REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
ACRE | June 29, 2022
ACRE, a global real estate private equity firm, announced it has finalized a $43.5 million bridge loan with Peak Capital Partners (“Peak Capital”), to support the luxury multifamily apartment community ‘Connect at First Creek’ in Denver, Colorado.
Issued through ACRE’s latest debt fund “ACRE Credit I”, the loan will support Peak Capital’s purchase of the 150-unit community. Executed in May, the 3-year agreement includes options for two single-year extensions.
Brian Caudel and Jack Tidrick at KeyBank Real Estate Capital served as brokers for the deal.
Denver has continued to add huge numbers of both jobs and residents over recent years, making it one of the country’s fastest-growing metro areas and creating a critical need for high-quality rental housing. Connect at First Creek has already enjoyed impressive success in helping to satisfy that robust demand, and we’re proud to play a role in supporting Peak Capital’s purchase of this first-class property.”
Daniel Jacobs, Managing Partner at ACRE
The agreement for Connect at First Creek was one of four loans, totaling approximately $169 million, issued via ‘ACRE Credit I’ in May alone. Other loans finalized during the month were issued in support of multifamily developments in Nashville, Tennessee; Fort Worth, Texas; and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The loan also represents the third issued to Peak Capital since ACRE Credit 1’s launch in August 2020, following two transactions for properties in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
To date, the fund has raised $509 million of equity and has committed to provide more than $2 billion in whole loans across 52 transactions to support the acquisition, lease-up, redevelopment and recapitalization of multifamily assets in growing secondary markets across the U.S.
“Our lending platform has been able to provide financing for a fast-expanding list of apartment developments across a wide variety of markets, as we continue to form and solidify partnerships with industry leaders like Peak Capital Partners,” said Jacobs. “May marked yet another productive month for ‘ACRE Credit I’, and we look forward to continuing to support other companies and the country’s rental housing sector at-large, as it experiences nearly unprecedented growth.”
Located at 17900 East 56th Avenue, Connect at First Creek was built and delivered by Massimino Development. Since opening in 2020, the community has enjoyed significant lease-up success, as it is currently 96 percent leased.
The development’s 150 luxury units feature a wide range of amenities, with in-unit features and finishes including stainless steel kitchen appliances, quartz countertops, Bluetooth keyless deadbolt locks, wood-style flooring, washer/dryer, walk-in closets, and private balcony/patio space. Community amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness center, clubhouse, open air dining spaces with stainless steel BBQ grills, game room with billiards, coworking and conference spaces, a half-acre dedicated park, and direct access to First Creek Trail.
Connect at First Creek is located just a short distance from Pena Boulevard, Interstate 70, Interstate 225 and the 61st & Pena Light Rail station, offering residents an easy trip to Downtown Denver, Denver International Airport, and Aurora. The property is also adjacent to Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, a 15,988-acre wildlife sanctuary.
ACRE is a vertically integrated private equity firm specializing in commercial real estate through active investments in both direct equity and debt capital markets as well as special situation opportunities. ACRE manages a global portfolio in excess of $3.1 billion concentrated in U.S. multifamily with holdings in the United Kingdom and Southeast Asia through separate verticals. ACRE has offices in Atlanta, New York, and Singapore.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Gray Capital | June 30, 2022
Multifamily investment firm Gray Capital has closed on their acquisition of Club Meridian Apartments, a 406-unit property located in Okemos, MI just east of Lansing, MI.
Gray Capital intends to make strategic upgrades at the property, including siding and asphalt repairs, pool upgrades, re-painted balconies, new signage, and other exterior enhancements to boost the curb appeal of the property. Additionally, interior renovations like modern appliances, new flooring, and upgraded countertops will significantly increase the value of the asset and elevate its position in the rental market.
Club Meridian is already a well-maintained property, and this solid foundation will allow us to dedicate our resources to those renovations and improvements that are most important to residents and the quality of the property itself."
Spencer Gray, President and CEO of Gray Capital
George Tikijian, Hannah Ott, and Cameron Benz of the Indianapolis Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller in the transaction, with Gray Capital representing itself.
Club Meridian is the second property within Gray Capital's $100 million multifamily investment fund, The Gray Fund, and follows the acquisition of Indianapolis apartment property Stonybrook Commons one month prior.
The acquisition of Club Meridian and Stonybrook Commons in 2022 adds to Gray Capital's $600+ million in assets under management and more than $1 billion in commercial real estate projects to date since its founding in 2015.
REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT
Capital Square | June 07, 2022
Capital Square, one of the nation's leading sponsors of tax-advantaged real estate investments and an active developer of multifamily communities, announced the acquisition of Village at Westland Cove, a Class A, 240-unit multifamily community in Knoxville, Tennessee. The community was acquired on behalf of CS1031 Village of Westland Cove Apartments, DST.
