Thursday, January 8, 2015

HFF closes sale of and arranges financing for Class A office property in downtown Fort Worth, TX

777 Main, Downtown Fort Worth, TX

DALLAS, TX – HFF announced it has closed the sale of and arranged financing for 777 Main, a 980,000-square-foot, Class A office tower in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

The Petroleum Club, Fort Worth, TX
                HFF marketed the asset on behalf of the seller, Cousins Properties Incorporated.  

An undisclosed buyer purchased the property.  

HFF’s debt placement team also secured acquisition financing on behalf of the new owner through a global financial services firm. 

HFF brokered the sale of the property to Cousins in September 2013 as part of an acquisition, which also included the Greenway Plaza office complex in Houston, Texas.

                777 Main is a 40-story office tower in the heart of downtown Fort Worth.  The property is near Sundance Square, a 35-block commercial, residential, entertainment and retail district.

Grace Restaurant, Downtown Fort Worth, TX
 Property features include a top-floor restaurant, The Petroleum Club; Grace, a fine dining restaurant; a fitness center and a state-of-the-art conference center in the lobby.  

The building is home to tenants including Jacobs Engineering, FTSI, Hallmark Financial Services, Enduro, XTO and Frost Bank.

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT).  

The company, based in Atlanta, Georgia, primarily invests in Class-A office assets located in high growth Sun Belt markets, with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina.  The company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments. 

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

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

Top Midwest Apartment Brokers Partner to Launch Kiser Institutional Group

Lee Kiser (left), principal; Todd Stofflet, managing partner; and Susan Tjarksen, principal and managing broker, have partnered to launch Kiser Institutional Group, a privately-held institutional multifamily brokerage firm headquartered in Chicago.

​CHICAGO, IL – Leading real estate professionals Susan Tjarksen, Todd Stofflet and Lee Kiser have partnered to launch Kiser Institutional Group, a privately-held institutional multifamily brokerage firm headquartered in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

 Majority woman-owned by Tjarksen, KIG will offer brokerage and development services to institutional multifamily firms.

“We are not simply launching a new company, but a whole new way of doing business,” said Susan Tjarksen, principal and managing broker for KIG.

“With the depth of experience of our principals, the leadership of Todd Stofflet in brokerage efforts, and the utilization of customized market intelligence, we will provide institutional owners a fresh perspective on transactions that will deliver an immediate impact and also resonate for years to come. We don’t want to do deals that just make sense today, but will also make sense five years from now.”

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

Mark Thomton,, 312-267-4523

Joint Venture Acquires Orion on Orpington Student Housing Complex to Serve University of Central Florida

Donna Preiss
ORLANDO, FL and RALEIGH, NC,  Jan. 8, 2015—Officials of The Preiss Company, the nation’s third largest, privately held student housing owner-operator, today announced that it acquired in a joint venture the 624-bed Orion on Orpington student housing complex near the University of Central Florida (UCF) from Orlando Student Venture, LLC for an undisclosed amount. 

The joint venture is comprised of a private investment group and The Preiss Company who is the sponsor and property manager. 

The Orion on Orpington is located at 12700 Orpington Street, Orlando. Monthly rents begin at $580 for The Orion, which includes a utility allowance.   

“This is our third joint venture with the same private investment group, bringing to nearly $130 million of student housing assets that we have acquired together in the past 18 months, and we look forward to the opportunity to further build on this relationship,” said Donna Preiss, founder and president of The Preiss Company.

University of Central Florida Campus, East Orlando, FL
 “We were attracted to this property because of its well-deserved reputation at UCF and consistently high leasing history.  

"Our goal is to further enhance the student experience and to improve operating margins.

“The Orion is also our second property in Florida, a market that we find attractive with great universities and the need for quality, off-campus student housing.

“ We have strong partners with significant capital to invest nationwide, and we continue to seek out joint venture investments with prudent, risk/reward opportunities.  Acquisition opportunities remain plentiful from older properties that need capital infusion and repositioning to well-performing properties like the Orion. There also are development opportunities available in multiple markets."

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

Amy Barger
Vice President of Marketing
The Preiss Company
(919) 532-1114

Foxford Starts Construction on Second Custom Quick-Delivery Home at Tarns of the Moor in Bannockburn, IL

Peter Brennan

 CHICAGO, IL – Hinsdale, Ill.-based Foxford Communities has announced that it has started construction on a second custom quick-delivery home at Tarns of the Moor, a small enclave of elegant homes on 2- to 4-acre lots in Bannockburn, Ill. 

The first quick-delivery home Foxford built at Tarns of the Moor in the fall of 2014 sold within a month of starting construction.

“Buyers might not realize it, but winter is actually a good time to start construction on a new home,” said Peter Brennan, president of Foxford Communities. “A winter construction schedule ensures that the home will be completed by summer, allowing homeowners to settle in before the school year starts.”

Located off of Telegraph Road, just south of Half Day Road, Tarns of the Moor is a charming community made up of 10 2- to 4-acre lots surrounded by mature trees, sparkling streams and picturesque ponds that provide a natural and serene setting.

Five of the lots have already been developed by North Shore luxury builder Orren Pickell. 

Foxford purchased the five remaining lots in 2013 and has already sold two. The three remaining lots are among the only approved home sites for new-construction available in Bannockburn.

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

Kelly Shumaker,, 312-267-4519

Emily Johnson,, 312-267-4522

HSA Commercial and Fiduciary Real Estate Reach Agreement to Build Over 1,000 Luxury Residences in Wauwatosa, WI

Wauwatosa, WI Mayor Kathleen Ehley
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CHICAGO, IL – Timothy Blum, executive vice president of Retail Development for HSA Commercial Real Estate, and Craig Raddatz, partner at Fiduciary  Real Estate Development,  jointly announce that the firms have agreed in principal to develop up to 1,050 luxury residences over seven to ten years on land next to The Mayfair Collection shopping center in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.

