REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company | June 16, 2022
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is pleased to announce the financial closing of $160 million for the acquisition and development of Auburn 18 Business Park, a 129-acre industrial site in Auburn, Washington. BGL's Real Estate Advisors team served as financial advisor to Industrial Realty Group (IRG), with Oak Street, a Division of Blue Owl, as the capital partner to IRG.
IRG is a nationwide real estate development and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, development, and management of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States. IRG, through its affiliated partnerships and limited liability companies, operates a portfolio containing more than 150 properties in 31 states with over 100 million square feet of rentable space.
Oak Street is a real estate investment firm focused on investing in net-leased properties.
Oak Street seeks to form partnerships with best-in-class organizations and real estate developers by creating structures that facilitate our partners' strategic and financial initiatives. We are excited to form a long-term partnership with IRG, one of the leading industrial developers in the country."
Colleen Collins, Managing Director of Oak Street
Auburn 18 Business Park is comprised of approximately 129 acres of land located one mile southwest of the Commercial Business District of the City of Auburn. The property is currently improved with over one million square feet of space, including two large office buildings, seven large warehouse buildings, an operations and maintenance building, and several other small support buildings located throughout the property.
Originally purchased in 1944 by the United States Army as 435 acres of farmland, the site was improved with 20+ dry storage warehouses for use during World War II. In 1962, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) took ownership of a 177-acre portion, with multiple WWII warehouses, three 1950s-era warehouses, an administration office, and a water tower. The remaining U.S. Army property was sold to private developers. During the 1990s, GSA donated land to the City of Auburn for a park and the Auburn City School Bus Depot. An additional 8.4 acres was donated to the City of Auburn for its municipal fire training center.
The disposal of the Auburn complex is part of a larger strategy to evaluate underutilized assets and shrink the federal footprint. IRG acquired the Auburn Federal Complex through an online auction process. Renovations to the existing eight warehouse buildings have begun and include fire and life safety upgrades, lighting improvements, and adding additional loading docks, as needed.
With excellent frontage on C Street, this perfectly positioned site offers prime visibility and easy access to WA-18, WA-167, and I-5. The site is within two miles of the Auburn Municipal Airport and the BNSF Rail Yard, as well as various key supply chain, logistics, and manufacturing facilities, including UPS, Starbucks, Safeway, Behr, Gist USA, Boeing, Amazon, Costco, DHL, and REI.
BGL's Real Estate Advisors Group offers comprehensive real estate investment banking services tailored to the middle market. It provides client-focused solutions with an emphasis on real estate advisory, debt, preferred and private equity placement, financial restructuring, recapitalizations, sale-leasebacks, structured finance, and asset acquisitions and dispositions across all asset classes. The team assists real estate owners and developers looking to form alliances and joint ventures with single-source capital providers to gain local and institutional access for all capital needs.
About Blue Owl Capital Inc.
Blue Owl is a global alternative asset manager with $102.0 billion of assets under management as of March 31, 2022. Anchored by a strong permanent capital base, the firm deploys private capital across Direct Lending, GP Capital Solutions and Real Estate strategies on behalf of Institutional and Private Wealth clients. Blue Owl's flexible, consultative approach helps position the firm as a partner of choice for businesses seeking capital solutions to support their sustained growth. The firm's management team is comprised of seasoned investment professionals with more than 25 years of experience building alternative investment businesses. Blue Owl employs over 400 people across 10 offices globally.
IRG is a nationwide real estate development and investment firm specializing in the acquisition, development and management of commercial and industrial real estate throughout the United States. IRG, through its affiliated partnerships and limited liability companies, operates a portfolio containing over 150 properties in 31 states with over 100 million square feet of rentable space. IRG is nationally recognized as a leading force behind the adaptive reuse of commercial and industrial real estate, solving some of America's most difficult real estate challenges.
About Brown Gibbons Lang & Company
Brown Gibbons Lang & Company (BGL) is a leading independent investment bank and financial advisory firm focused on the global middle market. The firm advises private and public corporations and private equity groups on mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, financial restructurings, business valuations and opinions, and other strategic matters. BGL has investment banking offices in Chicago, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and real estate offices in Chicago, Cleveland, and San Antonio. The firm is also a founding member of Global M&A Partners, enabling BGL to service clients in more than 30 countries around the world. Securities transactions are conducted through Brown, Gibbons, Lang & Company Securities, Inc., an affiliate of Brown Gibbons Lang & Company LLC and a registered broker-dealer and member of FINRA and SIPC.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
LynKey | January 10, 2022
LynKey, a global platform that powers luxury resort and vacation property with Blockchain, AI, NFTs, and Metaverse tech, just launched a project aiming to tokenize and offer NFT, Metaverse solutions of over $8 billion dollars for travel and tourism.
