medical facility in Morton Grove, Ill.; the 60,500-square-foot Des Plaines, Ill. building; and lastly, the 40,011-square-foot Chicago, Ill. building that has excellent visibility and signage from the Kennedy Expressway (I-90/94).

            Other tenants in the portfolio include Advocate Health Care, NorthShore University HealthSystem, Resurrection Health Care (Presence Health), Metro Infectious Disease Consultants, and Pain Specialists of Greater Chicago.

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

Gina Relva
 Public Relations Manager

(925) 953-1716