Monday, November 7, 2011

Jones Lang LaSalle Completes Office Lease with Pabst Brewing Company for New Headquarters in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES, CA., Nov. 7, 2011 — Jones Lang LaSalle represented Pabst Brewing Company in a new lease for 8,101 square feet of office space at Atria West (top left photo), a two building, 192,000-square-foot office complex located at 10635 Santa Monica Blvd., in Los Angeles.

 Pabst Brewing Company is relocating its corporate headquarters from Chicago to Los Angeles.

Jones Lang LaSalle’s Los Angeles team of Managing Director John Ghiselli and Associate Jen Frisk represented Pabst Brewing Company in the transaction.  The property owner, LaSalle Investment Management, was represented by Lisa St. John and Owen Fileti of L.A. Realty Partners.

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Withee Malcolm Architects Takes Top Honors at the National Association of Home Builders Multifamily Pillars of the Industry and SAGE Awards

Los Angeles, CA — The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has once again recognized Withee Malcolm Architects for its work in multifamily housing, with the 2011 Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Award for Ascent at Warner Center (top left photo) in Woodland Hills, CA, for Best Mid-Rise Condominium Community.

 The SAGE Award was given to Mirandela Senior Apartments (middle right photo) in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, as Project of the Year. Having received the Multifamily Pillars Award five times and the Sage Award three, Withee Malcolm continues to demonstrate its talent for creating innovative homes for younger first time buyers and affordable homes for retiring seniors. 

The Multifamily Pillars of the Industry Awards program highlights creative development concepts, innovative financing strategies, great design, and superior management and marketing in the apartment and condo marketplace.

The well-respected awards program is juried by a group of knowledgeable peers with proven track records of success in the industry. At this year's Virtual Awards program held on October 6, 2011, the judges praised Ascent as a new multihousing model — the apartment style condo — citing its competitive appeal with contemporary architecture and strong residential sensibility.

The SAGE Award for Project of the Year recognizes innovative residential developments targeted to the 55+ market, which can serve as models for other housing developments.

Nominees were reviewed and scored by a panel of judges comprised of past SAGE winners, past presidents of the 55+ Housing Council of the Building Industry of Southern California, and others selected for their expertise in the field. 
In recognizing Mirandela, the jury noted that the community had overcome numerous obstacles to opening its doors, including major site challenges and satisfying neighborhood concerns. The awards ceremony was held on November 6, 2011 in Costa Mesa, CA.

 "It is most encouraging for us to be recognized by the leading professional associations for our work in these markets," said Dan Withee (lower left photo) founding partner of the architecture firm. "Working with top developers like KB Home and AMCAL, we have had the opportunity to evolve the multifamily model to meet the demands of new generations of residents.

“Whether it's GenXer's looking for their first home or Boomers becoming seniors, we know that individual needs and wants are changing and to be successful, housing options must keep pace."

 Withee Malcolm Architects serves clients in the residential and commercial industrial markets throughout the West from their offices in Torrance, California.

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Westin Hotel & Resort Pasadena Named Employer of the Year by Mayor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities

 PASADENA, CA, Nov/ 7, 2011—The Westin Hotel & Resort Pasadena (top left photo) won the community awards trifecta today at a special awards breakfast hosted by Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard (middle right photo) and the Mayor’s Committee for Employment of People with Disabilities. 

The hotel was named Employer of the Year for its work with the Pasadena Unified School District’s Workability I Program, was presented with a Congressional Commendation from California Congressman Adam Shiff, and received commendations from the state Senate and Assembly.

The Workability program provides pre-employment skills training and worksite experience for special education students age 16 to 22 making the transition from school to work.  For the 2010/2011 school year, the Westin Hotel & Resort Pasadena employed three students in two areas of the hotel:  Laundry/Housekeeping and Stewarding.

“To find an employer like the Westin, with a very public image, that is willing to work with high school students with disabilities in a program that gives them the confidence they need to go out into the workforce, is really remarkable,” said Chris Otero, committee chair.  “They have proven to be true champions for people with disabilities.”

“Everyone at our hotel was so proud to be part of this program,” said Celsa Zamora-Padilla, director of human resources who spearheaded the Westin’s involvement.  “The students worked hard, and our associates immediately welcomed them as part of the team.  It was a great partnership for all concerned and something we’ll continue to support.  We are tremendously honored to receive this award and these commendations, and we’re looking forward to working with the newest group of students that started last week.”

“Over the years, we have worked with many companies that eagerly and willingly employ our students,” said Ana Gonzalez, Workability community liaison specialist.  “The Westin was our nominee for Employer of the Year because of the warmth and hospitality they showed to our students.  We have never felt so welcome in a workplace.  Our students and coaches were in tears the last day.”

At its annual award ceremonies in May, Workability named The Westin Hotel and Resort Employer of the Year from 48 other area employers who participate in the program. 
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Sembler Highlights Partial List of For Lease Properties

ATLANTA, GA -- Visit us during the Southeast ICSC Conference, Nov. 15-16. Booth #414.

(Perimeter Place, top left photo)

Atlanta, GA | 452,000 SF GLA
Anchors:  SuperTarget,
Ross Dress for Less, Office Max
Contact:Steven St.Paul

(The Prado, bottom  right photo)
Atlanta, GA | 345,000 SF GLA
Anchors:  Target, Staples,
Publix, LifeTime Fitness
Contact:  Steven St. Paul

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Related Cos. Named in Federal Probe of Fannie Mae

WASHINGTON, DC—The Wall Street Journal reports that, according to unidentified government officials,  the Related Cos. of New York City has been named in a federal Inspector General’s investigation of a business transaction with Fannie Mae.

The WSJ reports the subpoena to Related includes questions about whether the developer had discussed employment opportunities with Fannie officials,

A Related spokeswoman told the WSJ  the joint venture, structured by Fannie, has no employees.

The WSJ reports anonymous government sources told the newspaper Fannie placed at least four employees on administrative leave after learning of the investigation.

The investigation is being carried out by the inspector general of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the regulator that oversees Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

The WSJ reports officials from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia are also involved.