This is Capital Square's sixth acquisition of a multifamily community in Tennessee for the DST/1031 exchange program. Village at Westland Cove is located in one of the hottest housing markets in the nation for 2021.1 Employment in the area is exceptionally strong, with the Oak Ridge Reservation and National Laboratory, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy, only 19 miles away, generating 14,667 full-time jobs and wages totaling over $1.3 billion."
Louis Rogers founder and chief executive officer of Capital Square
Completed in 2019, Village at Westland Cove is located at 9635 Westland Cove Way along Interstate 140. The 28.2-acre luxury multifamily community sits on the shore of scenic Fort Loudoun Lake. It offers one-, two- and three-bedroom units averaging 1,147 square feet with best-in-class amenities. The community features include a state-of-the-art fitness center, Amazon lockers and coolers for grocery deliveries, car care center, two pet play areas, coffee bar, business center, food truck nights, gaming patio with bocce ball court, outdoor firepit, outdoor kitchen, club house, swimming pool, kayaks available to residents, as well as lake access via a resident dock.
Village at Westland Cove is located within close proximity of The Pinnacle at Turkey Creek, a 650,000-square-foot shopping center that includes more than 65 retail stores and restaurants. The property is in the 10th hottest housing market in the country for 2021,1 with a 5-year value increase of 55%, according to Zillow Group. Turkey Creek Medical Center, a Level III trauma center that is part of Tennova Healthcare, lies within two miles of the property. Situated further along the I-140 and I-40 are attractions such as Knoxville Museum of Art, Market Square and Zoo Knoxville.
The Oak Ridge Reservation, operated by the U.S. Department of Energy and home to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, is approximately 19 miles from the Village at Westland Cove and is the largest employer in the area. According to the East Tennessee Economic Council, approximately 14,667 full-time jobs were directly provided by the DOE and its major contractors within Tennessee in 2020, with annual wages and salaries totaling nearly $1.311 billion.2 WBIR.com reports that Bill Lee, Tennessee's governor, recently announced a $72 million budget for the UT-Oak Ridge Innovation Institute, a collaboration between the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, in a bid to attract and maintain science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) talent in the Knoxville area.3
"Village at Westland Cove is an exceptional multifamily property located in an idyllic setting with luxury amenities throughout," said Whitson Huffman, chief strategy and investment officer. "The local economy is thriving, with low unemployment, high average household income and growing demand for high-end apartment living such as that provided to the residents of Village at Westland Cove."
Data from Esri shows the average household income within a three-mile radius of the property reaches approximately $130,000. According to Yardi Matrix, Knoxville's rental rates are rising along with demand, with 18% year-over-year rent growth and 98.1% average occupancy as of March 31, 2022.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Knoxville witnessed an increase of over 19,000 job opportunities since February 2021, with unemployment rates reaching 2.8%. According to the BLS, job opportunities in the area should continue to grow with 3M Company announcing plans to invest approximately $470 million to expand their manufacturing facility in the Knoxville MSA, creating 600 new jobs by 2025.4
Taylor Bird, Nelson Abels, Robert Stickel, and Alex Brown of Cushman & Wakefield represented the seller.
Bird, executive director of Cushman & Wakefield, noted, "The Village at Westland Cove offers a truly unique asset coupled with an unrivaled amenity package, interior finishes and beautiful water views."
CS1031 Village of Westland Cove, DST seeks to raise $52.8 million in equity from accredited investors and has a minimum investment requirement of $50,000.
Since its founding in 2012, Capital Square has acquired 146 real estate assets for approximately 6,000 investors seeking quality replacement properties that qualify for tax deferral under Section 1031 of the Internal Revenue Code and other investors seeking stable cash flow and capital appreciation.
About Capital Square
Capital Square is a national real estate firm specializing in tax-advantaged real estate investments, including Delaware statutory trusts for Section 1031 exchanges, qualified opportunity zone funds for tax deferral and exclusion and a real estate investment trust (REIT). In recent years the company has become an active developer of multifamily properties in the southeastern US, with eight current projects totaling approximately 2,000 apartment units with a total development cost in excess of $600 million. Since 2012, Capital Square has completed more than $5.6 billion in transaction volume. Capital Square's executive team has decades of experience in real estate investments. Capital Square's related entities provide a range of services, including due diligence, acquisition, loan sourcing, property/asset management, and disposition, for a growing number of high-net-worth investors, private equity firms, family offices and institutional investors. Since 2017, Capital Square has been recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the fastest growing companies in the nation for four consecutive years. In 2017, 2018 and 2020, the company was also ranked on Richmond BizSense's list of fastest growing companies. Additionally, Capital Square was listed by Virginia Business on their "Best Places to Work in Virginia" report in 2019 and their "Fantastic 50" reports in 2019 and 2020.