 Fiduciary will construct and manage the residential buildings, and the firm is scheduled to break ground in spring 2015 on the first phase totaling approximately 250 apartment units and 50,000 square feet of ground level specialty retail space with tenant occupancy projected for early 2016.

Phase two is scheduled to break ground in 2016 and will also include 250 units and provide a level of amenities that have never been provided in the Milwaukee market.

“It's exciting to see the vision Wauwatosa had for this area 15 years ago became a reality," said Wauwatosa Mayor Kathy Ehley. 

"The continued growth around The Mayfair Collection is a good fit for our city and adds many options for housing, transit, employment and entertainment. 

"We are fortunate to have partners with the caliber of Fiduciary Real Estate and HSA working with us in growing the vitality of Wauwatosa."

The proposed luxury apartment buildings, located just off of Highway 45 at Burleigh Street, will be designed to promote density and walkability within an integrated mixed-use environment.

“We have always shared the vision with the City of Wauwatosa to transform this once lifeless industrial warehouse complex into a vibrant, mixed-use district,” said Tim Blum. “Having best-in-class retailers like Nordstrom Rack and Whole Foods Market at The Mayfair Collection has helped us to advance that goal, but the luxury apartments by Fiduciary will make it a reality.”

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

Mark Thomton,, (312) 267-4523

Essex Realty Group Brokers Sale of 411 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago, IL

Kate Varde

CHICAGO, IL – Essex Realty Group, Inc. is pleased to announce the sale of 411 W. Belden Ave. in Chicago, Illinois.
411 W. Belden Ave. is a five unit; mixed-use property that sits at the southwest corner of Clark Street and Belden Avenue.        

The property is located within walking distance of the beaches, parks, and recreation along Lake Michigan’s shore. 

Additionally, residents are just steps from the abundant restaurants and shops of the Clark, Lincoln, and Armitage Avenue commercial corridors.

Conveniently located near public transportation, 411 W. Belden Ave. is situated one half-mile from the CTA Fullerton “El” station that services the red, brown, and purples lines.

The sale price was approximately $2,025,000.

Douglas Imber
Doug Imber and Kate Varde represented the seller and Jim Darrow and Jordan Gottlieb represented the buyer in the transaction.

Essex Realty Group, Inc. specializes in the sale of investment real estate throughout the Chicago metropolitan area.

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

Douglas Fisher
Essex Realty Group, Inc.

Cohen Commercial Realty Brokers New Leases in West Palm Beach, FL and Palm City, FL

Bryan S. Cohen
West Palm Beach, FL — Bryan S. Cohen, Jason Guralnick and Chris McCarthy of Cohen Commercial Realty, Inc., announced the signing of Totally Kidz Learning and Enrichment Center, to lease a 7,978-square-foot freestanding building located at 2711 Exchange Court. Cohen Commercial Realty, Inc., represents the Landlord in thistransaction.

Palm City, FL — Bryan S. Cohen, and Jason Guralnick of Cohen Commercial Realty, Inc., announced the signing of One Love Collaboration, to lease a 1,200-square-foot space at Old Palm City Publix Shopping Center located on the NW
corner of Martin Hwy. and Mapp Rd. Cohen Commercial Realty, Inc., represents the Tenant in this transaction.

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

Jamie Crocker
561.471.0212 phone
561.471.5905 fax

Hold-Thyssen Negotiates 10-Year Lease Renewal with Chatham’s Place Restaurant at Phillips Place on Dr. Phillips Blvd. In Orlando, FL and closes new lease with mortgage company

Darby Hold
ORLANDO, FL--- Hold-Thyssen, a real estate services firm headquartered in Winter Park, recently negotiated a 10 year lease renewal with Chatham’s Place restaurant at Phillips Place, 7575 Dr. Philips Blvd. in Southwest Orlando. 

Darby Hold, transaction specialist for Hold-Thyssen, Inc., brokered the lease transaction representing the landlord, Financial Way Realty, Inc., based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

The tenant, a renowned Orlando restaurant for over 25 years, renewed its lease of suites consisting of 2,660 square feet. 

“Chatham’s Place has a commitment to established clientele and that was the basis of their decision to remain in the Dr. Phillips area,” Hold said

Todd Haber
At the same time, Hold negotiated a new three year lease for 1,317 square feet with Security National Mortgage Company, a Utah based firm with over 80 branch offices in the U.S., establishing its second office in Central Florida.  

Todd Haber with Cresa Orlando represented the tenant.

Hold-Thyssen, Inc. is the leasing and management representative for the 56,000 square foot Phillips Place.

Hold-Thyssen, Inc. provides commercial property and leasing and management services to institutional and private investor clients nationwide. 

  The 40-year old firm’s current portfolio includes more that 100 commercial properties throughout the United States.

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

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications

Avalon Park Appoints Denise Stadler Chief Operating Officer at Encore Senior Living Facility and Memory Care Center in Orlando, FL

Denis Stadler

ORLANDO, FL--- Avalon Park has appointed veteran health care manager Denise Stadler, RN, CCM, chief operating officer and executive director of Encore Senior Living Facility and Memory Care Center in downtown Avalon Park.

Beat Kahli
Beat Kähli, founder and owner who heads the Avalon Park development team, said Stadler has more than 20 years of experience in progressive health care management, including executive positions with Brookdale Senior Living Facility in Orlando and AIG in Maitland.

Stadler is a graduate of the Akron General Medical School of Nursing at the University of Akron.

She will manage a staff of 70 professionals at Encore to serve residents in 90 assisted living units.

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

Larry Vershel or Beth Payan, Larry Vershel Communications