The idea of real estate tokenisation first came into public awareness when TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington purchased the world's first blockchain-backed apartment on Propy in 2017. In 2021, Arrington sold the Kiev-based apartment for 36 ETH.
Lynkey is working on taking digitization of property and tourism on a scale not seen ever before. LynKey has started to digitise luxury tourism resorts, hotels and properties, first in Vietnam, and later, at multiple other destinations. LynKey, a blockchain Singapore based smart tourism and Property tech start-up are creating a blockchain-powered token marketplace and ecosystem that is tokenising over $8 billion dollars-worth of properties, in total, at the very launch!
LynKey's objective is to tokenise all aspects of property development — purchases, leases, land use and related tourism entertainment — into an international blockchain-powered ecosystem. It envisions to connect the people around the world with the best of property tech and smart tourism premium experiences from resorts and cruises with NFTs and Metaverse AR and VR solutions.
What is the company all about? A pioneer in smart tourism and real estate, LynKey was created by a team of international industry personalities. LynKey's solutions make travel rewarding in every way - the platform optimises timesharing, prepaid leasing or licensing of property-based experiences geared towards tourism, while offering an exclusive reward system for its users.
With a global blockchain token marketplace ecosystem and community, LynKey efficiently overcomes the need for non-necessary intermediaries, empowering its users to explore the ecosystem that offers real-time solutions and soon, also metaverse experiences.
Using NFTs and Metaverse solutions with AI data-driven protocol sets, we are creating clear digital transformation solutions for the travel and entertainment space with smart tourism and property tech that can help these industries in new solutions to empower these global industries. LynKey connects the global audience with a Blockchain-powered platform and a token that empowers an ecosystem for time-sharing using NFTs as a digital certification, and reward solutions at premium luxury tourist spots."
Dinis Guarda, founder and non-executive Chairman of LynKey.
Despite globalisation, Covid challenges in the tourism and travel industry persist. Blockchain and NFT technology can address and resolve these issues. Most global travellers or property buyers have to deal with local currencies, lack of transparency in buying or leasing property and timeshares, and losing money to high exchange fees or worse. A consolidated marketplace and token solution will solve many of these issues."
Miss Cindy Tran, Co-Founder and Chairwoman of LynKey.
While property businesses, companies, and cities need potential clients to thrive themselves, there is also a dire need for this industry to catch up with current technological advances.
With global tourism forecast to reach a $1.3 trillion mark by the end of 2021, LynKey mitigates a majority of problems plaguing the travel industry.
LynKey's token, NFTs and first properties and resort projects will be announced in Q1 of 2022. For more information on how to be involved or become an early participant and adopter, please visit www.lynkey.com.
Property Tech and smart tourism developer based in Singapore, with offices in Vietnam and London, LynKey has created a new blockchain NFTs, Metaverse, AI driven token ecosystem designed for travellers to book their tourism and property experiences with hotels, restaurants, timeshare, and other smart destination-based excursions.
REAL ESTATE TECHNOLOGY
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. | May 15, 2022
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc. announced that its Board of Directors has authorized and the Company has declared a monthly cash dividend on the Company's Series B Redeemable Preferred Stock (the Series B Preferred Stock) for the month of May 2022, equal to a quarterly rate of $15.00 per share (the Series B Preferred Dividends). In addition, the Board of Directors has authorized and the Company has declared a monthly cash dividend on the Company's Series T Redeemable Preferred Stock (the Series T Preferred Stock) for the month of May 2022, equal to a quarterly rate of $0.384375 per share (the Series T Preferred Dividends).
The Series B Preferred Dividends will be payable in cash as follows: $5.00 per share to be paid on Friday, June 3, 2022 to Series B Preferred stockholders of record as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022.
The Series T Preferred Dividends will be payable in cash as follows: $0.128125 per share to be paid on Friday, June 3, 2022 to Series T Preferred stockholders of record as of Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Shares of Series T Preferred Stock held for only a portion of the applicable monthly dividend period will receive a prorated Series T Preferred Dividend based on the actual number of days in the applicable dividend period during which each such share of Series T Preferred Stock was outstanding, as permitted under the Articles Supplementary to the Company's charter dated November 13, 2019.
About Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc.
Bluerock Residential Growth REIT, Inc is a real estate investment trust that focuses on developing and acquiring a diversified portfolio of institutional-quality highly amenitized live/work/play apartment communities in demographically attractive knowledge economy growth markets to appeal to the renter by choice. The Company's objective is to generate value through off-market/relationship-based transactions and, at the asset level, through value-add improvements to properties and to operations. BRG has elected to be taxed as a real estate investment trust (REIT) for U.S. federal income tax purposes.